Monday, August 31, 2009
Bobby Deen is stopping by for breakfast. He's cooking up the perfect Egg White Omelette with Spinach and Tomato and his secret recipe for the best Peaches and Cream Muffins in the South. Paula joins in with her Smashed Potato Cakes and Peppered Bacon... And a Spiced Iced Tea. So pick your favorite recipe, cause the morning munchies are alive and well in Savannah, Ga.
Mmmmm, here's two of my fav's from this episode.....
* 4 cups water
* 4 tea bags
* 2 sticks cinnamon
* 10 whole cloves
* 4 cups pomegranate juice
* 4 cups apple cider
* Garnish: cinnamon sticks and clove-studded lemon slices, optional
In a large saucepan add the water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags, cinnamon, and cloves. Let steep, covered, for 20 minutes. Strain and return the tea to the pan, discarding the solids. Stir in the pomegranate juice and apple cider. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve. When ready to serve pour into cups or mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks and lemon slices, if desired.
Peaches and Cream Muffins
* Nonstick cooking spray
* 2 cups self-rising flour
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
* 1 cup sour cream
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 (15-ounce) can sliced peaches, drained and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Gently fold in the peaches.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a serving platter and serve immediately or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, before storing.
What a great Sweet and Spicy start to a day :)
You can find the rest of the recipes from this episode here......
Shrimp Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes
Hollowed-out tomatoes were the secret to elegant lunches in the '50s - and they deserve a comeback today. Look for bright red, aromatic tomatoes without any mushy spots or discolorations. You can also stuff these tomatoes with Bacony Barley Salad with Marinated Shrimp or Curried Tofu Salad.
- 1 pound peeled cooked shrimp (21-25 per pound; thawed if frozen), tails removed, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely diced
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
- 10 Kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
- Pinch of freshly ground pepper
- 4 large ripe tomatoes, cored
Combine shrimp, celery, basil, olives, shallot, mayonnaise, vinegar and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir to combine.
Carefully hollow out the inside of each tomato using a melon baller or small spoon; reserve the scooped tomato for another use (see Tip). To serve, fill each tomato with a generous 1/2 cup of the shrimp salad.
Save the scooped-out tomato insides to use in fresh tomato soup or pasta sauce. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Tomorrow be prepared because I'm researching my Kabobs ! :)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wild in the Wild: Is it okay to romp in a field?
"In 25 years of practice, I haven't seen a patient with any sex-in-the-grass-related complaints," says gynecologist Suzanne Merrill-Nach, M.D. Nature enthusiasts face a slight (but avoidable) risk of poison ivy or oak, allergic reactions to other plants or insects entering places they shouldn't. "And if you're considering sex on the beach, watch out for friction burns from the sand," says Suzanne Merrill-Nach, M.D. Another consideration: "Almost every state has laws against indecent exposure," says Sandor Gardos, Ph.D., founder of mypleasure.com, "though it really depends on how flagrant it is, and it's fairly easy to talk your way out of arrest or a summons. Use your judgment." So, pack a blanket, be discreet and go enjoy the great outdoors!
But there is a subtle adjustment you can make that can increase your chances of having an orgasm: the coital alignment technique, or CAT. Have your partner move his entire body up about two inches. Your partner's pubic bone will rest on top of yours so that the base of his penis presses on your clitoris. This position provides continuous stimulation of your clitoris during intercourse, increasing your chances of having an orgasm.
So I was planning a huge party for my Parents Silver Anniversary....25th.
And I was completely prepared with all the plans until I found out that the sorry to say Loser of the family was moving home to live with my grandma....hence it was completely impossible to not invite her to the party. Now when I say Loser, I mean it in every sense of the word, anything that you can do to completely F*** up your life before the age of 17 has been done by this girl !
Safe to say....shes not liked much by my completely overprotective judgemental, too Perfect for words Mother...there is no way in hell my mom would let this girl step foot in my house, her eyes glaze over when someone mentions her name.....
Anyway so with words that she was coming back to NY, I panicked. Because how do I avoid inviting a family member that is living with my grandma and shes entirely too stupid to understand that no one likes her. (harsh) Oh well. Simply putting just my grandparents name on the invite they would drag her anyway.........by the way Julie**** (name changed for the protection of my safety, lol.) is now 22 with one kid that she treats like shit and pregnant with another......Cool. Sooooo glad that these poor children are doomed for the rest of their lives. She doesnt want them, yet continues to get knocked up ! Wow !
News Flash: Keep your legs Shut or Maybe get some help.
Now Julie*** is not completely stable, I mean she has mental issues but does anyone want to get her help, Of course not !
OMG. So back to my Parents.
I cancelled the party, even the idea of a party and made them a super cute basket instead :D
My parents LOVE new foods I mean like Loooove them. and we have the most killer vegetable garden I have ever seen !
Soooo I went to the ever popular Harry and David to hunt down some dips and spreads for bagettes and cooking
So here's what I got:
Fresh Veggies and Spices
Red Pepper and Cheese Dip
Charred Pineapple Dip (excellent mixed with cream cheese)
Pepper and Onion relish with Zinfandel
Ancho Chili with pepper dip (great baked on pork chops)
And a few other deliscious grilling sauces and dips :)
I ended up getting a shit ton of stuff filling a super cute basket that can later be used to bring in veggies from the garden :D
I also filled the basket with a Homemade simple salsa recipe and allll the ingredients freah veggies and spices to complete the recipes :)
Cute idea Huh ??? I totally thought so !
Well my mom like fell over she was so excited ! Which made it all so much better.
And of course Prince Charming said, You never fail to amaze me ! :)
Take a look at the Amazing Fresh and Simple Salsa.....absolutely delish on chips and grilled onto chicken, chops even steaks, we also added some into a baked dish that we made :)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Expect big changes when new episodes of The Hills and The City start up again on Sept. 29, moving from Monday nights to Tuesdays. The Hills will air at 10 p.m. (EST) followed by The City at 10:30 p.m. (EST).
Liz Gateley, senior vice president of series development for MTV and executive producer of both shows, tells PEOPLE that the new day is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the switch-ups.
Most notably, Kristin Cavallari has replaced Lauren Conrad on The Hills. “Kristin has brought new life to the show,” Gateley says. “She is the same Kristin we know and love — not afraid to mix things up. Her presence has really changed every dynamic within the cast, especially with Audrina [Patridge] and Justin Bobby.”
As for newlyweds Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, Gateley says they may be taking another big step in their relationship. “Heidi and Spencer are entering some interesting new territory of considering parenthood,” she says.
Over on the East Coast, Whitney Port may not be considering motherhood, but she will be dealing with a new boss.
“A lot has changed in The City,” Gateley says. “We shifted the focus of the show significantly from a relationship drama to a workplace drama. Olivia has a new job and an amazing new boss at Elle magazine. Whitney is focused a lot more on her work now that she’s single, and Kelly Cutrone — who I love — takes on a much bigger role in the show.”
But the focus on fashion remains the same. “The show feels much more like a reality Devil Wears Prada,” Gateley says. “Our whole shooting style changed. You’ll see much more action and less people sitting and talking, which was an intentional choice we made in making over the show. There are fireworks on the jobs constantly — it’s very exciting and fun to watch what it’s like to work in the world of New York fashion.”