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Keith and my palettes changed after our journey to Morocco. The spices were unlike anything we ever tasted. So vibrant and flavorful. The stand-out was Ras el Hanout, which means ‘Top of the Shop’. It actually originated in North Africa thousands of years ago and can include up to 100 individual spices. Each vendor in the market holds their recipe as a closely-guarded secret. Some believe the seductive ingredients in Ras el Hanout produce an aphrodisiac – I have no complaints about this! The blend is exotic and spices up many of the ground beef or lamb dishes I make. It can also be used on steaks, chops and chicken.
You will find variations of this because there is no set recipe, however, this is the one I use and enjoy.
2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Measure all the spices into a medium bowl and mix with a fork until combined. Close your eyes and take a slow inhale through your nose. It will transport you to a Moroccan market. Transfer the spice blend to an airtight container and apply liberally to your food.
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Modern life doesn’t give us a lot of time for putting together elaborate meals so I have developed a love affair with my slow cooker over the past decade. I have used this lovely appliance to create and cook delicious tasting meals with minimal hands on time and effort.
My go to staple is beef stew. After years of experimenting with different recipes/ingredients, I am proud to share what I think is a hearty, decadent, extremely satisfying stew for the colder months.
Brielle’s Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker (serves: 4-6)
4 oz Thick-cut bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons Flour (I use wheat flour)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 lbs Boneless beef chuck trimmed of excess fat and cut into chunks (I prefer 100% grass-fed beef from Whole Foods)
1/2 lb Baby carrots
1 Stalk of celery, chopped
3 cloves Minced garlic
1 lb Medium potatoes, cut into cubes
1 cup (8 fl oz) Red wine (I use a Malbec)
1 cup (8 fl oz) Beef broth (*If you live in NY, go to Brodo order prednisone overnight and get the Hearth bone broth. The flavor is unreal. If you want to be healthier, use unsalted beef broth)
2 tablespoons of tomato sauce (I use Prego No Salt added sauce)
1 tablespoon Rosemary, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Bay leaf
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When my in-laws, Henry and Diane Witek, told me they were moving to the The Villages, Florida my mind immediately went to the M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, The Village.
Demons? A freaky little community? Supernatural situations? What could this place be?
Henry, was quick to explain that it was an active retirement community located in sunny central Florida. According to the website buy prednisone australia the purpose was “To create a retirement community where people’s dreams could come true.” It boasted a redefinition of retirement living: great, affordable homes with lifestyle and amenities for every cycle of retirement life.
That’s a tall order! My idea of retirement would be in the Amalfi Coast, Italy with Cristiano Ronaldo (age now) serving me Krug Rose champagne in his CR7’s, Mario Batali cooking my meals, DogPound still training me and Keith, Rambo and I just chilling in our infinity pool looking at the beautiful clear blue sea.
Well, I have been there twice now and while it’s not my vision of retirement, I could see how it’s a paradise for the people who have chosen to end their lives there.
Imagine a Disney Land for over-55 year-olds. It holds more than 100k residents in an area bigger than the island of Manhattan. And… everyone gets around via golf cart. I’m not going to lie, the first time I visited, I couldn’t believe it. There were designated parking areas for golf carts at all the businesses. There were golf-cart tracks. There were golf-cart tunnels and even a golf-cart bridges to cross the major highways. I can’t make this up.
Why golf carts do you ask? The Villages is really a village. Within those gates you have everything you need: Town Squares, Theaters, Shopping + Dining, Grocery Stores, Doctors, Schools…
Here’s the kicker, those carts can cost upwards of $25k and you can pimp them out with rims, make them look like a hummer or race car, add custom detail, etc. I guess when you retire and you have extra dough to spend, why wouldn’t you do it with a custom golf cart?
The Villages is also known for its extensive amount of golf courses – I think there are over 3 dozen. I am not going to pretend to know anything about golf. I went to a Nike Golf School and own my own clubs. I wound up perfecting my flask swig vs. my golf swing and I have used my clubs once. Golfing is just not my thing.
Henry is The Village’s golf course expert. He knows every course name, clubhouse, trail, the animals that inhabit the courses…trust me, he has educated me so well on these topics even I know my way around at this point. The man has his own bench on the first hole of one of the courses. I finally saw it live on this Christmas Trip.
There are additional “distinctions” about The Villages. In 2009, the can you buy prednisone in mexico labeled it “ground zero for geriatrics who are seriously getting it on.” The story reported that couples had been caught having quickies in the golf carts and noted there was a thriving black market for Viagra. These facts make me chuckle.
My favorite thing about The Villages is that they forbid children. Kids can of course visit briefly, but that’s about it. They have to get visitor passes, haha! The place is truly a +55 adult playground.
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