Recipe of the Day

CHICKEN-APRICOT SKEWERS

YIELD: Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup canned light unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons (packed) light brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 cup (loosely packed) cilantro leaves plus sprigs for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped jalapeño (about 1 large; with seeds for more heat)
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into twenty-four 1″ chunks
  • 12 firm ripe small apricots, halved, pitted
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Ingredient info:Look for canned light unsweetened coconut milk at Indian, Latin, and Southeast Asian markets and many supermarkets.
  • Special equipment:Twenty-four 6″ bamboo skewers (soak in water for 1 hour before using)

PREPARATION

Purée first 6 ingredients and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a blender until smooth. Add 1/4 cup cilantro leaves and jalapeño and blend briefly to combine. Transfer 1/2 cup marinade to a small bowl; cover and chill for serving (return to room temperature before using). Place remaining marinade in a resealable plastic bag; add chicken, seal bag, and turn to coat. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight (the longer it marinates, the more flavorful it will be).

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Holding 2 skewers parallel to each other and 1/2″ apart, thread 1 piece of chicken onto skewers, then 1 apricot half. Repeat with 1 more chicken piece and 1 more apricot half (using 2 skewers helps hold the meat and fruit together, preventing them from twirling around when skewers are turned on the grill). Repeat with remaining skewers, chicken, and apricots for a total of 12, each holding 2 pieces of chicken and 2 apricot halves. Season with salt and pepper. Brush apricots with some marinade from bag; discard remaining marinade.

Grill skewers on one side until chicken is well browned, 3-4 minutes. Turn and grill until other side is well browned, 3-4 minutes longer. Move to a cooler part of grill. Cover grill and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a serving platter; sprinkle with cilantro sprigs and peanuts and drizzle with reserved marinade. Serve with lime wedges alongside for squeezing over.

DAILY HOROSCOPES

ARIES.

(March 20 – April 19):

You’re happy to learn that you’ll be released from a debt or obligation but proceed cautiously. There are often strings attached when the Sun trines Pluto.

TAURUS.

(April 20 – May 20):

Change doesn’t threaten your security; it expands it. Don’t let your love of the status quo keep you from thinking outside the box.

GEMINI.

(May 21 – June 20):

Play the cards you’re dealt because they won’t do any good staring back at you from your hand. You’ve got to be in the game to win it.

CANCER.

(June 21 – July 21):

New enterprises are meant to excite you, not make you anxious. It’s true that you’ve been burned in the past, but if anyone can rebound – it’s you!

LEO.

(July 22 – Aug. 22):

A family skeleton rears its ugly head. Don’t flinch. Move closer and examine it in light of present circumstances. You’ll see that it’s lost its fear factor.

VIRGO.

(Aug. 23 – Sept. 22):

You will soon take a trip that will change your life. It promises to broaden your horizons and enrich you as a person.

LIBRA.

(Sept. 23 – Oct. 22):

You’re used to sacrificing to achieve your heart’s desire, but now it looks like you can have it for free. There’s nothing criminal about getting what you deserve.

SCORPIO.

(Oct. 23 – Nov. 21):

People don’t like being backed into corners any more than you do. Give a loved one a chance to explain and he will.

SAGITTARIUS.

(Nov. 22 – Dec. 20):

It looks like things are finally on the upswing finance-wise thanks to the Sun/Pluto trine. Pluto always rewards those who brave its ordeals.

CAPRICORN.

(Dec. 21 – Jan. 19):

More money is going out than is coming in, but hang tight. The equation will reverse itself soon and you’ll be sitting pretty.

AQUARIUS.

(Jan. 20 – Feb. 17):

Braced for a fight, you’re surprised to see an opponent pull up stakes and flee the field. He was on shakier ground than you thought.

PISCES.

(Feb. 18 – March 19):

Every ending carries the seeds of a beginning but even you didn’t expect to see a fresh start spring to life overnight.

Baltimore’s Curfew, State of Emergency Lifted Just In Time for Prince

Prince performs onstage during the "HitnRun" tour at The Fox Theatre on April 9, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan

This weekend, Baltimore residents can party like it’s 1999 AND into the wee hours of the morning without the threat of being arrested for breaking curfew.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Sunday rescinded the city’s weeklong 10 p.m. curfew enacted amid rioting over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody. On Wednesday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted the State of Emergency and said all of the troops and state police had been pulled out; and Prince announced that he’s coming to town for Mother’s Day.

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The New York Times reports that His Royal Badness will premiere his new song “Baltimore” at a “Rally 4 Peace” concert at Royal Farms arena on Sunday, May 10.

“In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.,” reads a statement from promoter Live Nation. “As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence.”

Tickets – ranging from $35 to $225 –

 

Michael Jordan Calms Down Fan After his Bodyguard Pushes Him (Watch)

Michael Jordan and wife Yvette Prieto watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Someone recorded Michael Jordan as he was leaving the Mayweather-Pacquiao on Saturday and calming down a man who became hostile after being pushed by his bodyguard.

It all started when Jordan attempted to leave the MGM Grand. One of Jordan’s bodyguards began clearing people out of the way so that MJ could get to the car. In the process, the bodyguard pushed aside the wrong guy.

Dude started barking at the bodyguard until Jordan managed to step between them and calm things down.

Watch below:

Perhaps this brief exchange would’ve gone unreported had the fight Jordan was leaving been more exciting.

 

Chris Brown, The Jacksons Join ‘American Idol’ Finale; Possible Michael Jackson Theme

From left: Brothers Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Randy Jackson arrive at the 8th Annual BMI Urban Awards at the Wishire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California

It looks like the King of Pop will be celebrated in song during next week’s “American Idol” season 14 finale.

The Fox singing competition announced Wednesday (May 6) that the Jacksons are booked for the May 13 episode.

Also added to the lineup: Chris Brown, Echosmith, Fall Out Boy, Vance Joy, Ricky Martin, Michael McDonald, Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers and Prince Royce, in addition to previously announced performers New Kids on the Block, Pitbull, Jamie Foxx and Steven Tyler, who will hit the stage with top four finalist, Jax.

In addition to the announced talent, there will be performances by all three judges: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. Together, they performed Fleetwood Mac classic “Go Your Own Way” on last year’s season finale.

Next Tuesday’s performance show will be the final battle between the remaining two singers after one is eliminated from the competition.

The two-part grand finale will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood next Tuesday and Wednesday on Fox.

 

Gayle King to ‘L&HHNY’s’ Erica Mena: ‘I’m So Glad You’re Off That Show’

Actress Erica Mena attends the SHOWTIME And HBO VIP Pre-Fight Party for "Mayweather VS Pacquiao" at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas

Erica Mena’s fiancé Shad Moss isn’t the only celebrity happy for her to be done with VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: New York.”

“CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King has an opinion on the matter, expressed relief that she is no longer on the series. Mena revealed King’s tweet via Instagram Tuesday, sharing a picture of the two.

King wrote: “Mena I’m so happy you’re off that show.”

The former reality star added in the caption: “I couldn’t agree with you more.”

 

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Her fiancé, formerly known as Bow Wow, even responded with “Woman power!”

Mena’s last “L&HHNY” episode was during the reunion series. She taped it in a separate interview away from her ex cast mates to avoid any drama.

During the season finale Bow Wow also took to his Facebook to show he was happy Mena left.

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