What’s local to me in February?

What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Apples
  • Fennel
  • Kohlrabi (I have no idea so I’m going to have to look this up, makes me think of a river though)
  • Winter
  • Squash
  • Turnips

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel (I’m going to have to look this one up as well)
  • Spinach (We like to buy it frozen as we use it mostly in smoothies or soups)
  • Sweet Potatoes

I’m going to see if I can find out what those unknown items are and see about learning how to use them. Do you have any suggestions or ideas?

~Emme

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Product Review: Rex Goliath Free Range Cabernet Sauvignon

Rex Goliath Cabernet Sauvignon

Alright,

I will admit it… I bought this on a lark… as it had a chicken on it (inside joke with Mr. Wonderful) and it was under $10 (my usual breaking point on wine bottles). This had few of the things Mr. Wonderful has told me to look for in a good wine.

  • No animals on the front
  • Under $10 (Unless we have had it before and we know it is good)
  • From California or Chile (sometimes Italy, Spain or France… depending on the wine type)
  • Has few left on the shelf and is not on sale

So I was walking through the grocery store’s wine aisle and I was drawn in by the chicken (I know it’s a rooster). Then I noticed it was a Cabernet Sauvignon and that is what we needed for the dinner I was planning. Then I noticed it was from California (sort of paying attention). It also had quite a few on the shelf and it was on sale for just over $5.

From Rex Goliath’s website:

“Hints of cedar and oak with layers of raspberry, plum, mocha and currant. Smooth tannins with a big fruit flavors lead to a lengthy and persistent finish.”

How did we like it?

Although the website says it is a hamburger wine, we paired it with pepperoni and cheeses. It was absolutely fabulous. Though I found out it also goes well with a glass. It was a bit on the drier side that I love, but the fruity complexity and a bit of sweetness that Mr. Wonderful goes for. This wine is on our list of wines to get again, especially if it is on sale!

What is your favorite wine that you’ve bought on a whim?

~Emme

Wonderful Pepperoni and Cheese Dinner (a recipe for success)

Cut up one stick of pepperoni and at least 3 different blocks of cheeses. Forget plates and relax.

Product Review: Patak’s Original Lentil Curry with Rice (Dal Makhani)

When I first saw the Patak’s Original brand on the shelf… I was taken in by the brightly colored box that promised to make some good food fast. Apparently you can also get it in Amazon’s grocery department, but it was a few cents cheaper at my Harris Teeters. I do not think I will be eating enough to justify the subscribe and save price. This was just a quick meal to have on hand in case I was running late… which I was this morning.

Patak’s Lentil Curry with Rice contains 14 ingredients… and they all are pronounceable.  There are 320 calories in this little box and 390mg of Sodium (please do not tell my doctor).

My lentils and rice did not come out looking like that or I would have taken a picture for you. It came out as a brown mush. A lovely tasting brown mush, but a brown mush non-the-less.

The spice is very light, I would have preferred a bit more heat and some garlic Naan bread or soy cheese, but that would add more calories and I’m trying to loose weight here.

It is nice to have it on hand, but for its price tag I can get two cans of soup… which has less calories & flavor and has more salt… but is cheaper… hmmm… if it goes on sale I will get it again, but for now I will just try and get the clothes folded faster next time.

~Emme

Goals Update: Week 6

Let’s see how well I did with week …

1. Loose some weight: I am maintaining 150

2. Exercise:  94.5 miles biked total

3. Eat more whole foods: We ate out a few times this week… but all dishes at home were healthy

4. Pay off some debt: 62.62%, will readjust when paid off goal

5. Finish 6 quilts: I have been working on my hexagon quilt, it is a hand sewn quilt so it does take awhile

6. Host 4 dinner parties: 25%

7. Try 12 new recipes: 1/12

8. Read 12 non-fiction books: 1/12

9. Write at least 100 words a day on my maybe novel… that would be at least 36,500 by the end of the year: 8.24% to 36,500 words

10. Go to Ireland… again: no date set

11. Try 12 new wines: 2/12

12. Learn some basic phrases in German: too busy this week

13. Go to Saint Augustine or New York City: not yet

14. Switch banks: not yet

15. Participate in 6 WDC review raids: 1/6

16. Find a new place to live and move: not yet

17. Attend couples cooking class: not yet

18. Join a meet-up group: yes… 2!

19. See 6 movies in movie theaters: Joyful Noise 1/6

20. Visit 3 new wineries: not yet

21. Get rid of 100 things: I have not had the time to go through anything this week, maybe this weekend

22. Make cleaning schedule and stick to it: not yet

23. Yoga!: not  really with all of the pain in my hand

24. Stay on budget: not too bad this week

25. Take vitamins on regular basis: yes!

26. Date night out at least once a month preferably somewhere new: 

46 more weeks to go.

~Emme

How not to use Grocery Lists: The Results

What was on the list? 15 items

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Milk White & Chocolate
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Pita Chips
  • Slow Cooker Bags
  • Act Mouthwash
  • Shower Cap
  • Zinc
  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Pizza Dough
  • Salad

What did I end up getting? 26 Items

  • Candy for Mr. Wonderful
  • Yeast
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Salsa
  • Thai sauce packets
  • Act Mouthwash
  • Shampoo
  • Zinc
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Pita Chips
  • Lettuce
  • Guacamole
  • Tomato
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Pizza Dough
  • Sour Cream
  • Eggs
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Tortillas
  • Vaseline

I could not find the slow cooker bags or the shower cap. I think the tomato and carrot sticks might fall under “salad” as salad was more of a general idea rather than an actual item. Taco Seasoning should have been on the list to begin with. As it goes with the chicken breast, salsa sauce and sour cream into the crock pot. The pita chips are to use up the left-over hummus we have. Sauce packets are for more chicken breast over rice and beans.

I’ll try the grocery list thing again next time I go. Maybe even put things in order by the way the store is set up. That way I won’t be running back and forth each time I need something that happens to be on the other side of the store. It is good exercise, though it does waste time… and that I do not have enough of.

~Emme

How not to use Grocery Lists

Do you use grocery lists?

I always use grocery lists and by that, I mean:

I always write up a grocery list and either forget it in my purse and/or work-bag  OR remember I have a list and get nothing that is on it… absolutely nothing.

Today I am going to the grocery store to get ingredients to make homemade tacos, slow cooker chicken, salad stuff, pizza and milk. Hopefully this should last us 2 weeks; although, it most likely will not… as I will forget something on my list.

I will do my best to stick to this list today and I will let you know how I do.

Do you suffer the same issue as I? How do you keep it straight?

~Emme

Place Review: Rice & Company, Luxor, Las Vegas

So there is a sushi/noodle bar in the Luxor’s pyramid in Las Vegas. It is surrounded by all things themed “Egyptian.” I was very excited to go. I love sushi and most flavor combinations from the orient.

After seeing the prices of the sushi we decided to just order entrees. Please keep in mind this would be our last meal before we got on a 10:45 PM plane flight back to home the next day around noon (after a layover in Atlanta). Our server was none too happy we did not order anything other than H2O (you can get free drinks at the slots ya’ll), a little upset we did not want any sushi and then rather irritated that we did not want an appetizer. He then proceeded to ignore us for the rest of our stay until the check was ready. The manager was flitting around asking those that were spending more how their meals were, there was a water boy who kept our glasses filled as soon as he saw us take a drink and a very nice server who delivered our food to us and brought me soy sauce.

What did I order? I always have a hard time deciding what to order. I love food and all of this food sounded wonderful. I ended up with Pad Thai. It was good, but missing something. I added soy sauce and it was a bit better, though something with more citrus might have brightened the dish and made it fresher.

Mr. Wonderful had the Orange Chicken and said it was alright… obviously not impressed.

I hear their happy hour specials are good, but we went on a Saturday.

I would probably go to a different sushi bar next time, we like it when our servers like us and don’t just treat us like bumps on a log.

~Emme