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Kebob this summer!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I love kebobs! They come in all sorts of flavors, colors and textures to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Kebobs have infiltrated American cuisine. They come the traditional way like shish kebobs but also come in appetizers, fruit, veggies, dessert and everything in between. On our recent trip along the California coastline we stopped at a restaurant in Pismo Beach at the Sea Venture hotel. I enjoyed a small plate of Pismettes. Pismettes were chicken, shrimp, beef filet and vegetable kabobs or skewers dramatically served with a trio of sauces. They were awesome and just the perfect portion!The history of shish kebob originates from the Turkish words, skewer and meat. They were the perfect solution for the nomadic tribes and invading warriors in Turkey where they would eat various cuts of meat marinated, speared with swords and roasted over the open fire. Shish kebobs are traditionally just like their history, marinated meat and vegetables. Today we put them on skewers instead of a sword. Kebobs have adapted into other cultures. Skewers of all meat called satay or sate can be found in Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian food, which are served with dipping sauces. Skewers of meat or poultry can be found in Japan as yakitori, France as brochettes and in Portugal as espetadas.Kebobs are great for parties. They have a very dramatic presentation and can also help with portion control.It can also be fun to make your own Edible Arrangements, which are decorative fruit kabobs. Cut fruit and firm cookies/cake into shapes of hearts, stars and stick them in anything from a pumpkin, small melon to a pineapple. Kid-friendly kabobs turn bananas, grapes, strawberries and bananas into Grinches, snowmen and caterpillars. I’ve even seen Peep kebobs!Over or undercooked meat and raw veggies are just not cool. Here are a few tips for traditional shish kebobs this grilling season.1. Cut up your protein and veggies/fruit in similar, bite sized pieces.2. Throw the pieces in a baggie with marinade for at least two hours or overnight. Doing this the night before would be perfect for working families.3. No time to marinate, just sprinkle with your favorite spices at least 30 minutes ahead of grilling while you are prepping the grill.4. Want to make a pretty perfect kebob? Parboil your veggies/fruit before spearing them alternately with your meat on the skewers.5. Make your kebobs loosely so they will get cooked thoroughly.6. No time to parboil…make your kebobs all of the same ingredient. Then you can grill each kebob with perfection!7. If ingredients are the type to spin on the skewer, try using 2 wooden skewers to keep food in place. It makes it much easier to turn and you won’t end up with a burnt and raw side.8. Keep food safety in mind. Marinate your meats, poultry and seafood in the fridge. Cooking all meats to a safe temperature of 145 degrees for beef, pork and lamb, 165 degrees for poultry, and fish at 145 degrees or until opaque. Let them rest a few minutes before enjoying.This summer add some pizzazz into your next gathering. Add kebobs! Try red, white and blue kebobs for the upcoming July 4th holiday. Make it a bobfest! Eat Well and healthyShelly Citrus Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs beefitswhatsfordinner.com1 pound beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 1 inch thick1 medium orange1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves1 tablespoon smoked paprika1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)4 cups cubed mango, watermelon, peaches and/or plumschopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional) Grate peel & squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from orange; reserve juice. Combine orange peel, cilantro, paprika, and ground red pepper, if desired, in small bowl. Cut beef Steak into 1-1/4-inch pieces. Place beef and 2-1/2 tablespoons cilantro mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Place remaining cilantro mixture and fruit in separate food-safe plastic bags; turn to coat. Close bags securely. Marinate beef and fruit in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread beef evenly onto four skewers leaving small space between pieces. Thread fruit onto remaining four separate skewers.Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill beef kabobs, covered, 5 to 7 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill fruit kabobs 5 to 7 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown, turning once.Drizzle reserved orange juice over fruit kabobs. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Grilled Pork and Sweet Potatoes with Pumpkin Aioli porkinspired.comchopped parsley for servingskewers1 lb pork loin, cut in two 8 oz piecessprinkle garlic saltsprinkle pumpkin pie spicecooking oil1 pound sweet potatoes, bite sized cubes (1/2 inch thick)1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1/4 teaspoon garlic salt pumpkin aioli1/2 cup mayonnaise2 tablespoons pumpkin puree1 tablespoon maple syrup1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spiceIf using wooden skewers soak them in water now. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Toss the sweet potatoes with 1 Tbsp. oil, pumpkin pie spice and garlic salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Toss with a pair of tongs so all sides cook evenly. Bake another 15 minutes and remove from oven. Cool a bit so you can use your hands to put them onto skewers. Season both sides of the pork with a pinch of garlic salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add some oil onto your grill pan. Pre heat the pan over medium high heat. The pan is ready when a splash of water sizzles. Place pork loin onto the pan and cook each side for about 7 minutes. Reduce heat a bit if they start to burn or cook too quickly. Remove the pork from the heat and let cool a bit so you can handle. Cut the pork into 1inch cubes. Keep the pan oiled, you will add the skewers back onto it. Skewer the cooled sweet potatoes & pork. Turn the heat to medium & place the skewers onto the grill pan. Heat for a few minutes until sweet potatoes and pork are heated through. For the pumpkin aioli: Mix all the ingredients together. Serve with tabouli, cous cous, rice or pasta. Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers Ellie Krieger foodnetwork.com 2 tablespoons olive oil1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice2 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon ground coriander1/2 teaspoon salt1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast,cut into 3/4-inch cubes8 (10-inch) skewers1 1/2 cups seedless green grapesCooking spray2 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves1 lemon, cut into wedges In a medium sized bowl whisk together the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, coriander, and salt. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat. Marinate the chicken for 20 minutes. While the chicken is marinating, soak the skewers in water if wooden.Thread 4 pieces of the chicken and 4 grapes onto the skewers, alternating them. Spray a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat over a medium-high heat, or prepare an outdoor grill. Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Sprinkle with mint and serve with lemon wedges. Banana Split Kabobs3 Bananas ¼ of a cored and peeled pineapple 6 Strawberries 1 cup dipping chocolate 1/4 cup Chopped Peanuts 12 SkewersCut strawberries in half. For each strawberry half, cut an equal size piece of banana and pineapple. Place pineapple on first, then banana and lastly strawberry. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Line a tray with wax paper or parchment paper. Put chopped nuts in small plate to use for dipping. Melt chocolate by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth. Dip cold fruit in chocolate, then into nuts, then place on prepared tray. Chill.last_img read more

The i-House Finds Its Way to Market

first_imgBy spring of last year, manufactured-home specialist Clayton Homes had formally rolled out its i-House line of modular homes, whose basic $75,000 model features one bedroom and one bath in 723 sq. ft.There’s also a 1,023-sq.-ft. two-bedroom version that starts at about $94,000, and buyers looking for yet more space can prep their building site for a Flex Room – a detached 268-sq.-ft. module with a full bath and a deck but no bedroom or kitchen, for about $30,000.With its trailer-like shape, concrete-fiber and metal siding, and metal butterfly roof, the i-House iresembles many of the simple, easily transported homes that have competed in the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. The i-House roof and floor are insulated to R-30 and the exterior walls to R-21. (We’re awaiting word from the manufacturer for details about airtightness.)A debut in GeorgiaWe were reminded of Clayton’s i-House ambitions by a recent Jetson Green post highlighting an open-house event at Green Bridge Farm, an organic farm that includes a 9-lot housing community on 25 acres in Guyton, Georgia, not far from Savannah. The centerpiece of the open house is an i-House, designed to operate at net zero energy, and an adjacent Flex Room. It is one of the first residences built in the development, where lots of 1.2 to 1.6 acres sell for between $50,000 and $55,000 apiece.Except for Denver, Colorado, the i-House hasn’t made it to many climates in the U.S. where the snow load and cold in winter can be severe. And as noted in a blog post on its website, i-House doesn’t meet code in certain states, including Michigan, although it is available in some parts of Canada.According to the website, i-Houses are currently, or will soon be, installed in 10 locations in the U.S.: Fredericksburg, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Knoxville, Tennessee; Denver, Colorado; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Sacramento, California; and Bend, Oregon.last_img read more

OSVehicle unveils modular self-driving car concept

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Autonomous#B2B#driverless#EDIT#featured#modular#OSVehicle#Self-Driving#top IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… OSVehicle, a modular car startup and an alumnus of our sister Readwrite Labs accelerator, has unveiled a self-driving concept called EDIT. The car is aimed at the B2B market and could be a route into affordable autonomous ride-sharing and delivery services.For brands looking to design a unique car for their brand, EDIT has a lot to offer. It is a white-label product, meaning brands can slap their logos on the exterior and change the interior of the car to make it fit for purpose.‘EDIT’ Self-Driving Car by OSVehicle from OSVehicle on Vimeo.An example of this could be a food delivery service outfitting the back of the car with an oven, to keep food warm while in transit. Domino’s has already done this with own delivery vehicle, the DXP, though that still requires a driver.OSVehicle is also making all of the code open source, allowing developers to change and improve the self-driving software. Developers may be able to create apps that work with OSVehicle’s software, streamlining the experience.“We see the potential of a unified modular vehicle for the future of mobility as a service, that will allow car fleets last 10X longer under heavy usage conditions like car and ride sharing and enable hardware upgrade of self-driving, connected car technologies seamlessly,” said Tin Hang, CEO of OSVehicle.See Also: New study shows just a few driverless cars help ease trafficThe startup is backed by Y Combinator and has been working on EDIT for a year now. It is not OSVehicle’s first venture into modular cars, in 2013 it launched the Tabby, which was sold as a car anyone could build in an hour.EDIT is more impressive in its scope, but there’s still no details on the price and slim details on how much brands can change and add to the vehicle.center_img David Curry Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Spreading the Word: Couples retreats provided by the Military

first_imgReferences[1] Tanielian, T. L., Jaycox, L. (2008). Invisible wounds of war: Psychological and cognitive injuries, their consequences, and services to assist recovery. Santa Monica, CA: RAND.[2] Jones, A. D. (2012). Intimate partner violence in military couples: A review of the literature. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17(2), 147-157.[3] Stanley, S.M., Allen, E.S., Markman, H.J. (2010). Decreasing divorce in U.S. Army couples: Results from a Randomized controlled trial using PREP for Strong Bonds. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy: Innovations, 9(2), 149-160.This post was written by Kimberly Quinn, University of Florida M.Ed./M.S. Candidate, 1LT Florida Army National Guard.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Kimberly Quinn, Family Development Research Assistant[Flickr, Holding-Hands by Yowl Ben-Avraham,CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Military couples have a unique set of relationship education resources at their fingertips, but these services may be underutilized. Professionals working with military couples can help by spreading the word. Marriage can be considered a protective factor for post-traumatic stress and depression. For instance, married service members are 46 % less likely to be diagnosed with depression, and 20% less likely to present with post traumatic stress symptoms than their single counterparts [1]. Furthermore, among those returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, service members who were separated or divorced reported higher levels of depression and post-traumatic stress [1]. The typical victim of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the military is under twenty-five years old, is a parent and has been married two years or less [2]. Marriage strengthening can support service members and their spouses while undergoing separations and protect against family violence. Below are examples of programs that are available to military couples, but there may be other programs specific to local installations and communities.Mixon, K. (2013). Marriage Enhancement Programs through the Military Services. Kacy Mixon gives eXtension.org permission to use her personal photo.Click on the program name for direct links:Strong Bonds-contact local chaplainPrevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) -contact installation chaplainMarriage Enrichment Retreats (MER)-contact CREDO siteMarriage Care-contact installation specific programsOperation Military Family–contact program directorMarriage Management-contact program directorlast_img read more

NewsAlert Reporter must give RCMP material about accused terrorist Supreme Court

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says a reporter must give the RCMP material he gathered for stories about an accused terrorist.The decision is likely to be seen as a defeat for media that could leave them vulnerable to serving as investigative arms of the police.In 2014, Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch wrote three articles about the involvement of Farah Shirdon, formerly of Calgary, with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Exchanges between Makuch and Shirdon through a text-messaging service were crucial to the stories.The RCMP obtained a production order under the Criminal Code that directed Vice Media and Makuch to hand over documents and data related to communications with Shirdon.Makuch brought an application to quash the production order, but it was dismissed — a decision upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal and now the Supreme Court.More comingThe Canadian Presslast_img read more