Balsamic Blackberry Chicken

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 tsp. fresh thyme chopped
1/4 cup onion, diced
1.5 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp. seedless blackberry preserves
salt and pepper

Heat some oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot.  On the side, sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook through, about 5 minutes per side or until done. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.

Add the onions to the pan and saute until translucent. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and blackberry preserves. Stir continuously until the preserves melt. Spoon the sauce over the chicken to serve.

Serve with a tossed green salad and brown rice.


-Chef CEO

Curry Chicken Pot Pies

For the culinary enthusiasts out there, here’s a recipe created by a Black man (yes, brothers can get down in the kitchen too) and my mouth is already watering at the ingredient list. Try pairing this dish with a salad and white wine for a quick midweek meal.

3 to 4 chicken pieces(preferably breast or thighs, boneless/skinless) cut into chunks
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. curry
½ tbsp thyme
1/2 tsp. powdered allspice
1 lemon
3 cloves garlic
3 stalks scallions (green onions)
1 med. onion, diced sm.
1/2 red pepper
2 red potatoes diced into 1/2″ pieces
1 1/2 cups of frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots, & corn) thawed
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. hot sauce (optional)
1 tbsp. soy sauce, (optional)
1 tube/can Pillsbury pastry puffs OR buttermilk biscuits
Ramekin bowls

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Wash chicken off with water and lemon and marinate with dry ingredients
Let it sit for about a hour(in the fridge). Place evoo in frying pan on high. Place the chicken, onions and garlic, and lightly brown, on med heat, for 20 minutes. Add veggies, potatoes, and a cup of water to mix and pour over chicken. Simmer on low for 1 hour. Taste it while it’s cooking and add more curry, salt, or pepper if you feel it needs more kick! Add a tbsp or so of flour to get it good and thick. Set aside to cool. Prepare the ramekin bowls by spraying them with cooking spray. Pour chicken mix into each bowl. Take the pastry puffs or biscuits and roll them out, but not too flat, just enough to cover the ramekin and overlap around the sides. Rub a little oil or cooking spray over the top. Place them on a sheet pan to keep from dripping on the inside of your stove and bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Cover them with aluminum foil if they begin to brown too quickly.
Take them out of the oven and allow them to cool before devouring them. Enjoy!

-Chef CEO

Can Success Leave You Lonely? The Black Male Perspective

Can success leave you lonely?  That depends on what type of companionship you seek as a person.  From the male point of view, I don’t think a successful man will ever be too lonely due to the fact that being successful is a quality that attracts women.  It may not be the long-term relationship type of women, but there will be someone around.  Whether they are on that man’s level of success is not a big concern to most; as men we feel that we should be the breadwinner in most instances.  In my opinion, it’s not the accomplishments of men and women that separate us, but the ills of society that tend to brainwash us into believing that you need someone of equal status as your counterpart. There has never been an example of a man who is very successful not  reaching down and dealing with someone not on their  “level”. Now if the situation were reversed, there would be plenty of backlash for a successful woman taking on the burden of a man.

So what can be done from this point? I feel like everyone needs to do away with stereotypes, prejudice, and judge everyone one on a case-by-case basis.  Statistics show that black women make up 71% of all black graduates.  This statement is misleading since it implies that all black female graduates end up being successful in their careers.  This is also misleading because success can be attained without a college education.  The real issue is compatibility: people fail to sync themselves with someone who is their complement and not their competition.

Can Success Leave You Lonely?

Lorraine Hansberry said “The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” At the height of our success Hansberry’s statement seems to ring more true than ever, even though she was lesbian. A 2010 publication reports sistas make up 71 percent of black graduate students. Blogs, articles and studies highlight the phenomena. Sistas, as we achieve more success are we less likely to marry?

Before we can begin to answer the ultimate question, we have to take a few steps back to grasp the big picture. Is the data even correct? If so, what can be done to salvage black love?

Research can be biased so before I would even begin to examine the research methods and results, it would suffice to investigate who conducted such studies and what they were trying to prove. If the research is correct, who benefits and who suffers from such findings? Data can be skewed to suggest whatever it is the researchers intend for it to suggest. If you look at what such research does to the psyche, it may validate how many black women feel about being successful and lonely, as well as how they feel about their male counterparts. Such findings may leave black women feeling as if they should give up hope of finding a successful black mate, therefore hindering black progress.

Being somewhat of a conspiracy theorist, I believe it benefits certain groups if black women give up on black love – especially successful black women. If the data is correct, who is responsible for the demise of black families? Are black men to blame for their lack of success? Are black women to blame for becoming too successful? Or is the state of our unions the result of living in an oppressive society? I don’t believe any sole entity is responsible but rather a combination of many entities. To suggest men are to blame, or women, or society is what hinders our progress. The real issue is: what can be done from this point forward to improve the current state of of our relationships? After all, black is black love.

A friend of mine had a very interesting theory. He said sistas don’t give brothas enough time to get their business straight before they kick ’em to the curb. It seems to me he may be blaming women for his shortfalls. He’s in his early forties, barely has a job,  just got his car impounded and is in the middle of a divorce. Could it be that as a woman gains knowledge and raises her expectations, the less likely she is to settle for less?