Recipe of the Day

Corn and Bacon Pie


Corn and Bacon Pie recipe

Makes 8 servings

This country-style quiche has a crunchy crust, thanks to the whole grain cornmeal.



  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup fine-grind whole grain cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons chilled solid vegetable shortening (preferably with no trans fats), diced
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray


  • 1/2 pound bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Maui)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 12-ounce package frozen corn kernels (2 1/2 cups), thawed, patted dry
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) coarsely grated Gruyère cheese (about 6 ounces)


For crust:
Whisk first 3 ingredients in large bowl. Using back of fork, cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 3 tablespoons ice water. Toss until dough comes together in moist clumps, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Shape dough into disk. Wrap; chill at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish with nonstick spray. Place large piece of parchment paper on work surface. Place dough in center; cover with second sheet of parchment. Roll out dough to 12-inch round. Peel off top parchment. Using bottom parchment as aid, turn dough over into prepared pie dish. Carefully peel off remaining parchment. Fit crust into dish, sealing any tears. Fold excess dough under and crimp edges, forming highstanding rim. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

For filling:
Cook bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings. Add onion and pepper to skillet. Sauté until almost tender, about 8 minutes. Add corn; sauté until very tender, about 3 minutes longer.

Whisk next 6 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Mix in green onions, then corn mixture. Sprinkle bacon, then cheese over bottom of crust. Pour in egg mixture.

Bake pie until filling is golden and just set in center, about 55 minutes. Let pie cool at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour. Serve slightly warm.



March 20 – April 18

This is an extremely powerful period for you. If there was ever a time to be your truest self then it would be now!


April 19 – May 19

You’re ready to stand on your own and to exercise your own authority.


May 20 – June 20

It may feel like a tumble down the rabbit hole, but events today lead to establishing the financial solvency you’ve longed for.


June 21 – July 21

The push to strike out in a new direction is as strong as the pull to stay put. It’s a lot of emotional wear and tear but it drives you into the next stage of your personal evolution.


July 22 – Aug. 21

It’s important to keep an open mind and to follow your vision. It’s not the time to get caught up on whys and wherefores. You don’t want to put the cart before the horse.


Aug. 22 – Sept. 21

Changes in your partner’s or spouse’s life will have dramatic repercussions for you. You could be in a whole new income bracket by your birthday.


Sept. 22 – Oct. 22

Letting go is one of the toughest things you’ve ever done. But instead of losing you will gain even more than you imagined.


Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

Rebirth (like birth) isn’t easy, but what you get on the other side of this is ownership of your life – and it will be ownership on your own terms.


Nov. 21 – Dec. 20

Have faith in yourself and aim high. You were born under the sign of the archer and you will hit the mark if you believe in what you do. Settling for anything else just isn’t tenable.


Dec. 21 – Jan. 18

This is a truly transformative time for you. You are finally realizing your potential in ways that you never thought you could or would.


Jan. 19 – Feb. 17

You’re finally coming into your own. It’s been a long and winding road, but you’ll soon see that the journey has been worth it.


Feb. 18 – March 19

Sometimes it’s the people closest to us that we take for granted. You can turn this around by showing a loved one some love today.


Couple doesn't see the relationship red flagsI think the world of all of my girlfriends. I’m friends with the hands down most accomplished, inspiring, confident and fun women on the whole planet. But, sometimes they come to me with relationship issues that I can’t believe they’re trying to resolve. Literally, they’ll ask me how to handle deal-breaker scenarios and my only advice is to dump the schmuck. So, I realized that if my bright, amazing women friends are tolerating men who are waving red flags like crazy, that means that every single woman out there is ignoring red flag behavior. And it has to stop. So, here are five deal-breaking red flags no woman should ever in a million years ignore.

He talks about his ex A LOT

Unless you met your perfect match as a high school sophomore, chances are that every dude you date has a romantic past. And that past will include ex-girlfriends and maybe even ex-wives. Of course, that’s fine. And it’s fine for you to know that he had a love life before you. What’s not fine is if he’s constantly bringing up exes, either in a longing-for-the-past way or in a really-spiteful-rage-filled way. Both mean that he hasn’t gotten over his ex and no matter how good you are in the present, his past relationships will haunt you two as a couple. Get out while you still can and find a man who is ready for a good woman right now.

You’re jealous…and you’re not a jealous person

Do you feel crazy jealous about your boyfriend? Are you worried that any time you’re not with him, he’s with someone else? Is this a normal set of emotions for you? If you’re not a jealous person and you’re suddenly a green-eyed monster since you started dating your dude, it’s probably because he’s giving you reason to be. And that’s not cool. To have a solid, lasting relationship, you need to be able to trust your partner. If your guy isn’t doing anything to be trustworthy, kick him to the curb.

He won’t talk about the future

If you’ve been dating for three months or more, you should know that this guy you’re your relationship as a long-term commitment. You should feel comfortable talking about the future with him and figuring out how you fit into his five-year plan and how he can fit into yours. Is that not happening? Does he make you feel “crazy” or clingy for trying to talk about the future? Ditch that jabroni and find a man who’s grown up enough to commit.

His friends won’t warm up to you

Are his friends keeping their distance from you for no reason whatsoever? That’s a major red flag. Either he’s friends with all d-bags, which is a red flag, or his friends don’t want to get close to you because he goes through women like toilet paper, which is of course a red flag. If his friends aren’t happy about his coupling off with you and you don’t understand why, it’s probably because your guy isn’t worthy.

He doesn’t make you feel awesome

When you hang out with your boo, can you tell that his number one priority is to make you feel completely awesome or does it seem like he’s out to cut you down? If it’s the latter, get the heck out of that relationship. A quality man wants his woman to feel like a million bucks morning, noon and night. A red-flag waving loser put his woman down so he can feel better about himself. Don’t spend another second with a guy like that.   Have you ever ignored a major red flag and regretted it later? Be honest, here. I think we all have. Tell me about your experience in the comments.

NeNe Leakes: ‘When Is It Ok to Bully Someone, Then Question Retaliation?’


NeNe Leakes out shopping at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, California on April 13, 2014

NeNe Leakes is Team Porsha all the way, saying she isn’t to blame for her beatdown of Kenya Moore during the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion taping.

“I’ve sat through many reunion shows, but this one takes the cake for me!” Leakes wrote on her official website.

Leakes vented that Kenya had nothing to lose at the taping, and provoked Williams the same way she tried to provoke Leakes earlier this season by pulling on her ear during a heated exchange.

“When is it ‘okay’ to BULLY someone, then question retaliation?” she asked, claiming the former Miss USA “taunted, pushed, provoked and lied” all season to get her co-stars to react violently.

“NOT @Porsha4real fault! She was provoked the same way she tried provoking me by pulling my ear n episode 1. Maybe I should press charges,” Leakes wrote on Twitter during Sunday night’s reunion episode.

Civil Rights Group Targets Bravo Over ‘RHOA’ Fight


Civil rights group ColorOfChange has a bone to pick with Bravo over its African-American centered programs in the wake of Sunday’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion, which saw Kenya Moore attacked by Porsha Williams.

“After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises,” reads the statement, obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’ve been in contact with NBCUniversal last week verbally and shared concerns in writing — specifically about this Real Housewives of Atlanta confrontation that was coming up,” Arisha Hatch, campaign director at ColorOfChange, tells THR.

The group would like to see Bravo enact policies similar to what VH1 has in place for “Basketball Wives.” In 2012, the network and producers enacted a no excessive physical confrontations policy for the series’ LA and Miami franchises.

Hatch says ColorOfChange is not calling for the cancellation of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” as the show — violence aside — does contain positive images of African-American women and families.

Read the full statement from ColorOfChange below.

From the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion to the second season of Married to Medicine, the physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.

Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.

Tami Roman on Eric Williams’ Homelessness: ‘Clearly God Doesn’t Like Ugly’


Tami Roman of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” has weighed in on the financial downfall of her former co-star and ex NBA player Eric Williams.

The athlete, who played in the league for 12 seasons, says he’s homeless and in dire financial straits after running through his NBA fortune.

Roman told TMZ that she understands his homeless situation “because I have been there, but clearly God doesn’t like ugly.”

On the show, Eric famously threw a drink in the face of his ex-wife and former cast member Jennifer Williams. [See below.]

Tami adds, “Meanwhile, my girl Jen is being a beauty enjoying her new life and loving her new life.”

Columbus Short Apologizes to Joyner and Morning Show for Using ‘N-word’

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Scandal” actor Columbus Short exclusively sent a statement to Tom Joyner’s website,, to apologize after his “bizarre” interview last week on the Tom Joyner Morning Show went awry including his use of the “n” word. Through his publicist, Short issued a statement directed to Tom Joyner and the show.

The Tom Joyner Morning Show is syndicated and airs weekly on stations across the country from 6am – 10am ET.

The full statement is below:


My sincerest apologies for the confusion over my appearance on your show last Friday morning. I am a longtime supporter and admirer of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and I was looking forward to an opportunity to speak with you and your audience. Unfortunately, the early morning (approximately 5:45AM Pacific Time) following a late-night event had me at what some describe, less than my best.

To clarify a few of my statements:

1. I rarely use the “n” word and I could not have picked a worse time to do so. I deeply apologize for directing it towards you.

2. Regarding my statements about women being insecure, I am a strong believer and supporter of women and I am always amazed by all that our better halves accomplish. I come from a family of strong black women and I would never discredit or minimize their success.
I have the deepest respect for women, their strength and innate beauty. To suggest anything else was never my intent. I simply wanted to emphasize that women have no reason to feel that way and my song, “Gave Ya,” is meant to convey just that.

3. Lastly, just to clarify, I was not high, drunk or otherwise under the influence. I was simply exhausted. After a long day, the early call threw off my schedule. This was no excuse – you and those who support me deserved better.

Please accept my deepest apologies for any misunderstandings for that morning call. It would be an honor to appear on the TJMS in the future to set things right with your audience.”

You can listen to what’s being referred to as Columbus Shot’s  ”bizarre interview,” here.

Taraji P. Henson Shuts Down Rumors She’s Over Black Men (Watch)


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Now who said Taraji P. Henson wasn’t interested in black men?!

That rumor that started after a previous interview on the “The Wendy Williams Show” is untrue!

Yes, she’s dating outside the race, but doesn’t mean she doesn’t still have love for the brothers.

“They [media] said I was done with black men,” Henson told Hip Hollywood while doing interviews for “The Rough.”  “I have a Black son, what are you saying, what does that mean?”

Her words were simply twisted and flipped around. She was talking about her open-mindedness to dating — not excluding black men, but exploring with men from different cultures.

“I said that I have started dating other cultures, so it was a celebration of other cultures and not a put down of my own. That’s stupid. Why would I say I’m done with Black men. That’s dumb.”

She’s excited about not only dating outside the race, but dating men from different cultures and ethnicities.

“I’m dating. I can’t say that I’m done totally with American men but I am very excited about my finds over [in Europe],” she told Wendy Williams. “I think there is a cultural difference with men from other countries. They are not as bitter and jaded and closed up as a lot of the men here. I’m not saying all men, I can’t say that I’m done with American man, I’ll never say that,” she told Williams.

Watch the interview below:

The Tatum Talks: An Open Letter to Shonda Rhimes Regarding Columbus Short

Dear Ms. Rhimes,

I could be wrong, but I get the sneaky suspicion you want to hear our opinions on the following matter.  Here goes …

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It hurts me to say type this but, Columbus Short needs his walking papers, STAT.  His time as dapper Harrison Wright–the fast-talking, impeccably groomed, right-hand gladiator to Olivia Pope–should come to an unfortunate end.  When one’s scandals off the small screen cause the art of a show like yours to be imitated in one of your cast member’s life, it’s time to get to fixin’.

Before I go any further, I’d like to apologize to you.  I was really upset about the lack of development his role was receiving.  All of this time, I thought you let Harrison roam around in a barren, one-dimensional land while every other characters on the show got in-depth narratives.  One of the many reasons I adore your show is the attention to detail you give to each character and their back stories.  You promised that we would get to know much more about Liv’s die-hard sidekick after the winter finale, yet outside of him carrying on with Mama Pope’s minion leading up to the season’s finale, we still knew little more about Harrison other than what was disclosed in season one.  I couldn’t understand why his presence waned more and more each week.

Then this happened.  Then This.  Then THIS.

It is clear that Mr. Short is not well.  I would assume he has an issue with substance abuse, mental illness or a combination of the two which means this situation will only get worse before it gets better.  As much as I’d like to see Harrison’s prequel, I need Short to get gone because it is quite simply the right thing to do.  Moral clauses were created for a reason, and if ever there were cause to incite one, it is when fully grown men threaten and beat their wives in front of their helpless children.  Not only will his continued employment hurt the show’s reputation, I believe many of your fans will turn the channel before turning a blind eye to his abusive behavior.  (Maybe, certain professional sports organizations will follow suit.)

In closing, I do applaud the way you and your team have handled this situation artistically so far.  I believe the cliff hanger of whether or not Harrison survives is a great insurance policy on Short’s future.  On one hand, if Columbus stays out of jail and decides to get some help during the hiatus, Harrison can easily squirm his way out of his near-death scenario in the fall.  At the same time, I imagine you’re giving the show’s loyalists time to sound off on whether or not we want him back either way.  Consider my vote cast.

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Tanya Tatum is the opinionated host of “The Tatum Talks,” a live Blog Talk Radio show focusing on African-American interests.  Feel free to join in on the weekly madness every Wednesday night from 9-10p EST at and daily at  Follow her @TheTatumTalks on Twitter.

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