Elegant Survivalist, by M-J de Mesterton

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Elegant Home-Made Tortilla Chips

MAKE YOUR OWN ELEGANT TORTILLA CHIPS

Frying Tortilla Chips for an Elegant Home-Made Southwest Appetizer

Posted at 12:16 PM on November 27, 2009
MAKE YOUR OWN ELEGANT TORTILLA CHIPS

You don’t have to throw out your tortillas if they are past their prime. Make them into tortilla chips, which will be very popular with your family and guests, as they are pleasingly different from those bought in the store.Take a stack of tortillas and dust between the layers with salt, pressing it into them. Then, pushing down hard with a large knife twice at different angles, cut the stack into quarters. Lower a handful at-a-time of uncooked chips into bubbling hot oil. For this light and crispy batch, I used a combination of soy oil, which is now sold as “vegetable oil”, and lard. Peanut or corn oil are also good for deep-frying tortillas. When the chips themselves have developed bubbles and are slightly brown, it’s time to remove them from the pot with a runsible or slotted spoon. Drain them on paper towels, and dust with more salt if desired. The cooking oil may be strained, refrigerated and re-used for French fries, yams or potato chips. My recipe for Elegant Guacamole goes very well with these tortilla chips. So do sour cream or crème fraîche, and a mixture of sliced jalapeños with melted Cheddar cheese, baked on top of the chips for a few minutes in a hot oven.

©M-J de Mesterton 2009

Home-Made Tortilla Chips: an Elegant American Appetizer

M-J de Mesterton’s Elegant Guacamole Recipe is Available on ElegantCook.net

For green chile powder, which is a good substitute for chopped canned or frozen New Mexico green chiles, go North of the Border.

M-J’s Elegant Tart Made with Two Apples

All you need to make a tart like this  is a reliable tart pan with a removable bottom (about ten USD at Target, for example), a good crust recipe (see Elegant Cook), some reduced apple sauce or juice concentrate if you have it, for added flavor, two apples, a little butter and sugar.
Fruit is very expensive nowadays, and if you cannot go to the market frequently, it is unlikely that you will have plenty of apples with which to make a traditional pie. Food prices are going to skyrocket, since the delivery of vegetables, fruits, and packaged goods depend upon oil and gas–two commodities that America is rich in, but our leaders are damning more by the day–to the extreme detriment of all itscitizens. We are all for alternative fuel sources, but there are none right now that don’t use disproportionate amounts of water and corn to produce. Plants that produce food and goods also need energy to run. France depends upon its own nuclear energy for 80% of its power. Very few Francophiles in the United States, most of whom excoriate oil and gas, coal and nuclear energy, are aware of that fact, ironically. America’s university chemical engineering departments have developed clean coal-producing plants, in order to run electrical grids with minimum pollution. Yet, people with nothing better to do spend big bucks putting huge adverts in the papers and on television repeating the howler that there’s “no such thing as clean coal”, not having bothered to inform themselves. Self-proclaimed “environmentalists” will not tolerate wind-farms within sight of their precious properties. And they think it’s better to drill for the oil they require in someone else’s backyard, in order to run their private jets and other gas-guzzling, luxurious transports. Meanwhile, America’s economy is under assault from over-regulation by those without an understanding of business, trade, finance, and what it takes to run commerce or even a household. Fasten your seat-belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride downhill without any fuel…and learn to make an economical pie, because you still have to try and enjoy life!
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

M-J’s Elegant Tart Made with Two Apples

All you need to make a tart like this  is a reliable tart pan with a removable bottom (about ten USD at Target, for example), a good crust recipe (see Elegant Cook), some reduced apple sauce or juice concentrate if you have it, for added flavor, two apples, a little butter and sugar.
Fruit is very expensive nowadays, and if you cannot go to the market frequently, it is unlikely that you will have plenty of apples with which to make a traditional pie. Food prices are going to skyrocket, since the delivery of vegetables, fruits, and packaged goods depend upon oil and gas–two commodities that America is rich in, but our leaders are damning more by the day–to the extreme detriment of all itscitizens. We are all for alternative fuel sources, but there are none right now that don’t use disproportionate amounts of water and corn to produce. Plants that produce food and goods also need energy to run. France depends upon its own nuclear energy for 80% of its power. Very few Francophiles in the United States, most of whom excoriate oil and gas, coal and nuclear energy, are aware of that fact, ironically. America’s university chemical engineering departments have developed clean coal-producing plants, in order to run electrical grids with minimum pollution. Yet, people with nothing better to do spend big bucks putting huge adverts in the papers and on television repeating the howler that there’s “no such thing as clean coal”, not having bothered to inform themselves. Self-proclaimed “environmentalists” will not tolerate wind-farms within sight of their precious properties. And they think it’s better to drill for the oil they require in someone else’s backyard, in order to run their private jets and other gas-guzzling, luxurious transports. Meanwhile, America’s economy is under assault from over-regulation by those without an understanding of business, trade, finance, and what it takes to run commerce or even a household. Fasten your seat-belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride downhill without any fuel…and learn to make an economical pie, because you still have to try and enjoy life!
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

M-J’s Elegant Tart Made with Two Apples

All you need to make a tart like this  is a reliable tart pan with a removable bottom (about ten USD at Target, for example), a good crust recipe (see Elegant Cook), some reduced apple sauce or juice concentrate if you have it, for added flavor, two apples, a little butter and sugar.
Fruit is very expensive nowadays, and if you cannot go to the market frequently, it is unlikely that you will have plenty of apples with which to make a traditional pie. Food prices are going to skyrocket, since the delivery of vegetables, fruits, and packaged goods depend upon oil and gas–two commodities that America is rich in, but our leaders are damning more by the day–to the extreme detriment of all her citizens. We are all for alternative fuel sources, but there are none right now that don’t use disproportionate amounts of water and corn to produce. Manufacturing plants that produce food and goods also need energy to run. So do the internet and telephone services. France depends upon its own nuclear energy for 80% of its power. Very few Francophiles in the United States, most of whom excoriate oil and gas, coal and nuclear energy, are aware of that fact, ironically. America’s university chemical engineering departments have developed clean coal-producing plants, in order to run electrical grids with minimum pollution. Yet, people with nothing better to do spend big bucks putting huge adverts in the papers and on television repeating the howler that there’s “no such thing as clean coal”, not having bothered to inform themselves. Self-proclaimed “environmentalists” will not tolerate wind-farms within sight of their precious properties. And they think it’s better to drill for the oil they require in someone else’s backyard, in order to run their private jets and other gas-guzzling, luxurious transports. Meanwhile, America’s economy is under assault from over-regulation by those without an understanding of business, trade, finance, and what it takes to run commerce or even a household. Fasten your seat-belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride downhill without any fuel…and learn to make an economical pie, because you still have to try and enjoy life!
©M-J de Mesterton 2010


Elegant Wines at Wal-Mart, Perfect for the Holiday Season

Oak Leaf Vineyards: Elegant Survival Wine at $2.97

Oak Leaf Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Oak Leaf Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

The French drink their local wines for a couple of euros per bottle. Now, Californians can drink excellent wines by award-winning Oak Leaf Vineyards for $1.97 a bottle, and the rest of America is able to buy them for $2.97, providing they can shop at the right store.

At the prestigious Florida State International Wine Competition in the spring of 2008, a new brand, Oak Leaf Vineyards from California, won gold. With 84 wineries competing in the Chardonnay category, only four received gold medals, and among them Oak Leaf was the biggest bargain by far, at $1.97 suggested retail price in California and $2.97 in most other states.“With the economy slowing and as we move into tax season where dollars are tighter, finding value in the wine aisle is ever more important,” said Mario Pulido, winemaker for Oak Leaf Vineyards. Oak Leaf Vineyards provides very high quality wine at extremely good prices. Available in five varietals — Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and White Zinfandel — Oak Leaf Vineyards wines have the qualities of wines costing three times the modest price. The traditional label highlights four seasonal oak trees.

“Our first awards — Gold and Bronze at the 2008 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition and Silver and Bronze at the 2008 San Francisco Wine Competition show our approach — ‘easy to drink with plenty of flavor’ — is a winning one. With the money you save on wine, your family can enjoy those little extra things in life,” continued Pulido.

Oak Leaf Vineyard wines are available nationally at Wal-Mart superstores that are licensed to sell wine.

Extreme Value Wines Mean what they Say

Never in the 6,000-year history of wine has there been the choice, the quality, and more than anything, the values, available to the American wine consumer. With 100,000 labels in the market, that consumer can now find what he (and more likely she) wants at prices less than $2.00 a bottle. Amid new concerns about the current economic climate, everyone wants their dollars to go farther. Oak Leaf Vineyards is part of the new set of extreme value wines that are easy to drink, flavorful and over-deliver for a modest price.

~~Elegant Survival Wine Recommendations

Article on Wal-Mart’s Oak Leaf Vineyards Wines, in the Dallas Morning News

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