Instant Pot – 2, Failure – 0

Instant Pot It happened!!!!  Yes, I got my Instant Pot…..well 2 to be exact but that is a story for a different day.

What I will say is that I ordered one from Amazon Prime (remember Prime=hero!!!) and while we were waiting for it to be delivered we heard through the grapevine that the Kroger in Wylie had them for $40.00 less that what I paid for it on Amazon so away we went…We arrived at Kroger and walked the entire store before we found a promising aisle in the middle of the store in the “kitchen gadgets” section. (I know, duh!) There was a young girl restocking things and we couldn’t find the pots at first so I asked.  She pointed to one on a baron shelf and said it was their last one………C’mon now!!!!!  Do you honestly expect us to believe that this is the last Instant Pot in all of Kroger’s infinite inventory of all that is holy????? Of course it isn’t!!!!  So, as I tucked my head and tried to rub the word “Sucker” off of my forehead, I grabbed the box and ran (not walked) to the checkout line….I had already purchased enough food to feed a small army and couldn’t wait to try this amazing “change your life” aparatus…….

I then got home and already started experiencing remorse…NOT because of the Instant Pot but more worried that I had just spent a small fortune on food and what if I tried to use this device that potentially requires a masters degree to use and I wasted all of that amazing food????  Despite my normal fly by the seat of my pants attitude, I decided to dial it back and start small……..

I used an old, stone age technique called a cast iron pan and made sesame stir fry beef…I decided to use the Instant Pot to make some Jasmati rice and although it takes patience and the reading of directions MULTIPLE TIMES the rice was PERFECT!!!!!  It really was as simple as adding water and rice to the Instant Pot and 4 minutes later we had perfect rice…..

Needless to say I was impressed!!!!!  In fairness I have to say that the rice stuck a little to the bottom of the pot but nothing that couldn’t be remedied with hot water and a quick scrub…..

With everything turning out the way it did,  I was feeling a tad bit more confident now and decided that I will try a lunch recipe, chicken wings……..I don’t eat them often but I am OBSESSED with lemon pepper wings from Wing Stop!!!!!  So, this seemed like a formidable challenge…..The recipe says it only takes 9 minutes to cook wings….of course what some don’t tell you is that you do have to wait for the Instant Pot to “warm up” but that took less than 5 minutes and all I did was pat dry the thawed frozen wings, put salt and pepper on them and put them in the pot with 1/2 cup of broth…..  The Pot said “ready” and we were off to the races…..  Sure as the Cowboys won’t make the playoffs in the very near future (Sorry Cowboys!) in 9minutes we had fall of the bone, fully cooked wings…..I prefer them a little crispier so once I removed them from the Pot, I put them on a baking sheet and turned on the broiler to high.  After 5 or or so minutes, I tossed the wings in the sauce and had the MOST AMAZING wings!!!!!!

I really, really wish I had a picture of the finished product but we ate them so fast that it didn’t even occur to me until 5 minutes after I had licked the plate clean of all of the lemon pepper and butter sauce that I messed up but I  am hard pressed to say that I am sorry because they were just that good!!!!!!

Now….on to the next “task”….I am using the bones, some carrots, celery, onion and herbs and going to put the Instant Pot on “slow cooker” mode and make chicken broth to use on another future adventure……stay tuned!!!!

Be  safe out there and be kind to one another!!!!!!!

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The Final Countdown!!

(You know you sang that title to the ’86 “Europe”  song……don’t lie……I did)

1 more day and then my world is supposed to be transformed by this gadget that is 7 appliances in one…..I have heard nothing but great things but will form my own opinion over the weekend and share as necessary 🙂

Here’s to hoping that whomever/whoever (I apparently was absent that day in English class) is delivering for Amazon is

  1. Efficient  – will deliver before 6pm so that I can try it for the first time Friday for din-dins
  2. Mindful – that even though apartments accept packages on behalf of their tenants, they are NEVER in a hurry (if at all) to tell you that you have a package in the office and they close at 6pm…..

and most importantly……

3. In Shape –  because I do live on the 3rd floor and it is 4 glorious flights of steps plus a few extra to my door and I would feel terrible if said delivery man/woman couldn’t make it up the stairs thus resulting in no miracle instant pot dinner for my hubby and me on Friday.

Well, that’s Friday….what about today?  Well, my daddy used to always tell me “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”……so me and the hubster are headed to a cooking class tonight at Central Market.  For the haters, NO, I am not cheating on my Instant Pot because I haven’t gotten it yet and I have always tried to take my daddy’s advice……..even though the analogy is a bit lame……

The menu is as follows:

Sear/Pan Sauce: Spice-rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Pan Sauce;
Roast: Roasted Leg of Lamb with Dried Apricot, Mustard & Herb Crust;
Stew: Beef Bourguignon; and
Stir-Fry: Sesame Beef.
INSTRUCTOR: CM Cooking School Staff
Participants should dress with safety in mind. Please wear completely closed shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.

I’m not gonna lie….I’m a little concerned with the statement “participants should dress with safety in mind”…..are we expecting a drive-by fruiting?  Are they serving liver with fava beans and a nice chianti??

Anyhoo, I have promised myself that I will resist the urge to do an imitation of Julia Childs when they introduce the “beeeeeeeffff borg-in-unnn (said in my best French  accent)….there, I got it out of my system….sort of……

We haven’t been to a cooking class before so I am not sure what to expect…..We hope it is filled with people like us – the average joe who wants to learn how to make good food, stress free and with little to no injuries involved.  Sharp knives are not my friend…..and apparently neither are stairs but we will save that story for a rainy day…..#nomoreshoulderpain #Imaklutz

Must run for now but will be back!!!!

Be safe and be good to each other!!!!

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What is this??

I’m back!!!!  I started this blog in June of 2017 but quickly got CRAZY busy and haven’t held up to my end of the bargain but in the last several months and more recently the last couple of weeks, I have found inspiration again so buckle up!!!  Grab some popcorn and your sense of humor and let’s ride the rollercoaster of 2018 together…..

So……….apparently I have been living under a rock and haven’t been privy to this new craze called the “Instant Pot“…..well, not exactly living under a rock but been busy with weddings, graduations, the holidays, retirements, birthdays, etc….I know, I know not an excuse to NOT know about the Instant Pot but it’s the best I got 🙂

My co-workers have been sharing their wins  (and a few losses) with their new “mega cool, WAY fast cooking machine” that is inexplicable, yet possesses some kind of super power that defies gravity (maybe not, but sounded good) and time.

Honestly, the testimonial that sold this pressure cooker to me was the
“amazing lemon piccata we made last night” one….You will learn over the next couple of months that I am OBSESSED with anything lemon and I LOVE chicken…..so much so that I am fairly certain that my hubby rolls his eyes and thinks “again???” when he sees me pull out the chicken but rest assured he is a smart man and wouldn’t externally show the sheer despair :))))

Side note……My hubby and I are taking a cooking class this week and the theme is “red meat basics”…..think he is trying to tell me something????   Yea, yea I know….and I get the hint loud and clear 🙂

With all of this said, I just hit the “complete order” on Amazon for my new Instant Pot and of course it will be shipped with Prime (the real hero in my world) and I should receive it by Friday.  I am excited to share how this goes!!

Welcome to 2018!!!!!!!

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What’s in a name??

When this brain child I am calling my “therapy through blogging i.e. Being Janet” was born, I asked several important people in my life to help me name this blog.  Not sure what this says about them or ME for that matter but these were the suggestions I got……The names of those suggesting have been changed to protect the innocent…..No, not really 🙂

  • Brannon (Introduction – My 2nd son, 26 yo recent college graduate, intern at an architecture firm, and if people wore there “identity” on their forehead his would say HIPPY. He lives his life his own way but with the principals of love and peace for all.)  “Fun with the Fundlings”
  • Brannon – “Scanet” – Get it??  Brangelina = Brad and Angelina….Scanet= Scott and Janet…..I know we aren’t in the same category as Brad and Angelina but doesn’t it count if I believe it in my head??  Guess not…….
  • Brannon – “Team ramrod”  Brannon, where did that come from???  Does some need a time out?
  • Kevin (Introduction – One of my favorite co-workers and a really great friend!!!  He is cajun to the bone ((including cooking road kill)) but he is the sweetest, most generous husband and father to his family….simply said, he makes me smile) – “The Can’t get rights”  OK, so he may be sweet but he can also be a pain in my back side…..Really Kevin??  At least I know where the Alamo is!!!  (will explain at a later date)
  • Kevin – “Batshitcrazy Entertainment” -This was a SERIOUS consideration!!!!   My favorite phrase is “Bat Shit Crazy” I mean,  have you met me??  Do you know where I work?? – Bat Shit Crazy sums up my life, hence “Therapy through blogging i.e. Being Janet”
  • Jim (Introduction – My favorite-est brother in-law….He MIGHT be my only one but he is still my favorite-est!!!!!  He loves my sister and takes such good care of her and that means the world to me!)  “Estrogen Dominance in a Testerone World!” – Totally summarizes my world……..
  • Christopher (Introduction –  My 1st son, 30 yo and I SWEAR I had him when I was 9……..It’s the truth……sort of…..you aren’t buying it are you???  Anyhoo……, He is my “rocker dude” who is engaged to the most beautiful woman and what makes him Christopher is that he wears his emotions on his sleeve.  He loves deeply and feels deeply and you will always know where you stand with him.  He is smart and has the most wicked sense of humor….I know, I am gushing but he is just that amazing!!!!)  – “Tomato Potato” – This one REALLY made me smile!  It’s an inside joke with his fiance and I may or may not write about it someday but know that he totally celebrates individuality/diversity  and makes things perfect and his own.
  • Brannon – “BankHead Bitches”  I assure you there will be MANY blogs dedicated to Bankhead and all that it stands for us…….
  •  Kevin – “Pray for Scott” – He is still a pain in my backside…..How about pray for me???
  • Jim – Need Recipe, Have Family!
  • Jim – WTF?  Drowning in Testosterone!
  • Jim – Here’s Your Answer!  What’s Your Question?

I am a firm believer that if you ask your family for suggestions then they will reveal who you are to them…..Sounds like I may need therapy or at the very  least day drink…….I do however feel like each “suggestion” is an upcoming blog post so stay tuned…….

Take care of yourself, each other and BE SAFE!  XOXOXO

 

Hash House a Go Go….

http://www.hashhouseagogo.com

I could end the blog here and those that have been there would get it but don’t worry, I won’t :))))

I rarely read reviews on yelp, yellow pages, or the like because I believe that there are many  types of reviewers but I will give you my TOP 3……I absolutely take friends and family’s advice on places to go but in the end, I would rather make up my own mind………Which “reviewer” are you?

1.) “1st reviewer”  –  never, never, never trust the 1st 2 reviews of ANYTHING!!!!!  Places/things/restaurants need reviews to get patrons but until somebody other than the “1st reviewer” goes they can’t get REAL reviews.  So, without a doubt the 1st 2 reviews for a new place HAS to be their mom/grandma or aunt…….

“We arrived and were instantly greeted by this handsome man who looks just like his mom, uhhhh….. I mean he was just handsome.  We ordered the sushi served table side and when it arrived there was broken glass all over it. I thought it was slightly odd but the broken glass added a crunchy texture to the otherwise brilliantly prepared raw fish by my handsome son….I mean by Beauregard”

2.)  The “ex” reviewer – This reviewer doesn’t care anything about the ambiance, food or anything else, they just want their “ex-boyfriend/girlfriend” to know that they are happy without them……

“The sushi was average at best but what made this place amazing was my other half got down on one knee in front of everyone else there (despite the fact that it was only our 2nd date) and sang Bruno Mar’s song “I think I want to marry you”….Some said that they heard dogs howling but I am certain they are just jealous that I was the center of attention……Would maybe go back…..”

3.) The “nothing is ever going to be right” reviewer…….We all have at least one of these family members or friends in our lives.  You may not openly admit it but you know you do……

“I went to my son’s restaurant last night and despite the fact that I loaned him almost 20 thousand dollars for this risky (never going to work restaurant) the parking was terrible!!!!!  We couldn’t park in the front space because of some silly handicap law but thankfully we got the space right next to it…..we still had to walk further to the door, but we made it inside.  We weren’t greeted in the first 2 seconds but were seated fairly quickly at the chef’s table. (The server said something about my son wanting to make sure no one heard me.  Well I’m pretty sure he said that my son wanted me to be close to him so that he could hear me but whatever)  The fish was raw and the rice was sticky….there was something green and grassy tasting and I could swear that the table behind us said it was “seaweed” but I am sure that my son wouldn’t serve that……I raised him better than that”

There are many more types but I am about to violate my promise to myself to not be long-winded so with all of that said, I will leave you with my review and you can decide which kind of reviewer I am 🙂

I have heard that Hash House A Go Go is normally VERY busy so we went today (Friday) at around 10:30am (after we picked Jeremy up from work) and there were a few people in there but we basically had the area we were in to ourselves.  I ordered the chicken and waffles with fried leeks (and maybe a house mimosa – C’Mon – you know you are into day drinking too).  Scott ordered the 2 egg breakfast with a pancake and Jeremy ordered the grilled cheese.  To say that the portions are HUGE is an understatement….They literally could feed a family of 5 but the chicken and waffle was REALLY REALLY good!!  The chicken has to be soaked in buttermilk because it was moist and yet crispy at the same time and the waffles were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside…..fluffy pillows of goodness…..the syrup was pure maple goodness and the bacon….well what can I say?  Bacon makes everything better…..long story short?  I would absolutely recommend this restaurant if you haven’t eaten in approximately 5 days and even if you have….It is WELL worth the time!!!!

 

 

People have told me……

People have told me throughout the better part of my adult life that I should write a book because my life is crazy……….I am pretty sure they mean “certifiable long white jacket that ties in the back CRAZY” but after a really long road trip and LOTS of time to think, I decided I would write a blog.  If you have read this far then pat yourself on the back because I am pretty sure no one else has made it to the point 🙂

So, what makes my life so crazy??  I’m not really sure…..I have the “luck of the irish” (look it up on Wikipedia and that will tell you a LOT about me and I am not referring to the gold part of that equation), I have a FREAKISHLY large dysfunctional family that absolutely puts the FUN in dysfunction and perhaps a few relatives (by marriage doesn’t count right??) in prison, I LOVE food and consequently it loves me back to the tune of 25 extra pounds, I have 5 amazing boys (3 of which I raised and 2 that are a part of this crazy town) and I was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams 2 weeks ago yesterday…….

The last few years have been a doozy but this year especially has so many POSITIVE changes that have already happened and a couple more that are guaranteed to get another relative or 2 thrown in prison but also will make me the happiest woman ALIVE (and for the love of all that is Holy, NO!  I am not pregnant)….This year promises to be the wackiest and most incredible journey that I am going to be on and if you are reading this and I know you then count yourself as someone who I carry around in my heart ALL of the time.  If I don’t know you personally and you are reading this then take a moment, bow your head and thank Google and/or the WordPress Gods for directing you my way.

It is my goal to share my heart, mind and soul with you and also share some of the things that I love.  As I said before, I LOVE food, I LOVE my family and I LOVE my life.  I will get into WAY more detail with each blog……Can’t share anymore or this blog will be over before it gets started……more to come soon!

Take care of yourself, each other and BE SAFE!  XOXOXO