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Confessions of A Self-Admitted Foodie

Alright, first a disclaimer:

This is not a food blog, but I am a self-admitted foodie. The kind that takes pictures of their food at restaurants before they eat it. The kind that scours pinterest for new recipes. The kind that has more than one cook book on their kindle. The kind that makes food-related posts on non-food blogs. That’s me.

I am also living truly on my own now for practically the first time in my 24 years. On top of that… I work a high-stress yet low-paying job (Chasing dreams out here ya’ll). Cooking is not only cost-saving, satisfying and satiating for me… it’s relieving. I relish a delicious, well-prepared meal. And no, I am surprisingly *not morbidly obese. Although, I would say I have a healthy obsession with good food. (I’m clearly still in the “denial” phase of dealing with an addiction).

So, with that said, I holding my head high, puffing out my chest, and providing all of our beloved thREADERS with my first, self-made recipe. Yes, I came up with this all by myself. I have no idea what to call it, but rest assured… it is highly delectable.

Easy Chickeney, Noodley, Spinachey, Saucey Goodness

This is an easy, quick meal that tastes great. No idea if it’s healthy, but you can whip it up in no time! Here’s what you need:

  • Fresh, baby spinach leaves
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Noodles (flat noodles, udon noodles, angel hair… whatever you like!)
  • KC Masterpiece honey teriyaki marinade
  • Pineapple juice

That’s right… just FIVE ingredients! The best part is, you get to throw most of them in a crock pot and then forget about them until your belly begins to rumble! For those of you unfamiliar with the marinade, you can find it at any grocery store on the condiment isle near the bbq sauce. Here’s what it looks like:

Now you may have noticed that I didn’t tell you how much of each thing you need on the recipe list. Well, I’m just not a measurement kind of girl. If you like lots of spinach, throw lots of it in there! If you like plenty of noodles, use a bunch! If you want it to taste more sweet and tangy, put more pineapple juice! You get the idea. Do whatever your own little taste buds lead you to do! Now for some directions:

  • Throw the chicken breasts, pineapple juice, and teriyaki marinade in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours. I put just enough of the wet ingredients in there so that all of the chicken is submerged.
  • Kick back and relax (or in my case… go to work), and let the slow cooker do the REAL work!
  • When you’re about ready to eat, boil your water for the noodles and throw them on the stove.
  • Take the chicken out of the slow cooker, and shred with a fork.
  • Put olive oil and the baby spinach leaves in a medium-sized frying pan and saute it over medium heat.
  • Throw the cooked noodles and shredded chicken in the same frying pan, and add some of the marinade. Use more if you like your noodles more saucy, use less if you want them more sticky. I used about two cap fulls.
  • Stir fry all of your ingredients over high heat for about five minutes until you hear the noodles start crackling and popping. Taste them to decide when they’re ready to eat! Then, put it all in a bowl and enjoy! Bon Appetit! 

Once the chicken is done, this takes about 10 minutes to make.

PS: For those of you who happen to be wine-o’s like me… (I know what you’re thinking. A foodie and a wine-o. Dangerous combination.) This dish goes great with a California white. I suggest Ménage à Trois. According to their website, “Three different grapes add up beautifully in our Ménage à Trois White. The Chardonnay is rich and firm. The Muscat is wild and exotic. The Chenin is soft and supportive. Together they make the perfect threesome.” Did I mention that it’s cheap? About 10-11 dollars depending on where you go. You can find it at almost any liquor store, or even HEB! Here’s what the bottle looks like:

This is literally the easiest and most delicious thing I’ve ever come up with in the kitchen! I hope you try it, and I hope you like it even more. Remember, you heard it here first!

 
 

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A BRAVE New World

So after watching PIXAR’s latest addition to the family, Brave, last week, I felt it necessary to do a quick review of the movie and then talk about my ranking of the 13 films up to date.

Brave 

PIXAR’s 13th outing, I saw Brave opening day last week and was left kind of disappointed. I thought Merida and her family were really cool characters with what seemed like a good story up until the actual story started taking shape and you came to grips with this reality. Was it bad? No. Their worst? No. It’s definitely in their bottom tier of movies though. My problem(s) with the movie is that PIXAR usually designs their movies to be catered to both the younger and older crowds. Inside jokes that adults can laugh at but not be offensive to children. This movie, however, was just done for the kiddos and I found myself kind of bored throughout. The other “problem” really goes to my idea of what I expect from PIXAR in general. I’ve come to expect a certain level of greatness from this studio and every year when they had a new idea that I wasn’t sure of, MichaelYoungHistory would tell me it’s PIXAR and to not be worried, and he’d be right. With Brave, I actually was overly enthused for this one because I felt it was a cool and new direction for PIXAR. So I guess I should just be sort of apprehensive from now on….. This movie just seemed like it would fit in well with Dreamworks movies not so much PIXAR.

Now that that’s out of the way, I should get on to this list. Here we go! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Movies, Uncategorized

 

The New Conservative “Race War” & The Birth of A Nation

Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins wrote about the conservative obsession with incidents of black on white violence and their efforts to paint the narrative of a race war being propagated by black people on white people. Conservative talkers such as Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh along with conservative media outlets like The Drudge Report, The Daily Caller, and others have been looking for any incidents of violence perpetrated by black people upon white people and amplifying them during the Barack Obama presidency with the implication that the election of President Obama has served as some signal to Black America that now is the time for some sort of crude revenge. Coppins goes into detail even getting a sort of admission from Tucker Carlson of The Daily Caller who delights in his attempts to leverage fear to get back at “liberals” who are concerned about racism. None of this is new however. In the 90’s Rep. Ron Paul ran a newsletter preying upon the fears of roving bands of black youth attacking white people even going so far to teach readers how to buy and dispose of a gun in case they have to kill a black youth. This fear that the advancement of rights and achievement of Black Americans will directly imperil white lives and purity is evident as far back as D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation”. While Griffith makes his point nakedly how different is Limbaugh’s declaration “In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering”

cross-posted @ theybc

 

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Sports in Real Life: Sleeping with the Enemy: A Manual to Surviving Dating a Fan of Another Team (with help from MichaelYoungHistory)

Recently, the Thread tackled the important intersection of religion and relationships via ThreadRadio, which got me thinking about other issues in dating someone who doesn’t adhere to your beliefs/loves/interests. And then, walking into my bathroom, I saw this:

The Worst Part of Waking Up- the Anti-Folgers

The Worst Part of Waking Up- the Anti-Folgers

Yet another reminder of the sports inadequacies of my boyfriend. Sharing only one of my teams, there are few sports conversations we share that don’t involve hating each other’s teams, bringing up painful memories (our combined teams have quite a few of them) and laughing every time an athlete from the other’s team tweets something ignorant.

I figured there may be other couples out there that can relate to this, so I thought I would share some of the strategies that have kept my boyfriend and I sane. Then, I realized that our situation is not only more complicated than most, but also a bit more ridiculous, so I thought a laugh at our expense wouldn’t hurt, either. I enlisted the help of my significant other, more often referenced around these parts as MichaelYoungHistory. Please reference his posts for all Rockets/Yankees/Bills/Giants/Duke slander.

1. Always “favorite” or screen grab their predictions for their team. Guaranteed fails every time.

I think this one pretty much explains itself. I know we all have high hopes for our teams every year (unless you’re a Browns or Bobcats fan right now) making the championship. We hoist the trophy in our heads at the start of the season, but putting it in print is pure ammo to your significant other. It’ll bring you closer!

2. Be supportive. Even when you have jokes and slander for days.

MYH: “I gotta be nice because my losses are coming.”

Not as much fun as #1, but trust, this one’s important. It’s all fun and games until the next game or week where your team gets clobbered and you have to taste all the hatred you were spewing before. When MichaelYoungHistory’s Ginas Giants won the Super Bowl, I was all about the high-five and big hug, because I knew if my team couldn’t win, I’d rather the Patriots lose his team win. When the Mavs lost on that clutch KD shot at the end of the game Saturday (still hurts), my boo didn’t laugh at my pain (externally). He understood losing close games because he’s been there before with his teams. MYH: “You have deal with the fact that the person that you love is down about it.” These are all lessons in love taught through sports. Slander with love.

3. Keep things interesting. Make a friendly wager when your teams play each other.

MYH:”The bets are crucial. As if we needed more on the line.”

Watching the NFL schedule released this month, the only cool part of sitting next to a Bills/Giants fan (besides the obvious Eli Face and Bills “always the bridesmaid” jokes) is figuring out if there are any games where our teams play each other, which of course, could either trigger the end of our relationship, or bring us closer. Depending on how well the winner handles the victory and stays out of the loser’s way. One of the ways to attempt to “lighten the mood” is to make a small wager- a home-cooked meal, a foot massage, a day of awful rom-coms or something equally painful,etc.- that both parties agree to if their team loses.

I unfortunately found myself in the loser’s corner this past NFL season, as the Giants beat America’s Team and broke my heart (and pride) not once, but TWICE. Both times, I had to prepare myself for the trash talking, seeing him wear that awful NYG t-shirt he claims is lucky and wishing nothing but pick 6’s on Eli Manning. We bet a favorite home-cooked meal prepared by the loser, which only made me more anxious each game. First loss, I played it cool. Handshake, head nod, whole nine. We also watched that game together (not always a good choice).

The second matchup, I decided it would be prudent for us to watch the game in different locations. Taking that “L” was the worst, but I will say this: having someone who cares about you enough to drive to you, not to rub their win in your face, but to listen to your monologue on everything that’s wrong with Jerry Jones, is love personified. I will never forget that. Ever.

4. Embrace the fact that you have a shared interest: an unhealthy obsession with sports (and the fact you hate some of the same teams).

MYH: “You care, and I care. And neither one of us are going to stop caring.”

We all have limits and deal breakers in relationships. In the sports department, there are some fans that I refuse to date, mainly because I know that I couldn’t possibly marry someone and have my kids root for those teams or go to their school. MYH: “I never thought I could date someone who was a serious Cowboys fan.” Fortunately, MichaelYoungHistory isn’t an Aggie, Sooner, Heat, Patriots, Redskins or Eagles fan. But he’s pretty much the next worse thing. I struggle every day with the Yankees and Giants fandom, but I know at the end of the day, we’re both Longhorns and can at least root for them together. We can also hate the Lakers together and it’s all good. 

Being a sports fan connects you to all of the other passionate people around the world that care about players they may never meet and teams that shouldn’t matter as much as they do. We know we’re a little crazy, and being with someone who “gets” that makes life a whole lot easier. When it came time for the important “toothbrush at my place” moment, yeah, he tainted it a little with that disgusting Yankees toothbrush. On the flip side, when he gave me a key to his apartment, an already big step was made bigger by the fact that he had the key made with the Texas Rangers logo and colors. It’s a pretty cool exchange, and I’m sure there will be moments where we struggle to find a balance between being a good partner and a passionate sports fan, but I look forward to the challenge. Especially when he says stuff like this, smack dab in the middle of a serious conversation about committment:

 MYH: “Oh, by the way, babe, we can’t get married during football season. We’d miss a whole weekend of good sports. You think we’re really more important to our friends than college and NFL football? I don’t wanna be that presumptuous…”

One thing we can both agree on.

 
 
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No, you’re from Houston. 5 Misconceptions that we have about Africa

Let me take this time to disabuse some friends of other stereotypes regarding Africa as well.

– No, you can’t “just go back to Africa” especially if you’ve never been.

– No, you won’t be greeted with open arms in pan-Africanist brotherhood, the people there don’t know you.

– No, everyone does not refer to each other as “King”, “Queen”, “brother”, or “sister” or any variation thereof you’ll probably be referenced to as “the American” or “white man” if they don’t know your name.

– You are a Westerner from a Western country without regard to the color of your skin. Given that, you probably hold all the patronizing and self-serving notions in regards to Africa that is common among Westerners. Check that.

– Yes, you can get robbed, beat up, cussed out and discriminated against in Africa. It’s a continent and it’s full of people not mystical beings who hold the key to a perfect humanity. Africa and Africans aren’t here for your preferred social theories.

cross-posted @ theybc

 

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Gravity Night: The State of Black Entertainment: Black Cinema

Hey thREADERS,

Check out the replay of the first installment of “The State of Black Entertainment: Black Cinema” from The ThreadRadio Show.

We’ll have another great show for you next Monday night at 10 PM Central. As always, thanks for your support!

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Tune in: The Thread Radio Show Live Tonight at 10 Central!

Ever wonder what happened to the classic black movies? Friday, Boyz N Tha Hood, The Wood, Love Jones, Eve’s Bayou, Jason’s Lyric…the blaxploitation era? Is Tyler Perry the best we’ve got now? What does the future hold? Warnessa and Meagan explore where the industry has been, where it is, and where it’s going in the first installation of “The State of Black Entertainment” series.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/threadradio/2012/04/10/the-state-of-black-entertainment-black-cinema

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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