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  • Come Join Us For The "Reba" Pre Show Party

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    My show will be live today from The Brett Favre Steakhouse. It's The "Reba" pre-show party from 3-7p. Enjoy GREAT food as usual, your favorite beverage, games, contests and prizes including tickets to this sold out show. Come looking like Reba and increase your chances to win. Bear & Charli and Dan "The Man" Stone will be there. Randy Allen & I will make certain you're geared up for the show.

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME COUNTRY???

  • Another Great Game Day Dish To Pass. One Pot Taco Pasta.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    What You Need

    1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
    1   yellow onion, chopped
    1 cup each chopped red and yellow peppers
    1 clove  garlic, minced
    1 Tbsp. chili powder
    3 cups  water
    1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
    3 cups  wagon wheel pasta, uncooked
    1/2 cup frozen corn
    1 cup  KRAFT Mexican Style Shredded Four Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
    1 green onion, diagonally cut into thin slices

    Make It

     

    BROWN meat with yellow onions in nonstick Dutch oven or deep large nonstick skillet. Add peppers; cook 5 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and chili powder; cook 1 min.

    ADD water and sauce; stir. Bring to boil. Stir in pasta; cover. Simmer 15 min. or just until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn; cook 3 to 4 min. or until heated through.

    TOP with cheese and green onions.

  • Hank Lashes Out At Fox/ESPN

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Hank Williams Jr. wrote a new song about Fox News and ESPN. Are you ready for some vengeance, vapid lyricism and strained rhyming patterns? Hank Williams Jr. is releasing a new song entitled "I'll Keep My ...," in which he calls out ESPN and Fox News after his remarks about President Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler on "Fox and Friends" led to his dismissal from the "Monday Night Football" theme song after 23 years. The country music singer wrote the song on Friday and is scheduled to release it late Monday or early Tuesday. In its third verse, he takes issue with how Fox took his words out of context: "So Fox 'n Friends wanna put me down/Ask for my opinion/Twist it all around." If it didn't mean having to listen to Hank Williams Jr. speak about anything other than music or Alabama football, I'd be interested to hear how he thinks Fox twisted his opinion. After all, there are only so many ways to take the quote: "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu." Williams calls the U.S. the "United Socialist States of America" earlier in the song. He finishes the third verse with a subtlety you'd expect from the man who wrote "Why Can't We All Just Get a Long Neck?" The song ends with the suggestive jab, "Well two can play that gotcha game you'll see." During an appearance on "The View" last week, Williams found a measure of support from Whoopi Goldberg. This led to him suggesting a possible Whoopi/Hank presidential ticket in the future. Let's pray that this theoretical campaign would never take them to the golf course. That would be like ... never mind.

  • New App Uses Brain Waves To Track Sleep Quality

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    A new app that aims to improve both the quantity and quality of sleep uses brainwaves to track the amount of time spent in different stages of sleep. Called Sleep Manager, the app synchronizes with a headset that measures brain activity, eye movement and other signals in light, deep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. "The thing about sleep is that it's not just about how much you get - it's about the quality of your sleep," said Ben Rubin, co-founder of Zeo, which makes the app. "In general, you want to optimize to get as much REM and deep sleep as possible." A soft-sensor headband measures brainwave activity, muscle tone and eye movements, the same signals that would be taken by a professional sleep lab, but at a consumer level. The signals are relayed through Bluetooth to the user's iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone and uploaded to Zeo's website. Rubin said that sleep tracking is only the beginning. After benchmarking sleep quality, Zeo uses this information to coach the user's sleep habits. Studies have shown that when people wake up during the light sleep phase they are more refreshed, so the app has the ability to rouse users while in this state. It also syncs with other apps such as RunKeeper, a running application, and DailyBurn, a nutrition planning app, to allow users to see how their sleep quality relates to their fitness and diets. But not everyone is convinced that Zeo can provide accurate sleep data. Rubin agrees there are limitations to the measurements that can be done but he said the app comes close to replicating a sleep lab. "If you have two experts in a sleep lab scoring the same record, they agree with each other about 83 percent of the time," said Rubin. "Zeo agrees with those guys about 75 percent of the time. So we're about 7/8th as accurate as a full sleep lab," he added. The company has an in-house sleep expert on their team, as well as an advisory board made up of sleep experts from Harvard University and the University of Colorado Bolder.

  • Meet The Local Mobile Booyah Maker

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Written by
    Kendra Meinert
    Green Bay Press-Gazette

    The secret to a really good bowl of booyah? A really good booyah cook — with a really reliable alarm clock.

    On Wednesdays when the Booyah Shed & Grill dispatches its mobile unit to the Farmers Market on Broadway, chef Dan Nitka is already up at the crack of dawn logging some quality time with his main ingredient and a pair of 90-gallon cast iron kettles.

    "He does it the old-fashioned way, where he actually gets up at 4 in the morning and puts all the chickens in with the bones and everything, and then he cooks them, pulls them all out and debones them all,'' said Polly Worthington, owner of the De Pere-based booyah kitchen on wheels. "I think the people who invest the time in it to make the good, authentic stuff know it takes many, many hours.''

    The payoff comes later in the afternoon when the Booyah Shed — the one with all the rubber chickens hanging from it — pulls into the market and the crowds are quick to line up for a piping-hot bowl or a take-home quart before the kettles are ladled clean by evening's end.

    "There's so many people who say they smell it way over on the other side of Broadway, because he's got the smokestacks coming out the top, and the wind takes it over,'' Worthington said.

    Even visitors from France and Germany have gotten a whiff and been curious enough about the regional favorite — a hearty concoction that's part chickensoup, part chicken stew, part you-just-have-to-taste-it — to try a cup. Locals who got hooked early in the season have been calling organizers of the downtown Green Bay market to make sure the shed is still there. College kids have confessed to ducking out of the dorms for dinner and grabbing a quart to take back because it reminds them of their grandma's.

    It's been that kind of inaugural season for the Booyah Shed, which launched at the market this summer and has made a handful of other area stops, including Artstreet and Fall Fest De Pere. The response couldn't have been better, Worthington said.

    But then again, booyah tends to have that effect on people. Like beer, burgers, chili and Friday fish, just about every Northeastern Wisconsinite has an opinion about how it should be done and who does it best.

    "People are very particular (about their booyah),'' Worthington said. "We've had a lot of people come up and say, 'Well, how good is it? Give us a taste first.' We have many people tell us they're connoisseurs, and they take a cup first and then they buy a quart. Dan gets so many compliments.''

    Nitka has been brewing up booyah for more than a decade from a family recipe, most notably twice a year when he whips up an 18-gallon kettle for a get-together of family and friends. But when he and Worthington came up with the idea for the Booyah Shed, he also whipped up the actual mobile unit, complete with a grill, griddle and deep fryer for a menu that also includes kneecaps, the Triple B Burger (bison, beef and bacon) and Sweet Golden Cheese Melt.

    Guys are almost as interested in hearing about how he built that shed as they are about his booyah. Nitka gets all kinds of questions about what's in his recipe.

    "Young, college students, old people … I think they have an emotional attachment to it, and they like to talk about it,'' Worthington said. "I think because people are so particular about their booyah, they make the time to come back and say how much they like it. Because we've heard a lot of people say, 'You know, you can get a bad bowl of booyah.'''

    Nitka prides himself on making his thick, right down to the last quart in the bottom of the kettle.

    "People don't want to just drink booyah, they want to be able to eat it,'' Worthington said. "They want to see the meat in it, and he's generous with the chicken and the veggies. You can see the carrots, you can see the potatoes and you can see the beans. It's a meal.''

    Nitka doesn't fill both 90-gallon kettles in the unit, but instead lets the weather forecast determine how much he'll make for the market on any given week. He usually sells out, but any leftovers get donated to a nearby homeless shelter.

    With cooler autumn weather setting in, the demand for take-home quarts has been up, Worthington said. At least one regular has already voiced his concern about the market winding down at month's end.

    "I have a problem,'' he told Worthington. "The farmers market is almost over. Where am I supposed to get this booyah from now on?''

    It turns out she had just the answer. Given the encouraging response to the Booyah Shed's first summer on wheels, it's opening in November as a sit-down restaurant in Ledgeview's Olde School Square (in the former Dash 4 Dinner location), where Nitka's booyah, along with a full menu focused on homemade goodness, will be available year-round and right from a drive-thru window.

  • 10 Surprising Facts About Headaches.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    »Did you know that sex can give you a bad headache? How about that three gene variations linked to migraines have been discovered? And that most sinus headaches are really migraines? Research is zeroing in on a source of pain we’ve all felt at one time or another, whether it’s a dull aching pain or a tension headache, the throbbing of a migraine or a pounding hangover headache after a big night out. Here’s the rundown of 10 things you may not know about headaches - and how to avoid them: Explore the head in 3D and learn where headaches affect you. 1. Sinus Headaches Are Rare: Nasal and sinus congestion, facial pain and pressure, and a headache usually don’t add up to a sinus headache. Headache specialists say that “true” sinus headaches are rare. In a study with almost 3,000 patients who had at least six “sinus headaches” in the previous six months, medical evaluations showed that 88 percent actually had migraines. In another study, 45 percent of migraine patients had either nasal congestion or watery eyes. Tipoff: it’s probably migraine if in addition to “sinus” symptoms, you’re nauseous, sensitive to light or noise and if the headache throbs and worsens with activity. 2. Processing 3D Images Causes Brain Strain: A Northwestern University ophthalmology professor warns that a large segment of the population may develop a headache and nausea while watching 3D movies. This is due to the brain strain involved with processing the three dimensional images - the more an image jumps out at you, the more effort your brain must make to fuse the pictures together, says Northwestern University's Michael A. Rosenberg, MD. 3. Take-Off and Landing Lead to Headaches: No, this has nothing to do with the aggravation of cancelled flights or long delays. Instead, sudden, severe, stabbing headaches during a plane’s ascent or descent are being reported. Doctors haven’t figured out yet what causes them. Luckily, the pain lasts only about 20 minutes. 4. Bug Spray Prompts Headaches: It’s not the bugs but exposure to insecticides used to kill them that causes these headaches (plus dizziness, trouble breathing, nausea and vomiting). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most cases required no medical treatment, but one death has been reported and 18 percent of those exposed to the insecticides required medical attention. 5. High Cholesterol Causes Headaches: You may not have to worry unless you’re in your late 60s or older and have migraines with aura (the flashing lights, tingling and other signs of a headache’s approach that about one-third of migraine patients report). A recent study found a link between migraine with aura and high cholesterol in seniors. Migraine with aura has also been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Need to lower your cholesterol? Let's start with what's on your plate. 6. Headaches Might Be Genetic: Researchers have pinpointed three genetic variations linked to an increased risk of migraines. One is involved in sensing cold and pain, another is linked to several processes including signaling in nerve cells (neurons). The role of the third isn’t yet known. Each of the gene variations identified alters the risk for migraines by 10 to 15 percent. 7. Alcohol, As a Trigger, Is Overstated: Research from Italy suggests that the role of alcohol and some foods in triggering migraines has been overstated. Instead, the investigators found that stress, fatigue and in women, menstruation are most often the culprits. They suggested that migraine patients who want to drink alcohol could try small amounts of specific types to see what they can tolerate. 8. Botox Can Treat Headaches: Best known as a wrinkle remover, Botox also can put the brakes on chronic migraines (those that occur 15 days per month or more). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Botox for migraine prevention. Injections seem to cut down on headaches, although studies suggest that Botox doesn’t work as well as some prescription drugs. Researchers still haven’t figured out how Botox staves off the headaches, but they do know that effects last only about three months before patients have to be re-injected. 9. The Battlefield Has Created a New Type of Headache: About one third of the soldiers returning from Iraq are bringing with them a new type of chronic migraine caused by nerve damage or the pressure from bomb blast waves. While these headaches are still being studied, treatments include rest, avoiding migraine triggers, stress management and changes of diet. 10. Sex Causes Headaches: Here’s a surprise: men are more likely to get these types of headaches than women. According to the American Headache Society, two types of headaches are related to sexual activity: a dull ache that develops as the sex act increases or a severe one that strikes as orgasm nears. Experts say it’s best to check with your doctor the first time you get one of these headaches.

  • Looking For a New Chili Recipe For This Weekend's Packer Game? Mike's BBQ Chili...Ya Baby!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Mike's BBQ Chili...YA BABY!

     

    What You Need

    2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
    4 cloves  garlic, finely chopped
    2 onions, finely chopped
    1   each: red and yellow bell pepper, chopped
    1/4 cup chili powder
    2 Tbsp.  ground cumin
    1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
    2 tsp.  dried oregano leaves
    1 lb. each: ground beef & sweet italian sausage
    1/2 cup  beer
    1 can (15 oz.) each: kidney and pinto beans, drained, rinsed
    1 can  (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
    3/4 cup sweet baby ray's BBQ sauce
     Sour Cream and Shredded Cheddar Cheese, for garnish
    PREMIUM Saltine Crackers

    Make It

     

    HEAT oil in large skillet. Add next 7 ingredients; stir. Cook until vegetables are tender and seasonings are aromatic, about 10 min.

    ADD ground beef & sasauge. break meat up with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink, about 4 min. Stir in beer and scrape up any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan.

    ADD to a large slow cooker. Stir in beans, tomatoes and barbecue sauce. Cover with lid and turn the heat to LOW; cook for 8 hours. (Or, cook on HIGH for 5 hours.)

    TOP chili with sour cream and Cheddar. Serve with the crackers.

     

     
  • Packers Officials To Use TSA Wands To Check Fans Entering Lambeau Sunday.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Lambeau Field may seem a lot like an airport beginning Sunday. The Packers will use TSA hand-held wands to check fans entering Lambeau Field starting with the game against the Denver Broncos as part of the NFL's enhanced security measures. Pat-downs also may be used for the process. The procedure will use the same lines at entry gates, but fans should expect a longer wait to get into the stadium. That's why the Packers organization is asking fans to arrive early to allow for extra time when entering the stadium. “The enhanced security procedures at Lambeau Field recommended by the NFL will increase the safety of fans at our games,” said Doug Collins, Packers director of security/risk management. “We encourage fans to make their way to the stadium gates earlier than in the past, as the new procedure will require some additional time for inspections prior to entering the stadium.” Collins and a representative from the Green Bay Police Department will be talking about the security changes this morning at a press conference at Lambeau Field.

  • Criminals In Alabama Can Choose...Church Or Jail! Are You Kidding Me?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     Criminals in a small Alabama town now have the choice between the house of corrections and the house of God. It's part of Operation Restore Our Community in Bay Minette. Starting today, the town will offer nonviolent first-offenders a get-out-of-jail card if they go to church every Sunday for a year. Prisoners in the program will also have to write about each service. According to Bay Minette's police Chief Mike Rowland, the hope is that prisoners will turn into "productive citizens." But does this cross the line between church and state? The police claim it doesn't because prisoners can choose whether they want to participate and, if so, where to worship. But the American Civil Liberties Union thinks otherwise. It calls the operation "blatantly unconstitutional," and for the most part social media agree. Some are wondering how this could be legal. @AddInfoOrg says it's a "breathtaking assault on the First Amendment." But there are supporters. On Facebook, Lisa Hillesland called it "A great way to save taxpayer money." What do you think of the program?

  • Ukrainian Man Takes 1st Place In Dumpling Eating Contest...THEN DIES!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up!

     

    KIEV | Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:08am EDT KIEV (Reuters) - A 77-year-old Ukrainian man won a jar full of sour cream for coming first in a dumpling eating contest and then promptly died, local media reported on Wednesday. Ivan Mendel ate 10 dumplings in half a minute to win first place and a one-liter jar of sour cream in the contest held in the town of Tokmak in the southeastern Zaporizhya region on September 18, Fakty I Kommentarii newspaper said. Shortly afterwards, Mendel became unwell and died, according to local news websites. Dumplings, called "vareniki" in the former Soviet republic, are a staple of Ukrainian cuisine and are often stuffed with a range of fillings from mushrooms to cherries. 

  • Lawmaker Complains About 600K Salary. Really??

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Add John Fleming, a Republican congressman from Louisiana, to the growing, bipartisan list of relatively well-off politicians who may want to revisit the way they discuss their income in public.

    During an MSNBC interview to discuss why Fleming opposes President Obama's tax increase on those earning more than $1 million per year, host Chris Jansing said that Fleming has an income of more than $6 million. Fleming quickly corrected her, saying he actually takes in a fraction of that gross amount--about $600,000.

    "The amount that I have to reinvest in my business and feed my family is more like $600,000 of that $6.3 million," Fleming explained. "So by the time I feed my family I have, maybe, $400,000 left over to invest in new locations, upgrade my locations, buy more equipment."

    Fleming owns a string of Subway sandwich shops and UPS store franchises that earned a gross income of about $6.3 million last year, according to a review of the congressman's finances in The Wall Street Journal.

    Jansing went on to tell Fleming that his annual personal income of $200,000 from those ventures was "not exactly a sympathetic position" from which to make the case for lower taxes on the wealthy.

    "You do understand, congressman, that the average person out there who's making maybe 40, 50, $60,000 out there, when they hear you only have $400,000 left over, it's not exactly a sympathetic position," she said. "You understand that?"

    "Class warfare's never created a job," Fleming responded. "And that's people that will not get jobs. This is all about creating jobs, Chris, this is not about attacking people who make certain incomes. You know in this country, most people feel that being successful in their business is a virtue, not a vice, and once we begin to identify it as a vice, this country is going down."

    Fleming was merely pointing out a consequence of tax increases--that business owners will have less money to re-invest and hire new workers if they decline to take a pay cut. But his message likely won't resonate, as Jansing said, with "average Americans."

    Lawmakers in both parties have long found themselves appearing removed from reality. From pictures of former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry windsurfing off Nantucket in 2004 to current Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's six-figure tab at Tiffany's in 2011, national politicians can find themselves treading a fine line when it comes to discussing their wealth, especially during tough economic times.

    Others may want to take note.