Arroz con Pollo With Apples

Ingredients

  • 2 large tart unpeeled apples, such as Granny Smith
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup long-grain converted rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
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The Best Baked Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp celtic sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 lb pork tenderloin, optional: pre-marinate pork before cooking for foolproof never dry tenderloin
  • 4 oz butter, thin sliced into 4-6 pats
  • 2 tbsp diced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil*
  • 1 tsp dried oregano*
  • 1 tsp dried thyme*
  • 1 tsp dried parsley*
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage*
  • *OR 1 tbsp Italian Herb Seasoning Blend

Polenta and Pear Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe Bartlett or d’Anjou pears
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 14 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 c. light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. dark-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. finely ground polenta
  • 1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. granulated sugar

The FDA Says It’s Now Safe To Eat Romaine From Certain States

The ban on all romaine lettuce is officially over. Last week, the CDC recommended staying away from romaine altogether while an on-going investigation — into an E. coli outbreak that impacted 43 people in 12 states — determined the source of the bacteria. According to the FDA, it has been determined that the E. coli can be traced back to California. “Romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine also does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources,” explained the FDA in a statement. See here for more information on how to tell if romaine is safe to eat.

Put down that salad fork, everyone. The Centers for Disease Control have just released a pretty drastic warning, advising people in the U.S. and Canada not to eat any romaine lettuce, no matter where it’s from. This is due to an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which has so far sickened 32 people in 11 states, with 13 landing in the hospital. In Canada, another 18 people in two provinces were also infected.

The reported illnesses all happened in October, but because the CDC has not identified a source for the lettuce, it says that all romaine everywhere is suspect. This is the same kind of bacteria — but not the same outbreak — that caused the great Yuma, Arizona, romaine scare of earlier this spring.

“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” says the alert. “This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.”

If you have had any romaine — or any salad mix that may have contained romaine — in your refrigerator, you should also take steps to thoroughly clean and sanitize the drawer or shelves where it was stored.

Symptoms of E. coli infection can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. According to the CDC, most people get better within five to seven days, but if you have diarrhea for more than three days or accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or the kind of persistent vomiting that won’t even let you keep liquids down, see a doctor. There is a chance you could develop a kidney-damaging condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, so this is nothing to take lightly.

Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork

Ingredients

  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder (about 4 pounds) pork butt works as well)
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (lightly packed)

11 Ways To Save Money At Starbucks

When it comes to coffee, we don’t joke. It’s legit the reason we’re out of bed in the morning. Well, that and work. If you’re part of the 12.36 million households in America who visited a Starbucks at some point in 2018 (before work, probs), you might want to buckle up. Here are just a few ways to hack the Starbucks system to ensure you get an exceptionally good—and cheaper—cup. *Sips coffee*

Sign up for Starbucks Rewards

Chances are you’ve been gifted a Starbucks gift card at least once. Hold on to it! That card is a door that can lead you to a whole new world. If you register a gift card, you’ll rack up points (a.k.a stars) every time you make a Starbucks purchase with the Rewards program. That goes for food, drink, and merchandise purchases. When you get a certain number of stars, you’ll get free drinks or food.

Keep an eye out for promos

Sign up for promo emails (don’t worry, they’re not annoyingly spammy) or check the Starbucks app. There you’ll find Happy Hour specials (like 50 percent off), extra star rewards based on your purchase, and just good old BOGO offers. So, yes, you can have your cake (pop) and eat it too.

Bring a reusable cup…and save 10 cents

Every time you bring a reusable cup from home, you’ll save 10 cents on your drink. If you don’t have a reusable one from Starbucks, that’s cool too! Bring in whatever you have. If you bring a competitor’s paper cup, though, it’ll be replaced with a Starbucks paper cup…and you’ll still get 10 cents off.

Get discounted refills

After you’re done with your drink, you can get a refill of brewed coffee or tea for just 50 cents, regardless of what your first drink was. The only thing is you have to stay inside the store to get a refill. Once you leave, you can’t take advantage of the deal.

Ask for an iced tea with no water

I know this sounds strange, but hear me out. Starbucks’ iced tea is made strong, but when it’s time to be served, it’s watered down. If you ask for your iced tea with no water, you’re essentially getting more of the tea (and the caffeine that comes along with it).

All The Best Black Friday Restaurant Deals You Need To Know About

Black Friday steals aren’t just limited to kitchen appliances, clothes, gadgets, and all the other things one could possibly buy—restaurants are lining up to give you great deals on food, too. Here are just a few of the actually insane freebies, the basically crazy freebies, and the ridiculous discounts your favs are doing this upcoming Friday.

7-Eleven

These guys are celebrating the holiday with a good old BYO Cup extravaganza. Yup, on Friday, 7-Eleven says “customers are invited to bring their thermoses, cookie jars, buckets, punchbowls, and other crazy-fun containers to fill up with their favorite Slurpee drink” for just $1.49, which is the price of a regular medium Slurpee. Did you hear that? You can have buckets of Slurpee on Friday. Buckets!

They’re also doing $0.50 slices of pizza through Cyber Monday for 7Rewards members, if you’re feeling that too.

Potbelly

The good people over at Potbelly Sandwich shop are giving you “100 percent off a cookie with any purchase,” they explained in a recent press release. I…I think that means you get a free cookie with purchase, no?

Dunkin’

OK, technically, Dunkin’ isn’t giving out anything for free on Friday, but they are partnering with Lyft that day, as it happens to also be National Espresso Day (the more you know!). If you use the code “SIPDUNKIN” whilst in the Lyft app, you can get an up-to-$10 ride to Dunkin’ free.

DoorDash—Wendy’s, Applebee’s, Burger King, and more

This one’s a doozy. You ready? DoorDash says “the first 15,000 customers to place a DoorDash order of $5 or more from [Wendy’s, Wingstop, Jack in the Box, Applebee’s, Burger King, and Chick-Fil-A] using the code ‘BLACKFRYDAY’ will receive free fries,” presumably from the restaurant they ordered from (we’ve reached out to DoorDash to confirm). That’s 15,000 batches of free fries! You can be the proud owner of one of them!