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Snack & Sip On These Unconventional Recipes For Super Bowl

February 7th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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If you still haven’t decided on today’s menu for Super Bowl 50, let alone started preparing for the arrival of your empty belly guests, no worries.

While finger food snacks like chips and guacamole are a must-have when watching the football, Fadia Kader of Instagram’s “Cooking With Kader” decided to surprise and share with some unconventional treats that stray from your normal game day offerings . From a refreshing Mint Limeade to replace your common Coca-Cola beverage to savory Purple Potato skins and more, there’s a varied palate of taste for every single one of your guests to leave your home satisfied, even if their team takes an L. Courtesy of Vh1.

20-30 limes
Fresh Mint
Mezcal (over 21, y’all)

-Juice the limes

-Mix sugar and water to create simple syrup

-Add the simple syrup to the lime juice

-Add water, ice, and sprigs of mint

-Garnish with slices of lime

6 small or medium Purple Potatoes (or Russet Baking Potatoes)
Olive Oil
3/4 cup Cheddar Cheese
1 batch Creme Fraiche
2 cloves minced garlic
2 Scallions, thinly sliced
Salt and Pepper, to taste

-Mix Crème Fraiche and minced garlic night before

-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit)

-Scrub the potatoes well to clean them

-Rub potatoes with olive oil and bake them for about an hour until soft to the touch

-Bake your bacon and crumble it while the potatoes are cooking

-Remove potatoes from the oven, and set aside to cool

-Once cool enough to handle, slice the potatoes in half horizontally and gently scoop out the insides

-Place the halved, scooped out potatoes on a wire rack set atop a baking sheet

-Turn up the oven temperature to 450 degrees

-Brush the skins all over with more olive oil

-Sprinkle with salt and pepper

-Bake on the wire-rack-topped baking sheet for a total of 20 minutes, flipping the skins over after the first 10

-Let the skins cool, and then fill each scooped-out potato skin with an equal amount of filling

-Top with cheddar

-Turn on your broiler, then let the skins cool until the cheese is melted, browning and bubbly

-Fill potato skins with the garlic Crème Fraice, top with cheese, bacon crumbles and scallions


For Honey Chipotle
3 tbsp of honey
4 tbsp of chili pepper
3 cups of ketchup
1 can of Chipotle pepper in Adobo sauce
1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp of brown sugar
1 tsp of orange zest
2 tbsp of orange juice
Salt (to taste)

And also
4 Tyson chicken strips
Crescent rolls

-Mix all ingredients and reduce

-Let it simmer for 10 min

-Brush Tyson chicken strips with the chipotle mixture

-Roll individual tenders onto 2 crescent rolls to cover the entire strip

-Bake at 400 degrees

Super Bowl Treat: Touchdown Cupcakes

February 5th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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Food Network Pull Apart Touchdown Cupcakes

If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party where kids will be in full effect, a treat for them is mandatory. These Pull Apart Touchdown Cupcakes are the perfect sweet to celebrate football and fit right into little hands. You can take this pull apart one step further by writing team names on the ends of the field with decorator icing, or use sprinkles in your teams’ colors on the last row of cupcakes on each end of the field for personalized end zones. Touchdown! Courtesy of


  • 3 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 sticks  unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Assembly and Decorating:

  • 2 1/2 cups dark green jimmies
  • 15 large marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 8 chocolate cream covered cookie sticks, such as Pocky sticks
  • One 4.25-ounce tube white decorators’ icing
  • 2 small chocolate chewy candies, such as midgie-size Tootsie Rolls, unwrapped
  • 22 fruit-flavored gummy candies in 2 different colors, or 11 chocolate-covered raisins or  peanuts and 11 yogurt-covered raisins or peanuts
  • Special Equipment: metallic green, metallic gold and/or dark brown cupcake liners


For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup standard muffin tins with cupcake liners. Whisk together flour, baking powder, basking soda and salt tin a small bowl. Set aside.

Combine the butter, granulated sugar, sour cream, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 21 to 23 minutes, rotating the pans once about halfway through baking. Cool the cupcakes in the pans for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting: Beat the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and salt using an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar and continue to beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes more.

For the assembly and decorating: Put 1 cup of frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and set aside. Put the jimmies in a shallow bowl. Frost a cupcake, using about 2 tablespoons of the remaining frosting per cupcake, and then gently dipping the top into the jimmies, turning the cupcake until the top is coated. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Arrange the cupcakes in 4 rows on a large serving plate or cutting board. Fit a marshmallow between each cupcake, 5 marshmallows per row, to fill in the gaps between the cupcakes in the rows. Using the frosting in the piping bag, pipe thick cross shapes between where the cupcakes meet one another and over the marshmallows so there are no visible gaps between the cupcakes. Sprinkle with jimmies to coat.

To make goal posts for the cupcake “field,” microwave the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl until just melted, 30 to 45 seconds.  Keep 2 cookie sticks whole for the bases of the posts. Cut off and discard (or eat!) the bottom third of the remaining cookie sticks. Dip the top of one of the longest cookie sticks into the melted chocolate and adhere it to the middle of one of the cut cookie sticks so that they form a capital T shape. Next, dip the cut ends of two short sticks into chocolate and adhere them to either side of the cross on the T. Lay the goal post on a flat surface and repeat with the remaining 4 cookie sticks to make the second goal. Allow goals to fully harden, 15 to 20 minutes, or place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Using the decorators’ icing, pipe 10 lines across the cupcake field to represent yard lines. Pipe out the number 50 in the middle for the 50-yard line. Heat the Tootsie Rolls in the microwave on high in 5-second intervals until they are soft and pliable. Mash them together and form into a football. Use the icing to pipe the lacing on the football; use a toothpick if necessary to help define the lacing. Place the football on the field. Place the gummy candies on the field to represent players and then stick the goal posts into cupcakes at each end of the field.

Super Bowl Craft: Game Day Goal Posts With Juicy Juice

February 5th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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With the Big Game just days away, don’t forget about the kiddos when gathering last-minute party supplies.

The biggest game in American sports is sneaking up on us and there’s a lot of planning that goes into it. Perhaps you are making a dish for a party or hosting one of your own. This year we wanted to share a craft to keep your little ones occupied so that mom can focus on the important things: the game, her guests, and yes, Beyonce’s halftime performance. 

Juicy Juice is made with 100 percent juice and does not contain high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar or artificial sweeteners. Arrange a variety of favorite flavors from Juicy Juice 100 percent Juice and Juicy Juice Splashers and let your littlest guests sip in their favorite team’s color – Orange Tangerine or Peach Mango for the Denver Broncos and Berry for the Carolina Panthers’ blue hue. #GoCam

Make it a team matchup. To keep little ones occupied during long commercial breaks, try a team craft such as an easy, 3-step Game Day Goal Post made using their empty Juicy Juice juice boxes and can be played at the table. For even more activity and recipe ideas, visit


Juicy Juice

Juicy Juice

Step 1: First things first, you’ll need to gather all of your materials. You’ll need: tape, straws, staples, construction paper and an empty Juicy Juice® juice box.

Juicy Juice

Juicy Juice

Step 2: Attach the straws together with the staples to form a goal post. Fold the brown construction paper into a triangle to create a football. Wrap the empty Juicy Juice® juice box in green construction paper.

Juicy Juice

Juicy Juice

Step 3: Cut a small slit into the Juicy Juice® juice box. Insert the straw goal post into the juice box so that is stands up straight.


Step 4: Enjoy!

Watch Beyoncé Crash Channing Tatum’s Lip Sync Battle And Kill It!

January 8th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Spike Tv

Source: Spike Tv

These days, it’s hard to keep anything a secret. You remember how people were eager to report the news that Michelle and Kelly were joining Beyoncé at the Super Bowl or that Missy Elliot was going to make a guest appearance during Katy Perry’s set a couple years later? When everyone wants an exclusive, it’s hard to surprise the masses.

But if anyone can do it, it’s Beyoncé.

During a lip sync battle on Spike Tv, actor Channing Tatum, channeled his inner woman to perform Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).”

Y’all know Channing is a dancer. So he didn’t half step. He was in full drag, complete with contouring, costume and choreography.

And just when we thought he was killing it and the performance couldn’t get any better, King Bey stepped on stage to send the audience into an uproar.

If you missed the moment, you can check it out here.

And in other Beyoncé news, she’s coming back to the Super Bowl. Her friend Chris Martin is performing with his band Coldplay and according Pepsi, the sponsor of the halftime show, confirmed to the Associated Press that Beyoncé will perform along with them during their performance.  Entertainment Tonight reports that Bruno Mars will also make an appearance. The Super Bowl and the halftime show will air on Feb. 7, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Missy Elliot Covers Billboard, Talks Her Come Back, Her Health & Thoughts On Nicki Minaj

November 19th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Billboard

Now that it seems that we’re finally about to get some new music from Missy Elliot, the Hip Hop legend sat down with Billboard to cover their November 28 issue. In it she talks about the pressure she feels to come out with something hot and fresh, her privacy both in and out of the studio, her health struggles and her thoughts on Nicki Minaj and music today.

Check out the highlights below.

On taking her time to release new music

“I have to be very careful,” she says. “It’s different now. People are quick to be like, ‘You’re irrelevant, you’re a flop, you’re washed up.’ 

The task became particularly challenging considering Elliot is only working with a very small circle of people for this project.

[Pharrell and Timbaland are] “the only two producers that understand me.”

Truth be told, it’s not that the album hasn’t been held off because she’s been uninspired.

“If I wanted to do ‘The Missing Files of Missy Eliliot,’ I have probably six albums just sitting there.”

Missy consciously made a decision to take a break. She just didn’t realize it would be this long.

“People hadn’t realized that I haven’t just been an artist, I’ve been a writer and a producer for other artists. When you’re writing that much, your brain is like a computer. You have refresh it.”

Missy also believes it was her workload didn’t do much to help her Graves disease.

“It causes hair loss, your eyes bulge,” she says. “My blood pressure was always up from just overworking.”

Her protege, Sharaya, spoke about the emotional toll it took on Missy as well.

“It started to change her way of life,” she says. “There were physical changes, extreme headaches, extreme weight loss. What that does to a person, being a public figure and knowing people are looking, judging? That’s a tough thing.”

On Nicki Minaj and the need for more female MCs. 

When asked about Nicki Minaj, who is clearly influenced by Elliott, she mock-innocently replies, “Oh, she is?” (Speaking to her influence generally, she adds, “Unfortunately, breaking news, there is only one Missy.”) Still, she would love to see more woman MCs on the charts — when she was coming up, that was much more common. “It was me, [Lil’] Kim, Lauryn [Hill], Eve, Foxy [Brown], Trina,” she says. “There’s room for so many. It’s important.”

On being shy and maintaining her privacy 

“I was always feisty, always that kid that would be on the porch with a hairbrush singing or rapping,” she says. “I got more shy as I got older and realized people could be laughing at me, or judging me.”

And though she and Timbaland are friends and have been creative partners for years, she’s shy around him too.

“I never record in front of anybody,” she says. “[Even] Tim has never seen me record a day in his life.” Early on she worked with an engineer, but for many years now she has recorded her parts alone — with two exceptions. “It’s just me and my little Yorkies, Poncho and Hoodie.”

The habit of being alone comes from Missy’s childhood where she would use her room as an escape from her often turbulent life. Not only had she repeatedly been sexually abused by her cousin, she also  watched her mother being physically abused by her father, at one point pulling a gun on her.

“My room would become a whole other world once I shut that door,” she says. “That’s why I believe my videos are so important to me. It was Alice in Wonderland: my bed, my closet — it would all turn into something else. And I would write and sing and block out whatever was going on.”

Pieces of that introverted child still remain. Surprisingly enough, while we all remember her absolutely killing her Super Bowl performance with Katy Perry, Missy says that she had a panic attack before it actually happened.

Like, IVs in my arm, everything,” she says. “Nobody knew.” The day of the show, she remembers being just offstage and hearing the opening riff of “Get Ur Freak On.” “I said, ‘If I can get over this step, then I know all my dance steps will be on point,’ ” she recalls. “I know it was nothing but the grace of God that lifted me up and took me through that performance.”

We’re so glad He did!

You can read Missy’s full interview with Billboard here.

Look Beyond The Game: Life & Career Lessons From Super Bowl XLIX

February 2nd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Did you watch the Super Bowl last night? It’s okay if you didn’t. Highlights and those multi-million dollar commercials are online. While football aficionados glued themselves to their seats to see who would become the best football team, there was a message that translated beyond the pigskin. Here are some interesting takeaways about life and career from the 2015 Super Bowl.

Nationwide Explains Why It Ran That Depressing Ad During The Super Bowl

February 2nd, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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While many of the ads that ran during last night’s Super Bowl were fun to watch (my particular favorite was the Snickers ad), Nationwide decided to go with something much more serious. Downright depressing actually.

The ad drew some angry responses from viewers who likely thought they were going to enjoy an evening of football, pizza and chuckles and got hit with a sad reality bomb.


The outrage was such that Nationwide had to issue a statement explaining why they chose to run this commercial on one of the happiest sports days of the year.

“Preventable injuries around the home are the leading cause of childhood deaths in America. Most people don’t know that. Nationwide ran an ad during the Super Bowl that started a fierce conversation. The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance.”

“We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us—the safety and well being of our children. We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer. While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere.”

Starting a conversation about safety is great. You just have to wonder if starting it at that moment was good timing. Were you upset by the ad?

Here’s the company’s other ad, ICYMI.

h/t USA Today

Kid-Friendly Snacks For The Big Game

January 31st, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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The Super Bowl is no longer just about big, burly guys playing a rough and tumble sport and the men that watch them; it’s about the whole family. Of course, women enjoy the sport and even kids, as we mentioned here, are into the games and the multi-million dollar Super Bowl commercials. What else do we love besides the football game and commercials? The snacks! So if you’re hosting an event for family and friends this Super Bowl weekend, we’ve got some kid-friendly snacks that everyone will enjoy while watching the big game. You’ll be settled in for a few hours, so we’ve got yummy treats to go with whatever else you’re serving from a great source,


Strawberry-Pretzel Snack Mix

Just slightly sweet and salty with a little tang from the strawberries-any leftovers of this colorful snack mix can easily be packed into a school lunch box (if there are leftovers!).

  • 4 cups graham-flavored cereal
  • 4 cups pretzel sticks, slightly broken
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick)  unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light  brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure  vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups yogurt-covered pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups freeze-dried  strawberries

For the full recipe, visit


Supreme Pizza Dip

This hearty dip has the works: pepperoni, onions and bell peppers stirred into a thick tomato sauce, all topped with gooey melted cheese. Serve in a skillet and let your guests pile their baguette slices high with toppings, deep-dish style.

  • 4 ounces pepperoni
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped  green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced plus 1 whole clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

For the full recipe, visit


Pastrami Football Finger Sandwiches

  • 1 cup shredded  cheddar and  Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • 1/3 cup pickled piquant peppers, such as Peppadews, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 32 slices cocktail pumpernickel bread squares

For the full recipe, visit

Are You Ready For The Big Game? 2015 Super Bowl Commercial Previews

January 30th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Are you ready to watch Super Bowl XLIX? It’s okay if you aren’t a big fan of football or the competing teams for that matter (hint: the New England Patriots are battling the Seattle Seahawks). Super Bowl parties are really fun opportunities for people to kick back, stuff their faces with food and enjoy the millions companies spend on commercials. Here’s a look at some 2015 Super Bowl commercials you can expect to see.

12 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

January 29th, 2015 - By Rich
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Don’t let the big game get in the way of your New Year’s weight loss goals. Score major points minus the major guilt with these tasty, healthy Super Bowl recipes.

12 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks