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Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas Cookies: White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal

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Grilled Lemongrass Shrimp


1 lb. raw large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 stalk lemongrass, bottom 4-inches minced
2 Tbsps. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 Tbsp. sugar
4 bamboo skewers
Forthe Dipping sauce:
3 Tbsps. sweet chili sauce
2 Tbsps. lime juice

1. In a medium bowl, combine shrimp, garlic, lemongrass, oil, fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar. Set aside for 20 minutes. Thread each skewer with about 5 shrimp.

2. Place lightly oiled grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Grill shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
In small bowl combine dipping sauce ingredients, mix well and serve with shrimp skewers.

Recipe adapted from Martin Yan’s Quick & Easy (Chronicle Books)
Copyright Yan Can Cook Group 2005

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Rachael Ray Success Secrets - The Big Idea

Rachael Ray Success Secrets - The Big Idea
By Paul Davis

Rachael Ray is an Emmy-award winning television personality and author, who currently hosts 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels. Ray has also written a series of cookbooks and launched a magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray.

When I walked into our TV room the other night, my wife Karla was watching The Big Idea hosted by Donny Deutsch who was interviewing Rachael Ray.

Toward the end of the interview Donny began probing deeper as to the underlying principles and keys to Rachael's climb to success. I particularly noticed and heard the following:

1. Rachael employs powerful and intelligent people, such as her agent to generate publicity for her.

Undoubtedly to make it in television you need to be well connected and must create a buzz. Rachael mastered the media and conquered her fear of TV. Rachael told Donny that she felt like she was going to throw up the night before going on TV with Diane Sawyer. After being with Diane, Rachael says her fear was unfounded as Diane is a warm, caring, and fun person to be with.

Many of our fears are untrue and hinder us from maximizing our potential. Therefore boldly face your fears and live your dreams!

2. Rachael says "Do something you love."

Doing what you love sounds simplistic and nice, but in reality when most of us are trying to survive financially it isn't quite as easy. Nevertheless for those who dare to take risks and go for it, the rewards are worth it! If you don't take chances you won't make advances.

3. Rachael told Donny, "You've got to work hard. Many people say they work hard, but just complain a lot."

Surely this is true as I know some complainers in my own life. Work is a four letter word, but it should not be considered a curse word. People need to again value the importance of diligence, persistence, and hard work. To make it big you need to work hard and passionately invest yourself in something.

4. Be yourself and let your personality shine.

In a Slate article defending Ray, Jill Hunter Pellettieri summarized some of these criticisms by writing:

“ Ray's ditzy demeanor also makes her easy to dismiss. She giggles off-cue and constantly praises her own cooking. "Smells awesome already!" she says, making her Snapper in a Snap. "I am so psyched about that." She employs cute abbreviations—EVOO means "extra virgin olive oil", and gives her dishes nicknames, such as "You-Won't-Be-Single-for-Long Vodka Cream Pasta".

The bottom line however is Rachael is way more entertaining than Martha Stewart, who without guests in my opinion is not able to keep you awake unless you are a cooking enthusiast.

5. Passion trumps professional training and education.

Some have criticized Ray's "perky" demeanor as well as her lack of a formal chef's education and perceived lack of seriousness about cooking. Celebrity chef and Travel Channel personality Anthony Bourdain, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, has referred to her as a "bobblehead".

Rachael appeals to all types of people and like President Bush who may not be the brightest guy on the planet, is nevertheless relatable and real. Passion is attractive and has a magnetic pull to it. Undoubtedly Ray has mastered impregnating people with her passion.

Put these powerful principles to practice and you too can succeed in whatever you put your heart and hand to.

Paul Davis is a highly sought after professional speaker, life purpose coach, worldwide minister, change master, and turnaround specialist.

Paul is the author of several books including Breakthrough for a Broken Heart; Adultery: 101 Reasons Not to Cheat; Are You Ready for True Love; Stop Lusting & Start Living; Waves of God; Supernatural Fire; Poems that Propel the Planet; and God vs. Religion.

Paul's compassion for people & passion to travel has taken him to over 50 countries of the world where he has had a tremendous impact. Paul's organization Dream-Maker Ministries is building dreams, breaking limitations & reviving nations.

Paul inspires, revives, awakens, impregnates with purpose, imparts the fire of desire, catapults people into a new level of self-awareness, facilitates destiny discovery and dream fulfillment.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Beef-and-Mashed-Potato-Stuffed Peppers with Garlicky Bread Crumbs

From Every Day with Rachael Ray
December-January 2007

Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 30 min


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 small onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 pound lean ground beef

Salt and pepper

2 pounds baking potatoes, boiled and mashed
(about 2 cups)

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

1/2 cup bread crumbs

4 large red and green bell peppers, caps removed and reserved, seeds and white membranes discarded

1. Preheat the oven to 400ยบ. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and two thirds of the garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring to break up the beef, for about 5 minutes, or until browned; season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the mashed potatoes with 1/2 cup Parmesan and the parsley.
3. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the remaining one third of the garlic and the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan.
4. Stand the bell peppers upright in a baking dish. Stuff each pepper with one quarter of the potato mixture, then one quarter of the meat mixture. Top the stuffed peppers with the garlicky bread crumbs and the bell pepper caps, and drizzle with olive oil. Roast the stuffed peppers until tender, about 30 minutes.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Help Feed Starving People Around the Globe!

Why the XanGo Goodness Meal Pack?

For the past five years, XanGo Goodness has enabled our distributors, executives and employees to get involved, roll up their sleeves and make a positive impact on the welfare of children and families across the globe. From Thailand to Peru, across Europe, North America and Asia, XanGo Goodness has set a standard in our industry and helped change the lives of both givers and recipients.

As XanGo founders have traveled to diverse locations around the planet on Goodness missions, they have witnessed firsthand the hunger epidemic affecting many. Touched by what they see, they have asked the questions: What is the need? What can we do to help? XanGo distributors the world over ask the question: What more can I do?

What is the XanGo Goodness Meal Pack?

XanGo introduces the answer with the launch of an important and life-changing product: the XanGo Goodness Meal Pack. This product is a meal replacement program that is the first step out of starvation. A dry powder formulation for the severely malnourished, it helps to strengthen those who cannot properly digest solid food due to long periods of poverty, famine and other disasters.

The XanGo Goodness Meal Pack is an innovative product formulation. It is effective in meeting basic nutritional needs by simply adding water.

How can distributors get involved?

Through this program, XanGo distributors can now help nourish the world's starving population in a very personal and practical way. For US$115, shipping included, distributors provide essential meals to needy parts of the world. Each purchase counts as 100PV.

XanGo is pleased to introduce this much-needed product and help fill a global humanitarian need through XanGo Goodness.

“This is the next step in empowering the XanGo Goodness movement to extend its worldwide impact,” said XanGo founder Gordon Morton. “Imagine—through the XanGo Goodness Meal Pack we have the ability to save countless lives.”

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If you are currently a Xango Distributor, simply order the Meal Pack as you would normally order juice. If you are not a Xango Distributor, but would like to send a Meal Pack, please contact Lonnie Niver at to have a Meal Pack ordered on your behalf.

Each Meal Pack feeds up to 50 people.

Visit for more information.

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