OK, so I don't know if you caught the AMA's last night but I saw just enough to decide that it was awful with a couple exceptions. I enjoyed Alicia Keys and Jay-Z's performance and Green Day's performance, but someone please tell JLO that it is time for her to stop it. "It" being the madness, her madness. I don't care that she tried to come out like Hillary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. I do care that she busted her behind and that she is too old to be dancing around in sneakers on stage.
Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner or taking a dish to your host or hostess this year? I have found a few recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Stay tuned this week for more holiday recipes.
12 oz bag fresh cranberries
3/4 cup orange juice
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
Optional: 2 oz gold rum
Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium-high for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced – stirring occasional. You’ll hear the cranberries popping – don’t worry, that’s what you want them to do. Remove from heat and serve. Cranberry sauce can be made days ahead and brought to room temperature or slightly heated before serving. Makes approximately 2 cups. (Recipe credit goes to www.savorysweetlife.com)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup onion (chopped)
2 stalks celery (chopped)
1 leek (chopped, white and pale green parts only)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
3 sweet potatoes (peeled and cut unto 1 inch cubes)
4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable broth)
1 stick cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons maple syrupsalt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a large sauce pan. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add the celery and leek and saute for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the sweet potatoes, chicken stock, cinnamon and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Reduce the head and simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick. Puree the soup with a hand blender or in a blender or food processor in batches. Add the milk and maple syrup and heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Recipe credit goes to www.closetcooking.com)
.5 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
2 oz Vanilla vodka
.5 oz Pumpkin liqueur (or pumpkin spice syrup)
1 tsp Whipped cream
Garnish: cinnamon stick
Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup. Shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. (Recipe credit goes to www.hostesswiththemostess.com)
MAN OF THE WEEK
Jesse Williams is an up and coming actor. Not only is this man gorgeous he is also intelligent and focused on his focus. The 28 year old actor graduated from Temple University with a degree in African American Studies and Film Arts. Jesse has stared in Grey's Anatomy and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants II. We have also seen him play Rihanna's leading man in her new "Russian Roulette" video.
Jesse is engaged to a Brooklyn real estate agent. Ladies, if you bring you super tight game, maybe you can steal him before he ruins it for us. Congrats to the happy couple. Welcome to our lives, Jesse.