I am by far no expert when it comes to romantic relationships. I’ve probably caused more headaches and heartaches in this department than the ordinary woman.
I was reminded of this today at my annual check-up at the doctor’s office. I had to complete a New Patient form because my husband and I have recently moved back to the same area we lived in two years ago. As I checked off the married status I chuckled to myself thinking of how, at one time or another, I could have checked off just about EVERY STATUS on the form.
Hey Girls. Name that movie. You is KIND. You is SMART. You is IMPORTANT.
Yup- That extraordinary line, that would become a classic quote, had most of us in tears or covered with goose-bumps.
**Rachel Maria modified this (already delicious and suitable) recipe by The Chef John, found here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/maple-brined-pork-loin/
**Total Prep Time: 8-10 Hrs (6-8 hours to refrigerate Pork Loin in Brine Mixture)
Rachel Maria suggests serving this with Spinach & Fresh Garlic and Sweet Potatoes. Enjoy!
Recipe Yields 2-4 Servings
* Fresh Shrimp or Frozen set in cool water until defrosted (Figure 5-7 per person)
* Garlic (3 Cloves or 10 for the Italians)
* 3 T Tomato Paste
* 1 C Red Wine
* Cubed Tomatoes (2-4 Fresh or 1 Lg. Can)
* Hot Sauce (Sriracha) OR Red Pepper Flakes
* Basil, salt, pepper,
* Your Favorite Pasta (Rachel Maria Recommends Angel Hair or Thin Spaghetti)
* In a Saute Pan – Saute’ Garlic in on Medium High Heat in EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) until soft
* Add Tomato Paste & stir
* Pour in Red Wine & Stir
* Add Cubed Tomatoes, Hot Sauce, and seasonings
* Lower Heat. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
*Add to your favorite pasta with lots of Pecorino Romano & Your Favorite Glass of Wine
Are you ready for a knock-your-socks-off breakfast treat? Make this for company. Make this for your loved ones. Make this just because you want to eat something delicious.
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Can’t take credit for this one. (Technically, I owe credit to my Italian mamma, Rachel Gloria, for most of my own recipes because I’ve gotten most of my ideas from her!) This is ridiculously yummy!
Recipe Yields 4-6 Servings
* 1.5-2 lbs. Lean Ground Beef (or Beef, pork, and veal medley)
* 2 Yellow Onions chopped
* 1 Green Pepper Chopped
* 1 lb. Mushrooms sliced
* 4-6 Cloves Garlic chopped
* 2 Lg. Eggs
* 2 Cups Bread Crumbs
* 1/3 Cup Ketchup
* 2 Tbs. Sriracha (Optional for a little heat)
* 1 Tbs. EVOO, Fresh chopped Parsely, Salt & Pepper
* I Jar of Brown Gravy (or home-cooked brown gravy thickened with corn-starch)
* Preheat Oven to 350.
* In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, saute’ chopped onions, green pepper, and garlic until translucent.
* Meanwhile in a large bowl, add breadcrumbs with 1 cup of milk or warm water to soften the breadcrumbs.
* Add ground meat, eggs, salt, and pepper, parsley, Ketchup, Sriracha,
*Add cooked onion, peppers, and garlic to the mixture.
* Mix together with your hands
* Shape into 4-6 oversized burger patties and place in a roasting pan or tin. Cover with Foil
* Cook for 1.5 hours.
* After 1 hour of cooking add sauteed mushrooms (just add a little more EVOO to the same saucepan you cooked the onion/pepper/garlic in)
* Pour mushrooms and jar of brown gravy over the beef patties.
* Keep foil off for remaining 15-30 minutes.
* Serve with pork-n-beans and your favorite prepared mashed potatoes!
* All ovens vary. Check meat every 30 minutes. The end result will have no pink on the inside and not too much dark on the outside.
Within the last 36 months, I have invested more time in my female relationships than ordinary. I have visited 6 college friends that are literally scattered across the East Coast (From Rochester and Chicago to Orlando, Florida). I literally moved in with my beloved friend during the time of transition when I lost one job and acquired another. I coordinated several women’s luncheons and gatherings as well as a few girly get-away trips to the mountains. And, I made one monumental visit (in the Fall of 2010 and after 25 years apart) to visit my dearest and silliest elementary school friend, in Boston.
(Warning: I use the words Boobs and Period in this post.)
When I was a young teenager, I was a girly-girl on the inside, but probably more like a tomboy on the outside. I loved girly things such as Barbies, dancing, and crafts. I also loved to play basketball, adventure in the woods, and ride motorized bikes. I had a compassionate and gentle heart inside this gawky, skinny, and narrow frame. None of this concerned me growing up. But, by the time I turned 13, I grew nervous about having no boobs and no period.
In three short days, my husband, Scott, and I will be selling our ocean-view condo in Margate, South Jersey. It was something we had talked about for a while, and now our hopes in officially and entirely owning an actual piece of land, closer to family and civilization (Oh, and coincidently including a massive home in desperate need of TLC) is finally coming to fruition.