Christmas is almost upon us and I managed to taste and review another wine before taking a bit of time off for the holidays. Portugal is well known for Port. What about wine? The wine reviewed here comes from the Alentejo region of southeastern Portugal, not Port territory but in fact cork territory. I haven't been able to determine for sure the grapes of this 2007 vintage, but the 2004 vintage included the following red grapes, presumably in order of volume Aragonez (known in Spain as Tempranillo), Trincadeira, and Castello. So we have a relatively undistinguished wine region, and a blend involving two undistinguished grape varieties. Do I smell a bargain?
There will be a burger eating contest on Saturday, May 19 at 5:30 pm. Contestants will have 2 minutes to eat as many sliders as they can. They will get financial sponsors to enter the event and the winner gets 50% of all the funds collected for their charity. The other 50% will be split between the other participants based on how they chowed down.
At this point if you can let the meat rest at room temperature for an hour before cooking or so I'd recommend it, but that's probably me being too cheffy. Rest or not, throw it in the crock pot. Add some chopped veggies. Carrots, onions, celery, potatoes. Any combination that you like. I like the carrots so my ratio of carrots is a little higher. I don't add anything too creative here, no sense messing with tradition.
Also, there is an amateur burger cooking contest being held on Friday, May 18. There will be cash and trophies given out. BI-LO will also be giving 50-pounds of ground beef to the winner. The categories for the cook-off are best traditional slow cooked beef goulash with dumplings burger, best veggie burger and best non-traditional such as seafood and poultry. Registration for the cook-off is due by Monday, May 14 and is $10 per category.
Tuna is something that's overlooked by many, but it's super cheap and can be made into some great casseroles. Throw tuna in with some egg noodles cream of chicken traditional Beef Goulash soup and peas and there's a complete meal for two or three bucks. Look online to find even more simple and cheap tuna recipes.
Mace is the dried covering of the nutmeg seed and flavored similarly to nutmeg. Uses for whole mace include pickling, flavoring fish or fish sauce, and stewed fruit. Ground mace is used in baked products such as pastries and doughnuts. It adds an unusual flavor to chocolate slow cooker beef goulash type desserts.
MREs are a great option for backpacking, in the car, RV or motorboat. Basically think of MREs as a cousin of frozen dinners but for long term food storage and without the need to store them in the freezer.
Curry: I always use the condensed curry brick. It dissolves quickly in the stock, beef goulash dumplings adds a texture that I don't find with curry powder. Having said that, curry powder is also a fine choice. Again, base it on your personal preference. Note that if the curry tastes too spicy (hot), add a little beer to calm it down.
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