Recipe of the Day

Chicken Under a Brick


Chicken Under a Brick recipe

Makes 4 servings

Remember: Spatchcock is not a dirty word. In fact, it’s the speediest, easiest way to grill a whole bird. Also known as butterflying, the technique (see above) exposes lots of skin directly to the heat, guaranteeing thorough browning and crisping— coaxed further by pressing with bricks. Spatchcocked chicken, delicious on its own, is also great Garlicky Mayonnaise , Charred Tomatillo Salsa Verde , or Zingy Red Sauce .


  • 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, backbone removed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • Special equipment:2 bricks wrapped in foil


Prepare grill for high, indirect heat (for a charcoal grill, bank coals on 1 side of grill; for a gas grill, leave 1 or 2 burners off).

Place chicken on work surface, skin side up. Using your palms, press firmly on breastbone to flatten breast.

Rub chicken with oil; season with salt and pepper. Tuck wings slightly under breast. Place chicken, skin side down, over indirect heat, set bricks on top, and grill, covered, until skin is golden and crisp, 25-30 minutes. Using tongs, remove bricks; turn chicken, skin side up. Replace bricks and continue grilling until chicken is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, 25-30 minutes longer.

how to spatchcock:Using kitchen shears, cut chicken along both sides of backbone to remove it. Flip chicken over. Press down on the breastbone until you hear it crack. Too chicken? Ask your butcher to do it for you.


Tank - Hope This Makes You Love Me

Tank is in a strong and confident place with his upcoming album Stronger, due August 12.

But, the R&B singer/songwriter is having a moment of insecurity on the brand new ballad “Hope This Makes You Love Me.”

“Look at me I’m such a mess / And I normally would keep this all to myself / All my heart is filled with pain / And I normally wouldn’t cry, but I’m gon let it rain,” he softly sings over the sparse production.

Tank has already released 3 songs off the new album, the celebratory lead single “You’re My Star,” the introspective ballad “Stronger,” and the dance-floor ready “Dance With Me.”

Take a listen to the brand new song below, and if you pre-order the album on iTunes now you will get all 4 songs immediately.

New Music: Smokey Robinson feat. Mary J. Blige – Being With You


Legendary artist, songwriter, producer Smokey Robinson is bringing something special to new and old fans this summer with the upcoming release of his new duets album Smokey & Friends, due out August 19 via Verve Records.

The LP includes a roster of contemporary and classic artists who revisit the best loved songs from Robinson’s unmatched catalog of hits, including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.

On the Randy Jackson-produced set, Robinson is joined by old friends like James Taylor, Sir Elton John, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, and Mary J. Blige, as well as with some of today’s hottest artists including John Legend, John Mayer, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, CeeLo, Ledisi and Jessie J.

Mary J. Blige has joined Smokey for a duet of his mega hit single “Being With You,” from his 1981 album of the same name.

Mary and Smokey’s vocals compliment one another perfectly on the contemporized version, which feels like a new classic. Take a listen below!

New Music: Ray J – Unkut 2 (Mixtape)


Controversial singer and reality star Ray J is back with a brand new mixtape Ray J: Unkut 2, presented by Young California.

The 17-track project boasts new original songs and guest interludes from Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Nas and more. Ray has also released a music video for one of the new tracks “Never Shoulda Have Did That.”  Similar to his previous hits “One Wish” and “Sexy Can I,” the song is autobiographical and chronicles some of Ray’s past experiences.

“For me the song is about recognizing where I am in my life now and thinking about some of the things I’ve done that I have come to regret,” said the star. He continued, “This song is my way
of moving forward.”

Additionally, Ray J is working on a brand new album, and has a new TV partnership on the way.

Follow the jump to stream the new mixtape and watch the video for “Never Shoulda Have Did That.”


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VH1 Renews ‘Hit the Floor’ for Season 3


VH1 has renewed its cheerleading drama “Hit The Floor” for a third season.

The show’s current second season is a ratings success and huge on social media, especially among women, notes Susan Levison, EVP of original programming and production. “We look forward to seeing what kind of trouble the Devil Girls will get into next season.”

The series follows Ahsha, who comes face-to-face with the drama behind the scenes of a professional NBA cheerleading team.

The second season of “Hit The Floor” will wrap on August 11 with season three expected to premiere in May of 2015 with 10 new episodes.

Matt Barnes Thanks Supporters in Capture of Aunt’s Killer

NBA player Matt Barnes attends Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

The man suspected of murdering the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers player Matt Barnes was captured by police in Sacramento, and the athlete is thanking the concerned citizen who tipped off the cops.

“We are so grateful to everyone who helped us — from spreading the word thru social media to calling the Sacramento PD with your citizen tips,” he tweeted, according to TMZ.

He added, “It was a citizen tip that led police to Michael Williams’ very location late this morning. Thank you again for allowing me to be my auntie’s voice and to help bring this suspect in. Also, thank you to the Sac PD!”

Michael Williams mugshot

Barnes went to social media and begged his fans to be on the lookout for Michael Williams, the estranged ex-husband of the victim.

Cops believe Williams is a transient and the victim (Matt’s aunt) was going to visit him when he snapped and stabbed her to death on the streets of Sacramento on July 8th.

Now, the Sacramento PD has confirmed, “Michael Williams, suspect in the 24th street homicide, is in police custody thanks to a citizen tip. He was located in the Sacramento area.”

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