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Back in the kitchen

I saw this recipe for stuffed pork chops on the Neely's Facebook page and decided to give it a shot. Well...not the exact recipe but my own version. Theirs used cornbread as the base for the stuffing. They also used chicken broth as the binder. 
My stuffing was kinda fruity...hahaha! I used Texas Toast croutons, diced pears, dried cranberries and  pineapple juice to make the stuffing. I marinated the chops in an Asian sauce and red wine vinegar. Then I cut  them in  the center, making a pocket. I stuffed them  with  the stuffing and used  toothpicks to keep the stuffing in.
I dropped a couple of pats of sweet creamy butter in a cast  iron skillet and popped the meat in a 375 degree oven. 
The chop I  had today was juicy and  flavorful. I love cooking but I haven't  been doing a lot of it lately as  I've been running around working and what not. But I'm happy to have dipped back into the kitchen.



What's your favorite cast iron skillet dish? 


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Jeremy Ray Meeks: The 'model' inmate?

So this Jeremy Meeks guy has the entire female population swooning and wishing for conjugal visits. He's currently in jail in Cali on $900,000.00 bond after an arrest on weapons charges. His mugshot has been shared almost 40,000 times and the comments on his photo are reaching 10,000.

Someone has even gone so far as to photo shop his pics into model worthy photos and created several Facebook pages in his honor.



Do you think Meeks missed his calling?

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'Can you cook?'

Fellas: How many times have you asked a lady whether or not she knows how to cook?  
Is cooking really a deal breaker for dudes? Is it really essential in the dating game for ladies to know how to whip up a good meal? 
I can't think of many times when my ability to cook has added to my dating repertoire. I know how to cook, bake, sauté, grill, fry, flambé, and boil. I actually enjoy cooking, but I really haven't cooked   as a routine for guys I've gone out with. As a matter of fact, I have chosen to not cook.
Anyone who has nibbled a morsel prepared in my kitchen will tell you my cuisine is more than edible, but I don't see it as a one up in the relationship world. Most of the guys I've dated have been super health conscious and I'm not into boiling chicken and stirring up plain brown rice.
However, I must say I am hugely attracted to guys who can work with their hands. Probably because I come from a family of traditional guys who build things, own tools and u…

In defense of Rashad McCants

*UPDATE* The below was written several months before the release of the Wainstein report.  Even after reading the report, and seeing all of the backlash, I stand by what is written below. I don't know what would qualify a student as one of the 3100 "implicated," but if taking a class qualifies you, I am qualified, and not ashamed. Nor was I ever contacted during said investigation, as a non-athlete student.  There was no way possible, as a student, to know that Ms. Crowder set up this system. Nor did I have any idea that she graded any papers, as outlined in the Wainstein report. The process of being in the classes worked just as I articulated below, while I was in school. I took the classes around 2000-2001. 

Rashad McCants recently lamented his academic woes on OUTSIDE THE LINES. It was set as an expose' on alleged UNC academic fraud. McCants is at a point in his life where he CANT get right, CANT figure out where he should be, CANT find his way, CANT live the way h…

Sweating and Sizzling

Hey folks. I haven't blogged in a few days...I've been caught up doing other things. Hitting the trail at one of our local parks is one of those things.

When I was younger, I was always very active. Sports, playing and even hitting the track with my family on the weekends. I remained active for a long time afterwards until I hit the real world and had to manage working, running a business (or two) and life. 
Being active is completely different from "working out" or "getting in shape". The latter two tend to be temporary. I've "worked out" a lot. I've got in shape many times. But I haven't been active in forever. 
I am learning that being active has nothing to do with working out or getting in shape... It's just about living a more interesting life. Do you have an active life?
Now along these trips to the park, funny things happen, you meet different people, you learn new things...and if you're me...you get sunburned.
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