[RECIPE] Memorial Day Dog’s + Deviled Egg Potato Salad

The holiday weekend is coming up and lets all face it, good bbq, a brew and great company will keep a happy crowd entertained. With this recipe you can be the rockstar; steph-curry-clutch, the real MVP, if you bring this to a potluck, tailgate or just about anywhere! Lets get right to it!

What you’ll need:

Medium pot, small pot, large mixing bowl, grill, broiler/ toaster oven.

Ingredients:

IMG_2072Banana peppers, yellow mustard, mayo, dil relish, yellow potatoes (4 medium potatoes makes enough salad for 10-15 ppl), pico de gallo, guacamole, green onions, celery, 3-4 boiled eggs, blue cheese, hot links, bacon wrapped hot dogs and bratwurst buns (so that they can hold more deliciousness.)

Directions: 

Start first with the entire process of potato salad being that it has to cool before serving. Plus its better because you get the hard stuff out of the way.

First begin by putting water in your medium pot as well as small pot to boil. Then, cut your potatoes into smaller chunks so that they can boil faster

While that is warming up, drop your eggs to boil

Cut your green onions, celery, and I used a sample of Mr. G’s secret blend as a dash of seasoning and added that all into the large mixing bowl, Once the eggs have boiled cup them up finely and add them to the bowl as well.

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Now once your potatoes are done, strain them out of the water and rinse them with cold water. Then set aside to cut

Cut your potatoes into smaller pieces even though theyll be mashed together you still want to have some chunks of potato.

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IMG_2080 IMG_2081Now cover this up with aluminum and let baby girl chill in the fridge. Yes i just called my potato salad “baby girl” lol

On to the hot dogs. I got a little inspiration from the Dodger Dog and also the fact that I’ve never gone to PINKS but either way it goes cooking is always more rewarding! You can make it whatever you want.

IMG_2086My rendition of the hot dog came from a bacon-wrapped anything craving and a bbq version with grilled onions and lots of cheese. Again add anything you like and try it out with your friends. Don’t forget to share your posts with us! Happy Memorial Day weekend, be safe and we’ll back SOON!

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[Street News] The Simpsons may say goodbye to Flanders, Skinner, Burns, Smithers and many more? Doh!

5. MILD CELEBRITY NEWS…

MOORE LIES…ALLEGEDLY

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA cast mate KENYA MOORE is so unlucky in love. First, you’ll recall that when she first appeared on the show a few seasons ago she had paid a man to be her boyfriend (WALTER) and when he got pissed at how she was talking mess about him, he put her on blast on radio stations, blogs and television alike. Then poor Kenya was going after fellow cast mate, ALLEGEDLY, PHAEDRA PARK’S husband APOLLO…Which turns out to be kind of true…And then there was a RICH AFRICAN who bought her cars, etc. And he was into OIL…okay?!?!? Keep following this…And now she met a guy on the infamous MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER on BRAVO where she met a lovely man who was smart, educated, and wealthy and seemed like a great match for her. Well low and behold if information didn’t leak this week that Mr. Man is not only not single, but he is married and has been for MONTHS. Apparently he got married a month after shooting the show where he met KENYA. And catch this, KENYA has been all over social media before the revelation saying that they were a great and glowing couple. A MESS!!! Good luck. There has to be something going onto where this gorgeous woman who was once a beauty queen cannot find man…

WNBA DRAMA…

BRITTNEY GRINER and GLORY JOHNSON WNBA players tied the knot this week. But that wedding wasn’t without its drama. Less than two weeks before the two took the plunge they were arrested on domestic violence charges steaming from both of them going at it in their PHOENIX home. The cops were called they were arrested. But they walked down the aisle and appeared to be happy. Congrats. But what happened next was that the WNBA gave them a 7 GAME suspension for the fight. So they will miss the first half of the season that will begin in JUNE. Good luck ladies with the marriage and your careers…

4. STILL GOING…

A collective cry when up this week when HARRY SHEARER has chosen not to renew his contract with THE SIMPSONS.  The iconic show that was renewed for a 26th and 27th season this week will lose one of the talents that has been with the show since its inception.  Contract talks are said to have failed due in part to outs that the actor wanted to have to go do other projects.  SHEARER took to TWITTER to air his grievances and begged fans to light a fire under the producer’s butts.  He is the voice of many characters on the show including MR. BURNS, NED FLANDERS and PRINCIPAL SKINNER. Here’s hoping they can come to some kind of agreement. This is a national treasure and has been around for many of us MILLENNIAL’S lives…

3. IN THE NEWS…

DERAILMENT KILLS 8

A PHILADELPHIA AMTREK TRAIN derailed earlier this week killing 8 people and injuring hundreds. CEO and PRESIDENT JOE BOARDMAN has said that they are doing everything in their power to get to the cause of the crash.  Many sources are stating that the train sped up before it was hit by an object and derailed and causing the horrific accident. Whether the conductor or mechanical failure caused the acceleration is still up in the air. There are many weeks of investigation still ahead of the company. God be with the families of the injured and the dead.

HERE WE GO AGAIN…

TRAYVONN MARTIN’S killer GEORGE ZIMMERMAN is once again in the news. This time he was shot and maimed by a driver who had gotten into an altercation with the much beguiled shooter of the young black boy when he claimed he was neighborhood watch a few years ago. Many cite MR. ZIMMERMAN for brining national focus and began the conversation about black violence and beginning the #BLACKLIVESMATTER campaign.  Here’s hoping that the next national headline will not be that of his death, but many may wish for that.

NO SHELLFISH FOR YOU!!!

THE WISCONSIN REPUBLICANS are this close to signing in bill that will reform WELFARE in the state setting up a precedence for many other states in the union. The bill which has three parts will mandate welfare recipients have mandatory drug testing, as well as a limit to their time spent on assistance. The third part requires that only “healthy” food is bought and there will be no buying of lobster, shrimp, steak or the like. This should be interesting. Many folks will be very upset if this passes and trickles down to other states.

2. A LEGEND’S GONE TO GLORY…

BLUES legend B.B. KING died last week in his LAS VEGAS home. He was 89 years young.  The MISSISSIPPI NATIVE was a defining voice in BLUES for close to 50 years. With his deep voice, relatable songs, Mr. KING was a master at his craft. He also dabbled in acting with his appearances on THE COSBY SHOW and most recently 1 TOUCH ULTRA diabetes commercials.  His last days were plagued with drama, though, as his daughter claimed that the nurses that were taking care of her father were not treating him well. Even going as far as to take a picture of him and put it on TMZ. It was messy. Let’s hope that the man can rest in peace.

  • THE SENTENCING…

DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV, one of the two BOSTON MARATHON BOMBERS was found guilty a few weeks ago, and was sentenced to death last week. TSARNAEV and his family promise to fight the verdict. As you will recall back in 2013 TSARNAEV and his older brother were responsible for killing 6 people in an act of terrorism that injured many others at the finish line of the BOSTON MARATHON. Here’s hoping that this brings justice and hope to those who were affected but such a heinous act.

[RECIPE] Chicken + Shrimp Alfredo Primavera Lasagna w/ Kale Caesar Salad

Secret’s out, Italian food is my favorite! With me its just hard to find all the different dishes that I can make at home without wanting to press and dry your own noodles (one day) *sigh*. So for this recipe I wanted to put a twist and spin on the classic cheesy dish: LASAGNA! For this dish I incorporated two different meats with chicken and shrimp and added broccolini and carrots with mushrooms to compliment the cream sauce, anyways, LETS GET TO IT!

What you’ll need:

  • large pot
  • deep dish baking pan
  • medium pot

Ingredients:

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  • sliced carrots
  • broccolini
  • 1lb of chicken breast filets
  • 1lb of shrimp peeled
  • mushroom Alfredo sauce
  • 5oz white cheddar cheese
  • 5oz mozzarella cheese
  • 5oz ricotta cheese
  • 3oz parmesan
  • lasagna noodles
  • kale and caesar salad ready in a bag (hehe)
  • spices: crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, italian spices

Instructions:

  1. Begin to boil your lasagna noodles in boiling water in the large pot until cooked. best at boiling water and reduced to medium high heat.
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  3. While your noodles are cooking prepare your chicken and your shrimp to be seasoned and in the medium pot with all of your spices. Cooking meats with the seasonings is where all the flavor lies, secrets! lol.
  4. IMG_1960IMG_1961After both of the chicken and the shrimp are cooked you want to bring them back to the chopping block and mince the pieces even smaller to add to the lasagna. Once the meat is cut its time to chop the veggies!
  5. Begin by cutting your broccolini and if you didn’t already buy the carrots cut up you can do that now too!
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  7. In the medium pot, bring 1 jar of Alfredo sauce and all of your veggies and meats into the pot and let the flavors mix together on medium-low heat.
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  9. Now prep the cheese by cutting the blocks into slices.
  10. IMG_1968 IMG_1969Now that the noodles are done, rinse them out with a strainer and cold water, this ceases them from sticking to each other! Now you’ll begin to build your lasagna. Get your Alfredo sauce ready! AND NOW pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees!
  11. Lay down on layer of noodles and repeat this process: a. noodles b. sauce/ meat/ veggie mix c. cheese. Continue until the top layer is noodles and cover that with cheese and sauce to not dry out the noodles in the baking process.
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  13. Now it’t time to bake for 30 minutes. I know. It’s long but its SOOOOO worth it! In the meantime make your salad and enjoy!
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[RECIPE] Get ‘Summer Ready’ with Baked Salmon + Spinach + Plantains

Summer is right around the corner and if you wait any longer it will be thanksgiving again. Ay yi yi. Anyways, with meal preps that promote eating clean and are rich in protein and high in fiber you’ll be ready in no time. Let’s not forget a workout or two too, lol.

Lets get started!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large, medium and small sauté pan.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

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  • 2 Salmon filets  ( I bought mine from Ralph’s for $5 each)
  • Fresh spinach
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red and 1 orange bell pepper
  • 2 limes
  • 1 blood orange
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Spices: salt, pepper, crushed chili flakes, Dash’s All spice seasoning

Instructions:

As shown in the picture above, season your salmon before placing it in the pan. For your filets you can play around with whatever spices you like. I like my fish profile to be more on the citrus side with notes of garlic and spice. It’d definitely a party when you incorporate the three so using crushed red chili flakes, salt, pepper, all spice compliment the salmon.

Start by cutting your bell peppers into strips. Cutting your limes in halves the hamburger way (lmao) and for your orange, cut that in half too. With one orange half were going to use this to squeeze the other half you will use for making rounds. I made 4 which is perfect and all you need.

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For the salmon, I used a wok pan but a deep sauté pan works too. This is where you’ll use the orange half to squeeze the juice along with both lime halves. Drenching the salmon about half way deep in fresh lime and orange juice is the best. Like below. Don’t have enough, its ok, add some water, were just steaming the meat and theres more citrus to come.

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While your fish is cooking at medium heat (you don’t want to dry out the filets) you can prep your spinach and plantains. In a medium pan place chopped garlic and water to boil. Make sure the water is hot when you drop the spinach so that it keeps its bright green color and texture. Then drop a chunky stack. Don’t be scared, spinach shrinks to about half it’s size.

IMG_1940 IMG_1941While Spinach is cooking drop the temp to medium heat. Time to finalize our salmon and add in your pepper, cilantro and orange rounds. You may need to add a little bit of water because we will be steaming and covering the pan for a full steam process to lock in flavor and cook your peppers. (super quick).

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Now it’s time to cut your plantains. Cutting down the side of the peel can help you out at times the skin is tricky so doing this trick keeps your plantain whole and smooth. Now cut your plantain into diagonal slices and set them to brown in light olive oil and sprinkle on some kosher salt, yum.

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Don’t forget about your spinach! (turn it off).

IMG_1943After flipping your plantains a few times to get golden brown, take them out and let them dry on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Plate your food its time to eat!

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