Monthly Archives: July 2015

REALITY TV ONcravo

TV viewing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Realty TV is taking over the airwaves. I am proud to admit that it is one of my guilty pleasures.

I really like watching the shows on the BRAVO network. The Housewives of the OC, Atlanta, New York, & New Jersey are always very entertaining. These women live lavish life styles & hang out together. They even travel together. Unfortunately for them, they do not get along. In real life one of the New Jersey housewives was convicted of a crime & is currently serving time in prison. After following the story in the news, it was really interesting to watch it play out on reality tv.  The show gave you the convicted felon’s prospective.

There is the Million Dollar Listing Series which highlights real estate brokers in New York City, LA & now there is a new one set in San Francisco. These high power brokers are nothing like the brokers I work with. They deal in multi-million dollar sales & are not always very nice to each other. They sabotage each other’s deals & they fight all the time.

I also like to watch this new show called Mother Funders. It is about these women who are part of the PTO in a small town somewhere in Georgia. They raise thousands of dollars for the school system & they do not get along.

Lastly, I have to mention a show titled Married to Medicine. This show is about doctors in Atlanta who also see each other socially. Guess what? They do not get along either.

If that is not enough excitement, all of these shows have reunion shows. This is when they get together after the season is finished taping & they fight some more. I guess the running theme is that reality TV has to incorporate a good fight or two. Normally, I am not a person who likes conflict, but I do enjoy watching it on TV.

So the next time you are channel surfing check out Bravo. They put the Real in Reality TV!

sharonAbout the author:  Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy, who enjoys the many Reality TV shows of the Bravo network. She can be contacted directly through her website at www.spotts.remax-newengland.com

 


Category: Things to Do

Gale Grill photoNow that the summer is in full gear we are grilling more and more.  At our house we usually grill year round and shovel a path on our deck to the grill.  But this past winter the grilling stopped for months when we couldn’t even open our back door to the deck due to the high snow drifts.  So I am especially enjoying the outdoor grilling this summer.  We grill the usual hamburgers and steaks. But my favorite is grilled salmon, and skewered fish and vegetables.   I also enjoy chicken on the grill.  Anything not to get my kitchen oven going on a hot evening.

My favorite grilling book is old and torn and well used. It is called “365 Great Barbecue & Grilling Recipes” by Lonnie Gandara.  Following are two of my favorite recipes from this book. The first one is a fish shish kabob which I have adapted to my liking, and the second is a very simple chicken recipe that is also great for lunch the next day.

SPEARED SCALLOPS AND SHRIMP (adapted)

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 10 to 15 minutes

Serves:  4

1 pound sea scallops

1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined

8 oz.  package of mushrooms, halved

2 tomatoes

1/3 red onion (or Vidalia onion) – cut in chunks

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, cut into tablespoons

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  1. Prepare a hot fire.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter with lemon juice and garlic. Warm over low heat until butter melts, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. On each of 4 long metal skewers, thread a shrimp, then a vegetable. Repeat alternating between fish and vegetable, ending with a shrimp. Brush each skewer with melted butter mixture.
  4. Place skewers on an oiled grill set 6 inches from coals. Grill, turning once or twice and basting frequently with butter mixture, until shrimp are pink and scallops are opaque throughout, about 8 to 13 minutes.

NOTE: Original recipe does not have tomatoes and red onion.  Other vegetables we have added are zucchini and peppers. The original recipe also has 6 slices of lean bacon, cut in half. Wrap a half strip of bacon around each scallop.

 

QUICK CHICK

Prep: 5 minutes

Marinate: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 to 12 minutes

Serves: 4

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1   .06-ounce envelope Italian salad dressing mix

¼ cup lemon juice

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  1. Prepare a hot fire. Combine olive oil, Italian salad dressing mix, and lemon juice. Add chicken breasts; turn to coat well. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Place chicken on an oiled grill 6 inches from coals. Grill, turning occasionally, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until white throughout but still moist.

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – Gale Spadafora enjoys grilling all year round, but especially in the summer.   She is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com