Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jimmy Fallon's Crock Pot Chili

Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili

Today is National Chili Day, so let’ make some chili!  Here is the recipe that everyone’s favorite late night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon, uses. 



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 pounds ground chuck beef, ground for chili
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 habanero chili, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, coarsely chopped with their juices
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle amber beer
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving
  • Chopped tomatoes, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving



  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add beef and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; drain in a colander, discarding fat, and set aside.
  2. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add onions, garlic, and habanero; season with salt. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a 6-quart Crock-Pot, combine beef, onion mixture, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper; stir to combine. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and beer; cover and cook on high, stirring occasionally, for 5 hours.
  4. Add kidney beans and season with salt and pepper. (Jimmy smashes half the beans – why?  Nobody knows!)
  5. Continue to cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with desired toppings.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Correct Order of Bedtime Hygiene


                 The Correct Order of Brushing, Flossing, and Using Mouthwash:
1.  Floss or Use a Waterpik to completely clean between teeth. 
2.  Brush your teeth with a low-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste.
3.Rinse for 30 seconds to 1 minute with a fluoride containing mouthwash

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe

Valentine’s Creamy Jigglers

Also Known As: CUPID BREAKFAST A creamy mixture of red fruit-flavored gelatin and vanilla pudding is chilled, then cut into heart shapes for a fun snack or dessert.  This is as braces-friendly as it gets!



  • 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 pkg. (6 oz. each) JELL-O Gelatin, any red flavor
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk



  • Add boiling water to combined gelatin mixes in medium bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Let stand at room temperature 30 min. to cool.
  • Beat pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min. (Pudding will be thick.) Add to gelatin; stir until blended. Pour into 13x9-inch pan.
  • Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Dip bottom of pan in warm water 15 sec. Cut into 24 decorative shapes using 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutters, being careful to cut all the way through gelatin mixture to bottom of pan. Lift JIGGLERS from pan.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Children's Dental Health Month Facts

As we celebrate CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH in February, we would like to remind you that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following for good oral health that can help children (and adults) have a healthy and beautiful smile:


1.       Brush your teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

2.       Clean between teeth daily with floss or an inter-dental cleaner.  Decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.

3.       Eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacks to healthy items like fruits, raw vegetables, plain yogurt or cheese.

4.       Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

5.       Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.  The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily.

6.       Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris.  Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again.

7.       Do not share toothbrushes!

8.       Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. 
Additional Note for people in Braces:  Use your proxy brush daily between teeth, and over/under brackets

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

National Children's Health Month

Every year, we like to promote the American Dental Associations’ National Children’s Dental Health Month in February.  NCDHM is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  The ADA’s theme this year is “Sugar Wars” (wonder where that came from) and their message is simple and effective:

  • Brush 2 minutes, 2 times a day.
  • Clean between your teeth daily.
  • Limit snacks, eat healthy meals.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.