Afternoon Art Break

“Girl eating oysters”
Jan Steen (1658-1660)

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Afternoon Art Break

“Still Life with Cherries”
Paul Gauguin (1886)

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Saturn’s massive hexagonal storm is revealed up close in stunning new Cassini image

In NBC interview, former President George W. Bush reminds us what it was like to have an adult in charge

North Korea executes five senior officials with antiaircraft guns

ATF agents used a web of shadowy cigarette sales to funnel tens of millions of dollars into a secret bank account

When the enemy of your enemy is – your enemy

What an unbelievably terrible idea

American Girl has forgotten everything that made it unique

Iceland’s hottest new reality TV show is just a live stream of cats

Diary of a Gulag prison guard

On poetry protests and why there are so few well-known conservative poets

Truth and fiction in Jane Austen

“Necessity used to be what forced us to grow up. That was the stick, and sex was the carrot, and between the two of them young men were forced/inspired to get off their asses, go to work, and start families of their own from time immemorial until the day before yesterday.”

Inside the quiet, prophetic politics of C.S. Lewis

Is a preoccupation with equality the most dangerous threat to democracy? Alexis de Tocqueville thought so.

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Afternoon Art Break

“Returning home”
Arnold Böcklin (1887)

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Music Monday

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Afternoon Art Break

“A Lady Standing at a Virginal”
Johannes Vermeer (1670-1672)

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Recipe of the Month

Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Ingredients
2-4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (depending on how many people you are serving)
Enough water to almost cover the chicken in the crock pot
2 bottles of caesar dressing (one creamy caesar, one regular caesar…I use Ken’s Lite brand because I think it has the most flavor for the fewest calories)
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Hamburger buns

Directions
Put the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Pour in enough water to almost cover them and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Remove the chicken and shred it. Pour the liquid out of the slow cooker. Place the chicken back in the slow cooker. Add the Parmesan, half the bottle of creamy caesar and half the bottle of regular caesar if you are using 2-3 pounds of chicken. Pour in the whole bottles if you’re using 4 or more pounds. Add the romaine lettuce. (This step is optional. I like warm wilted romaine, but if you would rather have it cool and crisp, save it for the sandwich. Or you can use it both ways, like I do.) Mix together, bump up the temperature to high, and let everything warm through for 30-40 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Toast the hamburger buns if you like, top with the chicken caesar mixture and some un-wilted romaine, and enjoy!

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