Category Archives: TenaciousM Art and Culture

#mylens Field of Dreams

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This past May my marketing team and I joined an organization that hires mentally challenged individuals who seed and plant flowers and vegetables for use by Farm to Fork local restaurants. One of our volunteer projects was to plant a sunflower dial. I recently had a chance to return to see the results. AMAZING!!!

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Merry Christmas 2016_”Hidden Figures” the Movie Review

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The best part of Christmas is spending time with close and extended family and friends. I really love that as our lives evolve and change we never remain stagnant and continually add new experiences and traditions to spice things up.

On this Christmas, us girls decided to start a new Christmas Day movie tradition. A bad movie would have probably ended the thought, however, we went to see “Hidden Figures.” The movie is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

I give the movie 4 out of 4 stars for story concept and music score which was the perfect accompaniment. But most of all, because of the intelligence, courage and grace of these three previously unsung women, perhaps we are all becoming less hidden from each other.
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Weekend in Chicago

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I visited Chicago this past weekend to see friends from the time when I lived there and beyond. Specifically, my friend Carmelia Wrenn-Martin. I wanted to support her entrepreneur efforts at opening “Epiphany” Restaurant in Lincoln Park (734 W. Fullerton). The food is Cajun-inspired comfort food and absolutely delicious. Also, the location is actually great with adequate street parking for the area. Stop by and enjoy!! I did, and took my TenaciousM Posse with me.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

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#TenaciousMtravels… It’s nice when work takes me to a place I like to visit. It was snowing when we arrived and the place is beautiful!

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And, I can’t forget the food!!!

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Nor the art!!

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Over The Hump Old School Sound Check-Staple Singers

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Happy Thursday and over the hump day! I hope your week has been as amazing as mine! Here’s the first “Sound Check” for the New Year, 2015.

Music from Nigeria – Wizboyy Ofuasia // Pop

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Love this song! Click on “View Original” and Enjoy!

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Wizboyy Ofuasia is a Nigerian singer. Listen to his great song “Lovinjitis” featuring Diva Teeyah:

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Dark Chocolate Pie With Cocoa Nib Praline

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Another chocolate on steroids recipe that you will LOVE! Cocoa nibs (bits of roasted shelled cocoa beans) are available at specialty foods stores or chefshop.com.

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Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

Cocoa nib praline
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon (packed) golden brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup cocoa nibs
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Chocolate filling
2 1/4 cups whole milk, divided
6 large egg yolks
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (such as Scharffen Berger or Valrhona)
4 teaspoons cornstarch
4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preparation

For crust:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish.

2.Mix melted butter, sugar, and salt in medium bowl. Add flour and mix until well blended. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of prepared dish; crimp edges decoratively. Bake crust until golden brown and cooked through, about 18 minutes. Cool crust completely on rack. Maintain oven temperature.

For cocoa nib praline:
1. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk first 5 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Stir in cocoa nibs and chopped pecans. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheet, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake until mixture spreads and is deep golden brown, about 18 minutes (mixture will flow together into 1 piece on baking sheet). Remove from oven; cool completely on sheet.

2. Break praline into irregular pieces or shards. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Store airtight in single layer at room temperature.)

For chocolate filling and topping:
1. Bring 2 cups milk to simmer in heavy medium saucepan; remove from heat. Whisk egg yolks, brown sugar, vanilla, and remaining 1/4 cup milk to blend in medium bowl; whisk in cocoa powder and cornstarch until smooth. Gradually whisk in hot milk mixture. Return mixture to saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils.

2. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and butter; whisk until melted and smooth. Pour filling into cooled pie crust. Refrigerate until filling is cold and set, about 4 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.)

3. Using electric mixer, beat cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form.

4. Cut pie into wedges. Serve with whipped cream and praline pieces.