Tasty Tuesday



Serves 8–10
35 minutes
2 hours, 15 minutes


    • 1 pound dried medium or large beans, soaked at least 4 hours in plenty of water, drained
    • 11 garlic cloves, 5 smashed, 6 sliced
    • 3 bay leaves
    • 6 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
    • Kosher salt
    • 2 medium white onions, thinly sliced, or a combination of onions and fennel bulbs (about 3 cups)
    • Pinch of red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine
    • 1/2 medium head savoy cabbage, cored, cubed (about 8 cups)
    • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
    • 1 bunch parsley, dill, or cilantro, finely chopped


    1. Cover beans, smashed garlic, and bay leaves with about 1″ water in a large pot. Add 3 Tbsp. oil. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and bring to a simmer. Cover pot partially and cook, adding more hot water as needed to keep beans covered, until beans are nearly done. Add large pinches of salt to taste toward end of cook time, which will vary depending on the bean; start tasting after about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and cover.
    2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a Dutch oven or large ovenproof dish over medium-high. Add onions, red pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are reduced and beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Add sliced garlic and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Add wine and cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Add cabbage and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, crushing with a wooden spoon or cutting with scissors into coarse chunks. Add beans and their liquid, then cover with water until beans and vegetables are just submerged; season to taste with salt. Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer to oven.
    3. Bake beans 1 hour and 20 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until liquid is slightly reduced and beans are completely tender, 15–30 minutes more. Let cool slightly to thicken, then stir in parsley just before serving.
  1. Serving Suggestions:
    1. Chili-Like:
      Serve just as you would your favorite chili, with shredded cheddar, sliced scallions, finely chopped jalapeño, dollops of sour cream or plain yogurt, and hot sauce.
    2. Baked With Eggs:
      Preheat oven to 400°F. Transfer beans to a shallow baking dish. Crack an egg into a ladle, then press ladle into beans and slide egg into the indentation. Repeat, adding as many eggs as you’ve got space and appetite for. Bake until eggs are set and beans are heated through and simmering along edges of pan, 25-30 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with chopped herbs; serve with toasted bread.
    3. Over Grains:
      Serve beans over piles of soft polenta. Brown rice, farro, and barley all work just as well.
    4. Over Toast:
      Spoon hot beans over thick slices of grilled or toasted bread (optional: rub it with a garlic clove). Top with a poached or fried egg and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with lightly dressed greens alongside.
    5. Tacos:
      Char corn tortillas over an open flame, stacking and wrapping in foil to keep warm. If broth is thin, serve beans with a slotted spoon, reserving broth for a separate meal. Serve with sliced avocado, shredded cabbage, crumbled feta, lime wedges, and cilantro sprigs, allowing everyone to assemble as they please.
  2. Do Ahead
    1. Baked beans can be made 3 days ahead; transfer to an airtight container and chill, or freeze up to 6 months.
      Beans can be cooked (before baking) 1 day ahead; let cool, cover, and chill.

Robin Thicke Accused Of Domestic Violence. Ordered To Stay Away From Ex-Wife Paula Patton & Their Son (Video)

 Robin Thicke and his ex-wife Paula Patton are involved in a nasty legal battle, with both seeking sole custody of their 6-year old son, Julian.

E! News reports that Patton is trying to prove Thicke is unfit. She’s accusing him of spanking their child excessively. In Patton’s declaration to the court she also alleges that the “Blurred Lines” singer cheating on and physically abused her. Citing alleged instances when he “kicked, pushed and hit” her.

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Servicesis reportedly investigating the allegations of child abuse.

Thicke said his son told school officials that his dad had spanked him. The school then notified DCFS.

“On a very rare occasion, and only as a last resort, I will use light spanking, but it is consistent with the law—open hand on the butt,” Thicke explained. “This is the type of discipline to which Paula and I agreed during our marriage.”

On Thursday, January 26, a Los Angeles judge ruled that Thicke “has a history of domestic violence.” Patton was granted a temporary restraining order, which gives her sole custody of Julian until the next court date on February 24


Thicke was ordered not to come within 100 yards of Patton, her mother and Julian, other than supervised visits with his son. He will be allowed to see Julian three days a week at a neutral location.

The singer’s attorney, Angela Pierce di Donato, says the DCFS will be closing the case against her client because they could not find proof that Julian had been harmed by his father.

“The Court issued temporary orders today based solely on paperwork,” she told PEOPLE. “[L.A.’s Department of Children & Family Services] will be closing the physical abuse allegation against Robin as ‘Unfounded,’ but has added an emotional abuse allegation against Paula, which remains under investigation. We believe that DCFS sees the damage that Paula has done to Julian and will take appropriate action to protect him.”

Despite Donato’s claims, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the “investigation is ongoing” and Patton is not being looked into by the agency.


Donato told PEOPLE that “Paula never reported any domestic violence until she was in a position of contempt by violating the custody orders. Infidelity has nothing to do with custody. She is attempting to throw anything at him to hurt him, but Robin’s focus is their son.”

Patton and Thicke divorced on March 20, 2015, after almost 9 years of marriage.

Missy Elliott – I’m Better ft. Lamb (Official Music Video)

Veteran singer, rapper and producer Missy Elliott returns with a brand new single titled “I’m Better” featuring Lamb. Watch the official music video below and purchase your own copy of the track on iTunes.

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Ciara Signs Deal With Warner Bros. Records

We’re not even a full month into 2017 and it’s already shaping up to be a great year for Ciara.

The 31-year old singer is expecting her second child … the first with husband Russell Wilson, and she’s just signed a new record deal with Warner Bros.

“Warner Brothers Records!!! Lets Get It! Proud to announce and honored to join the family! I’m supercharged to make the World Dance again!” she tweeted Friday, January 27.

Warner Brothers Records!!! Lets Get It! Proud to announce and honored to join the family! I’m supercharged to make the World Dance again!

“We welcome Ciara to Warner Bros. Records and look forward to the next chapter of her storied music career,” said Cameron Strang, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Records, in a statement.

Cici has released six studio albums, beginning in 2004. The last two withEpic Records. Prior to that she was signed to Jive.

We’d like to congratulate Ciara on her new deal and look forward to hearing her next project.



The Lox – The Family (Official Music Video)

The Lox keep the promotion of their new album “Filthy America… It’s Beautiful” going by releasing an official music video for “The Family.

Directors – Jay Rodriguez & Rock Davis
Producers – Jyothi Raju & Nigel Talley
Production Company – Itchy House Films

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Fun Fact Friday

  1. My zodiac sign is Sagittarius

  2. My favorite food is spaghetti

  3. In middle school my favorite perfume was tommy girl (it smelled so good) 

  4. I was a tomboy 

  5. My favorite movies are: love jones, set it off, mo money, best man, best man christmas

  6. I love seafood 

  7. i’m the life of the party (but when you first meet me i’m shy)

  8. I broke my wrist in the elementary school 

  9. I would love to have a column in the local magazine (just to give advice on relationships/dating)

  10. I want my very own dating show (reality show)