Keep warm with this delicious Irish coffee recipe from 52 Kitchen Adventures.
3 lbs of chicken or steak
3 bell peppers
4 tbsp coconut oil
6 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp oregano, chili powder, cumin and coriander
Juice of 5 lemons
Combine the meat, bell peppers, onions, spices, garlic and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well.
If preparing ahead of time, let marinate in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.
When ready to cook, heat a large skillet on medium heat and cook the whole preperation with coconut oil until the meat is cooked through and the onions and bell peppers are soft.
Serve on top of lettuce leaves with favorite toppings.
Try it with our “Perfect Guacamole“
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Best Picture: The Wolf of Wall Street In my eyes, this film is clearly the best picture. From start to finish, it was the most entertaining film I’ve seen in a while. This nonstop rollercoaster deserves to win overall for so many reasons. One of the most important ones being DiCaprio’s take on Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his eventual fall. I love seeing Leo in a role like this. His relatable and convincing narrative combined with the charm of his character captures everyone. You feel his success, you see his weaknesses, you watch him ruin the lives of others through crime and corruption and can’t help but be utterly entertained by him the entire time. I will say that my next pick Dallas Buyers Club, is worth noting. Matthew McConaughey does a fantastic job as your typical redneck in the 1985 biopic centered around the start of AIDS epidemic.
Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle It was hard to choose between Bale and Leo, but in my opinion, Bale’s method acting is what won me over. He’s is an incredibly talented person who transformed literally and physically for the role. The actor gained 43 pounds while preparing for the role and even suffered a herniated disc. Ouch! I just have to mention that one of my favorite scenes was anything involving his comb-over turning into a full head of hair.
Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle Adams is not new to Oscar buzz. She, like her costars, is a very versatile actress and this is her 4th to see her in the role of Bale’s business partner turned mistress turned girlfriend because it’s definitely a side of hers we’ve never seen. This leading lady blew me out of the water with her acting skills. Not to mention, her wardrobe was fabulous and she rocked it. Shout out to Diane Von Furstenburg and Halston for the “let’s leave a little to the imagination” plunging necklines!
Supporting Actor and Actress: Jonah Hill, Wolf of Wall Street and Jennifer Lawerence, American Hustle I love these two. Yes, they are different films, but both actors deserve this win. A few years ago, I was so happy to see Hill take on a serious role in Money Ball. I was even more excited to hear he was playing Leo’s close pal in Wolf and needless to say, I was impressed yet again. His Long Island accent is kind of dead on. Being from Long Island, I want to be tough and criticize it, but I can’t even because he did such a good job. Jennifer was simply the funniest part in American Hustle. As Bale’s delusional wife, Lawerence is so ahead of her time and her acting skills are superb. I’m such a fan of these two and cannot wait to watch their careers grow.
Cinematography: Nebraska This choice has such a unique visual style. I feel like the black and white screen goes perfectly with the deadpan humor. Nebraska is the story of a middle-aged son who is trying very hard to understand his relationship with his father. The pair embarks on a road trip from Montana to his father’s hometown in Nebraska collect his supposed sweepstake winnings of a million dollars. I look forward to seeing more films take on this visual approach.
Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her The film is totally something that our technology dependent generation can really appreciate (I almost wanted to say relate to, but I still think the idea is friggin’ creepy, and that’s probably why I’m so intrigued by it). Joaquin Phoenix plays an introverted writer who falls in love with his computer operating system, Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, all whist going through a separation from his wife. Jonze’s story is so sweet at times, you almost forget Samantha doesn’t physically exist. He beautifully captures a basic human need: love.
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Cupcake: 1 box vanilla cake mix/1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon/3 eggs/¾ cup oil/¾ cup sour cream/1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift cake mix and cinnamon in a large bowl. In another large bowl, combine eggs, oil, milk, sour cream and vanilla. Pour the contents from the first bowl into the second and mix until smooth. Fill muffin pan liners about ¾ of the way and bake for about 20 minutes.
Frosting: 1 cup butter, soft/1 tbsp milk/4 cup powdered sugar/2 tsp maple syrup
While the cupcakes are baking, beat butter for about 2 minutes. Add milk and powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Add maple syrup last.
Topping: Cook 8-10 maple bacon strips at 350 degrees for 12 minutes while the cupcakes cool. Using a cooking scissor, or your hands, break the bacon into small bits and sprinkle on top of frosting! Yum!