My Miley Mea Culpa

A few months ago, I wrote a post about how horrified I was seeing Miley Cyrus performing at the VMA Awards with a big foam finger, placing it in places that shouldn’t have been aired on national TV. I ranted about how Miley used to be a role model and now she’s turned into a sex pot who should be careful about destroying her image. She seemed out of control and a mess but somehow, the more wild she became, the more my daughter and her friends fell for her. So much so, that about six months ago, my daughter, who turns 15 tomorrow started begging me to go to her concert. And for several months, I held my ground and said no. But then I began to break.
I watched Miley on “Saturday Night Live” and thought she was very good.
I listened to her songs on the radio and at some point, start singing them to myself.
I cringed when my daughter bought a black and white striped half top to wear to the concert but let her walk out of the house with it on – as long as she wore a sweater over it.
And now, I find myself searching her Twitter feed and Facebook page to see how she’s enjoying the concert in real time and I’m coming up empty.
I guess it’s time to stop passing judgement on pop stars – especially since my teen daughter and her friends worship Miley and the more I share my disdain, they love her even more.
So Miley – despite the fact that I was appalled by your VMA performance, I finally get it – you’ve moved on from your past in a big way and have officially become a superstar in the eyes of teenaged girls everywhere. Nicely done Miss Cyrus. Nicely done.

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Thai Green Curry with Beef

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While watching a football game or entertaining a lot of people, there is no need to make chili…again! How about a flavorful and simple Thai curry? This one pot meal just needs to be accompanied by rice and you are good to go. Feel free to make it vegetarian or with seafood or chicken as well.Enjoy!
Thai Green Curry with Beef for a Crowd:

4 cans of coconut milk
4 oz. can of red Thai curry paste
juice of 2 limes
1 stalk lemon grass, chopped with outside parts removed
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup fish sauce (can get at any Asian food store or the Asian section of most supermarkets)
2 cups water
1 cup mushrooms-optional
2 cups bamboo shoots
8 oz. sirloin, sliced thinly into bite sized strips
1 large sweet potato or 2 cups dense squash like Japanese pumpkin, cubed and steamed beforehand
In a large pot over low to medium heat, add in the chili paste and stir for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
Add in the coconut milk and stir until paste is fully combined.
Add in the rest of the ingredients except the cooked potatoes, cooked squash or any other vegetable you are using that may get too mushy if cooked for too long.
Cook until all the vegetables and meat are cooked/heated through and serve hot over rice.
Serves about 15
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