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Maybe all the drivers should break a bone!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Brad Keselowski’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes continued Saturday, with an improbable victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway — his third win of the season and his second since breaking his left ankle Aug. 3 in a crash during testing at Road Atlanta.

Keselowski grabbed the lead on a restart with 80 laps left in the 500-lap Sprint Cup race and held on to win for the fourth time in his career. The victory all but assured Keselowski of at least a wild-card position in the upcoming Chase.

“Wow — the night race at Bristol!” Keselowski exclaimed after exiting his car in Victory Lane, his broken ankle forgotten. “I used to watch Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt win this race. This is a race of champions. I can’t believe it. There’s races that pay more. There’s races that might have a little more prestige, but this is the coolest damn one of them all.”

Since Keselowski broke his ankle, he has finished first at Pocono, second at Watkins Glen, third at Michigan and first at Bristol.

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Billboard Top Ten Country Singles: 8/25/11

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

1*  Played

Dierks Bentley

4*  Played

Jake Owen

Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Jake Owen

Barefoot Blue Jean Night

5  Played

Luke Bryan

Country Girl (Shake It For M…

Luke Bryan

Country Girl (Shake It For Me)

7  Played

Zac Brown Band Featuring Jimmy Buffett

8*

Rodney Atkins

9*  Played

Toby Keith

Made In America

Toby Keith

Made in America

10*  Played

Keith Urban

Meal and a Movie: Family Night

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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Recipe: Pork Chops with Savory Blueberry Sauce
How long does it take? 25 minutes
It’s fast, bright-tasting, and uses just a few common ingredients. Since the oven is on, it’s easy to throw in a pan of oven fries in addition to the pork chops and have a complete meal. It’s also easy to make just the right number of portions!

Pork Chops with Savory Blueberry Sauce

4 boneless pork chops
1 shallot, finely diced
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 lemon (zest and juice)
2 tablespoons butter
Fresh parsley, roughly chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2. Salt and pepper both sides of each pork chop. Heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in an oven-proof skillet big enough to hold all four pork chops.
3. Brown the pork chops, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove the pan from heat and pop it into the oven. Remove when the pork is just cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
4. While the pork chops are in the oven, prepare the sauce. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
5. Sauté the shallots until soft and golden. Add the wine and water and let boil down for 1-2 minutes.
6. Add the blueberries. When the skins begin to burst, add the lemon zest and juice. Let the sauce continue to boil and thicken until the pork chops are ready.
7. Once the pork chops are ready, remove the pan from the oven and place the pork chops on a cutting board and let them rest while finishing the sauce.
8. Turn the heat off under the saucepan and stir in the butter until it is completely melted. If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt.
9. Serve the pork chops either whole or sliced, topped with the blueberry sauce and fresh parsley. Since the pork chops were finished in the oven, they should still be nice and juicy.

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A new win for a Busch Boy!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Michigan finally unrolled the welcome mat for Kyle Busch, the first official member of the 2011 Chase.

Busch got his first Sprint Cup Series victory at Michigan International Speedway in his 14th start at the two-mile track, holding off Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

“It’s awesome,” Busch said. “That’s what we wanted. We wanted to make sure that we could come out here and win races and have the opportunity to go for broke.”

Busch clinched his berth in the Chase by virtue of the fourth win, which guarantees him at least a wild-card berth in NASCAR’s 10-race playoff.

Johnson chose the outside lane for a restart on Lap 173 and used the clean air to his advantage, pulling away to a lead of more than a second before Busch began to cut into his advantage. On Lap 188, Busch cleared Johnson into Turn 1 with what turned out to be the winning pass.

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Meal and a Movie: Family Night 8/10/11

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Recipe: New Orleans-Style Vegan Muffuletta
How long does it take?
Category: 35 minutes
Name: Lauren
Why is it a favorite meal? A scoop of heavenly olive salad jazzes up a run-of-the-mill roast veggie sandwich, plus lots of other quick weeknight dishes, like pizza and pasta.

New Orleans-Style Vegan Muffuletta

2 loaves Italian bread (or 1 large round loaf if you can find it)
1 eggplant
2 bell peppers
1 can artichoke hearts
1 tomato, sliced
½ cup spinach
Olive salad for garnish (Either purchased from your local Italian market or from the recipe that follows)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional – 2 slices provolone or vegan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400°. Slice the eggplant into ½ inch thick slices and cut the bell peppers into thin strips. Arrange the eggplant slices onto a foil-lined pan, brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange the pepper strips and artichoke hearts on a separate pan, and similarly brush with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Put the eggplant in the oven. After 10 minutes, put the pepper and artichoke heart pan in the oven. Roast all veggies for 20 additional minutes, flipping the veggies with tongs halfway through cooking.

While the veggies are cooling, slice the bread and put the halves in the oven to toast. If you want cheese or vegan cheese, now is the time to add it. Let the bread toast and the cheese melt.

To assemble the sandwich, layer eggplant slices, roasted peppers and artichoke hearts, sliced tomatoes, spinach leaves, and last but definitely not least, a few heaping spoonfuls of olive salad.

Olive Salad
Makes LOTS.

1 21 oz jar green olives with pimentos
1 18 oz jar Giardiniera (mixed pickled vegetables)
1 18 oz. jar pepperocinis
2 carrots
1 red onion
6 stalks celery
1 cup parsley
10 sprigs oregano
6 cloves garlic
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Drain the jars of pickled vegetables, being sure to save the jars (you’ll need them to store your salad) and some of the brine. Finely dice the jarred vegetables, fresh vegetables, parsley, oregano, and garlic. Mix together in a large bowl and add the olive oil and salt and pepper. Store the salad in the jars and add some of the brine. Keep in the fridge until needed, letting the flavors marinate.

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A challange in more ways than one!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Staying out on the track on old tires under a caution with 21 laps left in Sunday’s rain-interrupted Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway, Keselowski pulled away from Kyle Busch after a restart on Lap 185 of 200 to secure his second victory of the season — despite driving with a broken left ankle.

Keselowski, who was injured in a hard crash during testing Wednesday at Road Atlanta, kept Busch at bay over the final 10 laps. With Sunday’s victory — the third of his career — Keselowski’s fortunes took a dramatic turn with respect to the Chase.

Having cracked the top 20, Keselowski is in position to claim the first wild-card spot, being the only driver in positions 11-20 with more than one victory. Keselowski leaves Pocono 18th in the standings, having gained three positions Sunday.

“I’m no hero,” Keselowski said. “The heroes are the guys [who] died in Afghanistan this weekend. I want to spend time thinking about them. They’re my inspiration for this weekend, the things that those guys do.

“I’m glad that we could win today, but those are the heroes. I just drive race cars for a living.”

On a side note, Keselowski’s first win was not by type of victory he wanted, but this one… he won fair and square… by crossing the finish line first.. just the way he wanted to do it!

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Billboard Top Country Singles : 8/4/11

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

1*  Played

Zac Brown Band Featuring Jimmy Buffett

4* Played

Dierks Bentley

7* Played

Luke Bryan

Country Girl (Shake It For M…

Luke Bryan

Country Girl (Shake It For Me)

9* Played

Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

10*  Played

Jake Owen

Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Jake Owen

Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Meal and a Movie: Family Night 7/3/11

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

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Chile Relleno with Pecan Cream Sauce
This is an easier spin on a traditional Mexican dish, Chiles en Nogada. With the lean bison and quinoa it’s a healthy, well-rounded dinner.

Ingredients

4 Poblano peppers (must use this kind of pepper)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 pound of ground Bison (sustainable and leaner)
1/2 white onion, diced
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped (optional)
1 clove garlic, diced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup pecans (may be toasted)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Cook the quinoa with 2 cups water for 15 minutes. While this is cooking, roast the poblanos directly on the flame of the stove or in the oven, turning often. This takes about 10-15 minutes and you can fit 2 poblanos per burner. They are done when they are almost all covered in black. Put them in a paper bag to steam the skin so it comes off easily. When they cool down, rinse them in running water to remove the burned outer layer of skin. At this time, you can also cut one slit in them and rinse out the white seeds inside.

Making the picadillo: Brown the meat in a large pan, and when close to finished, add the onions. Cook for 5 minutes and then add the zucchini, garlic, salt, and cinnamon. Saute another 5 minutes, adding oil if it gets too dry, and add the tomato. Cook for a couple more minutes and turn off the heat. Add the cooked quinoa and cranberries to the pan and mix.

Blend pecans, sour cream, milk, and a dash of salt. An immersion blender is useful for this, but you can also use a food processor or blender. Place the poblano on a plate and fill with the picadillo. Drizzle the sauce on top and serve! The dish is not meant to be hot, the cool poblanos and sauce get warmed up by the filling. It’s great on its own but could be served with black beans or a warm tortilla.

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An unexpected yet well deserved victory!

Monday, August 1st, 2011

When he named Paul Menard as driver of his fourth team prior to this season, Richard Childress knew some would question the decision. After all, he was adding to his championship-contending organization a young driver who had never won on NASCAR’s premier circuit. Childress said. “I’ve been watching Paul ever since he won the Nationwide race [at Milwaukee in 2006]. He doesn’t tear equipment up. He’s consistent. He’s really good — got a cool head on him in all situations. I knew if the right situation came along, we’d win.”

And that situation came along Sunday in one of the biggest races of the NASCAR season, when Menard stretched his final fuel run to a stunning victory in the Brickyard 400. For any driver, it would have been a special moment. For someone like Menard, who’s father, John, has long been active in the Indianapolis 500, who roamed the Brickyard as a kid and watched the inaugural NASCAR race here from a suite in Turn 1, it was a dream realized.

The victory was Menard’s first as a Sprint Cup driver, and it catapulted him into the conversation for a wild-card berth in the Chase. Gordon, who closed rapidly in the final five laps, crossed the finish line .725 seconds behind the season’s fourth first-time winner.

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