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Learn How To Make Laila Ali’s Famous Oven Fried Chicken

December 10th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE 

The holidays are here and if you’re a busy mom it means your time is limited! In this episode of Mommy in Chief, we are showing you to make Laila Ali’s Famous Oven Fried Chicken.

The full recipe can be found here.

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New Host! New Topics! Mommy in Chief is Back!

December 6th, 2013 - By jade
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Mommy in Chief is back for Season 4 and this time it is brought to you by USPS®. Our new host is the beautiful and talented Laila Ali and on this season she will go over topics that range from preparing the perfect Holiday Care Package with her famous Oven Fried Chicken ingredients to inviting some of her celebrity friends to share advice on how to find me-time for yourself.

Make sure you watch the first episode airing on December 10th where she will be making her famous oven fried chicken, just in time for the holidays!

 

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Thanksgiving Blues: How to Cope with Spending the Holidays Away From Home

November 26th, 2013 - By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
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She woke before the birds and the sun, your mother. She wandered to the kitchen, slipped on an apron, and she began to work.  Her hands were busy: basting the ever-baking turkey, peeling and mashing the potatoes, boiling and cheesing the macaroni, and skinning and candying the yams. The stuffing, cornbread, cranberry sauce, salmon, ham, collard greens, and sweet potato pie yet to be completed and on the family table, but she would somehow have it all prepared by 4 p.m. She turned the kitchen into a workshop. And, when you and your siblings were a bit older, you joined her, helping to bring ease to the brave task of having to prepare a vast meal for a large family. She would share her recipes with humor as she overwhelmed the house with rich flavor. And, about six or seven hours after, the separate ingredients will have transformed into a generous meal. Long hours of preparation gives way to decadent consumption, and you and your family sit down for a grand meal, sampling everything that was made, filling yourselves with food and conversation until you feel too swollen to move.

However, this year, you can’t make it home –perhaps for the first time ever–for a number of reasons, including being broke or too busy. You’ve found yourself in a different city or different country, and you’re DEVASTATED about the fact that you won’t get the chance to eat your mother’s five-star pie or your sister’s incomparable eggplant Parmesan. That’s my story. But don’t fret. While it’s evident that you can’t enjoy the fine eats or familial company, there are ways to cope with spending the holiday away from home. Here’s what I’ve figure out.

You Can’t Go to Your Family, So Bring Your Family to You (Kinda Of)

Since you’ll be apart from your family for Thanksgiving, consider setting up your computer and turn on the video chat if you’re feeling lonely. You can prepare a meal virtually, alongside your family, while you converse with one another. Or, simply set up chat when it’s time for dinner. Your family members can place the computer at the end of the dinner table, and you can experience all the drama, love and confusion that’s associated with any family gathering.

Have a Good Network of Friends

There’s no feeling quite like being completely alone on a national holiday, particularly one that’s family-oriented. So, if you’re forced to be away from your family on such a day, look to friends. Look to the people around you and reach out…even if you might feel embarrassed. There’s no shame in not wanting to be alone–and friends will comfort you with food, fun and drinks to make up for the fact that your family isn’t around. Chances are, they’re celebrating without their clan too. Together, you and your friends can collaborate to make a lavish meal, potentially saving yourselves money and time.

Learn To Create New Traditions

Thanksgiving can be fulfilling, just as it can be exhausting. The good thing about being an adult and away from traditional obligations is to that you can make traditions of your own. Forgo the usual Thanksgiving turkey and take advantage of the day off of work in a different way. Grab a friend and explore your city, grab lunch at a great sushi place, grab early bird drink specials, and go shopping. Contrary to popular belief, not every store is closed, and a lot of them are kicking off their Black Friday sales early. Also, if you have a serious need for Thanksgiving cuisine and you don’t want to cook, there are a few restaurants that have carry out Thanksgiving food: Bob Evans, Boston Market, Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants, Cowboy Chicken Wood Fire Rotisserie, Cracker Barrel, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, HoneyBaked Ham, Luby’s, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Popeyes and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Also, consider ending your evening with a trip to a bar, a club or karaoke bar. Who says that holidays can’t be ALL fun. And if you want them to be more than fun, you can always volunteer to provide food to people in need.

No matter what you decide to do in your family’s absence, attempt to make the best of your day. Eat plenty, have fun and share it with someone else. Don’t pout or whine, but instead be thankful that you have a family who misses you, and plenty of loved ones who care for you, even if they’re not sitting right next to you on Thursday.

Pass Or Play: Kelis Has “Been Given A Morning” On Latest Single

September 22nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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"Kelis Been Given A Morning"

This is why we love Kelis: She’ll be lowkey for months and then, out of nowhere, she drops new music and we eat it right up!

That’s exactly what happened on Saturday as “Been Given A Morning” surfaced on the internet. The first thing you notice is that Kelis, known for her unique beats and sometimes harsh lyrics, traded that in for a super mellow joint.  Yes, she had a moment that was more “soft and pink” than bringing her milkshake to the yard.

In the track, Kelis opens up her vocals to a vulnerability many of us haven’t seen from her since she stepped on the music scene (when she was super angry, Kelis).  The song was produced by Basshitter and on Instagram, he described it as a mix of classical, soul and pop music.  We’d agree.

What makes this song extra special is the horn and violin playing right before Kelis begins the second verse. That composition alone is almost enough by itself to give a second listen.

Yes, it is different from what we’ve heard from Kelis but one thing we should never forget: she ALWAYS switches things up. Kelis is truly a musical chameleon and you’ve got to be able to appreciate that.

It looks like “Been Given A Morning” will be on Kelis’ new album, FOOD, which likely has a 2014 release date.

So check it out and tell us what you think!

Is Cooking At Home Becoming More Expensive Than Eating Out?

August 23rd, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Last year, researchers ordered a 10 oz. rib-eye steak from Outback Steakhouse along with soup, salad, and asparagus; the bill was $17.99. Cooking the exact same meal at home, the price tag climbed to $20.52. The controversial study concluded that it is cheaper to dine out, but a Boston Globe author wasn’t convinced.

“Not possible,” Jane Dornbusch wrote. There was no way, Dornbusch thought, that cooking at home could be more expensive than dining out. One writer at GoBankingRates tried to persuade her that the study indeed made sense:  “She cited the high cost of groceries and the surge in value menu items (such as $1 fast-food burgers) to support the notion that dining-out and cooking-in prices are converging,” Dornbusch added.

Still unconvinced, Dornbusch took matters into her own hands and replicated the study herself. “I’d compare costs and factor in time and convenience, and see which meal really is more expensive,” she said.

At an Outback Steakhouse in Framingham, MA., Dornbusch ordered the rib-eye steak, but it came with soup or salad for $18.29. The original study claimed that the meal came with both soup and salad. To match the meal, Dornbusch opted for the salad and ordered a cup of tortilla soup which added $2.99 to the tab. Throwing in asparagus as well, Outback charged Dornbusch an extra dollar.

Not including tip, the whole meal (for two) cost Dornbusch $47.68. Making the same dinner at home for two, this is what she found:

A few days later, I went to my local supermarket and bought the groceries I needed to make the meal. The bill came to $45.86 — surprisingly close to the restaurant tab. Maybe the study was onto something.

Splitting the bills in half to compare with the original study, the Outback meal cost Dornbusch $23.99 (compared to $17.99) and its cook-at-home counterpart was $22.93 (compared to $20.52).  Dornbusch says that these numbers, however, are misleading. “Yes, I had to buy a whole head of romaine and a whole head of iceberg for the salad, but that gave me enough lettuce for a week’s worth of salad, not just one meal.” The same goes for many other ingredients she purchased for the dinner.

In doing the math, Dornbusch discovered — with leftover ingredients for more meals — eating at home only cost her $11.84 per person and $23.84 at Outback. Clearly, cooking at home is the winner. Let’s not forget that dining-in is healthier–who knows what’s going on in that hidden kitchen.

While Dornbusch agrees that groceries are getting more expensive, we cannot yet say that dining out is cheaper. Your thoughts?

Summer Time is Here! Behind The Scenes Photos of Episode 2 | Home Savvy Producer’s Blog Post #3

July 11th, 2013 - By jade
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Grilling Party

 

Summer is here and in Episode 2 of Home Savvy, our host Patrice J. Williams showed you how to create the perfect grilling party. Here are the behind-the-scenes photos of our amazing crew, working hard and having fun on set!

 

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Producer, Raven Carter examining one of the cameras on set.

Max On Set

After a long day of taping, Camera Operator, Max Goodrich is taking a break on set. After hours of being on set, a quick break is always healthy!

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Nine Organic Food Companies to Chew On

April 23rd, 2013 - By Candace Smith
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You probably know this by now, but a food revolution has begun… an organic food revolution that is. More and more people are beginning to shop smarter, realizing that eating organic foods are not just for those with certain diseases or who have declared themselves vegans or vegetarians. Here are nine organic food companies producing some of the tastiest organic brands in America.

 

Chef Noire: How To Make Crispy Chicken Wontons

February 22nd, 2013 - By madamenoire
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Ingredients

1/2 TBS. sesame oil
1/4 of a head of cabbage, shredded
1/2 lb. ground chicken
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 TBS. soy sauce or more to taste
30 wonton wrappers
vegetable oil for frying

Directions

Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook the cabbage until it softens. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the ground chicken and stir, breaking up the pieces until done. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add the soy sauce and turn off the heat. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Assemble the wontons by placing a spoonful of filling in the center of a wrapper. Dip your finger into a small dish of water and wet 2 of the sides. Fold the opposite sides over the filling and pinch together, forming a small triangle. Repeat with all the wrappers.

Pour vegetable oil into a pan to a depth of 1-inch. Heat over medium high heat. When hot, fry the wontons in batches (about 1-2 minutes per side) or until crispy and brown. Makes 30 wontons.

Recipe courtesy of Ommynoms

Popular New York Soul Food Eatery, The Pink Tea Cup, Files for Bankruptcy

February 7th, 2013 - By CAP
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Over the past few years The Pink Tea Cup has had some location issues, which have now transformed into financial issues. The Manhattan restaurant whose menu includes fish and grits, fried catfish, and chicken and waffles, has filed for bankruptcy. The popular hot spot has moved several times and when its final location did not have a liquor license for over six months, it put a dent into their financial performance.

The restaurant’s attorney David Bondi stated, “They got deep into debt because they were unable to serve alcohol.” And now according to Crain’s the eatery is filing for bankruptcy.

According to the filing, The Pink Tea Cup has between $50,000 and $100,000 in assets and between $100,000 and $500,000 in liabilities. And with only about $80,000 of that owed to the landlord, it’s looking like management was borrowing just to cover operational expenses.

A bankruptcy filing doesn’t mean the doors are shutting for good. The Pink Tea Cup has recently gotten a liquor license and has been doing much better financially ever since. Hopefully with its celebrity visits and pretty good reviews on Yelp this little New York gem will make a full recovery.

Chef Noire: How To Make Crunchy Herbed Guacamole

January 25th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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You don’t have to hit up your favorite Mexican restaurant when you’re craving chips and guacamole. Why not make your own with this quick recipe?

Ingredients

2 Ripened avocados, halved and pitted
3 Small red radishes, diced
¼ Cup finely chopped cilantro
¼ Cup snipped fresh chives
Kosher salt or table salt, to taste
Juice of ½ lime
Bottled Chipotle Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)

Directions

Scoop avocado flesh (for best results, inside a molcajete) and add the cilantro, chopped chives, lime juice, and chipotle hot pepper sauce. Gently mash with pestle until the desired consistency is reached. Fold in diced radishes and season with salt to taste.

Recipe Courtesy of Chef George Duran of the Food Network and TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off . To purchase the molcajete Chef Duran uses, click here.