Master Chefs for a Cause

27 Aug

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Combine a popular TV show with gourmet food, and you will have a spectacular event — especially it’s for a good cause like the Friendship Circle.

The Friendship Circle is an organization for children with special needs. With over 79 locations worldwide the Friendship Circle has cultivated friendships between 5,000 special children and close to 11,000 teen volunteers. Each independent Friendship Circle is operated by its local Chabad Lubavitch Center, and entirely supported by each local community to benefit local children with special needs.

On Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in metro-Detroit, three professional chefs will compete in an exciting culinary battle to test their creativity and cooking skills. Like in the television show MasterChef, these stars in the kitchen will be presented with an astonishing assortment of ingredients and quick-fire challenges (including inexperienced sous chefs) as they battle before your eyes.

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The three chefs competing in the competition are Chef Reva Constantine (above) of the Great Lakes Culinary Center, Chef Derik Watson of Bistro 82 in metro-Detroit and Chef Sarah Welch of Republic Tavern. The emcee is Michelle Bommartio (below), a renown cake designer and TV personality.

 

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All proceeds from this event will benefit the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield. For more information about the event in West Bloomfield, MI, go to this site. http://www.friendshipcircle.org/events/masterchef/

 

 

Fresh Peach Oatmeal Muffin Cups

19 Aug

A healthy, delicious muffin — no oil, no sugar and no flour!

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Fresh Peach Oatmeal Muffins

Glorious fresh peaches are the star here.

Rolled oats, bananas, and applesauce combined with juicy peaches create these very portable little muffin cups. I’ve fallen in love with them, and have been making a batch or two weekly.

Here’s the bonus – NO sugar, flour, or oil. Yes, this is good, good stuff.

These are lovely warm from the oven, and perfect for breakfast, of course, but I think they’re an ideal afternoon snack as well.

When fresh peaches are not in season, frozen peaches work great. Fresh or frozen blueberries or/and cherries are a delicious swap, too.

One more thing…I recently purchased a silicone muffin pan to eliminate the need for so many parchment paper liners. If you’re on the fence (as I was), I can report that I’m very pleased with how well it performs. If you don’t have one, no problem. Just use paper liners instead.

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Revolutionary Bra

11 Aug

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Workout aficionados, yoga devotees and women everywhere, there’s a new bra in town. Elyse Kaye, a former Motowner, is founder and CEO of Bloom Bras. Kaye enlisted the help of celebrity corset designer Camilla Huey to develop a patented design to make an adjustable and comfortable bra. Kaye just launched on Kickstarter to lift this company to new heights.  Not only does Kaye have the entrepreneurial spirit, but she is philanthropic as well. Some of the proceeds will go to breast cancer research. Look at all the support (pun intended) and check out this unique design.

These Boots Are Made for Buying

22 Jul

I know we are in a major heatwave, but this time of year always brings one favorite annual event that denotes fall — The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You have the opportunity to purchase new, fall merchandise at discounted prices. But, come August 8, the prices go back up. There’s everything from men’s to women’s to children’s clothing and accessories. Here are some picks from Motown Savvy, because in Detroit, you can never have enough boots.

 

_12896520These Ugg boots are a favorite, and I love the color. Today, it’s available for $119.90 and after the sale, it’s $179.95.

 

 

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As you know, fringe is in.  So take a peek at these Sam Edelman boots for $99 now. After the sale, it’s $169.95

 

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If you are feeling edgy, try these Tory Burch boots at $299.90. After the sale, it’s really $495.00.

 

Two of my favorite blogs also posted information about the Anniversary Sale. Check out House of Harper and A Cup of Jo.

Motivational Muscle

11 Jul

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Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler has a magnetic personality and a motivational spirit. I recently had the opportunity to listen to him for two minutes, and I was mesmerized. He was with 250 authors in New York pitching books to the Jewish Book Council. He was a stand out explaining his book Living with a SEAL, within the strict two minute time slot.

Jesse lived with a SEAL (yes, a Navy SEAL) to develop a challenging health and fitness regime. There was one condition: Jesse had to agree to do everything the SEAL demanded. So, Jesse trained for 31 days. The subtitle of the book is 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, which included running miles wearing a 50-pound vest, jumping into a frozen lake and training all hours of the day and night.

Physically, Jesse is now in terrific shape, and his book recounts this journey with determination, grit and humor. Add author to his business accomplishments — owner of the Atlanta Hawks, co-founder of Marquis Jets and pioneering the coconut water craze with Zicos acquired by Coca-Cola. Oh, did I mention he was a rapper and music producer too? And of course his personal accomplishments are amazing also. He is married to Sara Blakely, Spanx founder, and they have four children.

 

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A Very Berry 4th of July

28 Jun

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Celebrate the 4th with a red, white and blue patriotic dessert from House of Harper blog.

Mixed Berry Cobbler

Makes 8 – 10 Servings
Prep: 15 minutes | Bake: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

1 (12 oz) package (frozen or fresh) blackberries
1 (12 oz) package (frozen or fresh) raspberries
1 (12 oz) package (frozen or fresh) blueberries
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (15 oz) package of refrigerated pie crust
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon sugar

Optional: Serve with Bluebell Vanilla Ice-cream

Photographed by Kate Robinson

The House of Harper post features some delightful photography with kids in the kitchen.

Summer Spritzer

14 Jun

Kick off the summer with this refreshing drink, courtesy of Lark & Linen who adapted it from Reading My Tea Leaves. It’s a Rhubarb Lilac Spritzer. It can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

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INGREDIENTS (serves 20)
  1. 5-6 stalks rhubarb, chopped into 1″ pieces
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 large handful of lilac blossoms, removed from the stem
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a medium sized pot, over medium heat, bring all ingredients just to a boil.
  2. Turn to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until sugar is disolved and rhubarb begins to separate. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
NOTES
  1. Mix your syrup into sparkling water, add vodka to make it sinful, or pour over vanilla ice cream.
CALORIES: 42 (minus the vodka and ice cream!)
FAT: OG
PROTEIN:OG
CARBS:11G

Bon Apetit in New York

10 Jun

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There are many fantastic restaurants in New York. On a recent visit, I ate at La Grenouille in Midtown. It’s an authentic French restaurant in Midtown.The food and the atmosphere were superb. The decor is awash in pink with flowers galore. Just the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine with fine food.

Elegant and Wearable Handbags

13 May

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Daniella Ortiz‘s sophisticated boutique can be found in a via on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.  (That means it’s off the main road nestled in a courtyard.) Her handbags are stunning and colorful. Although Ortiz lives in the Palm Beach area, she is from Argentina where her innovative design team works. Ortiz participates in the Palm Beach charity circuit attending more than 60 events a season and donates some of the profits from her trunk shows.

So, I just purchased the powder blue handbag in the photo. I’ve been looking for an elegant purse, but one that has easy access compartments to hold my cell phone and keys. What’s your favorite handbag this season?

 

Marvelous Maurice Salad

26 Apr

 

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HUDSON’S MAURICE SALAD

If you’re from Motown,  you have tasted the marvelous Maurice Salad. It was first at the J.L. Hudson Company based in Detroit. My friends shared it on Facebook, posted from Cooked Just Right.

DRESSING:
2 t. white vinegar
1 1/2 t. lemon juice
1 1/2 t. onion juice
1 1/2 t. sugar
1 1/2 t. Dijon mustard
1/4 t. dry mustard
1 c. mayonnaise
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 hard cooked egg, diced
salt to taste

SALAD INGREDIENTS:
14 oz. ham, cut into strips
14 oz. cooked turkey breast, cut into strips
14 oz. Swiss cheese, cut into strips
1/2 c. slivered, sweet gherkin pickles
1 head Iceberg lettuce, shredded
12-16 pimento stuffed green olives

Combine the first 6 dressing ingredients and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add remaining dressing ingredients and mix well. Combine the ham, turkey, cheese and pickles together in a large bowl. Toss together with the dressing. Divide the lettuce among plates, top with salad and garnish each plate with 2 olives.
(serves 6-8)

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