New Year’s Day Brunch with photos & recipes

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Swedish Princess Cake

Brunch Menu

Marcus Samuelsson Swedish Glogg Recipe

Oprah Fruit Salad Breakfast
Oprah’s Corn Fritters
Despite her busy schedule, even Oprah has time to cook! Watch as she makes Stedman’s favorite breakfast, corn fritters, from scratch. Although the recipe is simple, this morning meal looks delicious, especially with a touch of syrup. Serve ’em hot and batter up to your morning routine.
Oprah’s Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Herbs and Cheese
(Vegetarian Dish)
Baked Eggs in Ham Baskets
(Oprah’s site)

Marcus Samuelsson’s Swedish Princess Cake

Released October 2016
Southern comfort food and multicultural recipes from the New York Times best-selling superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson’s iconic Harlem restaurant.

When the James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, he envisioned more than a restaurant. It would be the heart of his neighborhood and a meet-and-greet for both the downtown and the uptown sets, serving Southern black and cross-cultural food. It would reflect Harlem’s history. Ever since the 1930s, Harlem has been a magnet for more than a million African Americans, a melting pot for Spanish, African, and Caribbean immigrants, and a mecca for artists. 

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These traditions converge on Rooster’s menu, with Brown Butter Biscuits, Chicken and Waffle, Killer Collards, and Donuts with Sweet Potato Cream. They’re joined by global-influenced dishes such as Jerk Bacon and Baked Beans, Latino Pork and Plantains, and Chinese Steamed Bass and Fiery Noodles. Samuelsson’s Swedish-Ethiopian background shows in Ethiopian Spice-Crusted Lamb, Slow-Baked Blueberry Bread with Spiced Maple Syrup, and the Green Viking, sprightly Apple Sorbet with Caramel Sauce. 

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Interspersed with lyrical essays that convey the flavor of the place and stunning archival and contemporary photos, The Red Rooster Cookbook is as layered as its inheritance. 

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January 3, 2017 Release Date
Oprah Winfrey will be the first to tell you, she has had a complicated relationship with food. It’s been both a source of delight and comfort for her, but also the cause of an ongoing struggle with her weight. In Food, Health, and Happiness
Oprah shares the recipes that have allowed eating to finally be joyful for her. With dishes created and prepared alongside her favorite chefs, paired with personal essays and memories from Oprah herself, this cookbook offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the life (and kitchen!) of one of the most influential and respected celebrities in the world. 
Delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare, these are the recipes Oprah most loves to make at home and share with friends and family. From simple pleasures like Unfried Chicken and Turkey Chili, to such celebrations of freshness as Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad and Pasta Primavera, this is food as it should be: a taste of happiness, a ritual to be shared, a toast to life.
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Camille

Meijer Launches Home Delivery Service In Metro Detroit – WWJ News

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Hello Everyone:

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Well, well…it’s about time this service has come to Detroit Metro area.
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I have been looking for a grocery shopping / delivery service that delivered more than just canned or non-perishable foods.
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What a relief to be able to order vegetables, fruits, meats, ice cream, milk, frozen foods, deli foods, etc. in addition to household supplies like paper towel dish washer soap and personal care items like cotton swabs and lotion,  
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In my research; some services would shop for you; bu,t you had to still go and pick it up at their store curbside window and others you can to pre-order a least a day in advance.

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For a low annual membership fee of $99, Shipt customersget unlimited groceries delivered to their home without paying a delivery fee (for orders over $35.)  
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Delivery can be as soon as 1 hour after placing your order.  Tips aren’t even expected.  The service is also available on a monthly basis for $14 per month.  
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There’s a Shipt app to download that allows customers to place orders, schedule deliveries, and pay on their smartphone.  You can also order from your desktop computer or tablet by going to Shipt’s website at: www.Shipt.com
Get Paid to Shop
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Not only is Shipt a great service, it’s a job opportunity, too.  Shipt shoppers average $15-$20 an hour and choose their own flexible work schedule.  
Bon Appetit!
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Camille

To Debate or Not to Debate?…That is the Question

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In 2008; I created Artists for Barack Obama which were fundraisers for then Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign,  
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Subsequently, I was the host sponsor for all of the 2008 presidential debate watches ordering pizzas and Subway sandwiches.
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In 2012;  I was the host sponsor for the 2012 presidential debate watches with sponsor 1917 American Bistro making available healthy appetizing buffet dinners and a delicious buffet breakfast for the second Inauguration of President Obama.

2016
With the unpredictability of Donald Trump to attend the debates  with Hillary Clinton; I decided not to host any of the 2016 presidential debate watches.  Mr. Trump demands to change the dates and possibility the debate moderators make planning chaotic.

Below please find the debate schedule as it stands today, August 20th.  You will be able to meet up with your candidate’s debate watches at their state and/or city campaign offices or one of their supporters’ home,

Presidential General – Election Debate Schedule 

The first general-election debate will be held Sept. 26, 2016, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   
Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, will host the only Vice Presidential
debate on Oct. 4, 2016.
Washington University in St. Louis will host the second general-election debate on Oct. 9, 2016.

The final presidential debate will be hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Oct. 19, 2016, 

Volunteering for Hillary Clinton

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August 20, 2016
Performances by:  
Broadway stars, Lady Gaga, Sheila E & Pete Escovedo, Lenny Kravitz, Carole King, Alicia Keys and Kathy Perry
August 5, 2016
Main Speakers:
Michelle Obama, first lady, Bill Clinton, former president, Joe Biden, vice president, Tim Kaine, vice president nominee, Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, Michael Bloomberg, former governor of New York,Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star family, Barack Obama, presidentand Hillary Clinton, presidential nominee
August 4, 2016
Main Speakers:
Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump, Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey,Ted Cruz, senator from Texas, Donald Trump, GOP presidential nominee 
July 23, 2016
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Be the Media!
 
Camille

Malia and Sasha Obama are Glowing Testaments of their Dad Barack Obama’s Values

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife
Sophie Gre’goire Trudeau for the Canadian State Dinner
March 10, 2016
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Malia and Sasha Obama are stunning young ladies like their 
mother Mrs. Michelle Obama_March 10, 2016
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Malia talking with Margaret Trudeau (mother of)

Canadian Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau as Justin and

Sasha listen_March 10, 2016           

         

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Dinner Menu

First Course
Alaskan Halibut “Casseroles” with Cepes, Asparagus, Chanterelles, Baby Onions, and Lardon and Herbed Butter
Second Course
Roasted Apricot Galette with Appalachian Cheese, Heirloom Lettuces, Pine Nut Crisps 
Pence Chardonnay “Sebastiano” 2013
Main Course
Baby Lamb Chops (drizzled with Canadian Whiskey) served with Yukon Potato Dauphinoise and Fricassee of Spring Vegetables
Cliff Lede “High Fidelity” 2012
Dessert
Maple Pecan Cake with Cocoa Nib Wafer, Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream
Chateau Chantal Ice Wine 2013
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pays tribute
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to President Barack Obama’s daughters at their first state dinner, recalling how he grew up in the spotlight when his dad was prime minister and how he missed state dinners because he was too young.

The boyish-looking, 44-year-old son of late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said it was touching to meet Malia and Sasha Obama and said he wished he had been a teenager when his dad was a world leader.  He said he admired their strength and called it a “remarkable childhood and young adulthood that will give you extraordinary strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life.”

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.President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau toast at the Canadian State Dinner
White House_March 10, 2016
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.A Campaign Break in Iowa
Senator Barack Obama drives a bumper car with Sasha 
at the Iowa State Fair_August 2007

President-elect Barack Obama adjusts a flower 
behind the ear of Malia, as they walk on Kailua Beach
on vacation in Hawaii_December 2008
The first family’s Portuguese water dog, Bo, 6-month pulls
 away as Obama walks with Malia Sasha. The puppy was
a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy_April 2009
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Released 2010
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In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation.
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This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.
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Happy Father’s Day!
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Camille
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ADDENDUM – May 9th – President Obama Addresses Water Crisis In Flint, MI – May 4th – [FULL SPEECH]

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I see Governor Rick Synder changed his plans and decided it was in his best interest to meet with President Obama at the airport.  I’m sure money for Flint, MI had something to do with his decision.  
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Apparently, Governor Synder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver met with the president in President Obama’s limo (the beast) to discuss the situation.
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Governor Synder gave a 2 minute speech that was booed by the Flint crowd prior to President Obama taking the stage and delivering an update and inspirational  message regarding the water crisis in the video below.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder upon the president’s arrival in 
Flint, MI_May 4, 2016
Little Miss Flint”  Amariyanna Copeny is hugged by 
President Obama at his meeting in Flint_May 4, 2016
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President Obama drinks water as he speaks at 
Flint Northwestern High School, Wed., May 4, 2016
about the ongoing water crisis.
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From: Camille Mitchell
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:08 PM
Subject: Child’s letter stirs Obama’s visit to Flint next Wed., May 4th

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President Obama is visiting Flint, Michigan next Wednesday, May 4th,  The federal government has employed support (financially. etc.) assisting and solving the Flint Water Crises.  Of course, Governor Snyder will not be attending and I find it convenient and strange that the governor has never met with President Obama when the president visits Michigan. 

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Amariyanna Copeny age 8 sits on her mother’s lap with Flint
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From: Camille Mitchell
Date: Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 2:59 PM
Subject: What does Ikiru, Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action have in Common?

Hello Everyone:
With all the talk regarding the Flint Water Crisis; I recalled three outstanding films regarding an environmental specifically water contamination crisis.
All three deal with an environmental crisis that transforms the main character in each film.
The first one Ikiru 1952 causes Mr. Watanabe to examine his life of working 30 years as a stagnant bureaucrat.
AddendumApril 28th
Ikiru (the title of the movie means “To Live”).  Director Akira Kurosawa was one of Japan’s most critically acclaimed directors.  Kurosawa directed brilliant actor Toshiro Mifune in many of his films.

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The third one Erin Brockovich 2000 gives Erin Brockovich a way to develop her potential beyond her past as a former beauty queen and currently an unemployed single mother of three children.
In the second one A Civil Action 1998; attorney Jan Schlichtmann has complete transformation from a cocky successful personal injury attorney to a tenacious, caring, attorney willing to lose it all in order to do the what is right.
View the movie trailer for A Civil Action below.
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I enjoyed all of these superb films; however, if you can only view one; I recommend A Civil Action for the thriller aspect of Jan Schilchtmann’s  journey.

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“An unexamined life is not worth living”

                              – Socrates

Toshiro Mifune plays a bureaucrat Mr. Watanabe in 
Ikiru, director Akira Kurosawa_1952 
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 Mr. Watamabe through his tireless and persistent efforts, he is able to overcome the stagnation of bureaucracy and turn a mosquito-infested cesspool into a children’s playground.
 John Travolta portrays plaintiff’s attorney Jan Schlichtmann
and opposing counsel Jerry Facher played by Robert Duvall_1998
A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta (as plaintiff’s attorney Jan Schlichtmann) and opposing counsel representing Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace and Company attorney Jerry Facher played by Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. Both the book and the film are based on a true story of a court case about environmental pollution that took place in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the 1980s.
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It’s Schlichtmann’s search for purpose and his journey toward redemption after his colossal abdication of moral sense at the film’s outset. That journey is troubled and arduous, and he has few compunctions with endangering the livelihoods of his partners in the process.
Julie Roberts portrays Erin Brockovich_2000

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Robertswho fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The film was a box office success, and critical reaction was positive.

Roberts won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics awards for Best Actress. The film itself was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Steven Soderbergh at the 73rd Academy Awards. He won that year, but for directing the film Traffic.   Early in the film the real Erin Brockovich has a cameo appearance as a waitress named Julia.

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Argentine President Mauricio Macri Hosts State Dinner for President Barack Obama – [The President dances the Tango]

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¡Hola a todos!
(Hello Everyone!)

In Buenos Aires, the President and First Family will meet with the newArgentine President, Mauricio Macri, to discuss President Macri’s reform agenda and recognize his contributions to the defense of human rights in the region.  The President will deepen efforts to increase cooperation between our governments in a range of areas, including trade and investment, renewable energy and climate change, and citizen security.  It has been nearly two decades since the last bilaterally focused visit by a U.S. President to Argentina, Latin America’s third largest country. 

​Air Force One landing in Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 22, 2016
President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, 
daughters Malia, SashaMarian Robinson (Michelle’s 
mother) arrive in Argentina_March 22, 2016
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US President Barack Obama Argentine President
 Mauricio Macri, meeting at the Casa Rosada
March 23, 2016
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President Barack Obama, President Mauricio Macri,  
First Lady Michelle Obama & First Lady Juliana 
Awada pose before the State Dinner in 
Buenos Aires_March 23, 2016
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Tango is a dance that has influences from European and African culture.  Dances from the candombe ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape the modern day Tango. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe.  The word “tango” seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the 1880s, possibly related to the Latin word “tangere” but more likely related to the African slave word “tango” (drum or dance place).
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President Obama tangos with a dancer as First Lady 
Michelle Obama tangos with another dancer during the
official State Dinner at the Centro Cultural Kirchner in
Buenos Aires on March 23, 2016
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President Barack Obama, President Mauricio Macri
toast during candle lite State Dinner_March 23, 2016
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April 5, 2016
¡¿Bailamos?!
(Shall We Dance?!)
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Camille
Camille Mitchell
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– Cuba’s President Raul Castro Hosts a State Dinner for President Barack Obama & Family – [Photos]

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¡Hola a todos!
(Hello Everyone!)

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Barack, Michelle Obama with daughters MaliaSasha
Marian Robinson (Michelle’s mother) arrive in Cuba_March 20, 2016
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Malia translates Spanish to English for her dad at a restaurant
in Old Havana after the Obama’s walking tour_March 20, 2016
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Cuba’s President Raul Castro with U.S. President Obama 
inspects the military at the Revolution Palace_March 21, 2016
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President Barack Obama, President Raul Castro, First Lady 
Michelle Obama,  First Vice President, Miguel Diaz, (red tie) 
President of the Cuban ParliamentJuan Esteban Lazo 
Hernández, listen to a Cuban orchestra at the state dinner. 
The other two women are translators_March 21, 2016
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CUBAN STATE DINNER
March 21, 2016
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Shrimp mousse under kisch supreme with cream of mojito;

golden cream soup flavored with Caney rum accompanied

by slivers of ham;

Traditional pork garnished with baby tamales with

plantain chips;

Trio of Grandmother’s sweets.

Michelle, Barack & family along with Raul Juan enjoy a baseball game 
(Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cuban National Team)_March 22, 2016
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The Rolling Stones’ first performance in Cuba_March 25, 2016
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FYI– Detroit has an excellent Cuban restaurant ​

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine Detroit – Website with Menu


 Cuban cocktail MOJITO 
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¡Disfrutar!
(Enjoy!)
Camille Mitchell
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