Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Week 8 Tuesday (2/25/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Tangy Tomato Brisket
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages  180 - 181     Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 688 calories per serving, if 8 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         As far as I know, this is my first brisket. If I have eaten it, then I just called it beef and went through life clueless.  This was interesting to me because I never even thought of cooking something for a whole seven hours in the oven. The flavors are outstanding and when I removed it from the oven the meat just fell apart. It was so wonderful and flavorful.  I need better adjectives to describe the flavors. This is worth the wait.

My flash totally changed the color - the bottom one is correct but the top one is more clear

Today’s critics: 
       Brandy:  - Excellent, wonderful flavor, very moist and tender. Really good all the way around. I will be making this one for sure.

Why Weight?

         Deprivation is an interesting word. In the past when I was dieting (it seems like my entire life) I began a program on a roll and it didn’t take long before that “D” word crept into my mind.  I was deprived of fast food. I was deprived of a rich dessert. I was deprived of what seemed like everything except salad, veggies, and miniscule portions of meat and potatoes.
         What is great about this time, is that I am never deprived.  Deprivation is a thing in my past. I do count the calories of everything that goes in my mouth, but I do not limit the types of things I eat. Now I am not foolish and I do know that certain foods are better than others, but if all I can think about is a Snickers bar, then I eat one. I find that once I do, my thoughts are satisfied and I can move on to other things.
         Now as I’ve said in the past, Ree’s food is amazing. I used to eat a lot of food either frozen, canned, or in a box.  Rarely did I eat what I call real food – you know fresh food. I truly think that is the one real difference this time. I am eating amazing, rich food, but in a limited quantity, and the outcome is lost weight.  Who would’ve known???

My Gorgeous Girls

         I feel very strongly that all animals should be micro-chipped.  This could be the difference between life and death for your pet. I frequently watch a show called Animal Cops (various locations). On this show, they save animals that are being neglected or abused, but they also catch strays or runaways. One way to reunite an animal with its owner is for the vet or animal control person to check to see if the animal has a chip. Be an advocate for your pet, and make sure that they are chipped immediately. 

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