It's the most wonderful time of the year...to celebrate the Holiday season and the coming New Year with those closest to you. From informal cocktail and dessert parties to sit down formal dinners, to buying the perfect hostess gift, we have 12 great recommendations that are all affordable, impressive, but ultimately delicious wines that everyone will enjoy. We wish you all a joyful Holiday Season and Happy New Year. Cheers to good health, happiness, and amazing food and wine!
Beef down. When you do buy red meat, save money by buying cheaper, less tender cuts of beef (round, chuck or shoulder), and use the pressure cooker or slow cooker beef bourguignon slow cooker to make a meal that's just as delicious.
This handy piece of kitchen equipment is economical to buy, comes in many different styles and sizes and does not overheat your kitchen the way an oven can.
You may be able to save money on meat by using a slow cooker. The low temp and constant moisture is a great way to tenderize cheap cuts of meat. The breakdown of collagen releases richer flavor than faster cooking methods.
Make a list so you can include your favorite canned fruits and vegetables. Pick a variety of colorful and sweet fruits like peaches, pears and mandarin oranges to satisfy the need for something sweet. Staple vegetables like green beans (even spicy pinto beans), peas, potatoes contain vitamins necessary to keep up everyone's strength. Canned items can be eaten cold if there is no stove available and no way to start a fire. Soups are important and canned meats, tuna, beef stew will all round out the menus you can create. Some foods that are too high in calories or fat for everyday use are good for short term survival situations because they supply extra energy and feel wonderfully decadent in trying times.
We each had a cocktail and entree. When we finished the meal, the waiter removed the plates, inquired if we would care for dessert or another cocktail. He did this several times and he slow cooker beef bourguignon finally asked if we would like our check. The checks, not including tip, were over $30. When adding the tip, the meal cost for the 2 couples was close to $75.
4 slices bacon; 1 1/2 lbs. top round beef or stew meat, cut into 1" cubes; 1 can golden mushroom soup; 1/4 cup beef burgundy slow cooker wine; 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley; pinch of black pepper; 12 small whole white onions; 2 cups sliced mushrooms. In large saucepan or electric skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove and crumble. Brown beef in bacon drippings. Pour off fat; add soup, wine, parsley and pepper. Cover, cook over low heat 1 1/2 hours. Add onions and mushrooms. Cover and cook 1 hour more until beef is tender. Serve over wide noodles. Garnish with bacon and parsley.
When doing your dishes in the dishwasher make sure that you fill it to as full as it can get and still get the dishes clean. And when you are doing the laundry, if you have a backyard and it's good weather consider hanging up a clothes line and drying your clothes outside and save on the dryer as much and as often as you can.