Recipe of the Day

Lamb Pot Roast with Oranges and Olives

 

Lamb Pot Roast with Oranges and Olives recipe

yield
Makes 8 servings

This meltingly tender and richly flavored roast has true star appeal. Show off even more by making your own beef stock .

ingredients

  • 1 4–5-pound boneless lamb shoulder
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 mandarin oranges or tangerines, unpeeled, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup Taggiasca or other fruity, brine-cured black olives, pitted, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh savory or rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 cup tomato purée

preparation

Holding knife parallel to work surface, cut lamb lengthwise, following seam where bone was removed and stopping about 1/2″ before you get all the way through. Open lamb like a book and season all over with salt and pepper. Close, wrap tightly in plastic, and chill at least 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Open lamb and arrange garlic on bottom half, leaving a 1″ border. Top with orange slices and olives. Sprinkle with savory and red pepper flakes. Close lamb and tie at 1″ intervals with kitchen twine.

Place lamb on a wire rack set inside a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until nicely browned, 30–40 minutes. Remove lamb from oven.

Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Carefully transfer lamb to a large heavy ovenproof pot and add stock, wine, and tomato purée. Cover and braise lamb, basting with braising liquid every 30 minutes, until golden brown and fork-tender, 2 1/2–3 hours. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.

Transfer lamb to a cutting board and let rest at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve with braising liquid.

DO AHEAD: Lamb can be seasoned 1 day ahead; keep chilled. Lamb can be braised 2 days ahead; cover and chill.

DAILY HOROSCOPES

ARIES

March 20 – April 18

It isn’t always easy to be fair when you’re feeling foul. It will be nice to see that your heroic effort is appreciated today.

TAURUS

April 19 – May 19

Are you pushing someone away because you’re afraid of getting too close? If so, then straighten out these mixed signals now before it’s too late.

GEMINI

May 20 – June 20

It’s when tempers are tense that you need to watch what you say. You tend to be provocative. Insinuate, don’t agitate.

CANCER

June 21 – July 21

Don’t let today’s rare Venus/Jupiter trine go to waste. Profitable contacts are out and about and you want to meet and greet them.

LEO

July 22 – Aug. 21

Some reshuffling of finances is in order. Not only will this allow for more breathing room, but you may even discover a lower interest rate along the way.

VIRGO

Aug. 22 – Sept. 21

You’ve been too preoccupied to notice that someone’s been checking you out. If interested, offer an opening. You’ll find a taker.

LIBRA

Sept. 22 – Oct. 22

You have two potential suitors, but only one will go the distance. Skip the obvious choice and go with the underdog instead.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

There’s nothing wrong with wearing your heart on your sleeve. If anything, you should be more obvious. People think you’re tougher than you really are.

SAGITTARIUS

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PISCES. (Feb. 18 – March 19): Ready to take a chance on love? The Venus/Jupiter trine says you are. Even if things don’t pan out, it’s better than sitting on the fence watching the world go by.

Nas, Alicia Keys Rock Tribeca Film Festival’s Opening Night (Pics)

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Nas was on hand at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday, where his documentary “Time is Illmatic” played as the opening night selection.

With Alicia Keys on piano, the rapper also performed for the Beacon Theater crowd, which practically sang the entirety of the rapper’s classic 1994 album “Illmatic,” according to Variety. The movie tells the story of how the groundbreaking record set Nas on course for rap royalty.

Musician Alicia Keys performs onstage at the Opening Night Concert during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 16, 2014 in New York City

Musician Alicia Keys performs onstage at the Opening Night Concert during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 16, 2014 in New York City

Per Variety:

“I only got involved recently,” Nas said, of the Tribeca-financed film. “But I’m happy I did.” He wouldn’t specific how long he filmed for. “I gave them … more than one day,” he said.

First-time director One9 said that the Nas film was a labor of love, which he started working on 10 years ago. “I never dreamed this,” One9 said of his Tribeca debut. And he explained his name as such: “I grew up as a street artist — one is the beginning; nine is completion.”

(L-R) Screenwriter Erik Parker, Rapper Nas, Actor Nate Parker, and Filmmaker One9 attend the "Time Is Illmatic" Premiere after party during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival sponsored By Hennessy VS and Beats Music at Providence on April 16, 2014 in New York City.

The film’s credited writer, Erik Parker, added that his job title wasn’t meant to be taken literally. “We did everything from PA work to producing to directing,” Parker said, noting that the film’s budget ranged from “zero to zero to zero.”

“I don’t want say what it wound up being, but we started out of out pocket,” One9 said. “It was never enough.”

Before the screening, Nas’ younger brother Jungle felt nervous about his big-screen debut. “I don’t want nobody’s feelings to get hurt,” Jungle said. “I just told the truth a lot about my life. Nas shouldn’t get mad, and I’m not going to get mad.”

Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal introduced the film along with De Niro. The after-party was held at the midtown’s Providence NYC nightclub, where Nas was whisked upstairs to a VIP room. “I want to thank Robert De Niro,” Nas said earlier on-stage. “He plays me in the movies.”

Tribeca Film Festival Co-founder Robert De Niro (L) and Grace Hightower attend the "Time Is Illmatic" Opening Night Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 16, 2014 in New York City

Tribeca Film Festival Co-founder Robert De Niro (L) and Grace Hightower attend the “Time Is Illmatic” Opening Night Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 16, 2014 in New York City

As for De Niro himself – he admitted that he didn’t have a favorite Nas song – “No” he said when asked if he was familiar with the rapper’s lyrics. Then he put his finger to his lips: “Shhh!”

In fact, De Niro admitted to not having seen any of this year’s selections at the Tribeca Film Festival. “I haven’t seen any. I’m trying to see them now. For me, it’s harder to see the movies,” he told Variety.

Rapper Nas performs onstage at the Opening Night Concert during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (The event was sponsored by Hennessy)

 

LeBron James Tops NBA Jersey Sales, Kevin Durant a Close Second

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LeBron James once again has the NBA’s best-selling jersey, but Kevin Durant is as close as he has ever been to the top, finishing the regular season in second place for the first time, reports ESPN.

The rankings are based on sales during the season at NBAStore.com, figures that were released by the league on Thursday.

Despite playing in only six games this season, Kobe Bryant still finished in third in jersey sales. Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who played in only 10 games, finished fourth, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry rounded out the top five.

Thanks in part to James, who has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the league, the Heat are the best-selling team. The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics finished second, fifth and sixth in merchandise sales, respectively, despite all missing the playoffs.

A surprise to the jersey list is San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan, who squeaked into the top 15 at No. 14. It’s the first time Duncan has been in the top 15 since 2007.

Mimi Faust Breaks her Silence on Sex Tape with Nikko Smith

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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith‘s sex tape has been the talk of the week.

Faust probably loves the attention surrounding her sex tape (she did make a deal with Vivid Entertainment).

But with negative responses and backlash, Faust had to respond sooner than later. And she did respond… well… sort of.

She responded with the Instagram meme below:

So there it is! No one talking negatively about her pays her bills, so she wants her haters to hush!

But if anyone is paying her bills, she is! The reality star reportedly made $100,000 off of her sex tape.

Nevertheless, maybe she did see the backlash coming with this Instagram meme below:

Well, if anything is for sure, Faust and Smith are enjoying their life together.

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The couple were recently seen out at an Atlanta nightclub. And she doesn’t seem worried about anything.

MiMi & Nikko: Scandal In Atlanta” will be released later this month.

RHOA’s Porsha Williams Surrenders on Battery Charge, Released on Bail

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You can now add Porsha Williams’ mug shot to the huge pile of booking photos taken by “Real Housewives” stars.

The “Atlanta” cast member turned herself in to the Fulton County Sheriff Wednesday night to be booked for simple battery, a misdemeanor. TMZ obtained the mug shot, “taken with full hair and makeup,” the site noted.

An arrest warrant was issued for Porsha stemming from the brawl she had with Kenya Moore while shooting RHOA.

Porsha was released immediately after posting her $2,000 bail. She paid in cash.

Cassie Blasts Blogger Sandra Rose: ‘You Are A Disgusting Heartless Human Being!’

cassieDiddy’s girlfriend, Cassie, is not a person you want mad at you.

The singer’s anger was directed towards blogger Sandra Rose, who compared Cassie to the late socialite, Peaches Geldof. The 25-year-old model/journalist and daughter of rocker Bob Geldof, died earlier this month at her home in Wrotham, Kent, UK. The cause of her death is still unknown at this time.

Cassie, who was recently sick shared her home remedy over Instagram for a stomach bug. Rose’s upsetting blog soon appeared after she saw a photo of Cassie with the remedy, which consisted of Gypsy Cold Care tea, ginger tea and Makuna Honey.

“Nurses and doctors study long hours burning the midnight oil for years just so we can earn a professional degree that tells a state we are qualified to be licensed,” Rose wrote before she singling out Cassie and her remedy. “Then along comes clueless folk like pseudo singer Cassie Ventura who has been sick for 3 days with Ebola-like symptoms. Instead of going to see a doctor, she calls Boomqusiha from around the way who advises her to swallow a concoction of herbs, plants, citrus fruit and marijuana seeds to cure what ails her.” Rose then concludes on her own that Geldof passed away as a result of the same kind of ignorance. “Then we wonder why young people like Peaches Geldof suddenly drop dead? #RIP.”

Needless to say, Cassie was not thrilled with the comparison as she aired out her feelings on Rose and her disrespect of Geldof with the following post on Instagram:

@sandrarose … A friend of mine sent me a bulls**t article you wrote about me today. At first I laughed it off as always but then, at the end, you compared me taking care of my sickness to Peaches Geldof passing this week, as if that’s my fate (God rest her soul). YOU are disgusting. THE POOR GIRL JUST PASSED!! Let her rest in Peace and don’t wish death on me. You are not a journalist. You are an angry little girl or old maid, who knows? I’m assuming you aren’t getting paid and maybe that’s why you sound so angry?? If you are getting money off of that over opinionated blog, someone needs to start a petition for you to no longer have a job. When I looked through more of your posts I realized that you just sound like you’re PMSing or maybe it’s menopause Whatever it is, I think it’s in your best interest to go see someone about it and keep my name off of your disgusting blog. What really f**ked me up was the fact that on your twitter you brought up @dkbwear who just passed as well, it wasn’t that you reported it, it was your delivery. YOU ARE A DISGUSTING HEARTLESS HUMAN BEING and all I can do is pray for you. How sad it is that you choose to live in such a negative light. I always ignore the bulls**t but you touched on some topics that are just so wrong. You don’t deserve an opinion about society anymore. Next time I see you lingering in Atlanta club like a creeper, I’ll tell you to your face.

Pat Houston’s Restraining Order Extended Against Nick Gordon

(L-R) Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina and Pat Houston in happier times

Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law has been granted an extension to a restraining order she obtained against the husband of the late singer’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Pat Houston requested a protection order against Nick Gordon in March following an alleged altercation at a family party. A judge ordered Gordon to stay away from Pat – Whitney’s former manager and executor of her estate – through a temporary restraining order, which has now been extended for 12 months.

Bobbi’s hubby is banned from contacting Houston or anyone in her immediate family and faces jail if he comes within 200 yards of them.

Shower Rod from Mimi Faust’s Sex Tape in Hot Demand

mimi faust shower rodApparently, a third star has emerged from the Mimi Faust/Nikko Smith sex tape – her shower rod.

According to TMZ, the bar that was able to withstand Mimi’s sexual acrobatics is in high demand across the country, and Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, and Walmart hae been struggling to keep up ever since the trailer for the sex tape hit the web.

TMZ reports:

We called employees at each of the major retailers (from Georgia to Cali) and we’re getting the same story — ever since the trailer for Mimi’s sex tape came out, people have been racing to purchase their own super-strong shower rods to recreate the Mimi experience.

And supplies are running out — a customer at one Home Depot in Georgia tells us, they were totally sold out of Mimi-strength shower rods.

This is a real thing — a Twitter search for “Mimi shower rod” shows an endless list of people trying to get their hands on one. There’s even a Twitter account dedicated to it (@MimiShowerRod). And don’t even get us started on the Vine videos.

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