Crab cakes are great and all…but what if we take a classic recipe and give it a little twist! Instead of crab, I have used fresh boiled Mahi Mahi. It’s light, fluffy and crazy full of flavor. Now let’s get cookin’!
What you will need:
1cup bread crumbs
1/2 finely diced yellow onion
1/2 finely diced red bell pepper
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 pound of Mahi Mahi filets
1 large egg
1/2 cup corn meal
Franks red hot
1 tsp Lemon juice
2 tsp melted butter
The steps. 1) Cut Mahi Mahi into small cubes and boil for about 5 minutes in salted water. 2) In a mixing bowl, combine all of the above ingredients well. 3) Then, add boiled and shredded fish to the mixture. 4) Pat out about 3 patties about 1/2 inch thick. 5) Place patties into a frying pan with extra virgin olive oil. Fry each side of the patty until golden grown. Place patties atop steamed vegetables and sprinkle salt/pepper over dish. Boom! You have a fancy meal for three.
The dish is also great when topped with light thousand island dressing. It’s creaminess compliments the crispy Mahi Mahi patty.
Thanks for reading! -Ben
This unique recipe premieres a delicious Mossy Oak brand salsa. The honey apple salsa and it’s flavors go far beyond what you might typically taste. The savory bold salsa with a hint of sweet is anything but ordinary. The product is a great recipe binder, and helps bring out great flavors in meat, fish, and pasta. The creative combinations are endless. For this recipe, I am going to implement this salsa into an amazing grilled chicken dish.
This dish features grilled chicken atop of black beans and wild rice with a honey apple salsa glaze. It’s simple, quick and delicious!
What you will need:
1 jar of Mossy Oak Honey Apple Salsa
1 cup cooked wild rice
1 can black beans
1/2 onion diced
2 chicken breasts
Shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
What’s next: 1) First, boil the wild rice until soft. 2)Cook black beans in a pot with the diced onions,salt,pepper, and garlic powder. 3) Next, grill chicken breast until dark grill marks appear on each side. (This helps indicate the meat has been cooked through) Salt to taste. 4) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 5) Place rice first on plate, then beans, then chicken. Apply a generous layer of the salsa atop the chicken breasts. 6) Chop cilantro finely and sprinkle over the dish along with the mozzarella cheese. 7) Place the plate in the oven for 5 minutes allowing cheese to melt, and flavors to come together. That’s it! 7 steps later you have an impressive chicken dish full of unique flavors.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
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Thank you for reading! -Ben
Social Media 460 at the University of Louisville is hands down the most educational & hands on class I have ever taken in college. This class has proven it’s value towards my major and has given me the knowledge I need to further advance in the Communication field. This class was unlike the ordinary collaboration of students. This course was composed of 15 individuals who truly wanted to learn and be apart of the everyday conversation. Professor Freberg inspired us to open our minds to the power of Social media. She helped us improve our skills in writing, planning, and monitoring through various media platforms.
The class just makes sense. With so many companies going into the Social Media market, they need young and experienced people (like us) to manage their brands and names. Each week our professor would bring in professionals such as Scott Adkins and Nick Stover to discuss their experiences with media. This exposed us to real world experience, and has taught us much more than any PowerPoint or lecture could. This class is so unique and innovative, I hope it catches on at other colleges, so young people like myself have the opportunity to learn about the entity that has consumed our society. Media and technology are happening and they are changing the way we live our lives. Knowing how to manage your online presence is fundamental in your success.
A semester later, so many things have changed. I got an internship from making a connection in the class, I have become an avid blogger and more importantly a better communicator. I am now a Hootsuite certified professional which adds even more credibility to my class experience. I am happy to have made the choice to take this class. Thanks for reading!
(More recipes are on the way)
Pasta salad has not always been in the food spotlight, until now. This pasta salad is full of bold flavors and it’s quite simple to make.
Here’s what you till need:
A box of rotini noodles
1 red onion
1/2 pound of turkey or ham diced
First, make sure all the vegetables are chopped finely including the meat and cheese. You want all the components in the salad to have equal consistency. Put the noodles in boiling water for about 5-7 minutes (until soft) drain noodles and place them in a mixing bowl. Add vegetables first, then meat, then cheese. Stir well. Then, add all the spices. About 1 teaspoon of each. (Salt/ pepper/paprika/garlic) Finally, add half a bottle of golden Italian dressing to the mixture. Stir everything together. Cover in plastic and sit it in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes. Once the mixture has cooled and the flavors have come together, you are done! This dish is simple and it’s surprisingly tasty.
Cook/prep time is 25 minutes. Serves 10+ people and is perfect as a side dish or appetizer. Enjoy!
I think every American can agree, Bacon and Green Beans are delicious. Lets put them together! Green beans are a great thanksgiving side dish and bacon is good no matter when you consume it. This recipe is simple and innovative, it uses very few ingredients.
What you will need:
- Fresh, rinsed green beans
- 1 package of hickory smoked bacon
- I can of water chestnuts
- Brown Sugar
- Olive Oil
What to do:
1) You will need a baking sheet or glass casserole pan. Drizzle olive oil on the surface.2) Cut the bacon strips in half. 3) Take about 6 green beans and two water chestnuts. Wrap two cut strips of bacon around the beans and chestnuts so they are bundled together by the bacon. Stick a toothpick through the center to keep it all together. Place as many bundles as you can fit onto the pan. 4) Sprinkle brown sugar, salt, and pepper over top the bundles. The more brown sugar, the sweeter the taste. 5) Turn oven to 375 degrees and bake the bundles for about 18-20 minutes. Finish off with a sprinkle of salt to taste. Bacon should be browned and crispy and beans should look soft and crinkled. You are all done!
Now you have an amazing side dish or appetizer. The crunch of the chestnuts compliment the smoke of the bacon and the sweetness of the green beans. Mmm…. The recipe serves 5+ Keep in mind the bundles go quickly because they shrink in the oven and become bite size. Make a lot! Prep and Cook time takes no longer than 26 minutes.
It is very exciting to see “Certified Professional” next to my name. It feels well-deserved and I know it is going to help me down the road. What is Hoot Suite? Well, if you are a reader of my food blogs this may have you confused or dis-interested. Hoot Suite University is an online Social Media program that teaches you all the in’s and outs of online management. It helps you acquire skills on various platforms including Twitter and LinkedIn and it provides you with strategies and advice towards keeping a strong online presence.Once you “graduate” from the program, you receive a certification and a spot on the website among other graduates who have learned about Social Network management. The skills you learn help you better understand the power of online media and helps you sustain a successful presence online. Pretty cool, eh?
What I have learned: (This is only a glimpse)
- If you are a Professional or a college student, get a linked in account. Its essentially an online resume that anyone can have access too. It expands your network, builds your name, and provides external opportunities.
- Twitter is not a diary. Do not post content on Twitter that you would not want your mother to see. Be professional. Talk about interesting topics and engage in conversation just do not use vulgar or nonsense language. People are watching you and reading what you say. You tarnish your reputation and chances for a future job when you abuse your media outlets. Who knows, a future boss might read your Twitter and change his mind when he sees that all you talk about is drinking and skipping school. Think about it,
- Cite sources. If you Tweet or Facebook something interesting you have found, people want to know where it came from. Citing your information builds your credibility online.
- Use tools to help you manage your media. Avoid clutter. The Hoot Suite app available on your phone or on the computer allows you to have many networking sites up at once. This allows you to manage, monitor, and avoid information clutter.
- Building a strong network is fundamental in building a brand, strengthening relationships, and to establish a loyal audience.
- Be aware of every Networking cites functions.
- Be consistent with your posted content. Followers are following you for a reason.
- Social Media is an open door. A tool for success. Take advantage of this opportunity to network yourself, your skills, attributes, and goals. Engage in conversation and problem solving. Build your connections. Jobs are everywhere and a great place to start is behind your computer.
Thanks for reading!
p.s Creative Thanksgiving recipes are on the way!
Many people think twice about making Gumbo because it tends to be complicating and time consuming. But, I have a recipe that’s neither. I have perfected the Gumbo recipe with a southern twist. Instead of cajun spices I have used milder spices and rather than okra I have used yellow corn. We have decided to make this Gumbo at my work, and lets just say it sells faster than we can make it. That’s good, right?
What you will need:
- 1 Diced yellow onion
- 1 Diced green bell pepper
- 1 Diced green tomato
- 1 Diced tomato
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 can yellow corn
- 2 diced andoulle sausage links
- 1/2 uncooked & peeled shrimp
- 1/2 Bottle franks redhot
- 2 Cups brown rice
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 1 can of pinto beans
- 1 can of black-eyes peas (optional)
Steps: 1.First, do not freak out. There are many ingredients, but do not be discouraged because just like soup, you will simply add them all together in one pot. 2. Pour the flour, butter, celery, onions, pepper, and tomato’s all in at once. Have the cooking pot on medium-high heat. You are making a “rue” which is essentialy a thick batter containing the flour and vegetables. (this helps make the gumbo thick once it all comes together) 3. Stir the contents consistently for 6-8 minutes until it becomes a thick light brown color (do not forget to stir because the rue will begin to burn the bottom of the pot). 4. Then, add the beans, peas, rice, and corn. 5. Bring to a boil (high heat) Boil until rice is soft and begin to float towards the top. 6.Then, bring the contents to a simmer (medium heat) add the remaining ingredients. (sausage, shrimp, spices, and hot sauce) 7. Continue to stir occasionally once you have added all the ingredients. The shrimp will only take 5-7 minutes to cook through. 8. Turn your heat to low and place a lid over your pot. Let the contents sit for about 15 minutes that way it will thicken and the flavors will begin to come out. 9. The last thing you will need to do is add salt and pepper taste (until it tastes the way you want it) The more salt and pepper you add, the more bite your gumbo will have.You are done! Eat up and impress your friends and family with your delicious creation. Follow those 9 easy steps and you will be successfully chowing down on some homemade Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo!
Feeds: 4-6 hungry souls.
Prep time: 5-10 Minutes
Cook time: 45min-1 hr
Note: If you have leftover Thanksgiving turkey, then suppliment the turkey with the shrimp in the original recipe. You may be surprised how tasty Turkey Gumbo is. Just a thought. Thanks for reading!
Viral Media has become an overwhelmingly huge part of our online entertainment. When content goes Viral, it means that a large audience has connected to this material in a way of interest. When videos or images go viral, they simply become the popular content online. Usual viral content has a short life-span because other viral content is continuously being introduced on the web. Corporations take advantage of viral media by latching on to the ideas and re-making the content in order to give them broader marketing reach. The technique is more like a lazy way for a company to jump in between a popular piece of media and it’s audience.
Viral Media is sticky, Sticky content is essentially media that has become trendy and popular over various mediums such as tv, internet, and smartphones. Viral material makes average Joe’s famous, and makes marketing companies money. It’s a win/win situation. Viral content gets people engaged online, and its sparks conversation sometimes universally.
It’s important to keep up with trendy material online can be beneficial. Following news channels, celebrities, community leaders, and other important figures help you keep up to date with important facts, trends, and information about the world around you. Viral content sparks creativity and inspiration and most importantly it gets people involved universal conversation. It helps us view things differently and often it can help erase stereotypes and bad images. For example, many celebrities have their own social media counts which further gives them the opportunity to connect and share personal content that brings fans and follows down to their level. It makes it difficult for media and critics to find ugly stories on celebrities when most of them are already openly sharing their own content via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Vine.
Lastly, when it comes to making Viral Content it is usually a large amount of luck and a little amount of creativity. Most viral videos, images and stories usually get popular because they are either extremely unique or simply overboard creative. It all comes down to who shares the content. If someone with more reach likes the content and shares it with their friends, then the content will extend its reach much farther than someone with very few friends or followers. That is why it is much easier for sports figures or celebrities to produce viral media content because they have a larger presence and reach in the media world.
Here is a great link to check out that discusses many different areas of Viral Media and its effects. http://www.viralblog.com/
This is for all you fish lovers. Salmon is hands down my favorite seafood so I’m going to show you how to make it just right. This dish is complimented with Yukon gold fried potatoes and buttered asparagus. Make sure your salmon has a bright pink color with distinct lines of fat. Frozen salmon that is de-thawed is not recommended unless it is all you could find. This process takes about 35 minutes and serves 2-3 people.
What you will need:
1pound of fresh Alaskan Salmon
Fresh minced garlic
Rosemary seasoning or leaves
4 Diced Yukon gold potatoes
Half stick of non-salted butter
The steps: First, put the potatoes in a frypan with oil salt and rosemary leaves. Drizzle potatoes with olive oil. Fry potatoes until crispy brown. At the same time, have the asparagus simmering in another pan with the half stick of butter. Summer till it’s soft and you can cut through it with a fork. Then, while your veggies are almost finished turn the heat down low so they continue to simmer before putting your salmon in. Make sure the oven is on broil and the heat is on high. Cover salmon in garlic salt and sliced lemons and then place in oven for 7-8 minutes. When everything is done and out of the oven, squeeze your cooked lemons over the dish to add a bit of zest. Enjoy!