November 2017

How to Cook a World-Class Stew

After cooking more than 40,000 meals and writing an award-winning cookbook, Help-I Gotta Cook! (Cookbook of the Year for 2007), you might think I had learned everything I needed to know. Wrong. If you are a serious cook (is there any other kind?) you never stop learning new techniques about how to treat various foods. That’s what makes cooking a constant work in progress.

Several years ago, while writing my cookbook, I wondered why the making of a stew hadn’t changed in centuries. Granted, the advent of the slow cooker added a new dimension to stew making but the emphasis was always on long, slow cooking which almost guaranteed that the meat would be tough and stringy and the vegetables mushy. One reason for this is that stews were always suggested for those cuts of meat that were tough to begin with and the hope was that long cooking would make them more tender. You might get rid of a little bit of toughness that way but you exchanged it for a piece of meat that was now stringy.

That line of thinking caused me to wonder why I couldn’t have the rich taste and consistency of a wonderful stew, have vegetables that weren’t cooked to death and meat that, heaven forbid, might even be tender and medium rare! And so I came up with Chef Dugan’s two-stage method for braising and stewing, a culinary breakthrough if there ever was one! My method suggests that you cook the meat, poultry or fish to the degree of doneness that best compliments what you are cooking and do the same for the vegetables.

For instance, if you are making a chicken stew, cook the breasts, or other parts, in a nice broth, canned is okay, until they are done to perfection. For poultry this usually means about 15-20 minutes at a slow simmer for the breasts and for the other parts perhaps 30 minutes. Set the chicken aside and prepare your vegetable, usually carrots, celery, onions, potatoes and whatever else pleases you. Then cook the vegetables, again a a low simmer until they are done but not mushy. Taste-test them as you go along to make sure they retain just a little bit of crunch. While you are doing this your broth is becoming very tasty with first the juices from the chicken and then the vegetables. If you see the broth evaporating too much just add some more canned broth and perhaps a little white wine. Then, when you are ready to eat your stew simply combine the chicken with the vegetables, heat for a few minutes and serve.

A meat stew, made with my method, is organized the same way but it uses high quality meat, not the junk you see in the supermarket called stewing beef. You can use top sirloin, New York Strlps, Rib-Eyes or even Filet Mignon. I know, this is extravagant when you use these cuts but we are talking about pushing the envelope here with the world’s first really gourmet stew. Once again you prepare the meat to the degree of doneness you like, keeping it mind that the meat will continue to cook a little once you add it to the broth. If you are a little concerned about this, my cookbook contains an old French recipe for poached beef tenderloin, or “a la ficelle”, tenderloin on a string, which does exactly the same thing without the accompanying stew. Incidentally, veal can be used as well as beef. Don’t forget to add a little of the red wine you are drinking before it’s all gone and one last suggestion. With the kind of meat quality you will be dealing with, do not cut it up into bite-sized pieces. This is a knife, fork and spoon meal and the meat should be cut into at least 2″ pieces so that you can control the level of doneness you desire.

If you are making a fish stew, such as Cioppino use the same method of two-stage cooking but do the fish and shellfish last. They should be added to the finished broth only minutes before serving. Once the fish and shellfish is added, take the pot off the heat and let it stand for five minutes. The fish will be done to perfection. Once again, don’t forget a little white wine.

Food purists will want me to tell you that the best broths are made with roasted beef or chicken bones and, to some extent they are right. But for us common folks, with not a lot of time to prepare an evening meal, canned chicken, beef or clam broth will do just as well.

My last suggestion is to experiment a little with the vegetables. Try parsnips for instance, or green beans, or cauliflower in your stews. Instead of potatoes use white beans or, if you own my cookbook, make some spaetzle, little German dumplings to add to the stew. If you don’t own my cookbook you should. As one review said, it’s like having a cooking instructor in your kitchen and I thank you very much for inviting me.

You can buy the book, and learn more about cooking, by going to my webpage,

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World Empathy Day – Bring Peaceful Communications to the World

You CAN Help Change the World

What is World Empathy Day (WEday)? It is simply a day that is celebrated each Wednesday with increased thoughtfulness for communication, compassion with others and self, understanding and forgiveness.

Empathy, as Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication has stated, is a deep understanding what another may be experiencing. That person can also be ourselves. Empathic listening helps to develop trust, understanding, compassion, forgiveness, anger/stress management and increased positive energy. It is a powerful skill either for business or personal relationships.

Offering empathic listening is simple and easy to learn. It is only 2 questions. We guess what their feelings and needs may be. You also set the intention to want to understand the other person and for yourself to be understood. If a person is angry these 2 questions might calm the person down in seconds. It really is amazing to observe.

Why We Need World Empathy Day?

. Most people are empathy deprived. We do not receive the deeper understanding that we each need. Can you remember the last time you were listened to without a judgment, unasked for advice or a story that you really did not want to hear?

Many times when we want to be listened to, the focus is forced away from you, and back to them. That is why most people never are really heard, deeply. The same goes with unasked for advice as the person that wants to be heard is now focusing on the other and their advise, instead of what they need to say. One way to alleviate going into fix-it language is to ask the person if they would enjoy hearing advice or a suggestion.

As empathic listening happens, both people are understood deeply. Both people develop more positive energy to help get through the day with more calm and less stress. These empathic listeners are changing the consciousness of the world by changing the way they peacefully interact with others

Empathic listening skills can be taught to everyone, even children as young as 4 years old can mediate with their playmates and play in peace. From non-profit organizations to corporations to small groups of individuals have learned these skills to interact with others in life-enriching ways.

Who Are the Participants?

There are participants from all around the world. From California to India, Germany, Canada, Sri Lanka, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Indonesia, United States and so many more. All celebrating and uplifting their peaceful thinking on Wednesdays.

Everyday can be World Empathy Day! Of course, you may have this consciousness any day, yet brief communication tips are e-mailed each Wednesday to help participants develop and remind of this consciousness. The topics of the tips range from empathy or deep listening skills, self empathy to expressing skills.

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Hollywood to produce a movie on Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, who was, born on June 1st, 1926 and died on August 5th, 1962, is a popular name in the entertainment world as Hollywood bombshell. Recently, first information about the movie of Marilyn Monroe’s last two years has been officially revealed. At the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 15th, 2010 author Andrew O’Hagan claimed that Angelina Jolie will take over the role Marilyn Monroe. At first, producers wondered whether Scarlett Johansson or Christina Hendricks would play Monroe in the new film, but later Jolie was selected as the best choice.


The film about Marilyn Monroe will be based on two books of Andrew O’Hagan including “And Of His Friend Marilyn Monroe” and “The Life And Opinions Of Maf The Dog”. In addition to Angelina, the film stars George Clooney who performs as Monroe’s close friend Frank Sinatra. According to Andrew O’Hagan, the movie will be filmed soon.


Marilyn Monroe is considered to be Hollywood blonde bombshell


The 35-year-old actress Angelina Jolie is chose to play as Monroe in an adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s novels


Angelina Jolie shot in “Life Or Something Like It” (2002) will play Marilyn Monroe in a new film about the last two years of her life


George Clooney will play Frank Sinatra, Marilyn’s close friend


O’Hagan’s novel is about Monroe’s last two years before her death in 1962 through the eye of her pet terrier Maf. Singer Sinatra gave Maf to Monroe in 1960. When Monroe received the dog from Sinatra, she called it Mafia before the lovely name Maf. Maf will tell the story of Marilyn in her last two years including the meetings with former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The content of the book was written based on Maf’s attitude, so it consists of the dog’s perspective such as “She was an artist to her fingertips … a strange and unhappy creature, but at the same she had more comedy to her than anybody I would over know. More comedy and more art.”


Monroe and her pet dog Maf


Maf is the gift of singer Sinatra to Monroe


The last two years of Monroe’s life will be filmed beyond the eyes of Maf


The upcoming film is based on two Andrew O’Hagan’s novels


After Monroe died in August 1962 at the age of 36, Maf was brought up by Sinatra’s secretary Gloria Lovell. However, it has not yet unveiled who will voice Maf.


Related links:

Rare photos of Marilyn Monroe’s last romance with Arthur Miller

Marilyn Monroe and rarely seen photos

The Brentwood home of Marilyn Monroe

I am an internet marketer and freelance photographer. I maintain various sites and blogs with a large audience. My hobby is collecting photographs of celebrities and writing comments on outstanding events in the field of entertainment.

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Shortest-lived Hollywood Marriages

A Hollywood marriage, often understood to be a glamorous high-class society marriage between Hollywood celebrities. It is rumored that Hollywood stars are those who rush in and out of love as well as of marriage; therefore, such a phenomenon is understandable in the entertainment world. Amazement can be made from the time of their wedding to the time when they split up. There are lots of reasons for celebrities to separate; however, it can not be well explained why there are such incredibly short-lived marriages such as the 55-hour-lived marriage between Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander. Let’s take a look at the list of the shortest-lived Hollywood celebrity marriages as follows.


The marriage life of the bombshell Pamela Anderson and the musician Kid Rock lasted just 5 months. They became a couple in July, 2006. 4 months after, Pamela decided to split up without giving a reason


The shocking marriage between the Princess of Pop- Britney Spears and her childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander only lasted for 55 hours. They became a couple after spending a wild night in Las Vegas with their friends


The marriage between the talented man Dennis Hopper and the beautiful singer Michelle Phillip was among his short-lived marriages. This marriage lasted just 8 days. In this image they were talking with Jack Nicholson at a party after the Oscar ceremony in 1970


Drew Barrymore, the star of Charlie’s Angels married to actor Tom Green in July 2001. 5 months after, they divorced. This is the 2nd short-lived marriage of Drew Barrymore


Jennifer Lopez married dancer Cris Judd in September 2001. This is the 2nd marriage of J. Lo but the couple divorced in July 2002 after only 8 months of official marriage


At age 18, Elizabeth Taylor– the movie legend and Conrad Nicky Hilton got married. And 9 months later, they separated


Renee Zellweger- the American actress and Kenny Chesney- the American singer married in May and split in September 2005. It only took them 128 days to break up


The movie star of One Tree Hill and the actor Jonathan Schaech divorced after only more than one month of marriage. The couple were engaged in 2009 and married on July 4, 2009


The Queen of Pop Michael Jackson secretly got married to the daughter of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley- Lisa Marie Presley in May 1994. However, it took them only 20 months to split up


The sweet marriage between Lisa Marie Presley and Nicholas Cage lasted only 3 months. They got married in Hawaii in August 2002 after three-month dating and divorced in November of the same year

I am an internet marketer and freelance photographer. I maintain various sites and blogs with a large audience. My hobby is collecting photographs of celebrities and writing comments

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Hollywood’s Smile Secrets – Get an Easy White Smile at Home

Benefits of Whiter Teeth

People with pearly white teeth are perceived to have more confidence, courage, charisma, and ability to succeed in life. It is kind of funny when some articles or ads talk about us being born with stunningly white teeth. In fact, we aren’t born with any teeth at all. When our second set of teeth come in, the long process of deterioration begins. As people start to drink coffee, red wine, and eat things such as chocolate, spinach, and so on – their teeth become stained. This is because when particular chemicals come into contact with the enamel of the teeth, they leave tiny marks and cracks. As you age, your enamel naturally thins, allowing yellow hued dentin to show through. If your teeth have lost that pearly white luster, there is an easy fix; the simple cosmetic procedure of teeth whitening. Teeth whiteners are a proven technology that have largely been confined to dentist’s offices until recently. Dental office treatments can be very expensive, from $ 400 to $ 600 and up, which has limited their widespread use. Now, several companies are providing the same teeth whitening gels used by dentists in easy to use kits designed to be used in the privacy and convenience of your own home.

These at home kits work in the same way as a clinically based whitening session. Peroxide gel is placed on the surface of the teeth, and left there for a short time. In fact, the gel is not penetrating the enamel of the tooth at all, but is actually removing the build up of staining substances which have accumulated there over the years.

Teeth Whitening Kits

Most teeth whitening products throughout the world which are available to the general public, use carbamide peroxide in concentrations of 10%, 22%, or 33%. Most home teeth whitening kits can actually achieve the same results, or even better results than in office whitening treatments.

You can be confident that the whitening results you receive will be done in a timely fashion, and will be just as good or better as if you paid $ 400 or $ 600 for a professional session of whitening.

Free Trial Offers

Several very reputable companies are so sure that you will love your whiter teeth, they are willing to extend a free trial offer of their products to you, if you are willing to pay the low cost of shipping and handling (usually under $ 5). Many people experience an immediate increase of up to 5 shades whiter teeth with the first application of teeth whitening gels. However, it normally takes about 12 weeks to achieve maximum teeth whitening results, so most people will usually order 2 or 3 months worth of additional teeth whitening product. The company makes a nice profit, and you get an amazing white smile!

Mark Snyder is the owner of, a website dedicated to providing up to date information on at home teeth whitening systems. You can obtain a free trial offer of Easy White there. Having a bright, white smile doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You may not look like a celebrity, but you can have a celebrity smile! Please visit my website to get your free trial of Easy White today!

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Saleen 1 revealed | Compact, surprisingly restrained sports car features unique turbo engine

Saleen 1 revealed | Compact, surprisingly restrained sports car features unique turbo engine

The Saleen 1 revealed at the L.A. Auto Show is a compact, elegant mid-engine sports car that looks surprisingly finished coming from such a low-volume manufacturer. The car on display is clearly a prototype, but we were surprised at just how good it looks in person slathered in a dynamic orange paint. Even its leather-swathed interior didn’t have the usual glued-together toy-like appearance expected of cars like this.

Details are a bit scarce about the Saleen 1, but here are the basics. It’s roughly the size of the Porsche 718 Cayman and weighs in at 2,685 pounds. Its construction features an aluminum tub and carbon fiber body. Its 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is apparently a ground-up Saleen creation, boasting 450 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual will be standard and a “paddle shifted automatic” with an unknown number of gears and clutches is optional. Saleen says it’ll go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

That’s pretty much all we know, though.

As for where the Saleen 1 comes from, it is the result of famed performance car maker and tuner Steve Saleen pairing with a Chinese corporation known as Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology Group. It’ll provide the capital for the car and will handle its production in China.

Originally, JSATG purchased the Artega GT to be adapted for Saleen’s use, but apparently “updating it was not feasible” so the Saleen 1 was instead designed from scratch. The dimensions are indeed different as are the front and rear fascias (they do look considerably better than the Henrik Fisker-designed Artega GT), but it’s hard not to see the visual similarities between the two cars.

Like any such low-volume sports car, all claims and even its eventual existence have to be taken with a grain of salt. But the Saleen 1 at least looks pretty good, so consider us intrigued.

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Published at Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:11:00 +0000

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class video preview

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class video preview

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Mercedes-Benz created the four-door “coupe” segment with the CLS-Class more than a decade ago. Now that stylish segment is chock full of competitors including the Audi A7, BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, Porsche Panamera, even the Kia Stinger, plus a number of other fastback-inspired sedans.

Now Mercedes-Benz is ready to launch the third-generation CLS.

This new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS is a big deal because it represents the next step in the evolution of Mercedes-Benz design and it marks the debut of the brand’s new 48-volt mild hybrid technology.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS preview

The swoopy profile features a short greenhouse with precious little glass. Up front is a grille inspired by the Panamericana design from Mercedes-AMG, and flowing lines move back from there, highlighted by that sleek and sexy rear pillar.

Inside, well, it’s just gorgeous with turbine-style air vents, and lovely wood, leather, and metal. Buyers can get a single 12.3-inch screen or two of them laid under a single pane of glass, just like in the E- and S-Class models.

At launch, we’ll get just one model called the CLS450 with rear- or all-wheel drive. It will be powered by Mercedes’ new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Thanks to an electric motor, an electric supercharger, and a conventional turbo, it will make 383 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Yes, that’s a lot of torque. Still hate hybrids?

The CLS is chock full of safety tech, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. It can even use navigation data to automatically adjust the car’s speed to safely handle bends, roundabouts, junctions, and toll booths.

Mercedes is being coy about fuel economy ratings and pricing, but details will become available closer to when the 2019 CLS hits showrooms in the fall of 2018.

Published at Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:52:00 +0000

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MacOS High Sierra 17B1003 Fixes File Sharing Bug from Security Update 2017-001

MacOS High Sierra 17B1003 Fixes File Sharing Bug from Security Update 2017-001

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Supplemental security update 2017-001

A second small supplemental software update has been released for MacOS High Sierra users who installed the prior release of Security Update 2017-001 for High Sierra, which fixed the root login bug but then caused a problem with file sharing.

The new small software update, which apparently resolves the file sharing issue along with the root login bug, changes the build of macOS High Sierra to 17B1003. The new update should download and arrive automatically to impacted Macs running macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.

If the update doesn’t install manually, then you get the update yourself as well by using the command line softwareupdate utility, or by visiting the Mac App Store “Updates” tab where you might see another version of “Security Update 2017-001” available to download.

You can also check the build number of Mac OS by using the “About This Mac” screen and clicking on the “Version” text, or by turning to the command line and issuing the following syntax:

sw_vers -buildVersion

If the build reported is “17B1002” then you have not yet installed the new updated version of the Security Update, which should fix the file sharing bug.

If the build reported is “17B1003” then the new fixed version has been installed already.

Assuming the version you see is 17B1002, then you can manually initiate the software update through the command line, either by choosing it specifically, or by installing all available software updates for that Mac.

You can then blanket install all available software updates with the -ia flag, or you can specify the specific Security Update update only.

softwarewareupdate -ia

softwareupdate -i "Security Update 2017-001"

A special thanks to @gregneagle on Twitter for pointing this out and confirming that 17B1003 patches the file sharing issue with macOS High Sierra.

Direct Download Links for macOS High Sierra Supplemental Security Update 2017-001

Though not necessary for most people, MacOS High Sierra users can also choose to download the patches directly from Apple and install them from DMG files, for either 10.13 or 10.13.1:

MacOS 10.13.1 supplemental update

As always, it’s a good idea to backup a Mac before installing any software update.

Published at Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:58:17 +0000

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Turn Your House Into an Apple-Centric Smart Home

Turn Your House Into an Apple-Centric Smart Home

Modular Smart Light Panels

Modular Smart Light Panels

  • Color-changing light -choose from 16.7 million colors.
  • Tunable 1200k-6500k white light ranging from a soft warm Sunset to bright white daylight.
  • Double-sided mounting pads for no-holes, no-hassle installation.
  • Works with Apple HomeKit and Siri, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Google Assistant, IFTTT, more.
    Supports up to 30 light panels in a single system

Published at Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:30:04 +0000

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Facebook will temporarily disable a tool that lets advertisers exclude people of color

Facebook will temporarily disable a tool that lets advertisers exclude people of color

Facebook has been under fire for its practices and policies that enable advertisers to exclude “multicultural affinity” groups from the audiences they reach via the social network. Now, in light of a ProPublica investigation and pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, Facebook says it’s committed to taking a closer look at its advertising policies, its COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a letter to CBC Chairperson Cedric Richmond.

Until Facebook figures out how to ensure advertisers don’t use its tools in a discriminatory way, Facebook will temporarily disable the option that lets advertisers exclude multicultural affinity groups from their audience. As Sandberg wrote in her letter to the CBC, multicultural affinity groups “are made up of people whose activities on Facebook suggest they may be interested in ads related to the African American, Hispanic American, or Asian American communities.”

Multicultural marketing, Sandberg said in her letter, is common in the ad industry. There are “many legitimate uses for this kind of marketing,” she said, but there are also concerns that advertisers use Facebook to discriminate against people in the areas of housing, employment and credit loans.

“By allowing online advertisers to promote or market a community or home for the purpose of sale to select an ‘ethnic affinity’ as part of their advertising campaign, Facebook is complicit in promoting restrictive housing practices,” members of the CBC said last year.

Facebook said it also will take a look at how advertisers are using exclusion targeting across other “sensitive segments,” like ones that relate to members of the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities.

Published at Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:01:59 +0000

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