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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Photo of the Day

Recipe of the Day

Today's Recipe was inspired by @MauraIsles ....She mentioned having a drink on Friday night that had eyeballs in it.  So to keep in theme with Halloween and her job as the ME.. Check out this fun treat below

Body Parts Pizza 


  • 8  ounces  skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1  tablespoon  cooking oil
  • 1  medium  red onion, sliced
  • 1  16-ounce  Italian bread shell (boboli) or foccacia
  • 1  cup  purchased Alfredo sauce
  • 1  small  green sweet pepper, cut into strips
  • 1  medium  tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1  5.3 ounce package  cocktail wieners
  • 1  6-ounce jar  marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2  tablespoons  shredded Parmesan cheese


1. Cut chicken breasts into strips. In a medium skillet heat cooking oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook about 5 minutes or until chicken strips are nicely golden brown and no longer pink on the inside, turning occasionally. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add onion to skillet, adding additional cooking oil if necessary. Cook over medium heat about 8 minutes or until onion is tender.
2. Place bread shell on a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Spread Alfredo sauce over shell. Top with chicken strips, green pepper strips, tomato wedges, cocktail wieners, artichoke hearts, and onion. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in a 425 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 12 to 16 servings
  • Calories249,
  • Total Fat (g)14,
  • Saturated Fat (g)4,
  • Cholesterol (mg)33,
  • Sodium (mg)554,
  • Carbohydrate (g)21,
  • Fiber (g)1,
  • Protein (g)12,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Photo of the Day

Recipe of the Day

Ladies, we all know Saturdays are made for relaxation and spending time with our families or friends.  Here is a healthy brunch that you and your girlfriends can make together and enjoy!

Veggie Hash Brown Strata


cooking spray
2 cups hash brown potatoes with peppers and onion, frozen
1 cup broccoli
3 ounce Canadian bacon, chopped into 1/4 inch squares
1/3 cup fat-free evaporated milk
2 tablespoon flour, all-purpose
2 cups of egg substitute
1/2 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread hash brown potatoes and broccoli evenly in bottom of prepared baking dish; top with Canadian bacon. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, gradually stir milk into flour. Stir in egg product, half of the cheese, the basil, black pepper, and salt. Pour egg mixture over vegetables.
  3. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 6
Calories: 162
Saturated Fat: 2g
Sodium: 477mg
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Total Fat: 5g
Carbs: 15g
Sugars: 1g
Cholesterol: 17mg
Protein: 15g

Friday, October 29, 2010

Q&A with Karl Sonnenberg

@JaneRizzoli Sure! Even though is better with the rules, I just do my best to enforce 'em ;) Hope everyone enjoys!

RT :

Rizzoli and Isles On Set Technical Advisor Q&A

Hey Fellow R&I Fans, Junkies, etc :-)

Karl Sonnenberg, one of the police and medical technical advisors for Rizzoli and Isles, has graciously agreed to do a Q&A for fans!! YAY!! It will be Saturday, Oct. 30 (YES, Tomorrow!!)

Time: 1:30 pm EST/10:30 am PST
Location: TWITTER

Karl will answer fan questions, as well as share some stories from the set and talk about working with the cast as well as working with the main police TA, Detective Russ Grant, whom Karl refers to as a "super cool copper out of Boston"!!

Just tweet questions to him at but ONLY when the Q&A starts, not before, please. This is really cool that he's taking the time to hang with us a bit on Twitter!! Hope you guys will come on and join us!! :-)

Recipe of the Day

Today's Recipe is a very healthy, on the fly breakfast you can whip up in 10 minutes!  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's imperative that you dont skip it!  You need the fuel to keep your body moving in the mornings!  Sorry ladies, caffeine alone won't do it!  Try this delicious quick breakfast you can take on the go.

Breakfast Parfait



  • 3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese, or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, papaya chunks or cling peaches
  • 2 teaspoons toasted wheat germ


  1. Place cottage cheese (or yogurt) in a small bowl. Top with fruit and sprinkle with wheat germ.


Per serving (with cottage cheese, pineapple): 248 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 3 g fiber; 24 mg sodium; 414 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value), Selenium (20% dv), Calcium (15% dv).
2 Carbohydrate Serving

Nutrition Note: Per serving (with yogurt, papaya): 185 calories; 3 g fat (2 g sat, 0 g mono); 15 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrate; 10 g protein; 3 g fiber; 132 mg sodium; 404 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (150% daily value), Vitamin A (40% dv), Calcium (35%)

Photo of the Day!

It's Friday!  That means Maura is trying to convince Jane to wear *this* out tonight.. Do you think she'll succeed?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Recipe of the Day

Most of us have busy lives, and while we're busy working, going to school, taking care of the household or even chasing the bad guys, we tend to forget a very important part of our day.  Lunch! It's very important to make sure you have lunch, to keep our bodies fueled with energy and our minds active and healthy!  Lunchtime doesn't have to be a hassle, even for the woman on the go.  Check out this quick and easy Buffalo Chicken Wrap that you can take with you while you're busy running around.

2 tablespoons  hot pepper sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
3 tablespoons  white vinegar, divided
1/4 teaspoon  cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound  chicken tenders
2 tablespoons  reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons  nonfat plain yogurt
  Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup  crumbled blue cheese
4   8-inch whole-wheat tortillas
1 cup  shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup  sliced celery
1   large tomato, diced
1. Whisk hot pepper sauce, 2 tablespoons vinegar and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl.
2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken tenders; cook until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add to the bowl with the hot sauce; toss to coat well.
3. Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, pepper and the remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar in a small bowl. Stir in blue cheese.
4. To assemble wraps: Lay a tortilla on a work surface or plate. Spread with 1 tablespoon blue cheese sauce and top with one-fourth of the chicken, lettuce, celery and tomato. Drizzle with some of the hot sauce remaining in the bowl and roll into a wrap sandwich. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 275, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 55 mg, Sodium 756 mg, Carbohydrate 29 g, Fiber 3 g, Protein 24 g, Potassium 266 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 35%, Vitamin C 20%. Exchanges: Starch 1.5,Vegetable 1,Lean Meat 3,Fat 0.5.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Photo of the Day

(Find it here)

We here at RGB only have one thing to say about this: Bwhahahahahaha! Busted!

Please raise your hand if you agree. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Photo of the Day

(Find it here)

You know what we love about this collection of pictures? We love that it shows how in tune our ladies are with each other. Generally speaking, you only start acting like each other when you're in a long-term committed relationship, right? So, what do these pictures tell us?

Recipe of the Day

We've listed the salad, the dressing, and the turkey. Seems like we left out one of the most important parts... the potatoes! (Or, if you're Dan Quayle potatos - we think we just dated ourselves)

Mashed Potatoes
(Get it at TLC.com)


2 pounds medium red boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
4 large cloves garlic, peeled
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (optional)


  1. Place potatoes and garlic in large saucepan. Add enough water to cover; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain.
  2. Place potatoes and garlic in medium bowl. Mash with potato masher or beat with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.*

    *For a smoother texture, force potatoes through potato ricer or food mill into medium bowl. Finish as directed in step 3.

  3. Add buttermilk, salt and pepper. Stir with fork until just blended. Sprinkle with chives.

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Follow above directions. In step 3, add 1 tablespoon butter to potatoes along with buttermilk, salt and pepper.

Serving size: 8

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

5th Ann Of Glamour Reel Moments

The lovely Sasha Alexander, who looks remarkably like our favorite medical examiner, attened the 5th Anniversary Glamour Reel, and Sasha-Alexander.org has posted a gallery featuring her walk down the red carpet.

We think Sasha looks radiant! Go check out the rest.

The Queen Bee

Ladies, we need to show some love and appreciation for the Bee. She's done some amazing manips, and they feed our Rizzles love like no other. For example:

Go check out her stuff. We mean it. Talent like this should not be over-looked!

5 Min Tease Recap

Our girl, Ingrid Díaz (dreams_) Has put up her recap on the 5 minute deleted scene from last night.

Go show her some love!

Twitter Scene #5

Photo of the Day!

In honor of last night's 5' Deleted Scene -
Jane: Maura, it's so.. tight..
Maura: Your uniform looks very comfortable, want to...
Jane: Trade?

Recaps! Who Can Ever Get Enough?

Ladies, we at RGB stumbled across this while scouring the internet to bring you the best of Rizzles. (Meaning, of course, Liv needs more to do at work today.)

Naturally, this immediately caught our eye, and we had to check out what site had brought us this wonderfully fun little pic. Much to our delight, we have now been introduced to Cherrygrll.com's Rizzoli & Isles section. We highly suggest you ladies go take a look yourselves. It's well worth it for both the fun subtext reviews, and the interview with Deborah Stewart.

Recipe of the Day

Liv wants to address a growing problem with Thanksgiving meals... the turkey. For decades now, many people call turkey help lines trying to figure out why their turkey is bland and dry. She finds this puzzling as she has never had an issue with not having a moist and delicious bird.

If you're part of the crowd that never seems to get the turkey quite right, Liv wants to help. So, she's decided to share her secret turkey cooking ways. We understand she doesn't share this info with just anyone, so she must really love you ladies!


Liv's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Recipe
(This one came from my brain)

The first thing you need to remember about turkey prep is that you cannot wait until the last minute. If you're going to do that, just buy a rotisserie chicken. You need to buy your bird about four days prior to cooking it and stick it in a pan in the bottom of your fridge to give it time to thaw. Do not try to rush the process by leaving it in your tub or giving it a hot bath. Trust me, that's a horrible just waiting to happen.

You'll also want to have the following:

Fresh Sage
Fresh Thyme
Fresh Rosemary

Rubbed Sage
Ground Thyme
Ground Rosemary
Kosher Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Smoked Paprika

1 Tablespoons unsalted butter
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Roasting pan
Turkey Roasting Bag
Rubber Gloves (Trust me, buy them)

This is an overnight kind of thing, so be ready. If you have a small oven, remove one rack and set your other to the lowest position. Set your oven to between 200 F and 250 F, then start the turkey prep.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a bowl and add equal parts of the fresh ingredients. I go for about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of each. Set it aside to cool.

Remove your thawed turkey from the fridge and follow the directions on the packaging. (This would be a good time to put your gloves on.) Basically, you don't want anything in the cavity. With a sharp paring knife, cut 1 1/2 inch slit on each breast, thigh, and drumstick so that you've scored the skin. Use your finger to create a little pocked between the skin and the meat of the bird. Put equal parts of your fresh ingredient/butter mixture in each of these pockets.

Place the bird in the roasting bag, and place the bird and open bag in the roasting pan making sure you can still access the bird. Rub the bird down with the EEOV. You should use about 1/4 cup to cover the exposed portions of the bird.

Let this sit while you create the next mixture.

In a fresh bowl, add equal parts of the dried ingredients. 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of each should do. Stir it well. Rub this mixture over the top of the EEOV soaked bird. Make sure to spread evenly across the top of the bird.

Take a few sprigs of the fresh ingredients and place them inside the cavity of the bird.

Close the roasting bag making sure to remove as much air as possible. Place your bird in the oven and go to bed. The bird should back for at least 6 hours. When it gets close to time to eat, about 5 minutes, open the the roasting bag and up the temperature of the oven to 300 F. This will brown the bird nicely on top. Check it before you serve it. The internal temp of a cooked bird should be around 165 F. If it's not there, up the temp of the oven to 350 F and bake it in 5 minute intervals until it hits the mark.

Monday, October 25, 2010

5 Minute Deleted Scene: Base Hit

We here at RGB believe the subtext was high with this one. In fact, it took some of the girls quite by surprise.

Below are the tweets from our favorite doctor and detective. If you can't sense the subtext here, you need to get your radar fixed! They really outdid themselves this time. 0_0

Angie Sighting

Looks like Angie will be talking about our favorite documentary on November 1st.

There will be a webcast at 7:30 PST talking with "Primetime TV Crimefighters", and Angie's part of the line up.

Make a note on your calendar, ladies. We don't want to miss this!

Photo of the Day

We all know it's true...

Fansite of the Week!

One of our Rizzles Girls keeps up a tumbler thingy-ma-bobber that we think you should all go check out. Drumchick84 has a fierce collection of pics, gifs, and other assorted fun-ness dedicated to our favorite women (and the women who look like them, as Jane would put it.)

You'll find pics like this one floating around:

Go check it out! We promise you that you'll be entertained for hours.

Recipe of the Day

We feel that dressing (or stuffing for you folks not in the South [US States]) is an important part of the holiday meal planning. Turkey without dressing is like Benson without Cabot... Cagney without Lacy... Xena without Gabriel... Rizzoli without Isles... You get the picture. We mean, why bother to eat the bird when you don't having any dressing to do away with first? A naked bird is okay, but the dressing just gives it that certain something, you know what we mean?

So, here's a little something to dress your bird up in. Enjoy.

Sage and Herb Stuffing
(From Fitnessandfreebies.com)

12 slices white bread, stale
1 cup onions, chopped fine
1 cup celery, chopped fine
1 teaspoon sage
3/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 whole egg whites, slightly beaten
2/3 cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside. Place bread crumbs and cubes in a mixing bowl, and add onions, celery, sage, marjoram, black pepper, and egg whites. Toss to mix well. Slowly add the broth as you continue tossing. Loosely spoon stuffing into the prepared dish. Bake for 45 minutes.

Notes: Take 8 of the 12 slices of bread, and tear them into small pieces. Place the pieces in a blender, and process into coarse crumbs. Measure the crumbs. There should be 4 cups (adjust amount if necessary). Take remaining 4 slices of bread, and cut the bread into 1/2" cubes. Measure the cubes. There should be 4 cups (adjust amount if necessary).

Number of servings: 12

Weekly Fanfiction Review

We're so sorry we're late on this one, but Liv has a good excuse. There was a Star Trek convention in her area this weekend, and she was forced to go at bat'leth point. As a general rule, it's not a great idea to make a Klingon angry unless you're ready to battle it out, and the last thing Liv battled out was buffing out a hangnail.

That being said, this week we'd like to feature St. Aelphaba who has written some wonderfully juicy pieces that we have no doubt will have you wishing she'd write more and do so quickly! Go give her some love.

Bad Mood reviews: Rated K
Jane shows up in a hideous shirt and a horrible mood. Maura doesn't know what to make of it, but Korsak and Frost have a theory... Bits of Rizzles.

Craigslist reviews: Rate K
Maura Isles puts out an ad looking for a roommate on craigslist. This is what the ad says. AU-ish - Maura is in med school

Dancing reviews: Rated T
Maura suggests going dancing to Jane, who wonders if dancing is just dancing or if it means something more. Rizzles!

The Thin Wall reviews: Rated M
Jane is sleeping in Maura's guest bedroom. Maura is lost in her own thoughts when she hears Jane whimper her name. lemon-y!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Recipe of the Day

This recipe of the day is a delicious low fat snack you can make on a cool fall day.  It's easy to make and everyone can enjoy it.  You can serve this with low fat frozen vanilla yogurt, or eat it as it is.

Baked Apples

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Granny Smith apples


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine dried fruit, walnuts, sugar and cinnamon. Core each apple and place in a baking dish. Spoon one-fourth of the ingredients into each apple. Bake for 40 minutes or until apples are tender.
Serves 4

Per Serving: Calories 287, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 5.5g (sat 0.5g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 6mg, Carbohydrate 57.5g, Fiber 6.8g, Protein 1.7g

Recipe found at About.com 

Photo of the Day

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Photo of the Day

Today's photo of the day is brought to you by Maura's smile.  Makes you wonder what she's up to!

Recipe of the Day

If you follow the RGB admins on Twitter, then you know last night we lost our shoes, belt buckle, and 20 bucks to Jane Rizzoli via a few games of pool. Liv maintains there was debauchery and possible tomfoolery involved regarding her stick and Rizzoli. She also maintains that Maura Isles looked surprisingly good in Rizzo's shoes.

However, Liv insists on getting her belt buckle back from Rizzoli, and Shauna says it's hanging off of the rear view mirror of Rizzoli's car. What is a girl to do? Clearly, we have to break into the car.

This is going to require some liquid courage, nerves of steel, and dumb luck that Jane is still passed out at Maura's.

Wish us luck!

(Brough to you by www.nochelatina.com)


2 Limes cut into 6 wedges
1 ½ Tbsp. Lime juice
2 Tbsp. Crushed mint leaves
1/2 tsp. Warm honey
2 oz. Rum
4 oz. Club soda
1 Mint sprig


Fill a martini shaker with 1 cup ice. Add lime wedges, lime juice, and mint. Muddle lime and mint with a pestle or a long spoon until well-bruised and fragrant. Combine honey, rum, and club soda; stir gently to dissolve honey. Add to muddled mixture; stir until mixture is well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint and lime wedge.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Photo of the Day!

Thanks to Bee!  It's Friday!  Bust out your favorite PJ's and have some fun!
Run for something worthwhile.....

kOk girls, you all know Rizzo is a total exercise buff...I encourage you all to run a 5K (3.1 miles); if you've never done one before and if you have, good for you...go run another one ; ) Not only is it awesome for you, physically and mentally, BUT it's a great way to help out charitable causes like "Race for the cure"..."Autism speaks"..."AIDS run/walk"..."LGBT Equality run"....and the countless other runs that benefit such wonderful causes...check out what's in your local area and sign up...just do it...you'll be glad you did!


Recursive Blog is Recursive

Ladies, we here at RGB feel it's important for us to make sure our little Rizzles community is connected. After all, we have to feed our addiction, right? What better way to do just that than by consuming as much Rizzles as we can?

Well, by consuming, we... of course ...mean reading about and watching our favorite ladies in action. By action, we mean at their job... naturally... We mean, you obviously can't consume Jane Rizzoli or Maura Isles. If you can, don't tell us. We'll be forced to pin you down in a jealous rage and demand every sordid detail. Oh! And pictures... yes, you have to show us pictures. Pictures or it didn't happen.

But, we digress...

We think you should go check out Mormon Lesbian's blog. She has some really fun recaps and great screen caps. On top of all of that, she's just a huge Sasha fan, which we think is fantastic. So, you can get your Caitlin Todd fill there as well. Go! Enjoy! Eat! Um... well, you know what we mean...

Recipe of the Day

Well, it's Friday. That means at some point, we all need to head over to the Dirty Robber, grab a bottle of MGD 64 (or red wine), and play some darts. If you're like us, then you'd probably prefer not to drink your dinner. We're sure Dr. Isles would agree with us when we say that eating before consuming large (yet not unwelcomed) quantities of alcohol is not a bad thing.

We're going to go out on a limb here and say that we'd rather just insult someone's mother and not eat something that's going to go straight to our thighs. So, how about tackling a salad before trying to beat Jane Rizzoli at darts? Trust us, you're going to need all the help you can get. That woman is fierce when it comes to her dart playing abilities. She's got on heck of an arm on her... not that we would know, of course... *clears throat*

Shrimp and Cucumber Salad with Feta
(Women's Health)


2/3 c medium-grind bulgur (next to the rice in most supermarkets)
1 2/3 c water
1/3 c fresh lemon juice
12 oz precooked peeled or thawed frozen shrimp, coarsely chopped
3/8 tsp black pepper
1 c diced cucumber
1 pint grape tomatoes
1/2 c chopped red onion
1/2 c chopped parsley
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c (2 oz) crumbled feta cheese
1/4 tsp salt


1. In a saucepan, combine bulgur, water, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool.
2. Place shrimp in large serving bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Stir in cucumber, tomatoes, onion, parsley, oil, and cheese. Add salt, remaining lemon juice, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and toss.
4. Stir in cooled bulgur. Divide evenly into four salad bowls.

Number of servings: 4

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vote For Something That Matters: People's Choice

Well, the nominations are in for Favorite TV Doctor at the People's Choice Awards. We know what you're thinking, and we agree. Dr. Maura Isles should at least have some consideration here. So, go out there and vote!

Trust us, this is much more important than the upcoming midterm elections in The States. Our ladies, and their alter egos, need representation. Let's get on it Rizzles Girls!

While you're there, see about getting some shout outs to our favorite tv family, The Rizzolis.

Recap Dorothy Style

We here at RGB appreciate what Dorothy Snaker brings to the table. Her class, her talent, her charm... her ability to get Jane to ask her out on a date...

So, we think you should go support her. Check out her latest subtext review on AfterEllen.com. We promise you won't be disappointed.

A Pitcher, You Say?

Raise your hand if you love Liv. ^_^

Research completed!

Photo of the Day!

Oh, Jane.  Are you sure?

Recipe of the Day

If you follow us (meaning Liv) on Twitter, then you know how we feel (meaning she feels) about Rachael Ray. However, this little gem was too good to pass up. Please don't judge us (meaning her). We're just trying to put something down we know Maura would enjoy (besides Jane).

Green Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette


2 teaspoons strawberry jam
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 pint strawberries, sliced
4 to 5 cups chopped romaine or mixed greens of any kind


Place jam in a medium bowl and whisk in vinegar then extra-virgin olive oil. Season the dressing with salt and pepper. Add the strawberries and greens to bowl and toss to coat evenly in dressing.

Serving Size: 4

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Taking Note

Normally, we only post one Photo of the Day, but, given the day it is, we thought this should go up, too.

It Gets Better

Hearing it that things will improve out the mouths of celebrities is encouraging. Hearing it gets better from the mouths of every day people like you and me is even more so.

In honor of today and what it stands for, take a moment to watch this. It's worth the time. Know it; it does get better.

Photo of the Day

(Brought to us by the very talented Bee)

Thank goodness for photo editing software. Are we right, ladies?

Recipe of the Day

How about an appetizer to nibble on while you wait for the main course? Take that as you will...

Quick BBQ Appetizer (Meatless) Meatballs

1 package Vegan Veggie Burgers
1 bottle BBQ sauce (18 ounces)
2 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Defrost Vegan Veggie Burgers overnight or at room temperature for 1 hour. Shape each burger into 8 round balls by rolling between palms of both hands.
2. Place meatballs on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
3. Combine BBQ sauce and lemon juice in medium saucepan over low heat. Place baked balls in warm sauce. Transfer to chafing dish or crock pot to keep warm for serving.

Serving size: 32

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spirit Day!

Wear Purple on October 20 for Spirit Day

How can you help show your support for the teens who took their lives because of anti-LGBT bullying?
1. Wear purple on Wednesday, October 20!

2. Twitter pic: Click here to turn your Twitter profile pic purple now through October 20
3. Facebook pic: Click here to create a purple version of your Facebook profile pic - Then look for the purple photo in a new photo album called "Twibbons," click on the purple photo, and click "Make Profile Picture." Works best on square profile pictures.
4. On Wednesday, post this tweet: I'm wearing purple to end anti-LGBT bullying - make your profile pic purple today #SpiritDay http://glaad.org/spiritday
5. On Wednesday, post this Facebook status: I'm wearing purple today to support LGBT youth - make your profile pic purple today for Spirit Day at http://glaad.org/spiritday

6. Help promote by downloading this graphic for your blog or website

    On Twitter? Use the hashtag #SpiritDay in your tweets - let's make #SpiritDay a trending topic!

    What is Spirit Day?

    The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of "Spirit Week" held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together.
    Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it's also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.
    Purple symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.
    As one of the event's Facebook pages says: "This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple." 
    Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand UP to the bullies. Remember those lives we've tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting. 'Go Purple' today!  
    Please RSVP to these events on Facebook: "R.I.P. ;; In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple" and Spirit Day, A GLOBAL Day of remembering.

    Are You in Need of Immediate Help?

    LGBT youth in need of immediate help should contact The Trevor Project 's 24/7 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    Beer with Duncan, Drool with Rizzles Girls

    In case you aren't aware, Duncan Schieb has done a lovely interview via Skype with our favorite Maura look alike, Sasha Alexander. He's putting the interview up in parts. Right now, he's on part 3, but there will be a grand total of 5.

    Sasha is a wonderful sport, and, not surprisingly, very charming. Go take a look! Then, if you're feeling the spirit move you, leave a comment or, better yet, come back here and tell us what you think. We think she's fabulous.

    Recap: Q&A

    Ladies, go check out Rizzle Girl Ingrid Díaz's (dreams_) recap of last night's Q&A!

    Grab your Rizzolified drink of choice. Support the cause. Show the love. Go enjoy some Rizzleness.

    Recipe of the Day

    Rizzo said it best, the holidays fast approach. With that in mind, we here at RGB are going hardcore on our low calorie recipes. So, up to Thanksgiving in The States (that's November 25th for those of you outside) we'll be posting holiday oriented recipes you can make that will help keep your waistline a littler trimmer than last Thanksgiving.

    This week, it's appetizers and salads!

    Roasted Apple and Cheddar Salad
    (Brought to you by Eatingwell.com)



    3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons apple juice
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon honey
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    Freshly ground pepper, to taste

    Roasted Apples & Salad

    2 apples, preferably Fuji, peeled and cut into wedges
    2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    4 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    3 cups baby spinach, or torn spinach leaves
    3 cups torn Boston lettuce
    3 cups torn curly endive
    2/3 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. To prepare dressing: Whisk vinegar, apple juice, 1 tablespoon oil, honey, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
    3. To roast apples and prepare salad: Toss apples with 2 teaspoons oil and thyme in a medium bowl; spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast, turning once or twice, until the apples are soft and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Discard fresh thyme, if using. Let cool.
    4. While the apples are roasting, toast walnuts in a small baking pan until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
    5. Just before serving, combine spinach, lettuce and endive in a large bowl; toss gently to mix. Divide the greens among 6 plates, drizzle with dressing and top with cheese, roasted apples and walnuts. Serve immediately.
    Serving size: 6
    Ok, so the holidays are approaching....fast! Here's my work out challenge for all of you. It's called 100 for 30. Basically, it's 100 sit ups and 100 push ups for 30 days straight. You don't have to do them all at once, you can break it up over the course of the day, or you can go all hard core, but 100 of each must be completed by days end. If you can't do regular push ups, then get on your knees... : ) Good luck Rizzles Girls and comment with your progresses!!


    Photo of the Day

    Oh, Maura!

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    Tonight's Q&A

    Well, tonight was full of fun! If you missed it, we have painstakingly (meaning quickly with a photo editing tool) put together the tweets. The best question and answer? Well, we think it may just be this one:

    To see the rest of the session, click on the pics to pull up a larger version. Enjoy!

    RizzlesGirls on Twitter!

    In case you haven't noticed yet, the RizzlesGirls blog is on Twitter!  Follow us @RizzlesGirls for all the up to date postings to this blog! 

    Fansite of the Week!

    Welcome to another week of Fansite of the Week!  If you have a nomination or your own Fansite, you can easily tweet us at @RizzlesGirls with the link!

    This week I want to direct your attention to an amazing community on LiveJournal .. this group is always posting fanfic, fanart and more.  This week's Fansite of the Week goes to Rizzoli & Isles LJ Community ... If you don't have a LiveJournal, it's totally fine!  You can still enjoy their posts.  But to join in on the fun, it's easy to create a journal.

    Please take a moment to check out the awesome community and spread the #Rizzles Love!

    Photo of the Day

    (Found it here)

    Tell us you don't love this. We love seeing the concern on their faces as they try to find each other. Here's hoping they eventually do just that, right Rizzles Girls?

    What's Your Secret?

    If you're unfamiliar, there was a lovely community project going on called Post Secrets that was started by Frank Warren. The blog describes the project thus (more at Wikipedia on it):

    PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people
    mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.

    So, we here at RBG started thinking (meaning it's Monday, and Liv is bored), and we wondered what Jane, Maura, and the rest of the crew might send in as their secrets.

    We want you to send us what you think. Send us a message on Twitter (@RizzlesGirls) and let us know. Once we get a few, we'll post them here. Have fun with it!

    Recipe of the Day

    Angela Rizzoli: Jane, Remember darling, you have to come help me cook for the cool potluck today!
    : Good Morning, Mrs. Rizzoli. What are you cooking for the potluck?
    Angela Rizzoli: I'm thinking a stew.

    Well, who are we to not help with the pot luck today?

    Basque Chicken Stew
    (Brought to you by laaloosh.com)


    2 tablespoons olive oil
    6 slices turkey bacon, Louis Rich –diced into 1/2 inch pieces
    8 ounces mushroom — sliced
    1 green bell pepper — cubed 1″
    1 small carrot chopped or sliced
    1 red bell pepper — cubed 1″
    1 bunch green onions — 1/2 – 1 “chunks
    1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts — 1″ cubes
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon marjoram
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    1/4 cup fat-free chick. broth, (I use the one with 1/3 less sodium).
    2 cups tomatoes, canned — 16 oz


    Heat olive oil in a large skillet; sauté bacon until browned. Add mushrooms, peppers and green onions and sauté for a minute. Add vinegar and cook 1 minute more, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Set aside. Place chicken in slow cooker. Add sautéed bacon and vegetable mixture to the pot, the olives (optional). Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix. Pour over chicken and vegetables in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours. Can serve over rice (but remember to add in the appropriate Weight Watchers Points if you do).

    Serving size: (1/4 recipe)

    Sunday, October 17, 2010

    Rules for Q&A with Jane & Maura

    As stated by @JaneRizzoli : 

    Okay...so after correcting many embarrassing spelling errors, and throwing out the post-its that just said things like “You got chips in my bar snacks,” and “No I didn’t, must have been someone else,” I think I’ve got the basics sorted out for you all....Time: 10 EST...(That’s Boston, MA, USA time.) Please to both and with your questions, so we each get a fair say ;). If it’s a specific question for one of us, just say so in your tweet. We’ll try to get to as many as we can, but we’ll probably have to call it a night at 10:30 (Maura’s pretty compulsive about gettin’ to work on time). Though we’re sure you all could hear us go on and on, some people may not want their twitter feeds flooded, so we will probably try to directly reply to more specific questions, and the ones that come up several times we’ll RT and answer to everyone. Many have been asking if anything’s off limits, and after a few glasses of wine on Friday, Maura and I decided that we’re still not ready to talk about ....you know...what happened last month. Oh, and apparently I’m never to mention the volleyball thing again. So...I think that’s good for now....see you all tomorrow & don’t forget your drink of choice (just make sure it’s ‘Rizzoli sized’).

    Reminder for Q&A

    Recipe of the Day

    Sunday is one day closer to Q&A with our favorite ladies. We don't know about you ladies, but we here at RGB are all twitter with excitement!

    So, to take our minds off the ridiculously long amount of time until we get to chat with our favorite detective and doctor, we present the recipe of the day. (This recipe brought to you by SparkRecipes.com.)

    Shrimp Stir Fry


    2 cups-instant brown rice(cooked)
    1 bag stir fry veggies
    4 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
    1 1lb. bag cooked and peeled shrimp
    1 tsp. olive oil
    1 clove garlic minced


    In a large skillet heat oil over medium high heat, add veggies. Cook 3 min. Add garlic and cook 1 min. Add shrimp and soy sauce heat through. Add rice. stir and enjoy!

    Photo of the Day

    Make it a point to do the Jane-Swagger this week!

    Saturday, October 16, 2010

    Weekly Fanfiction Review

    It's that time again to feature another great writer in the fanfiction world.  This person is a wonderfully talented writer.  She has so many great stories, one-shots and more.  I look forward to reading her stories every time she posts.  I know you'll fall in love with her writing just as I have.

    This week we're featuring our very own Adm_Hawthorne !  She's got some sensational stories and I think you should go check them out! The below 3 are my favorites:

    Halloween -  Rated T - Jane and Maura get dressed up for the precinct's Halloween party. Set in the "Could be Twins" universe. -  Complete

    They Could Be Twins - Rated M - Maura takes Jane to New York for a week. Jane has no idea what's going to happen. Rizzles ensues. Rated M for a fun plane ride and car ride... possible a motorcycle ride as well. - Work in Progress

    Prove It  - Rated K - My take on the "not my type" line - Complete

    Recipe of the Day

    It's the weekend! Time to enjoy some yummy desserts, right? Yes. Right!

    We here at RGB believe in chocolate. So, today's recipe is less than healthy. However, fear not, we borrowed it from Fitness Magazine, so its the best worst thing we could find for you to make to enjoy with your afternoon tuna and late night pizza cravings.

    Big Fudgy Bittersweet Brownies


    1 large egg
    1 egg white
    3 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
    1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1/3 cup canola oil
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    3 ounces high-quality unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
    1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup buckwheat or presifted whole wheat flour


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8-inch-square nonstick baking pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, yogurt, and vanilla extract; set aside.

    In a small saucepan, combine sugar, oil, salt, and 3 tablespoons water, stirring constantly for 3 minutes on medium-high heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa and chocolate until chocolate melts, then add egg mixture. Add all flour, stirring until batter is smooth.

    Pour batter into baking pan. Bake 25 minutes, or until top is firm. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into squares.

    Number of serving sizes: 9

    Understanding the Subtext: Part Two

    Body Language is defined as a nonverbal form of communication used by humans to send and receive messages. Body language is difficult, though not impossible, to fake. If you're familiar with it, you can easily read it, and the language one sends with one's actions is often far more telling than we intend. Body language can give away a multitude of sins if the person watching you knows to look.

    Take this screen capture from "The Beast in Me". What I see is very telling body language. Do you see how these two women are positioned? Note how their legs are crossed and pointing toward each other. See how their entire bodies face each other and their closer then necessary positioning? This body language very clearly says they are close, emotionally. As this scene progresses, Jane puts her arm behind Maura. In combination with how they are in this picture along with the enclosure that Jane creates by placing her hand behind Maura, their body language indicates attraction to each other.

    Subtext is all about reading between the lines. Body language is nothing but reading between the lines. Just like Maura can read people's emotions based on their facial expressions, those of us who see the subtext also pull from body language.

    There are some very obvious scenes that should pop into your head if you've watched this show when you think about their body language and their actions in the context of subtext. The two can go hand-in-hand.

    Actions are for another blog.

    Today I'm going to talk about the unnecessary, comforting touch. There is a lot of it on this show. Other shows have partners, like Maura and Jane, who are close but never touch each other. Detective Olivia Benson and Detective Elliot Stabler come to mind immediately.

    So, when we start thinking about the subtext of these touches, we start seeing an unspoken emotional relationship developing that far exceeds what best friends, even very close best friends, feel for each other. Yet, there is no doubt these two women care deeply for each other.

    Let me give you a few examples.

    This is from the pilot. Now, aside from the fact that they are laying in the bed together and Jane has just said, "Are we having a sleepover or is this your way of telling me you're attracted to me?", Maura's hand is on Jane's arm. Maura is comforting Jane, yes, but Jane in this scene is very closed. She has her hands folded on her stomach, she's staring at the ceiling, and she's not looking at Maura. Jane is saying that she is scared and closing herself off for self preservation. Maura is very open. She's facing Jane, she leaning into her, and she's touching her. It's not necessary to touch her to comfort her, yet Maura is doing just that. Notice the look on the doctor's face? She is genuinely concerned for Jane, worried for her and about her. Something a best friend would do? Of course. But, would a best friend have her hands on you while laying in bed with you to comfort you? No. Girlfriends comfort their partners by touching while in bed. Subtext... right there.

    Here's an example from "Sympathy for the Devil". This is the scene where Jane and Maura are headed to Jane's car, and Jane realizes something is amiss.

    Instead of just telling Maura to stop or making a hand motion to indicated that she should stop walking, Jane grabs Maura's arm.

    It's a protective gesture. It's also a gesture that one normally associates with protection given to an individual that is close to the protector. It's a person the protector feels very strongly for. The term 'would take a bullet for' comes to mind. Yes, Maura needs protection. After all, she's not trained, like Jane, to fight. However, this protective touching from Jane is indicative of more than friendship. It's something stronger. What that is? Well, it's up to interpretation.

    Just for fun, here's another touch that wasn't needed as Jane freaks about the snakes in the ritual at the church. Touching someone when one is scared is normal. However, that sort of comfort is generally placed with a loved one like a parent or a partner. That's normally not something for a best friend.

    In "She Works Hard for the Money", Jane comes into the bar and taps Maura on the shoulder to get her attention.

    Yes, Jane is being cute and pestering Maura. But, why touch her? There are other ways of playing little pranks on your friends. Jane is being flirtatious, and it's coming through via her touch.

    In "Money for Nothing", Jane comforts Maura by putting her hand Maura's thigh. She leaves it there for the entire scene. A brief touch to show concern and support is understandable. Leaving your hand on someone's upper thigh while you ask them about past lovers is something else entirely. It's a possessive gesture. It's something a current lover would do, not a best friend.

    Here they are again in "Money for Nothing" after seeing two people who shouldn't be kissing doing just that in a back hallway.

    So, they see two people kissing, and Maura grabs Jane's arm? Hmmm... why is that?

    Jane seems to like to push Maura playfully. She doesn't do it with anyone else. It's unnecessary body contact. This is a great example in "I Kissed a Girl".

    Maura plays along. Again, why? Why are they playfully shoving each other? This is something we normally see younger couples do when they flirt. It's touching without obvious innuendo. AKA,' safe' body contact.

    There they are sporting their P.U.K.E. attire in "Born to Run" while, again, playfully pushing each other.

    Let's not forget the hug, or this odd amount of hip holding Maura has going on here. I've never held onto my best friend's hip. Have you?

    We get the gun scene in "I'm Your Boogie Man". We also get more thigh touching. Let's recap. Jane touches Maura's thigh while Maura, with a huge grin on her face, is holding Jane's gun. Do we see the subtext? We do all understand what the gun represents, yes? If you don't, message me. I'm trying to keep this G rated.

    "The Beast in Me" is riddled with subtext touching. From Jane placing a hand on Maura when Maura sees the DNA results all the way through to them holding hands and hugging when Jane's father and brother finally finish the plumbing job.

    Remember that I said the way Jane touches Maura shows the want to protect in the form of a closer partnership than just best friends? This is further proven in "When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang". Not only does Jane hold Maura back to protect her, she puts herself between a gun and Maura while placing a hand on the doctor to ensure contact, to make certain Maura is safe. In return, Maura touches Jane in a defensive manner as if seeking protection. Again, this dynamic is more than best friends do.

    The subtext is there in how they touch each other. You need only observe to see what we see. Turn the volume off and just watch them interact. I promise, you'll see the show in a whole new light.