Diva Tasting: Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Pilaf…

Beef Tenderloin MENU 
Ingredients
  • 1 (3 Pound) Beef Tenderloin Roast
  • 3/4 Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place roast into a shallow, glass baking dish. Pour Worcestershire sauce and melted butter over the tenderloin.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then turn the roast over, and continue cooking 35 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally until the internal temperature of the roast is at 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) for medium. Or, cook to your desired degree of doneness. Let meat rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
  4. Serve with Garlic mashed potatoes, garden salad and rolls.
Mushrooms & Spinach Pilaf
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Package Sliced Fresh Cremini Mushrooms
  • 1 (8 Ounce)Package Sliced Fresh Wild Mushrooms
  • 2 Cups Spinach Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Onion
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup White Rice
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
Directions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms, and onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, rice, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 20 minutes. Remove lid and add spinach and stir until wilted.
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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 Ranting: Intolerant Behavior is NOT OK…

I spent many years in workforce’s where harassing behaviors were laughed at and encouraged.  Physical abuse and verbal were the norm of the day; mostly by men.  I myself was lucky, everyone knew I was the witch from hell, and not to mess with me.  But some of my colleagues were not so lucky, nor did they possess the assertiveness to stand up for themselves.  I found myself mouthing off to idiots more than I should.  I didn’t care what it did to my career.  Fortunately the big bosses did not find it a problem.  It was the little men with…shall we say little egos that were usually at fault.  And, sadly, women who wanted the show the men they had balls bigger than church bells, were a nemesis to everyone as well. You have the right to be treated as a human in all environments (unless you act like a wild beast; a topic for another blog). Here are a few coping mechanisms I think you’ll like.  Love yourself enough to use these or other you have.  Please share if you have a good one.  It will help a lot of people.  Love and Light, Namaste, The Queen Cronista…
Intolerant Behavior is NOT OK; Anywhere or at Any Time…
I’m OK, you’re OK!, Change your thoughts, change your life. You become what you think. These are all forms popular quotes from all the motivational speakers ever. For the most part I think that most all cognitive behavioral therapy throws the burden of abnormal behavior on us. If you change how you feel you will change your world! You will no longer feel as depressed or anxious. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that there are certain responsibilities for the souls who are needing to just get over it. When the problems are under your personal control then often discipline, commitment and dedication to a thing is all that is required.
However, when the problems originate outside of your control, then changing your thinking can be like stepping into a horrid terror film where you start having to attempt persuade yourself things are OK when your spirit tells you they are not. How does this improve anyone’s mental well being? It doesn’t! So, when things are out of your personal wheelhouse, and you are sinking into the bog of eternal anxiety and depression, what might you do? I am not seeking to be the guru of all things wonderful. I merely wish to suggest some things to place in your psyche’s toolbox that may help you individually.
1) If the threat is real see what help you can get. It could be that the police, medical assistance, 911, etc. There may be support groups, hotlines, or shelters out there to lend support. If one is dealing with a significant threat, it is not nonsense to feel anxious, fearful, or depressed. Be clear that your feelings are totally appropriate in the moment. Find an approach were you can see them and where you can to try and avoid being overwhelmed by them. Work escape from it – you won’t be able to think clearly until the problem is dealt with.
2) Now risk asses what’s going on. If the source is primarily functioning as a trigger mechanism and isn’t a threat in its own, then go for meditation. See if you can summon the courage to look at the mechanics ; can you change anything? If the threat is in the past and not in the current moment…that can help. See if you can gain a new outlook on it; talk to someone if necessary. The choices are yours at this point; see if you can choose wisely now.
3) Define the specific problem. Tie down exactly what is making you feel uneasy. If that’s triggering you into other problematic things, acknowledge it, but do not focus on it. This can trigger more than it can help. Take yourself and the situation seriously.
4) An ongoing threat, it is going to take a toll no matter what. Examples such as domestic abuse, workplace bullying, or any other tortuous act created by society and political structures. Sometimes there is no ‘away’ to escape. As the person suffering it should not be your responsibility to fix intolerant behaviors. Inability to cope is not a sign of weakness or illness. It is a natural, response to something inhuman. There are agencies to report it to. You need to take steps to remove the threat or yourself or it may impact your health long-term.
5) If you can get away from this intolerant behavior, do so, Get whatever safe space you can and you will eventually calm down and be able to breathe again.
6 Should your risk analysis determine that the problem is happening right now, then how you respond will depend a lot on the problem itself. Usually you must deal with a threat or remove yourself immediately. If you feel the threat is a little one, then meditating on how it makes you feel, or securing help to deal with it may suffice.
Just know that if something panics you and you seem to loose your sense of reason, then try and find someone trustworthy and knowledgeable on how to work it through with you.
There are many who live with panic and fear. There is almost always someone or some institution nearby to lend a helping hand. Learn to use your resources and get the help you need to move on. Bullying and harassing workplaces are NOT OK. Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Ranting: Holier than Thou…

Guilty even if innocent….

Yours truly was confronted by someone still incensed from something I was supposed to have done in November 2018. I never heard of it and when I was shown what I was supposed to have posted on a the sacred website it was shown to be me but I didn’t do it. Those who have followed The Crones for anytime know we don’t give a horses ass about your stuff. We admit our craziness and faults and we never intend to intentionally offend anyone. But here it was full blown. The person said she was so mad she wanted to slap me. My response if you felt that way you should have, that day, not festered on it for four months before telling me; even if I was guilty until proven innocent in your eyes.

My point in this is, that in this modern world of chaos where it seems more and more people wake up invested in being incensed, we can’t win. If you don’t have the tits up to come and look me in the eye and speak your mind we cannot resolve an issue. With some, so cloaked in their own self righteousness, you will never resolve it like adults. Mother Teresa would say…love them anyway and move on (or words to that effect).

These days we will always have those cloak and dagger folks out there maligning us without our knowing. I don’t care but you may. Anyway, don’t let anyone rain on your parade. If you focus on darkness you get more darkness or even the devil himself. I choose the light of saying oh well, don’t sweat the petty stuff and don’t pet the sweaty stuff LOL!

Don’t get us wrong. We are salty old crones with hearts of gold but as fierce as any warrior on the planet if you take us on. Don’t get me wrong….I love pitching a good “hissy fit” for a good cause. Right is Right!

Soooooooooooooooooooooo…

I’ve decided that since no matter what We do somebody’s going to pick us apart every day. Rather than have to listen to a diatribe of uneducated people’s tripe and bologna, let’s just post our own list. They can check off the ones they want to pick on that day and feel fulfilled.
> We/me and my peeps still won’t give a hoot and everybody’s happy LOL. I’ll start:  

> Please place a check mark next to every insult you want me to feel bad about today…
> She’s fat
> She wears too make up
> She overdresses
> She looks me in the eyes and intimidates me.
> She’s a salty old crone.

> She makes me face things head on; I hate that.

>She’s blunt and says what she thinks; makes me uncomfortable
> She think she’s the Queen of the Cosmos?￰
> She’s an intellectual snob

> She’s mean to mean people right back!!!
> She scares me
> I hate her
Here’s a few for starters… Knock yourselves out LOL… me and my peeps will be doing our yoga and not really caring at all. My personal Facebook posse liked the idea.

Diva Ranting: I Mean What I Said…

Mean What You Said

Here in the South we use words like sweetheart, angel, precious, Sweetie, dear, as terms of endearment. Yet there are those outside our Southern culture who are insulted by this show of human affection.

If it’s someone that I know or I don’t know… well, it’s still a term of endearment and when it comes out of my mouth I mean it. I mean it as a term in endearment, I mean it as a term that you are someone special to me, I mean it as I noticed and acknowledged you. I won’t change that part of my upbringing for anyone. You don’t have to accept our terms of endearment, just as we don’t accept your gift of being incensed over everything, every body does, all the time.

Me and my Southern Divas will keep doing what we’re doing with love and good intention, because our Daddy’s and Mamas raised us right. You keep doing what your doing because you want to be that way. Me and my posse will keep giving the love.

Disclaimer: If you hear a Southern Woman say…”Bless your little heart!” as a punctuation to a disagreement…run for the hills. She is ready to rip out your heart and bake it in a pie!

Diva Tasting: One Skillet Chicken n’ Veggies…

Here in the South we love our cast iron skillets.  Here is a one skillet dish I hope you enjoy.  You can use chicken breasts if you don’t like dark meat.

Cast Iron Chicken & Vegetables 

Ingredients

Meat:

8 Large Chicken Thighs With Skin
Seasonings:
2 Tablespoons Ground Black Pepper, Divided
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
2 Teaspoons Sea Salt, Divided
6 Tablespoons Peanut Oil
Sauce:
8 Tablespoons Butter
1/3 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoons Sriracha Sauce
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
4 Teaspoons Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
Vegetables:
6 Potatoes, Chopped
4 Carrots, Chopped
2 Large Yellow Onions, Chopped
1 Head Garlic, Peeled
4 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 Cups Water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Pat chicken dry. Combine 1 tablespoon black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Rub the mixture on the chicken.

  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Add peanut oil to the hot skillet and watch it carefully; when oil smokes, add chicken, skin-side down. Cook until browned, about 4 minutes each side. Transfer chicken to a plate; reserve drippings in the skillet.

  4. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add honey, sriracha sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice and balsamic vinegar. Add remaining black pepper and salt. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

  5. Return skillet with drippings to medium-high heat. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Add chicken on top of the vegetables, skin-side up. Coat with about a third of the sauce.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Add Balsamic Vinegar and water to the skillet and coat chicken with another third of the sauce. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat near the bone reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) and vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Coat chicken with remaining sauce before serving.

The Table: No Bake Boston Cream ….

No Bake Boston Cream 

Ingredients

For The Crust:

  • 2 And ½ Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar

  • 10 Tbsp Unsalted Butter Melted

Ingredients For The Filling:

  • 2 Packages 8 Oz. Each Cream Cheese Softened

  • 8 Oz Tub Whipped Topping

  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar

  • 1 Package 3.4 Oz. Instant Vanilla Pudding

  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Ingredients For The Ganache:

  • 6 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks Or Chips

  • 1/4 C+ 2 Tbsp Cup Heavy Cream Or Half And Half

  • 1 ½ Tbsp Granulated Sugar

  • 1 ½ Tbsp Corn Syrup

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to make the crust:

  1. Line a 13″x 9″ pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Place graham crackers in the food processor. Add sugar and process until combined.

  3. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and process until the crust comes together.

  4. Place the crust into prepared pan and press down firmly.

  5. Bake the crust for 7 to 8 minutes.

  6. Set aside to cool completely. (Baking the crust will prevent it’s crumbling when slicing the dessert.)

Ingredients to make the filling:

  1. Place cream cheese in the food processor. Process until creamy, 10 to 15 seconds.

  2. Add vanilla extract, pudding mix and sugar. Process until well combined.

  3. Add the whipped topping in two additions, process just until combined. Do not over mix.

  4. Scoop the filling onto the ready crust. Spread evenly. Smooth the top out with an offset spatula.

  5. Place the pan in a fridge to chill until set (2 hours to overnight).

Ingredients to make the ganache:

  1. Place the chocolate in a medium mixing bowl.

  2. Place the cream, sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and heat to just boiling. Remove from heat.

  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate. Do not mix! Let stand 5 minutes.

  4. Whisk the ganache until smooth. Let cool to room temperature.

  5. Pour the ganache over the filling or top each slice just before serving.