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[RECIPE] Comforting Red Wine Braised Short Ribs w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes

While the blizzard is blowing snow up you a-lley or you’re enjoying a stay at home dinner in the low 70’s this recipe is sure to be the perfect match for anywhere and anybody, unless your vegetarian, sorry not sorry. Here’s my spin on red wine braised short ribs, ENJOY!

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Ingredients: 6 Servings.

  • 6-8 Short Ribs Bone in or out.
  • Green Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Red Potatoes
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary
  • 1/2 Onion
  • Red Wine (I used a Porto Wine)
  • A1
  • Seasoning Salt/ Table Salt
  • Pepper
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Season short ribs with salt and pepper, olive oil and a little bit of A1. IMG_1836
  • You’re going to brown all sides of the short ribs either in the over or on a sauté pan on low to not over cook the meat, this should take about 5-8 minutes to lock in the flavor before you throw them back in with the vegetables, this is a very important step so take your time.
  • Once all sides have browned, remove from the over or sauté pan. IMG_1840
  • Add chopped onions, carrots, and celery to pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until onions are browned, about 5 minutes. Add flour and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, until well combined and deep red, 2-3 minutes. Stir in wine, then add short ribs with any accumulated juices. Bring to a boil; lower heat to medium and simmer until wine is reduced by half, about 25 minutes. Add all herbs to pot along with garlic. Stir in stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer to oven. Yes, put the pot in the oven. IMG_1842 IMG_1843
  • Cook until short ribs are tender about 2 hours. Transfer short ribs to a platter. Strain sauce from pot into a measuring cup. Spoon fat from surface of sauce and discard; season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Mashed potatoes Prep:

  • In a medium pot, boil water pepper and seasoning salt over medium high heat. IMG_1844
  • Cut your potatoes into 4th’s so that they boil and cook faster in the water. I leave all the skin on my red potatoes because I love the flavor it gives the final product, totally up to you.
  • Once they’ve boiled you can check them to see if they’re done by literally sticking a fork in them, if it goes in and comes out smooth then they are ready to be mashed! So now you will drain all water from the pot.
  • Using butter and milk (add at your own discretion), salt, pepper, and fresh minced garlic you can begin to smash your potatoes right in the same pot with a fork or a smasher (what are those called anyway) lol. IMG_1845
  • Tip: adding a little more milk and butter towards the end makes them more airy and creamy.
  • Now you can (or can’t) add cheese bacon or chopped chives whatever you like to make those tastebuds happy.

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Now you can serve your short ribs and veggies over the mash or along side and don’t forget to spoon on a little more of the stock as gravy, enjoy!

[Street News] Mya Performs at a Miami Strip Club, we say Goodbye to Kobe and The Obamas are interviewed by YouTubers!

Here’s to anther week of the latest and greatest to catch you up to speed. Let us know how you feel about the headlines in the comments below!

5. THE SPORTS REPORT…

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Famed CHICAGO CUB star and announcer Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks died at the age 83 this weekend. He hit over 500 homeruns through is illustrious 19 years with the CUBS.  Though the CUBS were never in post-season play, Mr. Banks was a reoccurring league MVP and first-ballot Hall-A-Famer. He will be missed.

Also mourning are LOS ANGELES LAKERS fans as KOBY BRYANT was put out the game recently due to an injury. The rotator cup saga, as it’s being deemed, will see KOBY back on the bench where he spent majority of last season as well. Well, Mr. Bryant you’ve had a long career. In the famous words of ELSA from FROZEN: “LET IT GO”.

The NFL was also rocked last week when the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS were accused of cheating by deflating their balls in the SUPER BOWL determining game a few weeks ago. TOM BRADY, the famous quarter back, and their head coach vehemently denied that any tampering was done with said balls. Well, I say it couldn’t be proven, so let’s move on and good luck PATRIOTS against defending SUPERBOWL champions SEATTLE SEAHAWKS next week.

4. MY LOVE IS like WOAH…

Is this what it has come to? If you can’t fill an arena, or a smaller venue, or even a bar, you have to take your wears to the STRIP CLUB. That’s exactly what 90s superstar MYA did last weekend when she performed and twerked on the stage at a local MIAMI strip club. Pictures were posted to twitter and Instagram and the NEGROES went CRAZY attacking the LADY MARMALADE singer.  She was wearing a barely there outfit and belting her ass off, while showing it off at the same damn time. Well, we have to begin somewhere again. But my question is, were they really paying attention to the singer to root for her success, or to make her hurry to get back to seeing T&A. Hmmm….

3. INSTAFAME?

Celebrity is a matter of having a computer, a camera and a shtick now a days and this week it was this very idea at the center of two very big things to hit the country. First were the YOUTUBE stars who got the chance to interview the sitting President BARACK OBAMA. GLOZELL GREEN, HANK GREEN and BETHANY MOTO, who have all amassed millions of viewers on YOUTUBE, got to bring their own unique brand to the WHITE HOUSE while they interviewed POTUS about any and everything. GLOZELL made headlines when she called MICHELLE OBAMA the president’s FIRST WIFE, which elicited a chuckled from the President for her mistake of not calling her the FIRST LADY.

In other SHADEWORTHY news, while promoting her stint on EMPIRE, NAOMI CAMPBELL told Meredith Vieira that the influx of instamodels, where the magazines find models from YOUTUBE, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK and the like, will never allow them to appreciate the struggle she had to go through to get her career. She stated they will never truly have a “full” experience. She gently ended the segment by stating, “EASY COME, EASY GO!” Well there’s that. NAOMI you never fail to give and get GOOOOOOD T!!!!

2. ABOVE THE LAW…

We always knew that having power can and always will get you out of trouble, but I never knew that it was actually in writing. A KENTUCKY senator BRANDON SMITH decided to get drunk as a skunk and go driving. He, of course, got pulled over, and was charged with a DUI and speeding 20 miles over the speed limit, which would have gotten us common folks a free ride to jail and not collecting 200 dollars. That’s not the crazy part, what happened next was: SMITH stated that the charges should be dismissed due in part to a clause in the KETUCKY constitution that states, “The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place.” Which means as long as he is working, he can never be charged with a crime, a small one that is. He’s making definite inroads as one judge has already dismissed the charges. MUST BE NICE! Hell where is the special election at that I need to win to be able to get away with crimes.

1. NUMBER ONE FAN…

The STANS are not the only avid fans of QUEEN B, aka BEYONCE that are going in on those who oppose the POP DIVA. MICHELLE WILLIAMS, former member of DESTINY’S CHILD, was a guest host on THE VIEW last week. Their guest was SENATOR MIKE HUCKLEBEE, who has voiced disapproval of BEYONCE’s sexualized content. MICHELLE went to town on Mr. Hucklbee and fired on all cylinders when defending her former employer.  She stated that BEYONCE was genuinely a nice and chaste person, but she just need an outlet for a moment to show that she was multi-faceted. Well, Michelle you are really grateful that MATTHEW KNOWLES plucked you from obscurity. And surely you will be sent an “IN DEFENSE” check shortly.

That’s it for this week. Have a good one and please wish me a HAPPY BIRTHDAY this Thursday January 29th. Thanks for reading…

V.A. Patrick Slade.

[RECIPE] “Country Style Chicken Pozole” 30min, $20, and 10 Steps. Easy as 3-2-1!

Aside from the weather going back and forth daily here in LA, there’s a cold going around and it seems like everyone is catching it (including me). Sniffles, stuffy nose, sinus headaches – it’s the common cold and no one has the cure. Torn between making myself homestyle “Chicken Noodle Soup” or latin comforting “Chicken Pozole” I stood hungry and confused. Until my friend Alex asked me a simple question: “Why don’t you just make them both?” After being mind blown for 10 seconds, my brain started to create the best recipe I could for a struggling sick child (like myself). Something warm, slightly spicy and nutritious that would bring me and my sinuses back to LIFE! I Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Here we go!

30 minutes, $20 dollars, and 10 easy steps! Easy as 3-2-1! 

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What you’ll need…

  • Large pot
  • Cutting board
  • Large knife

Ingredients:

  • 2 Bone in Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Peeled carrots
  • 1 Yellow Squash
  • 2 stick of Celery
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 bundle of Cilantro
  • 2TbSp Salt and Pepper
  • 1TbSp Crushed red chili flakes
  • 1 medium can of White Hominy (can sub out for noodles but Hominy makes the fusion!)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot fill it with water to a half way mark and set it to boil on high heat.
  2. While the water is warming up, cut your half of sweet onion in half (two 1/4 pieces) and smash you garlic cloves (3) still keeping them whole. Drop both onions and garlic into boiling water when done.
  3. Now that the water is boiling, drop both bone in chicken breasts into the water, be careful not to splash yourself, its hot! With one table spoon each of salt and pepper. While your chicken is cooking, its veggie prep time.
  4. Cut/ dice/ slice your carrots, squash, limes, celery and de-stem your cilantro. (Tip: if you put everything into a bowl once its cut its easier to drop into the soup to avoid burns). IMG_1705
  5. Once the chicken looks almost done remove them from the stock and set them on the cutting board to cool. This is very important since we’ll be hand shredding our chicken and you don’t want your fingertips to fall off from the heat.
  6. While the chicken is cooling this is when you will drop in the chopped veggies and 6-8 leaves of cilantro, reducing the heat to a medium temperature. You don’t want your veggies to be too hard or too mushy so a slow cooking temp is ideal.
  7. Once the chicken has cooled down you can start to shred it to spoon size pieces. If not all of the chicken is cooked don’t worry, its going back in to the pot to cook more :) IMG_1706
  8. Once its all shredded, drop the chicken slowly back in, now you can add your hominy (strained and rinsed) into the soup as well as another tablespoon of salt and pepper and now add your chili flakes.
  9. Reducing the heat to medium-low and gradually stirring the soup for the next 10-15 minutes. This will allow all the flavors to lock in and gives your soup that homestyle taste.
  10. Plate your soup and garnish with a few lime squeezes, some fresh cilantro and a few shakes of chili flakes and voila!

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Thats my recipe for a perfect fusion of Chicken Noodle soup and Chicken Pozole! If you have any other cold buster remedies send them over or let us know your experience in the comments below! Enjoy!

[Street News] Lil Wayne drops a mixtape and picks up a Bae. Plus, Mariah Carey will headline Caesar’s Palace

HERE’S TO ANOTHER WEEK…LET’S DO IT!!!!

10. ANOTHER RO’ BITES THE DUST…

ABC’s THE VIEW is allegedly losing another member of their cast. Weeks after the New Year started, reports have surfaced that new co-host and Puerto Rican spitfire and former Spike Lee muse, Rosie Perez will be leaving the show. This comes after only being on the show for 4 months. ABC is staunchly denying this, stating that the co-host is off doing her thang on Broadway and is slated to return in February. Well let’s see if that’s the case, as THE VIEW is beginning to feel like an episode of SURVIVOR. And to top this news off off, THE TALK on CBS has bested the almost two decade old talker and keeps gaining momentum. Good luck with Barbara Walter’s baby and its surviving cast members.

9. RUSH WEEK IS OVER…

The hot ass mess that was SORORITY SISTERS on VH1 has been cancelled. Finding controversy with advertisers, fellow sorority sisters and the public outcry for general rachetness, the show will go off quietly into the night and WILL NOT be renewed for a second season. Two of the girls on the show have been suspended from their respective sororities and the others on the show are being considered for suspension. Who thought that this was a good idea? Apparently VH1 did. How dare they cancel SINGLE LADIES for this drivel? Whatever makes money right?

8. [Love and] HIP-HOP MESS…

Reality star and “producer” STEVIE J. could be going to jail for not paying child support. He was recently indicted for not paying a whopping 1 million dollars in back child support. This man makes good money on LOVE & HIP HOP: ATLANTA that airs on VH1 and from the looks of that house that he probably rents on the show, the personality should be able to pay off his debts.  I hope he can pay this bill, cause you can’t shoot reality in jail…well not unless it’s LOCKED-UP! on MSNBC…

In other Hip-Hop news and not of his own doing, R&B bad boy Chris Brown had a revocation of his probation due to a series of shots at his Fresno, California concert appearance. He’s not in trouble for the shots, but for not letting his Probation Officer know he was leaving LA COUNTY, which was against the rules of his probation. I swear trouble always finds the young star.

7. NOT MY ONSCREEN HUSBAND…

PHYLICIA RASHAD came out swinging recently in an interview when asked about the shenanigans and accusations against her on screen husband Dr. Bill Cobsy. She defended her co-star from THE COSBY SHOW and she went to town on the credibility of the women who have accused him. She stated that they were orchestrating a masterful plan to destroy a legacy. The statute of limitations have expired in every one of the cases, as a side note.  Well said Miss Rashad and finally someone who can attest and defend the man that everyone so easily casted to the wolves.

6. ALL I NEED IN THE LIFE OF SIN IS ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND…

New Orleans based rapper KEVIN GATES made news a few weeks ago when he openly admitted that he had been sleeping with his cousin. And when he found out he said that he would not stop. Why you may ask? He said that they had no knowledge of their kinship. He also said that she’s amazing in bed and they had gotten the hard part out the way: THE GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER STAGE.  He said they would continue to see each other. I for one say find love wherever you can get it, but I won’t be going to a family reunion looking for a date.

In other news of the loving despite legal lines, a Kentucky couple were finally caught in FLORIDA this week after allegedly going on a crime spree that spanned multiple states. The couple drew comparisons with the infamous BONNIE & CLYDE, but this isn’t the crazy part of the story. DALTON HAYES, the CLYDE in this situation met TAMMY MARTIN, the BONNIE in situation, on the internet. She told him she was his age and he fell for her, even proposing to her. Come to find out the girl was only 13 years of age. These fast ass girls now a days. Now both face charges of armed robbery. His will face them in adult court and she will face hers in juvenile court. I guess love comes in all sorts of flavors.

5.  DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME…

Who knew a selfie could cause such strife and dissidence especially on a world level? Well Miss Israel found out oh-too-quickly when she posted a selfie of her, Miss Pakistan, Miss Lebanon, Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan on her Instagram page. Fellow countrymen commented on her page their outrage that she would take a photo with a neighboring country’s resident that they are at and have been at war with for years. MISS ISREAL responded in kind that Miss Lebanon had begged her to take the photo with her, and she refused, but was photo bombed at the last minute….THAT’S A GOOD ONE, WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT? Hope the pretty ladies can get on with it and take their fight to the stage and see who can wear a better gown and walk the best strut down the stage.

4. YOU GET A DEGREE, YOU GET A DEGREE, YOU GET A DEGREE…

President Obama is proposing a FREE COLLEGE INITIATIVE to help aide middle class and lower middle class persons to get a free degree at a community or state college. This is being proposed in an effort to give those who are less fortunate a leg up in the world and give them an education that would allude many because of the lack of funds. President Obama is definitely working on his legacy and wants to go out helping those who can’t help themselves. But many on the other side of the argument are pissed because the money for said program will come from the taxes of those who are considered the top percentile in the tax bracket. Guess paying it forward has a new definition.

3. YOU MAY HAVE HAD HIM ONCE, BUT SO HAS EVERYONE ELSE…

SUPERHEAD herself KARRINE STEFFINS is sounding off and warning Christina Milian about her dealings with rap star LIL’ WAYNE. She goes on to tell the newly minted reality show star that she should not hope for anything deep with the rapper seeing as though he’s a “MAN OF THE WORLD”. Miss Christina responded in kind letting it be known that she would not be giving relevance to irrelevant people. The war of words continued on social media. I don’t know whose side to take in the whole thing, but what I do know is that LIL’ WAYNE has two women duking it out over him like all machismo laden guys dare to dream about.

2. CELINE OPEN THAT DOOR…

First it was Celine, then Elton John, then Berry Manalo, and then Shania Twain, and now come MARIAH CAREY. She will take over at CAESAR’S PALACE in VEGAS beginning this May for a residency that will gain her more money than she already has. She will only be singing her #1s and she promises that she will give her very best…or at least I’m hoping that she will. This will give the singer plenty of days of rest and she promises a visual and auditory feast that her fans deserve. I see THE LAMBS now clogging up the road to see their QUEEN do her thang. Congrats Mariah and here’s to a successful residency.

1. THE GREATEST LOVE of ALL…

Angela Bassett and Lifetime did well for themselves as their WHITNEY HOUSTON biopic entitled WHITNEY got a total 4.5 million viewers to the cabler. This is a relative success for the channel that brought us THE FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC FILMS, THE LIZ AND DICK FIASCO, AND THAT GOD AWFUL AALYIAH BIO who casted a skinny MISSY ELLIOTT.  The film fared well with a minimal mention of cocaine use and tried their best to make the Whitney and Bobby Brown relationship a love for all ages with no mentions of their tumultuous years or the CRACK IS WHACK era. The movie was well received and was the most tweeted about event of last Saturday. Her co-star Arlen Escarpeta did an okay job as Bobby Brown. The films was actually pretty good with the exception of star YA-YA DeCosta’s horrible lip-synch. She should have gotten pointers from a drag queen.

That’s it for this week…See ya soon…

V.A. Patrick Slade

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