Cooking with Misstakenid: Quick Red Beans and Rice

I have been making my quick red beans and rice as a staple over the past couple of weeks so I decided to share with you. First let me say that this can be made with white or brown rice.  Also if you don’t like any of the ingredients you can make it without them, just use your seasoning to make it taste the way you want it to.

What you need(quick recipe):

1 can red beans

Rice or Brown Rice (your choice)

Onions (I use a sweet onion)

Turkey sausage/turkey bacon (can be made without meat or with pork products)

Butter

Salt

Pepper

Cajun Seasoning (I used Mad Chef’s Cajun Nola) ( You can find it here: https://chefgonemad.com/)

Garlic seasoning (Mad Chef’s Smoked Garlic and Herb Seasoning)

Make the rice first. Use one cup of rice to two cups of water bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. (If you want you can use boil in bag rice)

  1. Start with melting butter in a skillet (or you can use olive oil)

  2. Chop the sausage or bacon

  3. Chop the onions

  4. Sautee’ onions in the skillet until tender

  5. Add the sausage or bacon to skillet

  6. Add rice to skillet

  7. Stir to combine ingredients

  8. Next open the can of Red Beans, drain.

  9. Then add the red beans to the skillet.

  10. Season to taste.

Serve and enjoy.

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In case you missed it in the post you can find  the seasoning I used at this site:

https://chefgonemad.com/

 

Unscripted Durham’s Impossible Burger Review

I love a good burger. Well, let me say that I love a good burger that I can eat. I am unable to eat beef or pork so my burger choices are sometimes limited. However, I heard about the Impossible Burger in all of its plant based glory and I knew that I wanted to try it.

I couldn’t think of a better place than one of my favorite rooftop hangout spots in Durham, NC, the Unscripted Patio.

The menu highlights the burger at $10 it comes with vegan mayonaise, avocado, tomatoes, vegan cheese, on a bun.

I heard about this burger, so I wanted to try it for myself. I must say to be a plant based burger this was one of the meatiest plant based burgers I have ever tasted. It was very close to tasting like actual meat. Thick and filling.

It may be a little to “meaty” for some vegetarians, however for someone that just wants to go meatless for a thick and filling burger I give it 2 thumbs up. IMG_20180910_134645_959

 

 

My first experience with 9ROUND Raleigh,NC – Triangle

Let me start off and say, this was not your typical workout experience. You kinda make your own class schedule, which is awesome. It was a different approach to working out, which I enjoyed.

Ok, let me start at the beginning.

First, I found a 9 round trainer from a random post I saw on social media. Then I went to the website to see what it was about.

“I was thinking to myself a 30 minute kickboxing class, I think I can handle that!” 

So, I decided to check them out. A free first class, is an awesome introduction to any workout gym/fitness class (and it works very well for me and my budget, LOL) since I wasn’t sure what to expect.

As a first timer, you fill out a form and release and such, so it’s like, sheesh what am I about to do, but the cool part is you can see what other people are doing when you walk in, so you can prepare yourself.

“9ROUND IS LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN PERSONAL KICKBOXING TRAINING TEAM FOR 30 MINS.” 

The best part about this whole 9 round system outside of having a “personal training team” is there are no class times, you come in and do your 30 minutes and leave out after doing “9 rounds” of exercises.

So, it’s time to start, and I hear the upbeat popular music playing.  This is cool to have in the background, but you see that each person is focused on their personal workout as you have a trainer help you get through it.

The gym is broken up into 9 stations (9 rounds). A trainer demonstrates what you are going to do at each station and helps you through it with motivating words. Each round is 3 minutes. It does seem like a long time and a lot of thought, but you don’t have to think because there is a timer that is going and letting you know that you are making it through the round. It beeps once to let you know to start the exercise, then again to let you know that there is 60 seconds left on the clock, so you are almost done with that excercise. (Keep in mind a trainer comes and checks on you during the time and may even change-up your excercise to keep it exciting.)

In between exercises a trainer calls out an exercise for everyone to do before the next round, some form of cardio or strength move is done during this short time.

I have tried kickboxing classes before, but none were like this and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND 9ROUND,  because of the personal approach to fitness and the motivating words from the trainers.

And let’s not forget, it’s only 30 minutes!!! So it is not taking a huge chunk out of your day!!!

The cool part is after you finish your 30 minutes you ring a bell to let the room know how your workout went. There are 3 choices. I chose option 3 “Killer Workout!”

I will say that after my workout, I felt good about working out, but I know I am gonna hurt a little tomorrow due to the intensity of the workout. My favorite part of the workout was putting on the boxing gloves and doing a one on one session with a trainer after hitting the heavy bag. Oh yeah and let’s not forget my first time on a speed bag.  (Boxers make it look easy, but it is definitely something to master.)

I also have to work on my jump rope skills. Skipping rope for 3 minutes straight without any misses is definitely something to work up to. (Personal goals)

(FYI, these are my own words and this was not something that was setup by 9ROUND Triangle, I let the representatives know about the review as I was leaving.)

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Music Moments with Misstakenid

For many years music has been a major part of my life. It has always been something that moves me. The key part to this is I can listen to many different genres of music and due to my natural indecisive nature I don’t actually have a favorite. Each type of music that I listen to moves me in a different way.

Let me give you some background about me. I grew up with dance being a major contributor to my life. My parents told me that whenever music came on as a baby I would move to “my own rythym”, so this prompted them to place me in dance class. This was where I developed my rhythym. The fortunate thing was that I was gifted and could move to any type of rythym if I could hear it in the music.

So whether it was country or the blues I could always find a beat. 

Once I reached age 5 I was introduced to African traditional rhythyms and ways to find out signals in the music to help you with movement. This is something that I believe many people should learn because the drum is the foundation of most music and it allows you to actually feel what is being played, so you can’t help but to move. As I continued to grow in dance class, my hearing of the “beat” crossed over into my regular life and I developed a love for all types of music.

Growing up both of my parents had an extensive music collection.  My Mommy had her love of gospel music, so we listed to anything from spirituals to modern gospel music.  The Old Man (affectionate term for My Father) listened to all kinds of music, however he had a record collection that was almost unmatched. So even hearing  the crackle of the records was a part of the musical experience for me.  He really enjoyed music from the 70s.

I always enjoyed live music, so that I could see all of the instruments and how they worked together. As I grew older, I embraced cassette tapes and CDs of course, but from time to time I still enjoy seeing someone perform live.

As an adult on any given day I will listen to The Blues, Hip Hop, Soul, Classical, Oldies, Rock N Roll, or even Trap Music.  You name it, I have probably listened to it and enjoyed it.  I frequent different concerts and music related events throughout the year, so why not share with you?  In my adult life I have also had some experience in selecting artists for certain events in various cities.

Music moves me so much that I have decided to dedicate a segment of my blog to Music.

 So this section “Music Moments with Misstakenid” will showcase my love for music.

I will be reviewing concerts, interviewing music artists and highlighting music related events in this segment.  This will give me a chance to share my experiences with music related events.

If you would like to have your  artist interviewed; or your concert or musical event reviewed please use the contact form listed and I will get back to you regarding your request.

Sunday Brunchin’: Maggiono’s Durham Edition

If you know me, you would know that I love a good brunch.   Well today I had the pleasure of trying brunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Durham, NC.  This restaurant is located in the Streets at Southpoint Mall.  It turns out today was one of the first days that they offered brunch, so you know that made me even more excited.

On a regular day, I love the vibe and atmosphere of this restaurant, however today was phenomenal.   I made a quick reservation for us on Open Table, as you know Sundays can be tough to get a table at certain restaurants.  I walked into the restaurant and they had our table ready, we were greeted by a very cheerful staff.

The brunch menu looks nice.  They offer pancakes, benedicts, regular breakfast items, and they also offer the regular menu.  However, the highlight of brunch for me is definitely the brunch drink menu.  For $7 you can get a mimosa or peach Bellini.  This made my day, all of the food is average priced, with the meals being around $20 or so.

As I scanned the menu, I saw quite a few things that I liked.   However, I set my eyes on the crab cake benedict and of course started with a mimosa.

The waitress then came out and gave us some cinnamon breakfast cakes with a lemon frosting on them, it sounds interesting, but it was light airy, and delicious.  A great start to breakfast.

When my plate arrived,  I got 2 lump crab cakes, each topped with a poached egg (cooked beautifully) and hollandaise sauce over an English muffin.  I cut into the beautiful fluffy egg and crab cake and didn’t even touch the English muffin. (Not because anything was wrong with it, just didn’t feel like eating anymore bread at the time)  It was a magical first bite for me.   ( I really enjoy crab and eggs though. )  Of course I finished my mimosa, I love champagne for breakfast too.  Next the waitress brought me a bellini and it was frozen, yummy goodness.  It was sweet but just right.

The Manager came by to check on us and get our reviews on the meal.  I told her that everything was delicious.  My meal was cooked perfectly and my drinks were great.

I definitely recommend going to Maggiano’s in Durham for Sunday Brunch.  I would even suggest that you call ahead for reservations or make them on Open Table.  There were quite a few large parties in the restaurant, but it didn’t take away from my experience at all.   They get my seal of approval.

I hope that you go and try them one Sunday.

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