Thursday, October 30, 2014

Savory Oven Baked Pork Ribs


I'm usually not a huge ribs fan, however, when I saw this recipe it peaked my interest and I decided to tweak it a bit to my liking and give it a try.

This recipie is super easy and all you need are a few ingredients for the rub (most of which you probably already have in your pantry).

Enough talking, lets get started.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 2 pounds of pork (or beef ribs)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1  tablepoon of soul seasoning (or whatever cajun like seasoning you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of parika
  • Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
Directions:
Wash and pat ribs dry. In a small bowl combine all your dry ingredients then whisk gently to incorporate. Next, coat ribs in olive oil and apply the dry rub. Gently massage the rub into the ribs ensuring seasoning is spread throughout.

Once complete place ribs in a zip lock bag to marinate for up to an hour. If you're more like me, then you never have time to marinate--jump right into baking. Place ribs in a glass baking dish lined with foil and create a foil packet that seals the ribs inside (this will allow the ribs to fall off the bone!)

Once ribs are sealed place in oven on 290 degrees. These babeies are going to bake slow. Bake for 2 hours and check for doneness. Once ribs are tender to the touch, remove foil and drain off any fat in dish and brush ribs with desired amount of bbq sauce. Place ribs back in the oven and turn the temparture to broil. This will allow the ribs to get nice and crisp on top and the sauce will stick to the meat. Keep a close eye on the ribs as this should take about 5 mintues.


Once complete, serve with some mash potatoes or a nice potato salad!

Would you try this recipie?

Recipe adopted from @divascancook (love her!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Honey Curry Chicken Thighs



What you'll need: 
  • 5 chicken thighs with bone
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joes whole grain mustard 
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, diced 
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper

Directions:

Clean and wash chicken then pat dry. Next, cut each chicken thigh into two pieces each. In a separate bowl mix all ingredients together. Melt butter in microwave, add honey, mustard, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic clove, onion powder and black pepper. Mix ingredients thoroughly with whisk and pour over chicken. Cover to marinate (optional) or place chicken thighs into glass baking dish, cover with foil and bake on 375 degree's for 50 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes to crisp the skin of the chicken.

Once chicken is out of the oven add parsley to garnish.


Would you try Honey Curry Chicken?


Original recipe modified @divascancook

Monday, October 27, 2014

A few favorite things



I am currently obsessed with two products that have been giving my hair complete life! Since it's quite chilly in NYC right now, I prefer to wear my hair straight. These two products have been helping me to achieve 2 to 3 week straight hair!! I absolutely adore them and had to share them with you all.


Check them out:




WHAT IT IS:

Low-lathering, creamy, sulfate-free formula that gently cleanses and adds moisture and definition without weight.

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS:

Thick & creamy formula with a delightful clean fragrance.

WHY I LOVE IT:

I love the slip this shampoo provides. I apply a small amount to each section and repeat to cleanse my hair of all the product buildup. It gets my hair squeaky clean without giving it that stripped feeling. My hair is left super moisturized and really soft to the touch.




WHAT IT IS:

A deep-conditioning treatment

WHAT IT DOES:

Hydrates hair and provides tons of shine.

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS:

Thick white cream with a sweet floral scent.

WHY I LOVE IT:


The conditioner is so buttery and the slip is out of this world. I love that I can use a quarter sized amounts on each section of my hair and the knots literally melt away. This conditioner allows for me to detangle my hair with my fingers. It feels super rich and leaves my hair very moisturized, soft and sleek. It's best for thick textures but it rinses cleanly, so my girls out there with finer strands can still take advantage of this super conditioner!

Purchase here & here.

Have you tried any of the above products? Let me know how it worked for you! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Honey Treatment for Natural Hair



Here’s what you’ll need:
  • ½ cup of honey
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of neem oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • Spray bottle filled with water

Directions:

In a glass bowl mix all ingredients together and warm in microwave for 30 seconds until mixture is smooth and coconut oil has dissolved into a liquid. Give the mixture a swirl and ensure everything is well incorporated.




Application:

Part hair into 4 sections and twist each section to keep out of the way. Use a rat tail comb to part small sections of hair to apply honey treatment from root to ends. Spritz section of hair with water and gently apply honey treatment, ensuring your hair is fully coated. Once you complete a section gently twist hair and put in a bantu knot (I find this helps the honey to really saturate the hair).

Once you have applied the honey treatment to all sections of your hair, use a plastic cap (or in my case since I never seem to have those on hand, I use a plastic bag..it works the same way! ) After you use the plastic cap, find an old t-shirt and wrap that around your hair as well (this will help to catch any honey from dripping on your face).

Allow the honey treatment to sit in your hair for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour. If you have a steamer this would be the perfect time to pull it out for an ever deeper treatment.

After 30 minutes to an hour, proceed to rinsing the honey treatment out of your hair, section by section and shampoo and condition as you normally would. Your hair should feel really soft, moisturized and if you decide to straighten (like I did in this case) your hair will be left super shiny without having to add any gloss or sheen.

I LOVE this treatment and appreciate the different ways you can make it your own. The first time I made this treatment, I only used honey and olive oil. I recently heard about neem oil and adored its benefits.

Neem oil promotes shiny, healthy hair, combats dryness, prevents premature graying and may even help with some forms of hair loss.

The great thing about this treatment is that you can make it your own and really personalize it based on what you know works the best for your hair! Just keep the honey as a base ingredient and go from there.









Final Results




Give it a try & let me know what you think below!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fiesta Bowl with Mexican Rice


Here's what you need:

Mexican Rice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth 
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 can (8 oz) Tomato Sauce

Fiesta Bowl
  • Trader Joes fully cooked carnitas, heated
  • Roasted corn, heated
  • Organic black beans, heated
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • Trader Joes Guacamole

Directions:

To prepare Mexican Rice: In medium sized pan heat olive oil until hot. Add sweet onion and saute until softened, about 2 minutes. Pour rice into pan, coating all the grains with oil. Next, add cumin, salt, pepper and garlic and stir to incorporate all the seasoning. Stir in broth, plus 1/2 cup of water and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer on medium low until all liquid absorbs.

TIP: Be careful not to burn the bottom of the rice as the tomato sauce might stick to the bottom of the pan...to be safe, cook on medium heat and keep a close eye on pot.

To serve: Plate rice in a small bowl with carnitas, corn and black beans on top. Add cheese & guacamole to complete the dish.

Mexican at home in less than 30 minutes! 

Original recipe altered to my personal taste: Source


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