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I’m so unfancy: Dining Solo on Beans n’ Carbs



My meals are not fancy. I am not a professional cook. Most things I make are quick and easy. For those reasons, it has crossed my mind that I should not be food blogging. What are my credentials?

But then, most of the food bloggers I follow and enjoy lack a professional culinary background. And many of the recipes I use and enjoy are the easy ones, like this broccoli recipe from Helen Rennie at Beyond Salmon. I have also been a long-time follower of Mitch In the Kitchen. She eats what I like to eat, and I admire her bare bones, straight-to-the-point website. Last but not least, I enjoyed Andrea Nguyen’s post about the anatomy of her weekday lunches. Though she is a professional cooking instructor and food author, her typical lunch at home takes less than 10-minutes.

Bean salads are my go-to lunch. Budget-friendly, filling, nutritious and tasty–what is there not to love? There are also so many kinds of legumes, making it easy to keep things interesting.

Having two breakfast a day, I can keep lunch on the lighter side and go without the carbs. Pictured above was a recent weekday dinner by myself. I was too lazy to cook, so I ate my left-over lunch–chipotle black bean salad–and added a garlic naan from Trader Joe’s frozen aisle. I am so unfancy.

Chipotle Black Bean Salad with Sweet Potatoes


  • 2-3 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1 med or small red or yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) of black beans
  • 1 sweet potato (diced)
  • cilantro (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 1 /4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce (chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Add the corn and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and let cool.

In a large skillet, heat a layer of olive oil over medium-high heat, and place the sweet potato chunks in a single layer.  Allow the sweet potatoes to cook until slightly soft, about 5 minutes, then flip. Add more oil as needed. I like to cook mine until they are slightly browned on the outside.

In a bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.

Taking the cooled corn, stand each ear up in a wide shallow bowl and slice the corn kernels off. Toss the corn with the onions, black beans, and sweet potatoes.

Add the dressing to the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste, and cilantro for garnish.

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Sony Acquires Queen’s Catalog for $1.2 Billion



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Sony has made a massive acquisition in the music space, acquiring the catalog of legendary rock band Queen for a whopping $1.27 billion, according to a report from Hits and later confirmed by Variety.

According to Variety, the only revenue not covered in the deal is for live performances, which founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor, who still actively tour with singer Adam Lambert, will retain.

The bidding came down to Sony and an undisclosed player who was said to be very close but stopped short at $900 million, allowing Sony to walk away with the catalog.

There is no denying the iconic value of Queen’s catalog, which includes such memorable hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “39,” “Somebody to Love” and “You’re My Best Friend” as well as the iconic “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” which have been globally integrated with major sports leagues especially during games and during championship celebrations.

Furthermore, the success of  the 2018 biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” demonstrates the potential for the group’s name and likeness rights and could also hint at a potential musical presentation for Broadway or in London in the future.

It is worth noting that the catalog, which has been in play for the last several years, is complicated by the group’s recorded-music rights for the United States and Canada, which were acquired by entertainment juggernaut Disney, for an undisclosed price, at some time during the 2000s following an initial $10 million licensing deal back in 1991, with those rights remaining with Disney  in perpetuity, although certain of the bandmembers’ remaining royalties from them will go to Sony once the deal officially closes.

Queen’s distribution deal is current with Universal, but will go to Sony in all territories outside the United States and Canada when it expires in 2026 or 2027.

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Pixar CCO Pete Docter Excited About Future




The latest smash hit in theaters is Pixar’s ‘Inside Out 2’ which had a stellar opening in theaters grossing $295 million globally in its first weekend, and the film is currently this year’s highest box office debut.

Naturally, that success has many people excited, specifically Pixar who feel that the numbers, which are similar to pre-2020 numbers, indicate an incredible future is upon them.

“I feel like we’re in a really golden place where, after a lot of turmoil, every project we have is exciting to me for multiple reasons — both from new looks and technology, but more importantly, original stories and storytellers,” Pixar Chief creative officer Pete Docter said, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Docter also spoke about the recently announced ‘Inside Out’ series that will land on Disney+ and stated that the project is already completed and will be arriving to the streaming platform sometime in Spring 2025.

“But in the first film, remember we go to Dream Production to see how Riley’s dreams are made? It semi-explains why they’re so weird. We’ve continued the exploration of the power of dreams and how they affect us in our waking life, as well. So it’s pretty cool,” Docter said.

Docter discussed how the company decides which content lands on Disney+, which was announced just before the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, or gets a premier release in theaters, which seems to be making a comeback in the market.

“But that was really before anyone had an understanding of the economics of how it all works. How much can you spend on a show, and how do you even track what it made? A box office is super easy. Three people came in, I know I can count the money exactly. With streaming, depending on how you divide it up, do you get more money to do something that’s new or that attracts new viewers? It’s very squirrely,” he explained.

With Pixar basking in the limelight of their latest success, the future is exciting for the company and it will be interesting to see how far their new success can go.

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Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ Gets Massive Budget




Netflix is opening up the bank for the latest film from Joe and Anthony Russo.

According to World of Reel, Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ movie, which is going to be exclusively for the entertainment streaming platform, Netflix has topped the $300 million budget mark, costing $320 million to produce.

The cast for “The Electric State”, a sci-fi movie based on Simon Stålenhag‘s 2018 illustrated novel, includes Millie Bobbie Brown, Chris Pratt, Ke Huy Quan, Giancarlo Espostito, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Brian Cox, and Jenny Slate.

According to the official synopsis: ““The Electric State” is a coming-of-age tale that mixes sci-fi and western genres in a retro-futuristic past. Brown plays an orphaned teenager who traverses the American West with her robot friend and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother.”

Netflix won the bidding war for the rights to the film back in 2022, and now we will see if the ROI on the investment will reward their massive investment.


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