- 1 (7-ounce) filet mignon (2 inches thick)
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Cognac
- 1/4 cup beef broth
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning
- 2 pounds peeled crawfish tails
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- Salt and cayenne pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, and celery and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the crawfish tails and cook, stirring occasionally, until they throw off some of their liquid, 6 to 8 minutes.
Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add to the crawfish mixture. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne and Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning of course.
Serve immediately over steamed rice. Garnish with a sprinkling of green onions and parsley.
“The Bold and The Beautiful” won an award for their homeless storyline. The television series, “Blue Bloods” also won and the movie “Conviction.” There was a full Mass in which Ronn spoke and beautiful choir. A wonderful lunch was served and
Susan Flannery presented the award to Brad Bell. This was the 18th annual celebration and it was an honor to be a part of it.
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper
- 2 large Dungeness crabs, cooked, cleaned, and cracked (about 4 1/4 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
- Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning
- 1/2 cup blood orange juice or regular orange juice
- 1 teaspoon finely grated blood orange peel or regular orange peel
Preheat oven to 500°F. Melt butter with oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic, shallot, and dried crushed red pepper. Add crabs; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon chopped thyme and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley over crabs. Stir to combine. Place skillet in oven and roast crabs until heated through, stirring once, about 12 minutes.
Using tongs, transfer crabs to platter. Add orange juice and peel to same skillet; boil until sauce is reduced by about half, about 5 minutes. Spoon sauce over crabs. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon thyme and 1 tablespoon parsley and serve.
Just in time for a Valentine’s Day celebration is this amazing punch that will surely please your party guests!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 750-ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
- 1 1/2 cups white rum
- 1 1/4 cu
- 1/2 cup water
- ps pomegranate juice
- 1 large lemon, thinly sliced
- Pomegranate seeds
- Fresh mint leaves
Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely.
Combine Champagne, rum, and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste. Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves. Add ice block to bowl.
Ronn and I attended the 75th annual DGA awards because B&B’s director Michael Stitch was up an award from the Homeless storyline. We’ve attended these awards before, but it was the first time in this location, which was bigger and much nicer. There was a open bar the whole night and food was delicious. I got really excited to learn that my favorite director Clint Eastwood would be there. I really wanted Ronn to meet him because personally I think Clint would see himself in Ronn.
Carl Reiner who is 88 years old was the host of the evening as he has been for 20+ years now. We especially enjoyed the history of DGA that was told during the ceremony. Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Natalie Portman were also in attendance. I was thrilled to briefly meet Clint Eastwood after the show, but he was in a hurry to get home and there wasn’t much time to chat. While we were waiting for our limo, I got to meet
Andrew Garfield from “Social Network.” Unfortunately, B&B did not win the award, although they should have in my opinion. I was really pleased that “The King’s Speech” took the top honors for Best Director at the end of the night. We look forward to attending the DGAs again next year!
- 1/2 lb boneless sirloin steak (preferably top butt; about 1 inch thick)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
- 2/3 cup dry white wine
- Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning
Trim excess fat, then thinly slice steak. Toss with flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté steak in 2 or 3 batches until no longer pink on the outside, about 2 minutes per batch, adding 1 1/2 tablespoons more oil as needed. Transfer to a plate.
Sauté garlic and rosemary in remaining tablespoon oil over medium-high heat until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and boil, scraping up brown bits, until reduced by half. Return beef with juices to skillet and warm through.
Every year at this time I like to make a list of goals that I want to achieve in the coming year. This helps me to focus and prioritize and you’d be surprised at how much you’ll get done if you look at your list everyday and put a little bit of energy into each goal. So what are your goals for the this new year? I know Ronn and I are planning on doing more videos and photo shoots to share with you! I’m studying diligently for my real estate license and plan to finish my next book. Ronn and PLAYER have lots more concerts planned and we both hope to see a lot more of our friends this year! Seems time is just flying by and with work, kids and our generally busy lives, we just don’t take the time to reflect and cherish our friends enough. Then of course we all must take the time and effort to nourish our health with good food and plenty of exercise. Since I’m recovering from the flu, I totally plan on getting back to eating healthy and can’t wait to get back to the gym! So make a list of your goals and focus on them everyday. Put a little energy into each one of them and then see how much you can achieve by the end of this year. We are excited to give away prizes to our subscribers on youtube and DevRonn so if you haven’t signed up, now is the time! PLAYER t-shirts will be available next week in our store and we are giving one away to a lucky subscriber from our DevRonn newsletters. Also, Ronn and I will be attending the DGA awards later this month and visiting New Orleans in February. We hope 2011 is off to a great start and that you have a wonderful and prosperous year ahead!
Our holiday season was fun and festive this year to say the least. We celebrated with a few friends and the kids had a lot of fun dressing up in colorful wigs that Ronn and pal Wally Crowder got us all.
Lots of great food, wine and champagne was on hand to celebrate the season with love and gratitude. We now are nearing the end of 2010 and I can say it’s been a very good year for us in so many area. I’m getting my health back on track with my hormonal creams and feel happy and energetic again. After all the traveling earlier to Italy and Hawaii,
Ronn and I are so thrilled to just be home and couldn’t be happier with married life. I can safely say that we are looking forward to 2011 as being a very good year in every way and we look forward to sharing more photos, videos and chances to win signed merchandise from us. Please don’t forget to sign up for our newsletters at Devronn so that you can be the first to know when and where PLAYER will be performing and have chances to win backstage passes! Also, I’m happy to start my my own youtube channel, especially for women over 40 and will give you tips on cooking, fashion, beauty, health and relationships. Ronn and I are also working together on giving you more videos on our Devronnfilms youtube channel of PLAYER rehearsals, videos, jam parties and more so please subscribe there also. We look forward to getting closer and more intimate with our devoted fans and appreciate your support. Hope you all have a safe and wonderful New Year!
This past weekend marked the start of our holiday party invites. We attended Heather Tom’s annual Christmas bash and toured her fabulously decorated home. It was our first time but hopefully not our last. Heather throws a first class party! Then I hosted my all girl Potluck with some of my amazing gals. Playmates Barbara Moore, Luanne Lee and Jacqueline Sheen, along with Cindy Margolis, Fiona Horne, Tina Hillstrom and Alana Curry were some of the beauties that made our Potluck so fun and festive. I have been having these Potlucks now for over 15 years and we always have a blast! This year I had to be a little naughty and a little nice, so I dressed as a sexy Santa to keep the girls in line. Trust me, it’s not easy keeping 20 plus girls in line, especially when there are gifts to steal! There was so much fun, happy punch and laughter that we wore out Ronn, who was filming and taking pics of the whole event. No men are allowed at Potlucks, but we made an exception for Ronn due to the fact that he’s such a good camera man! Until next year……
Baked Stuffed Clams Recipe
Although this recipe calls for fresh clams, you can also make this with canned minced clams (use one 6.5 ounce can, drained of all but 1 Tbsp of clam juice). Bake as directed on clam shells, or bake in a casserole dish and use as a dip with crackers.
If you’ve purchasing clams, keep them in the refrigerator covered with a damp, wet towel. If you have dug up your clams, keep them covered with cool sea water in a bucket. Throw away any cracked or broken clams.
- 10 large chowder or large clams, rinsed, sand and grit removed
- 3 Tbsp minced onion
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 Tbsp clam juice (or cooking liquid from steaming the clams)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning
1 Fill a large pot with 1 1/2 to 2 inches of water. Bring water to a boil. Add the clams to the boiling water. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the clams steam for approximately 6-10 minutes, until the shells open. Remove clams from the pot and let cool enough to handle. Discard any clams that have not opened (if they haven’t opened it means they were dead to begin with and should not be eaten).
2 Remove the clam meat from the clams (not the clam foot which is attached to the shell) and mince finely. Break apart the clam shells from their hinges. Rinse. Pick 10-12 of the cleanest, nicest looking clam shells and set aside.
3 Preheat oven to 350°F. In a sauté pan, melt the butter on medium heat and add the minced onion. Once the onions have softened (2-3 minutes), add the garlic. Cook the garlic for 1 minute, then add the parsley, bread crumbs, minced clams, lemon juice, and clam juice. Stir until the stuffing mixture is completely moistened. (If too dry, add a bit more butter or clam juice; if too wet, add a bit more bread crumbs.)
4 Lay clam shells on a baking dish. Scoop a little stuffing mixture onto each clam shell. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until Parmesan is lightly browned on top.
Makes 10-12 stuffed clams. Serves 3-6.
We hope you all are having as much fun this holiday season as we are having. It’s such an awesome time of the year. A time to reflect on the past year with family and friends and look forward to the future year with hope and anticipation. I love to cook a turkey and make the house as festive as possible. Ronn enjoys playing the guitar and singing with the band and friends visiting. This year we are thrilled to just stay home and enjoy the simple pleasures like trimming the tree with the kids and a few friends. We are also excited about our appearance in the Hollywood Christmas Parade that will air on December 10th. PLAYER did an awesome performance in it and Ronn, Creason, Calee and I get to ride on a float. There are numerous Christmas parties we are attending and I will throw my annual girls, “Potluck Christmas” with all my gorgeous girlfriends. Hope you are enjoying the Happy Christmas video and will spread it around. I did the fancy camera work and it was the song the band originally wanted to sing in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. PLAYER \”Happy Christmas\”
With Thanksgiving just around the corner I wanted to give you guys some quick, easy and healthy side dishes you can add to that turkey. This potato dish is so yummy and of course when it’s used with Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning adds alot of flavor to any meat dish. Go to DevRonn’s news and click on our latest news section for the recipe.
All the band members brought their wives along for this charity event and had a blast. Peter even had a good time with Eden Ayers and Charlie Chaplin.
Later we went to the home of Artist Christina De Musee’ who is a very colorful character.
Palm Springs seems to love PLAYER and they will be performing on a regular basis starting in Jan 2011 on Saturday nights.
They are also putting together a tour with America and Little River Band and will be doing the Hollywood Christmas Parade that will air on CBS.
Right now we are working on new cool PLAYER merchandise and will have more news about appearances, maybe in your area, soon!
The band really rocked their last night in Palm Springs and have been asked to perform at a prestigious country club’s anniversary party in March. More appearances are sure to be announced later as they are confirmed.
We would like to graciously thank Bette King productions for taking such great care of us and all the fans who came out to support PLAYER!
It seems no other city gets into Halloween quite like LA. There are always so many parties and everyone really loves getting into dressing up for them. This year Ronn and I started a week early and attend 4 parties total as Clint Eastwood and Bettie Page. Bet you didn’t know those two were a hot item, huh? Clint and Bettie hung out with Elvis, Devils, Angels and Tippi Hedren, who made a very elegant witch. Now that Halloween is finally here, we are so tired that we just want to be ourselves. Our neighborhood has a lot of kids and our next door neighbor always throws a nice party for the adults, while the kids run around getting more candy. So whatever you decide to do this Halloween, please be safe and have a goolish good time! We sure did!
Our rock and roll band, PLAYER, is performing only 2 more engagements at the Cascade Room of the Spa Resort and Casino in Palm Springs. This coming Thursday, October 28, and the following Thursday, November 4th. We’re having a great time doing this gig and the band is TIGHT! Come join us there. Lets have some fun.
Here’s a little snippit of what we did last week. Love ya, Ronn
Grilled bacon wrapped filet on top of steamed spinach and sliced potatoes with a mushroom and pepper sauce was a favorite dinner we had last week. Ronn even grilled them in the pouring rain, which made it all that more special. You can find this along with other recipes in my “Cooking Cajun ” cookbook. Use “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” on all your dishes to add an extra zesty flavor to your dishes. With the holidays around the corner, why not try giving a can as a gift and help the city of New Orleans rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina? I promise you won’t be disappointed with our amazing Cajun spice, so spread the word and the love with “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” today! www.devronn.com
It was an invite only evening for high rollers, press and VIPs at the Cascade lounge and a packed house to see the Classic rock 70s band PLAYER perform hits like “Baby Come Back,” “This Time I’m In It for Love,” and “It’s For You” Thursday night and boy did they rock it. Original band members Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss were joined by Johnny English on Keyboards, Rob Math on guitar and Craig Pilo on drums. The sound took you back in time and made you wish you were in high school again. Of course I’ve heard them rehearse numerous times in my garage and cooked them many meals in the process, but this was the first time I’d seen them perform their entire set in concert and I must say they rocked the house! The cool thing about PLAYER is that they sound just like their album and are all amazing musicians. PLAYER also has great songs of today like “Religion and Wildside that totally kick ass! I really recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to see them in an intimate setting as seats are limited for the next three Thursdays. There is already talk of moving them to a much larger venue and expanding them with a national and International tour in the coming year. So this may be one of only times to get to see them up close and personal. Click here for ticket info and reserve your seats now! PLAYER TICKET INFO
Here are a couple of yummy, healthy and simple appetizers that’s great to have as a snack or at your next dinner party. It great with Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning which adds alot of flavor to everything! Simply take a few Roma tomatoes and cut the tops off, scoop out the interior and add fresh crabmeat mixed with Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning and parsley flakes for bite size stuffed tomatos! Cut an avacado in half and take out the seed, put in the crabmeat mixture and serve with a nice Chardonnay. Ronn and I had both of these yummy appetizers yesterday and I just had to share it with you! For more recipes visit our website www.devronn.com
Ronn and I now have our own collection of a great California wine, Windsor Vineyards. We have a Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Noir to choose from. My collection will be part of the exclusive Centerfold collection that will launch next week on it’s website. In the meantime, you may start collecting your wines here 683 and I must say they taste great! We also have a wedding collection of Champagne coming soon! Enjoy these awesome wines as much as we do. They are a great addition to any meal, dinner party or holiday gathering.
PLAYER TICKET INFO Special limited engagement featuring Johnny English PLAYER will perform for three dates starting Oct 21st in Palm Springs. I can tell you first hand the band is mega hot and these guys all rock! Johnny English does a special Paul McCartney/Elton John segment that is really awesome! Rob Math’s guitar solos are not to be missed and of course Ronn and Peter give you that amazing sound that brings you back in time. I plan to rally the troops and be there to cheer them on of course. We are hoping that more dates will follow and a possible upcoming US tour is in the works. These guys are first class musicians and all are super talented and perfectionist in their field. Seats are limited, so reserve them asap and don’t miss this opportunity to rock with PLAYER!
I’m going to get personal and share what has been going on with me for the past couple years as a woman. At first, I thought something was terribly wrong with me. My periods were getting extremely heavy, so much so, that I couldn’t leave my bedroom because I was in extreme pain and discomfort. Forget going to parties or events because I would be down for the count and the bleeding was just enough to make me think I was dying!
My husband, who was then my fiancee’, I know was rethinking if he should indeed marry me. Like clockwork, I would turn into a person he didn’t even know a few days before the dreaded day would present it’s vampire control over my entire being. The kids would put up a cross whenever I walked into a room, as it seemed that I would snap at the slightest remark.
Truly, I was scared. It was getting harder to plan anything social and I was extremely nervous about wearing a wedding dress! I also started to notice that I was overly tired, especially in the afternoon. Dealing with picking up kids from school, cooking and spending time with my fiancee’ was becoming more and more difficult. Plus I was gaining weight in my mid section and it seemed no amount of diet or exercise was getting rid of it!
Then there were the rare times when I had my wonderful amazing fiancee’ all to myself for a date night and found I had no sex drive? I love this man with all my heart and he was feeling neglected because there was just no desire on my part?
All of this was just too confusing for me to understand, so I decided to speak to my OBGYN who was a female. I figured we were close in age, perhaps she would be able to figure out what was wrong with me? She decided to have me do a ultra sound to see if I had any cysts or fibroids, which are very common for most women in their 40s.
The results came back negative and she said she couldn’t understand what my problem was? I explained that I was planning my wedding and wearing a white dress was truly making me anxious. So she put me on a birth control pill called, “Seasonique.” This pill sounded great, no period for four months! I was sold on the spot!
I figured why not try it and at least get through my wedding. My wedding was in September and I started taking this pill in May. The first month seemed pretty good, a little spotting and I had no period! Then all of sudden I started bleeding, which my doctor said spotting was normal.I didn’t have quite the heaviness or the pain, but it lasted almost a month. All of a sudden huge blood clots the size of Texas were coming out of me! I felt like I was dying again and called my doctor who said to come in right away! As embarrassed as I was already, she said she had to exam me while I was gushing all this blood! She went on to explained that I was lucky not to have an emergency DNC to stop the bleeding and told me I had to multiply taking these pills in hopes that the bleeding would stop. She explain that I would feel nauseous, but that this was my only solution.
The wedding was one month away and I was desperate at this point, so I began taking multiple birth control pills so that I wouldn’t bleed. Three one day, two for a few days and then down to one. If I started to bleed, I would repeat the process. I was also taking iron because I was extremely tired all the time and I felt like a big cream puff from all the swelling around my belly.
Forget having a honeymoon! That would have to wait a while, just get me through the wedding were my only thoughts. I guess the stars lined up for me on my wedding day because it was the most amazing day of my life and everything seemed to just come together, in spite of all the health issues.
We had out of town relatives visiting and staying with us from Australia and everything then started to really take it’s toll on me after the wedding. I stopped taking the pills and immediately started bleeding again. This time it gradually became heavier until I was completely hemorrhaging in the bathroom of a restaurant!
I called my OBGYN after hours and got her father. You see my OBGYN works in the same office with her father, so they are a father and daughter team. He instructed me to go to the emergency room of the nearby hospital immediately!
Two weeks after my dream wedding and I’m in the emergency room of a hospital filled with people down with the swine flu! They check me in, make sure I have insurance and then put me on a cot hooked up to an IV of morphine while I continued to bleed!
Every half hour of so a nurse would come in to check my vitals and after a couple hours, another doctor came in to exam me. I was told that my doctor would be there shortly. A bed pan was brought in and I continued to disburse liver size blood clots. “I’m dying for sure.” “This is it for me, how could I bleed this much and live?”
Finally after about 4 hours, my doctor and her father appeared together and proceed to tell me that they had to do an emergency DNC to stop the bleeding. The hospital was completely full and I would have to wait my turn for this procedure. So I bleed for another 3 hours before I went into surgery at midnight. I asked my doctor just before they wheeled me into that cold sterile room, “What is wrong with me?” She replied, “Honey, you just have one of those uterus’ that we would have said hysterectomy to years ago, now there are less evasive things and I really think we will have to eventually ablate you.”
A uteral ablation is when they remove the lining of the uterus completely. The next thing I knew, I was signing a bunch of papers, being given what seemed to be my last rites by the anethesiologist as a milky white fluid flowed through my vein. I later learned that was prophidole, the same drug that killed Michael Jackson!
45 minutes later I awakened to a nurse asking me if I wanted her to call my husband. The next day my doctor called me to see how I was doing. She explained that I should stay on these pills because she thought the bleeding would come back. I said no way! These pills seemed to make me worst not better and I didn’t feel she was trustworthy after that. Why would she want me to stay on these pills? It just didn’t sense, especially at my age!
My husband encouraged me to give it some time and see if my periods would get better off of the pills before giving into a possible surgery. I started researching finding another OBGYN that could maybe help me with my problem when a girlfriend started talking to me about bio identical harmone replacement creams.
She explained, that she had all the same symptoms I had and also thought she was dying! It was a blessing from the universe to know I wasn’t alone and there was a possible solution. She also said she lost 20 lbs the first month she did the creams and got her sex drive back!
My husband was sold on exploring this and I was getting excited at the thought of feeling normal again! Although my periods were better after the DNC, I still felt tired most of the time.
I found a great OBGYN who actually works with famed bio identical expert, Prudence Hall. My new OBGYN had my blood work done and got my records back from my old OBGYN and found that I had a cyst the size of a small plum in my uterus. I was never told that! Although, cysts are commonly the reason for heavy period bleeding, my old OBGYN didn’t even tell me I had one, much less the size of a small plum!
Now I must have another ultra sound tomorrow morning to see if this size has increased from two years ago! My blood test came back and showed that I have almost no progesterone which is why my libido is almost non existent and my estrogen is high, although not as high as it would be if I were going into menopause; so that explains the weight gain. She recommended I see Prudence Hall for the bio identical topical creams.
I feel optimistic that I may have a solution to this problem now and wanted to share this personal experience with any woman who may be going through the same issue, as I now know there are many. I’m hoping to make some progress soon with this issue of mine and wish you love and light if you are going through the same thing.
Ronn and I couldn’t have been more happier than we were this past weekend or this past year for that matter. We have been blessed with good friends, good health, wonderful kids and supportive fans. This is what we celebrated on September 25th, which marked our first year together as husband and wife. It’s been an amazing year of traveling for us as a family and for business. Italy still remains our second home and when we are at home in LA long enough to enjoy it; we love having our friends over for dinners. Our dear friends, Wally and Lori Crowder hosted a little dinner celebration with some of our wedding party including, Cindy Margolis, Nadia Bjorlin and Tina Hillstrom. The weather was lovely and the dinner was catered beautifully. Ronn and I got to do something we didn’t get to do on our wedding day, eat! We are grateful to have such wonderful friends and feel blessed and honored to have each other. Thank you all for the wonderful gifts and comments on our special day. We love you all!
I thought you’d guys would like something Cajun, just had that feeling. So here is a great Jambalaya dish. Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning makes it extra zesty!
- 5 1/2 pounds chicken pieces (drumsticks, thighs, and breast halves with skin and bones)
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 pounds andouille* or other spicy smoked pork sausage, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 3 medium onions, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 cups chicken stock or broth
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 (14- to 16-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained and chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
- 2 1/2 cups long-grain white rice, rinsed and drained well
- 1 cup thinly sliced scallion greens
- Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning
Pat chicken dry and season with salt. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 10- to 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown chicken in batches, without crowding, turning once, 6 to 8 minutes total (add remaining 2 tablespoons oil as needed between batches). Transfer to a bowl as browned.
Reduce heat to moderate and brown sausage in 4 batches in fat remaining in skillet, turning, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined bowl as browned.
Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon fat from skillet, then cook onions, celery, and bell pepper in skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown and softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add 1 cup stock and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a wide 8-quart heavy pot and add chicken, water, tomatoes, cayenne (if using), and remaining cup stock. Simmer, partially covered, until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Transfer chicken with tongs to a clean bowl and measure cooking liquid with vegetables, adding additional water as necessary to measure 7 cups. If over 7 cups, boil to reduce.
Stir rice into cooking liquid (in pot). Arrange chicken over rice (do not stir), then bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered, without stirring. Bake, covered, in middle of oven until rice is tender and most of liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let jambalaya stand, covered, 10 minutes. Gently stir in scallion greens, sausage, and salt to taste.
It was a lovely introduction to B&B producer Ron Weaver’s new novel, “Soul Mate” last night at the Barnes and Noble located next door to CBS at the Grove. Ronn read the introduction to Lance Van Arden, the lead character patterned after him and one could clearly see that Ron Weaver has a talent for story telling. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT5_ZumCVO8&feature=player_embedded] Lesli Kay read the introduction to Claudia De LaRosa, the midwestern teacher who falls in love with her student and find their destiny together makes “Soul Mate” an erotic and entertaining read. Leslie Ann Down and Joe Miscola joined in and read a couple more chapters that clearly says a sequal chouldn’t be far behind. I really enjoyed the novel and couldn’t put it down. Who knows maybe Ron may start writing storylines for B&B now?
Spaghetti with Fresh Clams, Parsley, and Lemon
* 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
* 3 pounds fresh Manila clams or small littleneck clams, scrubbed
* 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
* 1/2 cup dry white wine
* 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning
* 1 pound spaghetti
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add sliced garlic and sauté until light brown, about 1 minute. Add clams and 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley; stir 2 minutes. Add wine; simmer 2 minutes. Add fresh lemon juice. Cover and simmer until clams open, about 6 minutes (discard any clams that do not open).
Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Add pasta to clam mixture and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley and serve.
It was a last minute request from Milly Carlucci that invited Ronn, Katherine Kelly Lang and me to Salsomaggiore, Italy for the 70th annual Miss Italia Pageant. This year Milly Carlucci hosted the three day live televised event. Ronn and Katherine were judging the “Miss Cinema” portion of the event. This four hour live broadcast showcased some of Italy’s most beautiful women and this year was looking for beauty and talent, as the top 9 girls auditioned for a part in an Italian movie as “Miss Cinema” The stage was set to display some of the most gorgeous women we had ever seen. I thought the show was great and that Milly Carlucci did a fabulous job. It certainly wasn’t an easy task for Ronn and Katherine! All of our clothing was provided by our dear friend designer, Laura Biagiotti. Ronn and Katherine did a little dance, when a surprise guest entered the stage, very pregnant! Sara DiViara looked so beautiful and elegant when she made her surprise appearance during Ronn and Katherine’s dance. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0prneJosrw] It felt like “Ballando con let stelle” revisited because of the many cast and crew that were there with Milly working on “Miss Italia” The weekend was short and sweet for us. Great Italian food, wine and friends! Apparently, Sofia Loren was the first to win this title and is helping the judges crown the winner on Monday night!
In the airport waiting to fly like a bird to Italy. For some reason, they asked me to judge the Miss Italia pageant. Tough job. But I’ll endure. For me, it’s a chance to watch a bunch of movies and suck down a couple glasses of vino. Well, …. ok, maybe more than a couple. Hey, I’ve got to rehearse for when I arrive in Italy! Isn’t that all they drink there? Actually, I get to see my wonderful friend, Milly Carlucci, who is hosting this show, and pretty much every other show in Italy as well. She is an absolute sweetheart and I love her dearly. Will take some pix and vid and put it up asap. Love you all. —-R
Here is a dish that you can serve over rice, pasta or your favorite veggie. I cooked it today and served it over green beans. You can also add capers or arugula instead of spinach. Of course, Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning makes it extra zesty!
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
- 1 5-ounce package baby spinach
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
PLAYER has been rehearsing for the Blue Ash Festival in Ohio this Saturday August 28th, so if you haven’t gotten your tickets, g0 here for details .Blue Ash Festival info
They are smoking hot and Rob Math is unbelievable on the guitar! Johnny English rocks it on keyboards and Craig Pilo beats the hell out of those drums. Lead vocalists Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss prove that they can still do those harmonies that brings you back in time and rock it with the best of them! This is a concert you don’t want to miss! They will be playing hits, like, “This Time I’m In It for Love” and “Baby Come Back.” I can attest to the fact that they sound better than ever and if you haven’t had the privilege of seeing them live, now is your chance! With Ronn’s crazy work schedule at B & B, it may be a while before another performance is available. So go see the boys and tell me what you think!