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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Oh Really Kimbo...

OK, I know this is not really Tre Cutacious but I love some Ultimate Fighting (M.M.A.)...
This season of the Ultimate Fighter, which airs on the Spike Channel, has Kimbo Slice on there; along with an array of huge dudes, many of who seem to be ready to kick his boootay!!!

Who is Kimco Slice you ask...well here ya go:

Kevin Ferguson (born February 8, 1974), better known as Kimbo Slice, is a Bahamian-American mixed-martial arts (M.M.A.)fighter. He is best known for several street fights which have spread primarily on the internet, leading Rolling Stone to call him "The King of the Web Brawlers". Slice is currently part of the tenth installment of The Ultimate Fighter which will go by The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.


Kimbo Street/Backyard Fight (against unknown bloodied dude):

Kimbo MMA Fight (against Seth 'Rocky' Petruzelli):

PS: This dude only found out he was going to fight Kimbo when he got to the arena...I guess he was like a 'under study' for someone who punked out.

Now I'd preferably want to see Kimbo beat an a$$ (especially since the fights I've seen lately w/ no knockouts...I'm talking boxing) but I'd just as likely see him get his ass beat...I don't really care at this point. I just want to see a good fight...

The show is pretty entertaining though...Kimbo claims he wears that stocking thing on his head, which his coach, Rampage Jackson called a yamaka (really called a yarmulke), to keep his hair down.

What hair? He's about as bald George Jefferson was in in 197'6...anyway I don't care if he's bald or not, all I know is I really appreciate him doing something about that peezy a$$ chest half-chest hair thing he had going before..

Now that's offensive!

Quote of the episode: Said by Kimbo,
"It's like Marcus' big ass blew up and I'm one of the pieces?'

Anyway, Kimbo got his butt beat, yet again tonight and this go round it was by some big 33 year old Jello Giggler looking dude, Roy Nelson. Kimbo got in a god lick or 2 while standing but once he hit the mat he was like a damn turtle on his back...wasn't going anywhere. Roy just smothered him with his belly and proceeded to tap him (lightly I might add) repeatedly. It was so bad that Rashad's team proceeded to count the taps. I think they they got to at least 17 in a row with no answer from Kimbo...Tsk Tsk Tsk.

Here's a shot of Kimbo pinned to the mat.

Luckily for Kimbo, I don't think adding this loss to his list of them with dim his flame one bit. We're waiting for him to put someone to sleep like he used to in the backyard fights and will wait to see better come soon though. There are plenty of hood dudes who want to pop on the scene and steals his shine.

Ah Ha...

I always wondered why the a$$es seemed fatter in the Bronx and I think I have finally figured it out...

A$$es look fantastic...when they're plastic!

I can't!

(This secretly makes me feel better)

Way Back Wednesday...Ghetto Heaven

I always though Sounds of Blackness sang this song,
but it actually it was a group called Family Stand...

The group Family Stand was made up of Peter Lord,
Jefferey Smith, and Sandra St. Victor.
Their song, Ghetto Heaven was huge hit
back in 1990 and Common used the hook for his song of the same title in 2001.

I used to love this jam but I sure couldn't figure out what they
were talking about....Was it good loving, was is drugs, liquor? Yo No Se, but her are the lyrics...they didn't help me though.

You know I love my baby
My baby loves me
My day, it gets so heavy
I need a little company
It's quarter to 11; it's time to make some ghetto heaven...

Ghetto heaven
I need a little ghetto heaven...

Nana likes brandy, especially peach
She keeps it by the radio
And listens to the Reverend preach
It's 10:07, and time to get some ghetto heaven...

Ghetto heaven
It's time to get some ghetto heaven
Ghetto heaven
She needs a little ghetto heaven...

Baby, baby, baby
All I need in this world is you
And when you're gone
Baby, baby, baby
Your touch, your kiss always gets me through

Sister needs her sugar
To get her through the day
She doesn't have the money
But always got a way to pay
It's 2:07; it's time to sell some ghetto heaven...

Ghetto heaven
It's time to sell some ghetto heaven
Ghetto heaven
She needs a little ghetto heaven...

You know I love my baby
My baby loves me
My day, it gets so heavy
I need a little company
It's quarter to 11; I need a little ghetto heaven...
Ghetto heaven
My baby needs some ghetto heaven
Ghetto heaven
I need a little ghetto heaven
Ghetto heaven

(repeat to fade out)

So What's Your Ghetto Heaven?

And I know it was the 90's but that hair...please people, lets not bring this back.

Thanks for the song suggestion Suga Shack!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Before Dinner Snack...

OK, so it's after 4 pm and I've been running all day and
haven't put anything is in body except a bottle of water...

Sooooo, I slapped that PESTO on top of a corn tortilla
with some sharp cheese and VOILA...
Pesto Pizza, quick and tasty!
I'm telling ya, make some for you and yours!

Creativity At it's Best...

I know they say necessity is the mother of invention, well evidently invention's father is the recession...

I peep this dude out at the Labor Day Parade this year.

I really hope they weren't used.

Who the hell would actually eat these dogs.

Hey, as long as the car still runs, I ain't even mad.

Hey, at least they wash.

I can' that cement???

I have to admit I thought about doing myself when the brackets
on my fridge door broke but I used gorilla glue and the original pieces.

Is that Will Ferrel?

Really, there wasn't a oven rack they could use?

Thank you to the Cable Diva who sent me this...'Preciate it!

Late Night Snack...

So I'm up late, as I often am, and I wanted a snack, but not anything too crazy. I'm not a sweets girl but my friend said the word Oreo and that sent my stomach into a tail spin...

I was tempted to skip across the street and get a bag of cookies.
Having a store this close can really get you in trouble...

But alas, I remembered that I made pesto the other day, so semi healthy I shall be!

I toasted some wheat bread and topped it with my pesto,
mozzarella cheese on one piece and sharp cheddar
on the other and toasted it until it was nice and crispy.

Let me start by saying traditional pesto is made with basil and toasted pine nuts. I have made it with those ingredients in the past but decided to try something different this go round.

For the PESTO you will need:
  • 2 cups fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1-1/2 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 5-8 garlic cloves (TIP: Smaller garlic cloves pack more flavor.)
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A food processor or a very good blender

The sun dried tomatoes are optional, but I love them and feel it gives the pesto a bit of tangy flavor against the garlic. Because I am sick of paying those high a$$ prices for tomatoes and oil in a damn jar, I decided I'd do my own. A good health food store that sells dried fruits and veggies by the pound should carry sun dried tomatoes. They are dirt cheap this way... I just chopped them up and put them in a jar with some olive oil, bay leaves (slightly crumbled), fresh parsley and some salt and pepper and put them on my window sill so the sun could do it's thang. I throw them on top of my salads and toast with cream cheese sometimes...Tre tasty!!!

OK, on to the Pesto itself...

Throw all your dry and semi dry ingredients into the food processor (or blender); the almonds, pistachios, garlic, and your sun dried tomatoes (No need to drain them, you can even use that olive oil if you'd like. The more flavor the better I say). Process those for about 30 seconds.

I didn't do it this way because i broke my fool size food processor,
so I just stuffed everybody in there together.

Then add your basil and parsley leaves and continue to process until semi smooth. If possible while the food processor is still running pour all but about 1-2 table spoons of the olive oil in slowly. Then add your Parmesan cheese and processor for another minute. That's it...easy right?

It's harder to get the ingredients that it is to make the stuff and it keeps well in the fridge for weeks and is great on an array of things. Just pout that last little bit of olive oil on top and place in the fridge.

I coated some stuffed chicken breasts with it when I made it with parsley and walnuts last time.

Recipe coming soon...

Nighty Night...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shrimp & Crab Burgers...

Today it was rainy in Brooklyn and I guess it put me in a cooking mood.

I decided to make
Shrimp & Crab Burgers (w/ Wasabi Mayo, Zucchini with Sage & Butter and Corn.

Let's start with the burgers. For those you will need.

15-20 medium size shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into small pieces
1 - 6 oz. can of Crab Meat or Fresh Crab Meat - drained of all juices
Old Bay Seasoning to taste
Salt & Pepper
2-3 table spoons of salted butter
3 eggs
2-3 cups of bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 large Onion- chopped
3 scallions- chopped
3 cloves of garlic- chopped
1 stalk of celery- chopped
1/2 green pepper- chopped
1/2 yellow pepper- chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper- chopped
lettuce and tomato

Melt a tablespoon of butter into a skillet. Add veggies and and season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Sauteed for about 6-10 minutes until onions are almost translucent. Once cooked put into a large bowl.

In the same skillet, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter, your cut and lightly seasoned (w/ salt & pepper) shrimp and 1/2 tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning (more to taste). Cook until on a medium heat for roughly 10 minutes until pink but do not over cook.

Once fully cooked, pop them on over into the bowl with the veggies.

Now I thought I had bread crumbs but didn't when I peeked in my cabinet. I did realize that I had hot dog buns from a BBQ though; so I toasted those and cut them into small pieces and crumbled them up with my hands. Of course you can use store bought bread crumbs but be sure to adjust the salt you add because they can be salty.

Add all but about 1/2 a cup of your bread crumbs to the bowl and leave the rest aside for when you are making the burgers themselves. Those you may want to zap in the food processor.

Then, add your drained and flaked crab into the bowl with the veggies and shrimp. Fresh is always better but more's a damn recession so I used the canned OK...I know...very unlike me. Shut Up! Lil Richard style...

OK, now beat 2 of your eggs but don't add them until you have tasted your shrimp and crab burger mixture...don't need salmonella now do we people? Once you've got it to your liking, add your eggs and fully mix everything together. You can put that in the fridge to set for a little while before you form you patties if you have time.

I was only only making one for myself so I just popped the first one into the freezer while I made my others to freeze or refrigerate for the rest of the week.

I covered them with that Glad Press'n Seal, which I must say is nice product but you have to use a lot for it to work and it ain't cheap.

If you want to make these for a much later a later date, you can mix everything but the eggs and then refrigerate or freeze the shrimp, crab and veggie mix until you want to make then and then form the burgers once you have added the freshly beaten eggs.

I mixed my bread crumbs with a little bit of flour to be sure they held together. Take your formed patties and either place them into the flour and breadcrumb mixture (flipping them of course) or dust them with them while the patties are in your hands. Don't be afraid if they are falling apart a little, just dust them in your hands and set aside. If they are really falling apart you may need to add more egg.

Place the patties into a hot skillet with butter and cook on eat side for around 4-7 minutes depending on thickness.

I had my burgers on a toasted English Muffin and because I'm a sauce and spice freak I decided to make some Wasabi Mayo since I had bottle someone bought me ages ago.

For that I mixed, 1 tablespoon of Wasabi Powder, 3 tablespoons of Miracle Whip and, a tablespoon of Pickapeppa Sauce...thanks Kia...

Now onto the zucchini. Super easy.

6- 7 sage leaves
1 zucchini
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 table spoon of butter
salt and pepper to taste

Sage is a nice flavor but it is not necessary or can be substituted for thyme or rosemary. I only used it because while hacking down the jungle that was the my side yard, I found a thriving sage plant.

Sage is a very porous plant so I soaked it in water with a touch of salt for a few minutes and then rinsed each leaf under a running faucet to be sure it was completely clean of grit. Clean it like it's little collard greens...

Once clean, lay the sage leaves on top of each other and slice....

Zest your lemon

Put the sage and lemon zest in skillet with a teaspoon of olive oil and allow to saute on a low flame.

Clean and slice a whole zucchini and place into skillet with sage a olive oil, in one layer if possible.
Cut up the butter into small pieces and place on top of zucchini and cook for about 3-5 minutes depending on thickness on a high heat and then flip and cook for another 5 - 10 minutes.

Now the corn is straight forward. Boil corn in salted water with some milk depending on how many ears of corn you are boiling..,

Voila...Dinner is Served!

.....Dag that went fast...