Stuck at home and don’t know how to cook? This professional chef is here to help

Anyone know how to cook? With more and more restaurants closing their dining rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic, many people are going to have to rely on cooking their own meals. Whether you’re an experienced cook or a complete novice, it’s likely that you’re going to be spending more time in the kitchen. Chef Richard Ingraham, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade’s personal chef and author of the cookbook “Eating Well to Win, Inspired Living Through Inspired Cooking,” spoke with Fox News and gave some pointers about keeping things fresh in the kitchen. “I like to keep fresh vegetables, a variety of spices like curry, cumin, five spice powder, and lean meats like chicken breast, and fresh salmon in my kitchen,” he explained when asked about the best items to keep around the house. Since many people may have to figure out what to make for dinner with whatever they already have, Ingraham gave some tips on what to cook. “I love casseroles,” he said. “I believe in not wasting anything if I can help it. If I have left over chicken. I’d cut it up and sauté it with some onions and garlic. Add in pasta sauce, vegetables, cooked pasta and cheese. Mix it up, put it in a casserole dish and bake it. Now you can feed your whole family a new and improved way of eating that chicken.” He also explained that “it doesn’t take a lot to make dinner interesting.” “Sometimes it’s all in preparation. Take asparagus for instance. Instead of steaming or sautéing them, coat them in eggs, a mixture of breadcrumbs and seasonings. Bake the asparagus at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes until golden. What a great side dish.” “The trick to being successful in the kitchen is organization,” Ingraham explained. “Measure out all your ingredients and have them ready to go before you start. The worst thing in the world is to start the cooking process and having to stop and get an ingredient. Get organized and have success in your kitchen. ” He also provided Fox News with a recipe for toffee brownies, in case anyone is looking to get in the kitchen right away. Just click here:

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Joe Biden Claims He Became a Professor ‘When I Left U.S. Senate’

Democrat presidential front runner Joe Biden confused his own personal history while talking with a student on Wednesday. Biden fielded a question from an 18-year-old journalist, and in an apparent attempt to relate to the student, Biden said, “When I left the United States Senate, I became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.” According to Penn’s website, Biden became “the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor” at Penn after he left the Obama administration in 2017. “Professor” Biden never actually taught a class. The Daily Pennsylvanian reported in 2017: “We are thrilled to have Vice President Biden here at Annenberg,” Annenberg Dean Delli Carpini said in a statement. “Although he is not scheduled to teach a formal course at this time, we are certain that there will be opportunities for our students to benefit from his presence at Penn.” In fact, a spokesperson for the former vice president said Biden won’t be teaching at all. “He will not be teaching classes,” Biden spokesperson Kate Bedingfield told The Daily Pennsylvanian on Tuesday morning. Biden’s work with Penn will be based out of Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Bedingfield added. In February, Red State reported on the staggering amount Biden was paid to not teach a class: “…he was paid a ton of money for what looks like about four speeches a year each in 2017 and then in 2018. For that, he got $776,527.”

Why on Earth would Joe be so brazen in his exaggeration of his post-Obama years as VP?  The man is running for President, and EVERYTHING he says or does is fact-checked and put under a microscope.  Crazy ol’ Joe has been in politics for 40+ years.  So, he’s not new to the game.  There’s no excuse for this kind of silliness.  The only two explanations I can come up with are… #1)  He thinks we’re just too stupid to catch such brazen lies and exaggerations…or 2) He really IS getting senile, and isn’t mentally fit to be President.  By him saying his supposed tenure as a professor happened after he left the “Senate,” and not his eight years as Vice President, only adds to that suspicion.  We suspect that the Trump campaign will attack Biden on both fronts…and they should.  Joe is an easy target.

Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos Halts Collections Actions Against Student Loan Defaulters

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has directed the Federal Student Aid (FSA) office to halt collection actions and wage garnishments against students who have defaulted on their education loans. According to a press release, DeVos’s department will refund more than $1.8 billion to more than 830,000 students in default in order to provide assistance during the coronavirus crisis. DeVos said in a statement: ” These are difficult times for many Americans, and we don’t want to do anything that will make it harder for them to make ends meet or create additional stress. Americans counting on their tax refund or Social Security check to make ends meet during this national emergency should receive those funds, and our actions today will make sure they do.” The period of flexibility is retroactive from March 13, the date President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, and will continue for at least 60 days from that date. The education department has halted all requests to the U.S. Treasury to deny funds from defaulted borrowers’ federal income tax refunds, Social Security payments, and other “Treasury offsets.” DeVos has also instructed private collection agencies to stop their activities to obtain payments from student borrowers. Trump announced students with federal loans would automatically have their interest rates dialed back to 0 percent for a period of at least 60 days. Students may also suspend their loan payments for at least two months to allow greater flexibility during the emergency situation. Education department site studentaid.gov states: ” To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment.” Students and families with further questions about their federal student aid during school closures can visit the same site for assistance. Just click here:

 

Elton John to host ‘FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America’ to benefit coronavirus charities

Fox Corporation and iHeartMedia have teamed up to provide entertainment and support for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic with a special event on Sunday night hosted by music legend Elton John. “FOX Presents the IHeart Living Room Concert for America” will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on all FOX platforms and iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide. The special concert event will pay tribute to front-line medical professionals working to treat coronavirus patients, first responders, and local heroes while soliciting donations from viewers and listeners. The commercial-free event will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and others, all playing from their homes on their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved as Americans adapt to social distancing. The special event will support Americans who have been resilient as the nation attempts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Viewers will be encouraged to support two of the many charitable organizations helping victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation. The benefit special will air in the timeslot originally scheduled for “iHeartRadio Music Awards,” which was postponed as a result of the growing pandemic. FOX will offer the event across all of its linear and digital platforms. Last week, Fox Corporation announced it would provide everyone in America unlimited free access to Fox News Channel and FOX Television Stations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Very cool!   Thanks to Fox Corp for putting this together.  Excellent!!    🙂

Dr. Birx Suggests U.S. Response Is Reducing the Coronavirus Rate

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, indicated on Wednesday that novel coronavirus infection rate predictions suggesting the deadly and highly contagious disease will infect about half the U.S. population are overblown and needlessly frightening the American people. She indicated that the U.S. response, including the actions of the federal government and the public, would prevent the infection rate from reaching those levels. The only way the coronavirus would infect about half of the population is if people do nothing, and “every American is doing something,” she said. Her comments came during the daily coronavirus press briefing at the White House. She said: ” [T]hose projections … that implied that 60 percent or 50 percent of the population would get infected, I want to be very clear. The only way that happens is this virus remains continuously moving through populations in this cycle, and the fall cycle, and another cycle. So, that’s the three cycles with nothing being done. … You can get to those numbers if you have zero controls and you do nothing. And we know that every American is doing something.” “I think the [infection rate] numbers that have been put out there are actually very frightening to people,” Dr. Birx declared. Some news outlets have suggested the infection rate in the U.S. will be as high as 70 percent of the U.S. population, while others place the figure at about 50 percent.

Thanks Dr Birx for putting the dominantly liberal mainstream media in their place.  All the liberal media has been doing from day one is hype this thing unnecessarily.  We’re grateful for Dr. Birx’s steady hand and leadership.  Outstanding!   🙂

Apple secures 10 million masks for US health care workers

Apple has secured 10 million masks for U.S. health care workers and is donating millions more to countries globally as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and strain manufacturing chains for the medical supplies. Tim Cook, the tech giant’s CEO, announced the news in a video tweeted out Wednesday afternoon. The video was filmed from Cook’s home. “Apple has sourced, procured and is donating 10 million masks to the medical community in the United States,” Cook said. Cook also encouraged everyone to follow instructions from public health officials by staying home if possible and keeping at least six feet between themselves and anyone else if they must leave the house. Other tech firms, including Facebook, have stepped up to say they will donate the much-needed masks or provide assistance in manufacturing respirators. All of these items are in short supply, and in many cases countries and states are competing against one another to get their own.

Excellent!  Thanks to Tim Cook, and the folks at Apple, for stepping up in a big way.    🙂

Starbucks offering free coffee to front-line responders amid coronavirus outbreak

Starbucks may have drastically modified service in response to the coronavirus outbreak, but its operational locations are still hoping to fuel front-line responders. On Wednesday, Starbucks announced that it would be offering a free tall coffee — hot or iced — to front-line workers through May 3, adding that the move was directly inspired by employees who were already finding ways to give back to their local communities. “Over the last few weeks, partners have found ways to support those who are keeping our communities safe – particularly responders on the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Starbucks wrote in a news release shared Wednesday. “Building on this commitment, Starbucks announced it will offer free coffee to frontline workers until May 3.” In the past few weeks, Starbucks said it has observed employees (or “partners”) helping out their local first responders and healthcare workers by organizing deliveries, coffee donations, or even just sending messages of support. “I am inspired by our Starbucks store partners around the world who proudly wear the green apron and who are rising to the occasion. They demonstrate our resilience and our commitment to the communities we serve,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in an open letter to employees shared on Sunday. In the same release announcing its deal for front-line responders, Starbucks further confirmed that it had donated $500,000 total to Operation Gratitude and Direct Relief, two organizations that work to help those same responders. Earlier this month, Starbucks locations in the U.S. had closed all seating areas to customers in response to the growing global outbreak of COVID-19, while still allowing for carryout, drive-thru and delivery options. On March 20, the company announced it would be restricting all ordering to drive-thru and delivery — and closing off cafes to walk-in customers — at all company-owned locations. The exception, however, being Starbucks locations “in and around” health centers or hospitals, to continue to serve medical workers. Starbucks had also announced that employees would still be eligible to receive 30 days of pay, whether they were able to work or not.

Kudos to Starbucks for supporting our first responders like this.  For more of this story, click on the text above.