Diva Tasting: Won Ton Soup…

I like to make a big pot of my soups and freeze some.  Then when I don’t feel good one like this is just the trick.

Won Ton Soup

Ingredients

1 Bunch Green Onions, Cut Into 1/2-Inch Pieces, Divided

6 Fresh Mushrooms, Sliced

1 Pound Ground Pork

1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil

1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce

1 Egg

1/4 Cup Dry Bread Crumbs

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 (16 Ounce) Package Wonton Wrappers

8 Cups Chicken Broth

16 Uncooked Medium Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined (optional)

1 Medium Head Bok Choy, Torn Into 2-Inch Pieces

16 Snow Peas

1 Dash Soy Sauce, Or To Taste

1 Dash Sesame Oil, To Taste

Directions

  1. Dice the green onions, and set aside all but 1 tablespoon. Slice the mushrooms, and set aside all but 1 tablespoon. Finely chop the 1 tablespoon of green onions and 1 tablespoon of sliced mushrooms, and place in a bowl with the ground pork, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, egg, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Stir to thoroughly mix the pork filling.

  2. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the pork filling onto the center of each wonton wrapper. Use your finger or a pastry brush to lightly moisten the edges of the wonton wrappers with water. Fold one corner of the wrapper over the filling onto the opposite corner to form a triangle. Press the edges together to seal. Moisten the two long ends of the triangle, fold them together, and press them firmly to seal.

  3. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Drop the wontons, one by one, into the broth, and let them cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until they float to the surface. Reduce heat to a simmer, and gently stir in the shrimp, bok choy, and reserved sliced mushrooms. Let the soup simmer 2 more minutes, until the shrimp turn pink, and then drop in the snow pea pods. Garnish with the remaining green onions and a dash of soy sauce and sesame oil, and serve immediately.

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Diva Tasting: Seared Ahi Tuna

Seared Ahi Tuna 

Ingredients

4 (5 Ounce) Ahi Tuna Steaks

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1/2 Tablespoon Butter

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Whole Peppercorns

Directions

  1. Season the tuna steaks with salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.

  2. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the peppercorns in the mixture until they soften and pop, about 5 minutes. Gently place the seasoned tuna in the skillet and cook to desired doneness, 1 1/2 minutes per side for rare.
  3. Serve as an appetizer or main course with rice pilaf, sauteed snow peas and rolls.

Diva Tasting: Real Men Like Steak…Divas Too…

Real Men Like Steak…Divas Too

2-8oz Sirloin 1 In Thick

1 Teaspoon Garlic Herb Steak Seasoning

1 Tablespoon Butter

1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1 8 Oz Package Cremini Mushrooms Sliced

1 Large White Onion Sliced

Directions:

Heat indoor or outdoor grill. Season steaks with steak seasoning on both sides.

When the grille is hot place steaks on the grill and cook for 12 minutes until done to

desired doneness.

While steaks cook heat butter until melted. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, mustard and stir. Add onions and mushrooms until tender.

Place steaks onto plates. Top with vegetables. Serve immediately.

Serve with Garlic mashed potatoes, roasted green beans (below), garlic bread and fruit tea.

Roasted Green Beans

2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans, Trimmed

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, Or As Needed

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Pat green beans dry with paper towels if necessary; spread onto a jellyroll pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use your fingers to coat beans evenly with olive oil and spread them out so they don’t overlap.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until beans are slightly shriveled and have brown spots, 20 to 25 minutes.

Diva Tasting: Queens Beef N Biscuits…

Queens Beef N Biscuits 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Butter

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion

  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Baby Carrots

  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

  • 4 Cups Beef Stock

  • 1 (10 Ounce) Can Peas, Drained

  • 2 Lbs Ground Sirloin Browned and Crumbed

  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream

Dumplings:

  • 2 Cups Buttermilk Baking Mix

  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Basil

  • 2/3 Cup Cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

  2. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the garlic, onion, and carrots in butter until tender. Mix in the flour, salt, 1 teaspoon dried basil, and pepper. Stir in beef stock, and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil 1 minute, reduce heat to medium low, and stir in peas And sour cream. Simmer 5 minutes, then mix in beef. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the baking mix and 2 teaspoons dried basil. Stir in cream to form a dough. Divide the dough into 6 to 8 balls. On floured wax paper, use the palm of your hand to flatten each ball of dough into a circular shape; place on top of the beef mixture.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cover with sprayed foil, and bake for 10 more minutes. To serve, spoon beef mixture over biscuits.

VARIATION: in a hurry? You can as always use flaky canned biscuits for a delicious treat anytime.

Diva Musing: Current Mood…

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Just for Shits and Giggles
OK, so I’m on a salty diva rampage today.  Some moron parked so close to my vehicle I couldn’t get in.  I waited awhile and got all schpilkes, so I had to crawl from the back of my SUV to the drives seat.  Then I had to decide weather I should wait and attack the manner-less troll or leave and key the car before I drove off.  Since I didn’t have bail money I went on.
Ever have one of those days where you wake up all cheery and swear to the Universe you will be a better version of yourself today and boom, something like this happens right out of the shoot? I hate when that happens.  I was once told to cancel my evil thoughts by saying cancel or escape and then think of a positive thought.  Who the hell came up with that one?  I need to vent a little to get rid of my disdain for “stupid people”!  Only then can I resolve within myself by meditating and breathing.  
I always encourage the peaceful way through most things.  However, since…”you can’t fix stupid with duct tape” (don’t know who said it; but I love them) sometime you just have to pitch a hissy fit.  Do you find these days it’s happening more and more or is it just me? 
Anyway, I feel an occasional venting, for a legitimate reason,…”stupidity” is good for the soul. Have your hissy fit, my darlings, and move on.  Don’t guilt yourself …it was someone else’s stupidity, after all that triggered it all.  Go have a quiet moment or even better a hot fudge sundae and bask in the glory of setting a  boundary and the treat you most certainly earned.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista

 

Diva Tasting: Baked Halibut…

Baked Halibut

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil, more if needed

  • 1 Cup Diced Zucchini

  • 1/2 Cup Minced Onion

  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Minced

  • 2 Cups Diced Fresh Tomatoes

  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

  • 6 (6 Ounce) Halibut Steaks

  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Lightly grease a shallow baking dish.

  2. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir in zucchini, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Remove saucepan from heat and mix in tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper.

  3. Arrange halibut steaks in a single layer in the prepared baking dish. Spoon equal amounts of the zucchini mixture over each steak. Top with feta cheese.

  4. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish is easily flaked with a fork. Serve with green beans, salad, beverage and garlic toast. 

Diva Rambling: Mirrors Reflecting…?

I was having “issues” as we all must at times.  I found this interesting article for reflection. I thought you may enjoy. 
Friends you Hate….They mirror your flaws in ways you can’t see
A couple of years ago, I attended a meditation workshop in New York City. I immediately bonded with the girl I was sitting next to, and we became fast friends. We went to dinner that night and talked for hours. When I came to the city for work, we’d meet up and spend the day together. I met her friends; she met mine. We’d text long rambling updates about our lives. It was like best friends at first sight — until it wasn’t.
Only a few weeks after our meeting, the friendship faded out. Nothing “bad” happened. There was no drama. There were no hurt feelings. We just got distracted, and our lives carried on.
What I didn’t know then was that she and I had already served an important purpose in each other’s lives.
In the weeks we had been talking for hours at a time, we were often talking about just one thing: our recently failed relationships. I had come to realize something important about the trajectory of the relationship I was in at the time. This new friend and I, as it happened, were in nearly identical situations with our ex-boyfriends, left to decide whether we wanted to try again or let go.
The more my friend told me about her relationship, the more I thought she was naive. She was clearly mismatched with her partner and it was time for her to move on. I didn’t see it then, but I realize now that her situation was a mirror of my own, and the advice I wanted to give her was a projection of what I desperately needed to hear myself.
What we are looking for in relationships isn’t really love, it’s familiarity. And the exact same thing applies to friendship.
We hadn’t been drawn to each other by accident; there was a deep, unconscious psychological need we served for one another. And when I reviewed the few other friendships I’d had that had unfolded like this, I noticed an unnerving pattern.
John Gottman believes that finding your soulmate is not a random, chance encounter orchestrated by the divine, no matter what the movies would have you believe. He theorizes that your ideal partner is actually just someone who most matches your “love map,” your subconscious concept of a perfect match.
But in the shadows of our unconscious thinking, our preferences for a relationship aren’t always nice things like financial stability, relative attractiveness, or good communication. What we seek out may also be a reflection of our deepest, seediest needs.
For example, children of divorced parents tend to have more negative attitudes toward marriage as a whole and are ultimately less “optimistic about the feasibility of long-lasting, healthy marriage.” This isn’t because they’re cursed; it’s possibly because separation is part of their subconscious love map. What they first came to know as love was also separation or maybe abandonment, and that has become part of their concept of “love,” even if it very much is not.
This could also explain why some children of addicts will grow up to have adult relationships with addicts. Subconsciously, their intent may be to try to heal their partner in the way they could not heal their parent. Or, they may just not realize that they associate addictive behaviors with the comfort of their closest relationships.
Under this theory, what we are looking for in relationships isn’t really love, it’s familiarity. And the exact same thing applies to friendship.
Trying to change another person will not heal you.
It’s not a coincidence that you bond and “just click” with some people over others. In most cases, you have more in common with your closest friends than you think. You are often drawn to the people who have the same problems you want to heal within yourself, though you don’t know how.
When those relationships get challenging and you find yourself frustrated with their patterns of behavior — but you remain friends with them anyway — it’s often the case that you’re observing a mirrored pattern of your own behavior. You just don’t realize it.
We are usually unconscious of our own behavior, but we do observe it in others, often criticizing and making judgments about the person based on it. This can become a sort of obsession, the root of a love/hate relationship, the seed of jealousy, competition, and envy. And the things that most irritate us about others may show us what we cannot yet see within ourselves.
When we meet someone who has a similar wound to us, we feel it. We know there is something about them that equally draws us in and makes us want to push away. The problem is when we try to heal someone else’s wound in place of needing to heal our own.
It’s how so many people find themselves in toxic friendships. They’re attracted not to people who they connect with over shared interests or mutual respect, but to people whose worst behaviors are unconscious mirrors of their own. Instead of realizing that each person is responsible for their own reconciliation, they try to project the problem onto one another, police each other for it, and control one another’s behavior to create the change they really crave.
But trying to change another person will not heal you. It will not make you better.
There are millions and millions of people in the world. There are hundreds, if not potentially thousands, whose paths we cross. There are opportunities to connect everywhere, and yet most people end up with a small to moderate social circle, containing relationships that make them feel strongly one way or another.
This does not happen by coincidence.
The idea of your relationships being your greatest teachers might sound like another platitude, but that’s only because it is also true. Your relationships, and what you experience within them, are your most prime opportunities to see yourself more clearly, to understand who you are and what you care about, and to identify what you want to cherish and what you want to change.
So instead of trying to maneuver through life fixing other people and judging them for the ways in which they are not yet healed, consider that the wounds that trigger you most deeply in others are perhaps just reflections of your own. Perhaps what you most often think about them is really what you want to tell yourself.
WRITTEN BY
Brianna Wiest
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Namaste, The Queen Cronista