Friday, October 9, 2015

Perfect for Lazy People

Have you seen this? Its too funny.

I have to say, I do love fall. I mean summer is my jam, but fall is great too. I love fall fashions; leggings & boots are my favorite. And if you try to tell me that leggings are not pants I will just stare at you like this. You don't think leggings are pants? Let me show you how much I care, oh wait I left that in the back pocket of my jeans that I'm never going to wear... Moving on.

Along with leggings, I do also enjoy fall food. Roasts, soups (you already knew that), casseroles, chili... Chili & Football! College Football, YAY! GO HORNED FROGS! RAH RAH TCU! Ah! What just happened? I blacked out... 

Oh, yes, fall foods. One of my most favorite meals to make in the fall is my pot roast. Mainly because it requires zero effort and its delicious. Who doesn't love a meal they can put in the crock pot and forget about for hours??? I mean literally forget about it. Like I get home after work and walk in the door to the glorious smell and think to myself, "SOMEBODY BROKE INTO MY HOUSE AND MADE ME DINNER! WHAT THE ACTUAL FU... Oh, right that was me."

Annnyyyway, I make this really easy super yummy pot roast. So before you all lose your shit, here's the recipe:

(for Lazy People)

1 - Eye of Round Roast (Size will vary. You're in-charge of you're own roast destiny, choose wisely) 
8-10 - Carrots, peeled, cut in thirds and then halfed
5-6 - Russet Potatoes, peeled and chunked
3-4 - Stalks of celery in small slices
1 -  Medium yellow onion, sliced
1 - Can of Le Sueur, Very Young Samll Sweet Peas
1 - Box (2 packets) of Lipton's Onion Soup
2 cups of water
Salt & Pepper

To make:
Prepare your veggies. Cut, chop, slice, etc...

Heat a pan, large enough to fit the roast, on high heat.

Rub the roast with EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a VERY hot pan, sear all the sides of the roast until outer layer is brown. This will lock in the flavor.

In a crockpot put the sliced onions on the bottom then place the roast on top. If you went big momma sized with your roast you may need to cut it in to a couple pieces.

Then layer on top of the roast: the potatoes, carrots, celery and peas. Peas on top, please.

In the 2 cups of water mix the Lipton's Onion Soup packets and pour the mix over top of roast and veggies.

Seal the crockpot and cook on medium heat for 6-8 hours (or high heat for 4ish).

I serve with flakey biscuits. Like the pop can type. Shut-up, they are freaking delicious and you know it! If you are lazy or you just like delicous food, you should try this. And then let me know how much you loved it...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Friendly Reminder...

Oh my gosh. I just love her. How can you not love her? The passion she has for our kids is so awe inspiring and I am so excited for the amazing things she is doing for our school! GO Mme Weller!

Please remember to vote for Mme Sandy Weller, DAILY, in October. To read more about the $100,000 grant proposal, READ HERE. VOTE HERE. We so need this grant money for our immersion science make-over. Oklahoma can barely afford to pay their teachers, let along fund curriculum; THIS WILL MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE FOR OUR KIDS! Thank you so much for your time each day to vote and help our school DREAM BIG!
Farmer's Insurance and Thank America's Teachers is offering a $100k grant to one deserving teacher to support a program in their school. Our favorite teacher, Mme Weller (Lucy's Kindergarten teacher), is one of the 15 finalist NATIONWIDE qualifying for the grant. The winner is based solely on votes from this point forward, so will you please vote for her?  You can vote once per day, everyday in October. It takes 2 seconds, just go HERE, click on the $100,000 Grants option and look for Weller in Central AND VOTE! Thank you, Lucy & Penny Lane

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Listen to Me Wine...

Ok, so here's the deal. I am not ever remotely going to pretend like I know anything about wine. I do not. I take that back, I do know that its delicious, well some of it... And while I like to fool myself into thinking I have a taste for only finest things in life, my taste in wine is just meh. So, if  you are a sommelier or wine snob enthusiast, feel free to gloss this one over. I might offend your delicate taste buds. 
som·me·lierˌ səməlˈyā/
noun:: a wine stewardA trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. Something I am not.
Wanna hear something super sad? I AM ALLERGIC TO RED WINE. Its one of life's great tragedies. Can't even have one glass without experiencing extremely flushed cheeks and chest, congestion, migraines and itchy throat and some other symptoms, but I'll spare you. What the actual fuck is that about? For real. I'm all like, "Yes, I would love to have a delightfully robust red wine with my steak this evening! Oh wait, never mind... I'll have water." Its just sad people. And apparently a real thing. Let me drop a little science on you:
There is a specific type of protein allergen called “PLTP” is found in the skins of the grapes. PLTPs are Plant Lipid Transport Proteins and are responsible for the shuttling of phospholipids and other fatty acid groups between cell membranes. PLTPs are pan-allergans and can be responsible for some food allergies, like RED WINE ALLERGIES. Oh that's cool, Mr. Grape Skin, be a dick. 
Happily white wine is fermented without the grape skins so I can enjoy that. For the most part. Unless I enjoy it too much, then weirdly I have the same symptoms as above, but I deserve them this time. So, white wine I drink. And I do like it. So I'll share with you some of my favorites, from time to time. And just so you are prepared for how I systematically choose my wines, grab a pen and paper: 

I pick them by the label. 
You are welcome for this life changing tip.

It should come as no surprise to you, based on my sophisticated palette and painstaking method of wine selection that my favorite type of wine is Sauvignon Blanc. Quelle surprise! Its basically the tricycle of wines. Be that as it may, its my fav. Mainly because I use my many years of French to nail the pronunciation and feel very fancy. Who am I kidding, abbreviate that shit and order a sauv blanc... 
Sauvignon Blanc is a white-wine grape from western France, now successfully grown in emerging and established wine regions all over the world, some of the most famous being in New Zealand. The key selling point of Sauvignon Blanc is its straightforwardness – the flavors are rarely hidden away in the background. Also, there is a particularly close correlation between the perceived flavors and their descriptors, making Sauvignon Blanc an ideal wine with which to begin wine-tasting lessons. -Wine Searcher
Anyway, I tend to like the Marlborough variety of Savvies, well blended. I gravitate toward the softer aromas; green apple, grapefruit or green notes. Don't you dear try and give me any of the harsh stinky ones that taste like cat pee. Unless you want to wear it, in which case bring it on, I'll spit it in your face. Just kidding, I'm classy - on your shoes.

Traditionally savvies are paired with lighter fair. Excellent with summer salads, oysters, fish, chicken, lamb, grilled veggies and a variety of soft cheeses. Its also super yummy with flat bread pizzas and some lighter Asian fair, like sushi! But I like it with anything!

One of my current favs is the Spy Valley SavvySpy Valley is from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Apparently it has intense passionfruit and Gooseberry aromas. What in the hell is a gooseberry? I have no idea. I think it has a green apple, limey flavor. But what do I know... Its just a lovely crisp, light and not-too-dry wine. Its great pretty much delicious with everything especially paired with delightful company. And wink.

Next time you are at the store pick yourself up a bottle and then drop me a thank you. If you live in Tulsa, its a little hard to find. When I went to my regs liquor store searching for it, they explained that it for sure was not available in Tulsa, you know since they didn't have it, it was not to be had. <Obvi because they are the end all be all of fine wines in T-Town. Eye-roll.> But never fear, they were wrong! Head on out to Tulsa Hills Wine Cellar, its the only place in town that sells it. 

So there you have it! My first installment of Listen to Me Wine. You're welcome.