Want to surprise someone special with a holiday surf and turf dinner set for two? Use this quick, nutritious and affordable recipe for the perfect date night, or red box soiree.
What you will need:
small baking pan
wok, or sauté skillet
small sauce pan
10oz Filet Mignon
6 Jumbo Shrimp/ Prawns
1lb of fresh cut green beans
1/2lb of fresh brussels sprouts
1/4lb raw cranberries
Fresh organic rosemary
2lbs petite potatoes
1/3 stick of butter
bottle of red wine (I used Menage a Trois Midnight ~ dark red blend)
red chili flakes
A1 Steak Sauce
Directions: (Prep time: 15/20min Cook Time 25min)
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees
prep all vegetables: cutting the ends of the green beans off, cutting the brussels sprouts in halves and removing the base with a knife, cutting small/ petite potatoes in halves, rinsing cranberries.
Cut filet in half. Season with blackening spice, garlic, salt, pepper italian seasoning and crushed red pepper.
Pour a glass of wine! The knife part is over. All cooks deserve a pre-party lol
Use your small pot and fill it with water for the potatoes, water should be boiling hot when potatoes get dropped in.
In your small sauce pan sear both sides of the filet steaks on high to lock in the flavor and the juices for no more than 1 minute on each side. Remove, then place in the small baking pan. Cover with aluminum foil.
While the meat is baking, drop your potatoes the water should be at a great temperature.
In a wok, or large sauté skillet, with no heat (not yet) add lemon juice; sea salt and pepper to your green vegetables.
Test your potatoes, after 15-20 minutes they should be nice and tender, but not so soft they turn to mush. Remove the excess water leaving a very small amount. This is when you will add butter, rosemary, garlic, pepper, and italian seasoning keeping the heat on very low, you don’t want to overcook the potatoes. Check back stirring occasionally to coat each potato half with the seasoning.
Turn the oven off after 15 minutes your steak should be a perfect Medium/ Medium well.
Now you can flash steam the veggies making sure your continuously move them around, more-so to brown the brussels sprouts.
Leaving the shell on the shrimp, sauté them in minimal water, garlic salt and chili flakes. No more than 5minutes.
Now for the wine reduction sauce! yum! In a small sauce pan drop raw cranberries and water on medium. you want to steam them so that they begin to bulge and pop. Once most of the water has evaporated add a splash of red wine and a splash of A1 Steak sauce stirring frequently and turning the heat off. You don’t want to over cook the sauce.
R&B singer Jeremih was arrested Friday allegedly for opening up a PLANE door to let a part of his entourage on the plane already boarded and ready to depart for Phoenix.This goes in the collective category of DUMB AS HELL. Number one, why are you opening up a door, not only a door, but a back door to a plane? Number two, how did the entourage member get to the back door of the plane to even be allowed on the plane in Newark, New Jersey? And number three, why was the R&B singer in coach? These questions won’t probably be answered until his latest singe drops next month called, “BIRTHDAY SEX PART II: SNEAKIN’ ON THE PLANE.” #AHOTTASSMESS!!!
4. MEETING OF THE ROYALS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE POND…
King to be Prince William and Dutchess Kate of Winsor, were in NYC last week making the rounds and doing what Royal folks do: just being fabulous for no damn reason. They went to museums, to schools and the highlight was their trip to the Brooklyn Nets Game where they were competing against Cleveland Cavs and their hero THE LABRON JAMES. The Royals got to hobnob with Queen B and Jay-Z…meetings of the royals of this country must have been nice…Well after the game secondary King Labron took the opportunity to have a photo op with the Royals and, gasps, dare I say, put his hand on the Royal shoulder of Kate, which is totally against Royal Protocol. Hell, I guess Labron figured he couldn’t put his hand on his hairline, it mind as well be the next generation of Royal…
3. KICKING’M WHILE HIS DOWN
VH1’s LOVE AND HIP-HOP L.A.’s recently fired Rapper YOUNG BERG was put on blast this week by his former co-star Ray-J’s manager CASH JONES of being allegedly gay. CASH JONES put on Instagram that he saw the rapper and a young man in compromising position in the studio that he walked into. To add more fire to the flame, the young man accused of having the dalliance with the oft beguiled rapper is the nephew of Keisha Cole (QUEEN OF RACHETT R&B), CEEJAY.CEEJAY, who is a self-professed promoter has stated that they are just friends and it’s all BULL. But the rapper has yet to come out to deny, confirm or defend the allegations. He’s probably laying low to figure out what exactly to say. What a way to kick a man while he’s down. If you recall, he was dropped from the reality show back in September after an altercation with his girlfriend. Here’s hoping that everything gets better. And to Mr. Cash Jones, it’s nobody’s business who anyone is laying up with. We all got something in our closets that we aren’t proud of. Karma’s a bitch and she’s know everyone’s address.
2. TRAGEDY IN LA-LA LAND
Back up dancer and actress from VH1’s HIT THE FLOOR Stephanie Moseley was shot and killed tragically by her husband Earl Hayes early this week in the posh apartment complex near THE GROVE in Los Angeles.The two were to have been heard having a loud argument when the shots were heard by neighbors, early last Monday. Moseley who had worked for Rihanna, Chris Brown, and Britney Spears to name a few, was rumored to have been arguing with her husband about an alleged affair with R&B crooner Trey Songs, which the singer and people close to Moseley have denied. Regardless of the reason it’s a tragedy that such a young life was taken away with such tragic means. Our prayers are with the family.
1. EMAILS AIN’T EVEN SAFE…ASK SONY…
Privacy went out the window this week at Entertainment giant SONY. FBI is now involved in a hacking scandal that saw emails, upcoming project specs, and salaries of those who have worked for the studio and their films being leaked to the public. Some of the T that was spilled included the head of SONY calling Angelina Jolie a “talentless brat”; Kevin Hart a “Greedy and A MONEY HUNGRY WHORE”; and even the newest James Bond script being put out there for the world see. There’s nothing sacred anymore, not even the big dogs and their business. We all need to watch our backs and make sure that we not only trash incriminating evidence immediately, but also don’t do it in the first place.
Sad news this week as REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA star Kandi Burruss-Tucker’s husband Todd Tucker’s mom died of an apparent stroke this week in New York. Miss Sharon, who appeared on their wedding special earlier this year died suddenly. She was feisty and a strong influence on the show and we can gather she was the same in Todd’s life for that matter. The Tucker family is in our prayers as they go through their tough time.
In other unhappy news, Kelly Rowland, of DESTINY’S CHILD fame, has lost her mother. 66 year old Doris Rowland Garrison lost her life to unknown illness earlier this week.What makes the news even more sad is the fact that the songstress had just started a family of her very own, getting married earlier this year, and having her son TITAN on November 5th.Our prayers go out to the Rowland family in their time of grief.
4. IT’S SCIENCE FICTION…
Geeks and Super Geeks alike hit the roof last week when the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS trailer was released. Were they made at the lack of info being made public? Were the mad at the graphics? Were they made at the shape of the light saber (Well yes, they were!)? But what their main cause of disappointment were the amount of “black people” in the trailer. Some even stated that in the far-far-far future that “Blacks” wouldn’t be a part of the society…RUDE…This incensed outrage’s genesis came from the opening seconds and the vision of a black man as STORM TROOPER costume who is off to tell of his conquest. This made the GEEKS go crazy. To this I say, there is plenty of room for all of us in the world, even in the made up universe of GEORGE LUCAS and his multiple dimensions of characters.Don’t worry about the skin color of the characters, hell many of them are purple, green, and Blue, worry about the story and we hope that we don’t geta horrid retelling of sorry stories as we did with EPISODES 1-3.
In other science fiction news, Tyler Perry’s girlfriend gave birth to his son Aman…BLOOOP!!!!
3. URSULA GET ARIEL’S VOICE STAT!!!!
Mariah Carey took the stage Wednesday night’s ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY to do her now famous ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, which has become a Christmas staple since its release over twenty years ago. And the diva who originated the song thought it her right and privilege to sing her song on the televised program. But the DIVA didn’t come prepared. After missing a rehearsal or a few, as we could tell, the DIVA thought it wise to sing the song LIVE. Ain’t nothing wrong with a recorded track or cancelling the event all together if you’re not prepared, but the DIVA decided to go forth, tight red velvet dress and all, and tried her best to belt out the Christmas classic.What resulted is an EPIC FAIL. The songstress barely hit any of the notes; she was pitchy and girlfriend was more stilted than she has ever been. I get when having children, the elements or dealing with a divorce, any and everything can throw off a performance, but Miss Carey you are the penultimate and who little divas like Arianna Grande look up to, so, please DIVA get it together for the next time you perform because we want you to succeed.
2. THE NUMBER ONE DIVA IN THE GAME FOR A MINUTE
Who knew Dolly Parton was the most GRAMMY NOMINATED artist of all time? I didn’t until her record was busted by the current reigning blond bombshell Miss YONCE, SASHA FIERCE, BEYONCÉ Knowles herself. She garnered many nominations including Album of the year for her self-titled LP BEYONCÉ.Right behind her in the nominees were Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and Pharrell who all are going for gold during the telecast in early 2015. The most awards ever won in one night was Michael Jackson, with 12. Let’s see if Queen B can tie or even break this record as she hopefully will saunter down the aisle on the telecast.
1. I CAN’T BREATH…
New York and the nation let out a collective breath of disappointment as the officer who allegedly put Eric Garner in a choke hold would not get an indictment for said act.The grand jury found that the officer didn’t do anything wrong, even though clearly the Medical Examiner said that Mr. Garner was indeed a victim of homicide.What’s even more disparaging is that the NYPD tried to paint Mr. Garner as a petty criminal who was always up to no good. And the NYPD was even more disappointed that their mayor di Blasio didn’t come out in support of them, but the lives of “black lives”, which his bi racial son is a part of. With a pledge budget from President Obama to outfit police officer’s with body cameras and the NYC di Blasio mayor calling for re-training of the thousands officers in the area. These are just the first steps in a direction that they hope will change the perception of law enforcement around the country. If this case and the Mike Brown case has taught us anything as a country is that we are to be ever vigilant and always aware of the world and what’s around us. It has also taught us that there are always bad seeds even in the best of situations. Let’s not cast the proverbial hyperbolic blanket of “always” “all” and “they” and look at situations individually. We all are here to co-exist with each other. We may not like it, and we may not ever accept it, but it’s the truth and we can’t escape it. I’m glad we have a focus and a glue that will hold us together, but once this too passes, what will keep our focus and keep us going: HUMANITY. We all have the same blood color for a reason. At the core race, religion, sex or status means nothing. We are all born the same way. We all are going to die the same way ALONE.
That’s it for this week. Keep yourselves safe and think happy thoughts. It’s a marathon, this thing called life. Not a sprint.
On August 23 and 24th a small group of individuals gathered at the 10th anniversary Afro-Punk festival in Brooklyn, NY. Following the verdict of deceased Michael Brown and other young African American males who’ve been victims of racism and gunfire, photographers James Malone and Stephen Small-Warner stood up for justice through photography by posing the question: “What does the American Flag mean to you?”
At the festival they handed visitors the American Flag and asked them to show how and what the flag means to them. The visual catalogue of POV’s was put into perspective by Tunnel Vision Photo shooters and their partners @TheCultureLP.
Since the project sparked dialogue concerning the question: “What does the American Flag mean to you?”, the answers varied drastically: some fun; some serious and some so provocative and sensitive to look past.
“This photo series is necessary because as a nation that prides itself on democracy, it is essential to share the exact feelings of its people.” said James Malone, Founder of TunnelVision artist-photographer agency.
“TunnelVision’s partnership with The Culture LP instantly transformed from shooting images at one of the largest music festivals to take place in Brooklyn, to kicking off a social media campaign with over 100 reposts in its first 24 hours”.
“This is not a protest, this is a collection of visual opinions from the people by the people. We want to promote participation from all over the country. Your voice and opinion fuels #ThePatriotismProject,” added Stephen Small-Warner, TunnelVision photographer.