The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Case of Wine — Wine Folly

Did somebody say wine????

One of our favorite things to do is spend the weekend in Fredericksburg with our “wine tasting friends” (you know who you are) and taste wine…..I have to admit that we generally come back with a case(ish) and as I sit here and plan our next adventure there, I found this great article and just had to share.

So on this beautiful Earth Day, SAVE WATER, DRINK WINE!!!!!!

Wine lovers buy bottles of wine. Wine fanatics buy cases. Learn how much is in a case of wine, what it should cost, and how to put together a great mixed case. Ultimate Guide to Buying a Case of Wine How Many Bottles Are in a Case of Wine? A standard case in the US…

via The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Case of Wine — Wine Folly

Instant Pot Risotto – Can it really be restaurant quality?

I watch more Food Network than your average “Betty Crocker” and there is definitely a theme surrounding Risotto and it usually begins with you can’t walk away even for a second and it ends with it’s almost impossible to come up with a creamy and tasteful version unless you have been a chef for YEARS and cooked risotto a THOUSAND times……

No pressure there……

BUT, I don’t usually shy away from a challenge AND it was Valentines Day AND I do believe that food is love AND I do love my man AND my family too, so I decided to try making risotto.  As most of you know, I am the proud new owner of an Instant Pot and I’m not gonna lie…….I didn’t think it was possible to make risotto in a pressure cooker but when you search “Instant Pot Recipes” on Pinterest it is one of the beginner recipes that comes up frequently so why not??

As with every single thing I make, I do my “due diligence” and read several different ways of doing the same thing and more importantly I read the reviews.  (A side note on the types of reviewers)

So, I combined a couple of recipes and this my friends,  is what happened….

It was magic!!!!

After just a short time we had the most delicious Pan Seared Filet Mignon with “to die for”  Bernaise Sauce and the creamiest, dreamiest mushroom, parmesan and pea risotto.

YUM!!!!!!!!

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Here is the combination of a couple of recipes and a little blood, sweat and tears…..

Oh c’mon!  Who am I kidding???  It literally took minutes and my amazing Instant Pot (and a couple other normal kitchen gadgets like oh say a pan and a blender and a few knives) and VOILA!

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 16oz Crimini (baby bella) mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot electric pressure cooker to saute.
  2. Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter
  3. Cook onion and garlic until onion is soft and translucent.
  4. Mix in rice and mushrooms.  Turn instant pot off.
  5. Pour in chicken stock and white wine.  Stir.
  6. Set Instant Pot to manual – 7 minutes
  7. Quick pressure release
  8. Mix in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, parmesan cheese, peas and dried parsley.  Salt and pepper to taste.

It really is just that easy.  No, really it is!!!!

There are so many variations on the Instant Pot Risotto but I would highly recommend you read some other blogs because there is definitely a science to adding vegetables to risotto because of the high water content.  For now, I am going to stick with this one and who knows…..maybe I will feel adventurous later this week and try vegetable risotto….

Stay tuned for more food, life and laughter!!!!!

Be safe out there and be kind to each other……

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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’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!!!!