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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Freewriting Series: Ruts In The Road


Every journey walker knows the joys and pitfalls of changing direction on one's path. Sometimes, it's just easier to travel the same 'ol worn out path. We can navigate this path with our eyes closed whilst rockin' a lower vibrational level.

Yet, with all of its familarty and comfort this path is detrimental to us in the long run. It prevents us from get to where we truly need to be.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bougie Girl In The Kitchen: Potstickers On The Fly

Last night, I was craving potstickers. So, I rooted around in my refrigerator for some ingredients to make my food craving a reality.

I started by heating up Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a large saucepan  over a medium flame for  about 2 to 3 minutes.

Next, I placed grilled  ginger chicken (which I cooked the night before), Spanish onions, Baby Bella mushrooms into wonton wrappers. I also added cracked black pepper and lemon juice to the outside of the wonton wrappers.

About ten minutes later, I was happily munching on potstickers.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bougie Girl In The Kitchen: 7 Layer Tater Tot Casserole

7 Layers of yummy goodness

St. Paddy's Day started off foggy and somewhat cold.  Fortunately, I had this 7 layered container of Tater Tot Casserole to keep me warm. I started off by placing tater tots onto a foil lined cookie sheet.

Next, I sprinkled cracked black pepper and Extra Virgin olive oil onto the tater tots.

On the stove top, I added chopped Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced yellow onions, lemon juice, and Extra Virgin olive oil into a small saucepan. I simmered these ingredients for about 10 minutes over a medium flame.

Twenty minutes later, I pulled the tater tots from the oven and onto a cooling rack. I sprinkled lemon juice over the tater tots. I let the tater tots cool for about five minutes.

Using a large spoon, I placed 1 scoop of tater tots into a large resealable container. Next, I added in  1 scoop of the ingredients from the sauce pan along with chopped pepperoni and shredded mozzarella cheese.

Once, I have added all of the layers, I place the resealable lid back onto the container and gently shake the container.

Epilogue: The tater tot casserole was a hit! I am onto my next tater tot creation.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Guest Blogger: Dunitz

 Tips for Selecting a Commercial Freezer for Your Restaurant

Are you looking for commercial freezer for your restaurant kitchen? If yes, then take a look about the commercial freezers, which are being widely used in various restaurants, shops, and bars. It is one of the most essential pieces of equipment used in nearly every restaurant kitchen. These appliances allow you to store frozen meat, ice creams, cheese, butter and many other indispensable items. Even hospitals and medical offices use freezers to preserve their medicines.

 There are many factors to consider when shopping for a commercial freezer. One must buy the commercial freezer based on the nature of business and its storage needs. If you are interested in buying a commercial freezer, then there are various things that you must consider before your purchase.

Storage capacity: The first and foremost thing to consider is the storage capacity. It is a vital thing to buy commercial freezer with sufficient storage space to store frozen meats, cheese, beverages, ice creams and more to meet all your storage needs. It is better to buy a freezer with greater capacity than you use currently because if you only purchase what you use right now, you won’t be able to accommodate any growth or busier times.

Energy efficiency: Commercial freezers usually consume a great deal of energy, thus increasing your utility bills. So, it is an important to consider its efficiency before buying a freezer. Look for an Energy Star rated freezer when you are shopping. This will be a great investment for your restaurant.

Design and space: Consider the space and design of the freezer before purchasing it. There are different designs, sizes and shapes in freezer such as upright, countertop or even walk-in freezers. If you need to more equipment around, then an upright freezer with casters is your best choice. Check the interior layout for number of shelves and to ensure sufficient storage compartments, adjustability, storage door, and the cooling unit for your restaurant.

Temperature control unit: It is better to buy a commercial freezer with temperature control unit that are easy to read and adjust on the outside, so that it’s easy for the restaurant proprietors and employees to check out temperature.

An alarm system: Many of the better commercial freezers come with alert systems that provide you with audible alerts in case of there are any operational failures with the freezer. If there does happen to be a problem, knowing when it happens and before all the contents are ruined can save thousands of dollars in for your business.

Use a trusted brand: Choose a trusted brand that you can rely on to provide you with all the excellent functions and features you need. The important benefit to buying a commercial freezer from a trusted brand is that you will get a good warranty with the appliance. Even if something happens to your freezer, they will repair it without any hassle.

Maintenance: Cleaning and maintaining the freezer is the next essential task you must perform on a regular basis after buying commercial freezer. You can keep the freezer operating smoothly by cleaning the fan, condenser, and the defroster frequently.

Benefits of Commercial Freezer:

* Allows you to stock up and hold a variety of food that you use frequently without concern of spoilage.

* Restaurant freezers have temperature control and audible alerts to warn the user if the temperature exceeds safe food storage temperatures.

* Reduces food waste.

With all the above information, you can now buy the best commercial freezer for your restaurant simply by making sure that it meets all your operational requirements. Gear up to buy!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bougie Girl In The Kitchen: Adding Some Flair To Store Bought Baked Goods

Store bought lemon crunch pie with blackberries

Yesterday, I had a craving for baked goods. Now, I could have baked a cake or thrown some cookies in the oven but, I was way too tired. 

Instead, I opted to purchase a lemon crunch pie.  I heated up a wedge of the lemon crunch pie for 1 minute in the microwave. I added a few blackberries to it and soon I was enjoying a decadent dessert.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bougie Girl Audio: Old Cat Daddy

I wrote this essay several years ago as an ode of sorts to the Old Cat Daddy's of the world. Old Cat Daddy's are men usually in their 40's and beyond whom have a preference for much younger women. 

You can usually find an Old Cat Daddy in the club offering to buy a young coed a $20 drink.  He's so suave and debonair in his  three-piece dark blue velour suit complete with a matching fedora rakishly tilted over his right eye.

 It's easy to see how a naive 20-something coed could fall under his spell. Hopefully, she will wise up before he can permanently ravage the youthful enthusiasm from her spirit.

 Listen to Old Cat Daddy Audio

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Next Stop...Single Motherhood

Next Stop..Single Motherhood card
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A few weeks ago, I made the life-changing decision to become a single mom. Previously, I had bandied the idea about half-seriously/half-jokingly. Losing both a pregnancy  and my father last year, made me realize just how much I wanted to be mother. 

Yet, the traditional route of getting married and starting a family seemed not to be in the cards for me. I could complain about the dearth of eligible men out here in the dating world and constantly dwell on my past relationship failures...or I could turn my focus to fulfilling my life-long dream of being a mother and leave the rest behind.

I came to this decision for the following reasons:
  1. I don't want to put a lot pressure on a potential suitor to propose after the first date.
  2.  I don't want to convince/coerce a  man into having a child with me because of my biological clock.
Instead, I am choosing to go the sperm bank route. I am what the OB/GYN community refers to as a woman of advanced maternal age  and I also have a history of prior miscarriages.  Meaning, that I might not be able to sustain a healthy pregnancy at all.

If that's the case, I am headed to the county to become a foster mom with the intention of eventual adoption. 

Will this path be easy?

Heck, no.

Parenthood is difficult even when you have two healthy partners raising a child. I am fully aware that this journey into single motherhood is not going to be a walk in the park. My parents divorced when I was in elementary school and I saw first-hand the difficulty of being a single mom.

Luckily, my mother had a great support system which enabled her to make it work .In addition, we remained close with my father and his family. My childhood wasn't perfect but, overall I was surrounded by solid adult role models.

My child to be will be blessed with a village of solid adult role models.

Bottom line,  I am done waiting around for a man to "choose" me so that I can go onto the next chapter of my life. It's time for me to do the choosing.

 I am choosing single motherhood.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Bougie Girl Audio: The Wine Bar

I wrote this essay as an ode to my early 20's. This particular era was a time of wearing short skirts, rockin' long hair, and laughing a lot. I recall listening to jazz bands, funk ensembles, and other musical acts whilst socializing with the wanna be rich and famous of Santa Fe, NM.

Of course, we truly believed that our youth alone could keep our  respective spiritual glasses filled to the brim.

It turns out that we were wrong...

Listen to The Wine Bar Audio

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