Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Jamaican Chicken Soup

Smarty Marty Stirs up the pot this week with her take on delicious Jamaican Chicken Soup!

Let’s prepare ourself by gathering up the fresh ingredients needed for this Foodie Idea of the Week

You are going to need the following ingredients


½ Chicken (cut in 8 pieces)
2 sprig Thyme
1 tbsp Salt
1 stalk escallion
4 Pimento Berries (Allspice)
½ lb Yellow Yam

2 Irish Potatoes
2 lb. Pumpkin (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 Cho-cho (Christophine) (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 pk Jamaican Chicken Noodle or Cock Soup
1 oz. Butter28337104_2166712283339709_2201332920736104484_o



1. In a stock pot, add three quarts of water and then add salt to taste. Bring water to a boil then add chicken, pumpkin, and cho-cho together. Boil for 30 minutes.

2. Peel the skins off the yellow yam and potatoes and wash these root vegetables in cold water to remove the dirt.

3. Cut each vegetable into four slices and then add them to the pot.

Special tip: – You man add spinners (small dumplings) to the soup at this time if you wish.

4. The flame should be turned to high at this point and allow to boil for 15 minutes.

5. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, turn the flame down to medium, and cook for another 10 minutes, then simmer for another 5 minutes.

6. Check the yellow yam to ensure that it is soft. If not, cook until it becomes soft but not mushy.

Cook’s tip: You can speed up the time to prepare this chicken soup by slicing the yellow yam into thinner slices.28238759_2166712833339654_138183401461697417_o28515186_2166716750005929_7117494094711498964_o28616320_2166718143339123_8985270204872366549_o

Photos and Food Preparation and Styling  By Smarty Marty

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Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Scallops with Roasted Garlic

Happy Fat Tuesday All!!! For this week Foodie Tuesday Delight we are sharing Seared Scallops with Roasted Garlic and Fresh Green Beans

Before we get started you need the following Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
  • 1/2 pound sea scallops
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnishSeared Scallops with roasted garlic3
  • Directions :

    • Prep  15 m

    • Cook 45 m
    • Ready In  1 h
    1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    2. Spoon 3 tablespoons olive oil over the cut sides of the garlic head; wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
    3. Roast in the preheated oven until the garlic is soft, about 30 minutes; set aside until cool enough to handle.
    4. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves into a saucepan; pour the chicken stock into the saucepan and use a fork to mash the garlic into the stock. Cook the stock over high heat until the liquid is reduced in volume by half, about 10 minutes. Stir the cream into the stock and remove from heat; set aside.
    5. Melt the butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the scallops with salt and pepper; sear in the hot butter and oil mixture until opaque, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat immediately.
    6. Stir the lemon juice into the cream sauce; spoon immediately onto 2 plates. Arrange the scallops on the plates. Garnish with the parsley to serve.

    Seared Scallops with roasted garlic2Seared Scallops with roasted garlic

    Food Styling and Preparations By Smarty Marty

    Recipe Courtesy of


Empower Hour with Kara Norman – Celebrating Our History!

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Celebrating Black History Month with Women in History!

Little Know Facts about Ann Cole Lowe156870-5801-l-usUTEPy

Born in Alabama in 1898 the granddaughter of a plantation seamstress.

Married at 14 to a man 10 years her senior

She soon left with her young son to make dresses for southern society women.

By 21 had her own dress shop

By 31 had $20,000saved and moved to NY.

In 1947 went Paris Fashion week Upon her return she got a job at Saks 5th Ave

Her gowns sold at Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel and Saks. She was making up to $300,000 a year in 1950.

1953 she made Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress.


She passed away in 1981

Remember her  Say her name

Annie Lowe

How will you leave your mark on history?

Celebrate Our Rich History Every Day.

Kara Norman – Founder of Empower Her Inc.