free spirit

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  1. Meaty comfort food

    Pumpkin pie spice: Cinnamon Ginger Nutmeg Allspice Cloves
  2. Meaty comfort food

    I have always loved cooking, but this summer, I have been cooking a lot more than usual. I'd say at least one or two new recipes a week. My source is a wonderful website called Epicurious.com Link: http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/healthy 8 out of 10 recipes I've made from this site have turned out beautifully. I love the format of the site, it's easy to navigate, and you can specify your search for recipes. For example, in the advanced search, you can specify the main ingredient, whether it's healthy, or quick. I also love the reviews. A lot of experienced cooks who have tried out the recipes can give their two cents about how it turned out, and how they have tweaked it to cater to personal taste or better preparation. Another neat little aspect is that you can save your favourite recipes in your own recipe box when you sign up for a free account. There is a particular recipe that would be perfect for this thread. It's perfect comfort food and by far one of the best home cooked meals I've ever had. It has a tone of flavor and a little kick to it. P.S, in this recipe I added about a half a cup of canned peas, just to add variety. Bon Appétit | March 2007 SPICED BEEF STEW WITH CARROTS AND MINT This North African-inspired stew is good over couscous with a little lemon juice and chopped mint. Because it's made with beef tenderloin, it's ready in minutes instead of hours. Prep: 30 minutes Total: 40 minutes Servings: Makes 2 servings. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 12 ounces beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 cup sliced shallots (about 3 large) 8 ounces peeled baby carrots 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon all purpose flour 2 1/2 cups beef broth 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint, divided Preparation Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to skillet and sauté until cooked to desired doneness, about 2 minutes for medium-rare. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add shallots and carrots and sauté until golden, about 3 minutes. Add all spices; stir 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour over; stir 30 seconds. Stir in broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until carrots are just tender, about 8 minutes. Return beef to skillet; cook until sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Season stew to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped mint. Transfer stew to bowls. Sprinkle with remaining chopped mint and serve. Nutritional Information One serving contains the following: 568.44 Calories (kcal), 57.5% Calories from Fat, 36.33 g Fat, 10.34 g Saturated Fat, 110.53 mg Cholesterol, 19.64 g Carbohydrates, 5.68 g Dietary Fiber, 8.07 g Total Sugars, 13.96 g Net Carbs, 37.16 g Protein.
  3. Happy Birthday to egochick

    Happy Birthday!
  4. Staying Young and Beautiful

    lol, of course it's not what really matters. But one of the great things about this world, as my Profession shows clearly, is beauty. So there is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing pictures on whom we think is beautiful. It is a Value. Yes, unfortunately age will cause us to not look our best, but I think that is all the more reason to admire beauty. I love pictures of myself during my youth, because I appreciate my youth. But as much as I appreciate my youth, I know that what will last until I die, and what is most important is my active thinking mind, my character and, my love for living. Superficial is when you judge a persons worth and only focus on their appearance, which is accidental.
  5. Beautiful Women and Men

    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3036387584/nm0001029 James Caviezel Both Dagamra and James are in their more popular movies together such as "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002)
  6. Beautiful Women and Men

    http://www.ratemyeverything.net/image/1084..._Dominczyk.ashx Dagmara Dominczyk http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w185/An...raDominczyk.jpg
  7. Amazing man...

    This man truly has a sense of what it means to truly live... even though he is dying. This is a lecture he gave on the Oprah Winfrey show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tIyt8oSLVs
  8. Happy Birthday to poojagupta

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY POOJA!!! I hope you have a GREAT day!!
  9. Happy Birthday to dcyphyr

    Happy Birthday!!
  10. Psychotherapy

    Wonderful Scott!! Congratulations
  11. Social Networking Sites

    LOL I know! We are very similar on a lot of things. RE: Bumble&Bumble: I personally have never worked with B&B, but I really love "Threads" by Sebastian. It's described as a "microfiber cream. It's quite tacky, and gives a ton of texture and shine and stays malleable without getting hard. I actually just took up a position on a hairstyling website to answer just these questions.... I'll unveil the address soon and with Betsy's permission. Sorry to get off topic!
  12. Cherry Blossom Festival

    Gorgeous! Thanks for posting
  13. Happy Birthday to Scott A.

    A very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Scchhhcott!! ~C~*
  14. Happy Birthday to ~Sophia~

    Happy Birthday!!
  15. QUOTE(Stussy88 @ Feb 28 2008, 03:47 PM) * Meanwhile liberal guy is a few grand to the good. rolleyes.gif I beg to differ! I don't think I want a diamond for my ring actually, I prefer opals. I think they are much prettier and a more interesting stone. But that does not mean in any way I lack self-esteem.
  16. Which Superhero are you?

    Your results: You are Wonder Woman Wonder Woman 88% Spider-Man 85% Supergirl 83% Superman 70% Green Lantern 60% Batman 60% Hulk 60% Robin 55% The Flash 45% Catwoman 40% Iron Man 35% You are a beautiful princess with great strength of character. LOL, fun! Thanks for posting it!
  17. Happy Valentine's Day

    That was such a sweet card!! Happy Valentines Day!!
  18. Happy Birthday to Linda

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
  19. Awakenings

    Can you please add this movie to rate? ("Awakenings", with: Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, directed by Penny Marshall) Thank you.
  20. Harry Potter Test

    Why do you think that Betsy? Of all the characters in the movie do you resonate most with her? I'm not sure who I would say I resonated most with......
  21. Dubai Skyscraper With Rotating Floors

    That's wonderful that you have been able to do that! What was it like watching the progress?
  22. Harry Potter Test

    Does anyone know of someway we can read the write up they have for the other characters, not just your own?
  23. Dubai Skyscraper With Rotating Floors

    How about the fact that this is a great achievement for these people? And that it's wonderful to have people out there that are creating, thinking, producing? Wow, when I was watching that video I was watching in awe! I mean how incredible is this building!! And I loved how at the beginning it said: "Humanity has to pursue virtue and knowledge", then they showed pictured of the other great architectural achievements history has seen. I want to move there! Congratulations to the creators! And thank you Free Capitalist for posting this, it was truly a breath of fresh air.
  24. Harry Potter Test

    LOL I got Neville Longbottom as well, with a close second place tied with Hermione Granger and Albus Dumbledore Neat test thanks! It's actually very philosophical, surprising.