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    • More Instant Pot Adventures: SOUP EDITION

      14 hours ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      Time for another food journal!

      If y'all have been keeping up with the news, you may have heard that Austin has had some uncharacteristically FREEZING COLD days lately. Earlier this week, we had a couple days where many roads around town were closed because they were frozen over and dangerous. (Before you yankees start making fun of us for freaking out about cold/ice - we literally do not have the equipment/infrastructure to handle the extreme cold or ice/snow. So yes, it is a big deal when we have below freezing temps. It's a safety risk to the city.)

      BUT ANYWAY. Since I've been freezing my butt off the past couple of weeks, I ventured into some soups with my instant pot. Here are the recipes I cooked! 

      Instant Pot Pozole

      Because I grew up in San Antonio, pozole has always been a comfort dish for me. It's decently healthy, filling, warm, and you can customize it wish all kinds of good shit. 

      This recipe was so quick and easy to do in the Instant Pot. I got at least 6 servings out of this, and possibly more.. I may have lost count over the days.

      2 lbs pork shoulder (I learned that pork shoulder is the same thing as boston roast/butt roast... why are there so many different names for the same cut of meat?!)

      4 cups chicken broth
      5 cups white hominy

      1/3 cup ancho chile powder (this may be hard to find. I found it in my grocer's bulk spices section)
      1 tbsp comino (cumin)
      1 tbsp oregano

      6 cloves garlic, minced
      1 tbsp kosher salt
      1 tbsp black pepper


      3 cups cabbage

      6 radishes

      optional: avocado, or anything else your heart desires

      - Chop the pork-of-many-names into 2-inch cubes and throw it in the pot. (I did spray mine with a quick coat of coconut oil first because I was paranoid about sticking.)

      - If you bought canned hominy, make sure to drain it, and then throw it in the pot.

      - Add your minced garlic and all spices to the pot. Pour in your 4 cups of chicken broth as well. I recommend giving the soup a quick stir to mix things up, but you can do what you want.

      - Secure the lid of your pot and select the Meat/Stew option. (I think you could also use the soup function, but I decided to use the stew option because of the pork.) I left the time on the default 35 minute cook cycle. Make sure your pressure valve is closed.

      - While that's cooking, you can prep your garnishes (or go play a couple matches of Overwatch while you wait). Slice the radishes into thin circles, and chop the cabbage into thin slices. The lime should be wedged.

      - When the cook cycle is complete, open 'er up and give things a good stir. You can use your
      spoon/ladle to help break up any chunks of pork if you'd like. Pour yourself a nice bowl of goodness and then add your cabbage and radish on top. Squeeze the juice from one or two of your lime wedges into your soup, and then throw them in the bowl for a little extra flavor. (But I
      advise eating around the wedges.. not actually ingesting them. lol)

      - DIG IN! I didn't have any avocado on me at the time, but adding a few slices of avocado on top is super good too.

      **This pozole freezes great, so if you don't think you'll be able to finish it all quickly, go ahead and portion some out for the freezer. I recommend freezing just the soup part alone, and storing your toppings in the fridge until you've thawed/heated your soup up and are ready to eat. 

      Vegetable Tortellini Soup

      Now that I am obsessed with Instant Pot cooking, I've been lurking the r/instantpotrecipes subreddit. There's not a whole lot on there currently, but there are definitely some gems. I decided to use this recipe (with my own tweaks, ofc) because it looked cheap and delicious. (Living alone in an expensive city, I'm all about budget-friendly cooking... lol)
      I've also been trying to work more meatless dishes into my weekly routine, so this was great for that as well. This recipe makes 10 servings, unless you're really hungry. Then maybe it makes 6 or 8...

      2 quarts vegetable broth

      1 package cheese tortellini

      4 medium carrots, sliced into circles

      1 can stewed tomato

      2 cups green beans (I cut mine into 2-inch pieces to make them more manageable)

      3 cups chopped kale

      1/2 white onion, sliced
      1 tbsp red pepper flakes
      1 tsp oregano
      1 tsp parsley
      1 tsp basil
      dash of salt and pepper

      optional spices I added (sometimes I just throw in whatever else sounds good at the moment):

      1 tbsp comino

      1 tbsp chili powder
      1 tsp garlic powder

      1/2 tsp tumeric powder

      - Select the Saute function on your pot and saute your onions and carrots until soft (and amazingly fragrant).

      - Throw the remaining ingredients, except for the kale, n the pot. Stir gently so that you don't break your beautiful tortellini.
      - Select the soup setting and let cook for about 25 minutes. (This time while you wait, go play something besides Overwatch. Variety is good. I played the Monster Hunter: Worlds beta for a change of pace.)

      - When the cook cycle is complete, quickly release the pressure by opening the pressure valve. When you've released all the pressure that you can through the valve, open the lid and smell your beautiful concoction. Gently stir in your kale and let the soup continue heating until all kale is wilted.
      - Portion out and ENJOY!
      **This is another great freezable recipe. Keep your immediate portions in the fridge and freeze the others until you can get to them.

      So there you have it! Some nice, warm, comfy soups for your cold, wintery days. Though, a couple of days after making the vegetable soup, things started warming up a little in Austin.... stupid unpredictable weather.

      Just like before - if you have any recipes or suggestions you want to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below! I'd love to hear the stuff y'all have tried.


    • 2018 - The Instant Pot Adventures

      2 weeks ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      One of my 2018 goals is to create a routine of posting journals on here more regularly.
      Another one of my goals this year is to get back in the habit of meal prepping and cooking real food. (Something I used to be good at but I let the end of 2017 completely wreck me.)

      SOOO this journal post is a first attempt at working on both of those goals :)

      For Christmas, my parents gifted me a Crockpot Express Cook, which is basically a pressure cooker/slow cooker hybrid. It does all kinds of things... slow cooks, pressure cooks, sears, steams, simmers, etc. It. Is. Amazing. And I guess being this excited about receiving a small appliance for Christmas is the true sign of being an adult.

      Well, I've used the pot twice so far and am pretty happy with the results. I figured why not start sharing my adventures with it?! Now, these two recipes are admittedly not the healthiest, but they were fun and tasty... and at least they weren't fast food. ALSO, you don't necessarily need an instant pot for these two particular recipes. They can easily be make with a slow cooker or good old pots and pans on the stove; you'll just need to adjust the cooking times to whatever tools you are using.

      But anyway, here we go!

      Black-Eyed Peas

      A good chunk of my extended family is from the South (Mississippi, to be exact), where it's a New Year tradition to eat black eyed peas for good luck. Apparently the shape represents the shape of coins, and that is supposed to bring prosperity and luck. (We also make a point to eat mandarin oranges or tangerines for the same reason. idk, it's weird, but I still do it.) Pressure cookers help make awesome peas/beans, so I wanted to try them out in my new pot. Here's what I came up with, loosely following the directions on the package of dried peas I bought.

      Makes 6x 1 cup servings
      1 lb dried black eyed peas

      8 cups water (or you could sub vegetable or chicken stock for extra flavor)

      2 tbsp olive oil

      4 slices bacon

      2 cloves garlic, minced

      Salt, pepper, any other seasonings to taste

      - Pan fry your bacon as you would normally. Doesn't really matter is it gets super crispy or not - you're throwing just them in for flavor.
      - Once the bacon is done, throw that and the rest of the ingredients into your instant pot. Seriously, It's that easy. As far as seasonings, I usually just kind of wing it when I cook. A little of this, a little of that. For this recipe, I think I added chili powder, paprika, fajita seasoning (a bunch of peppers, salt and garlic), and comino. I wish I had some bay leaves or something, but I just used what I already had on hand.

      - Put the lid on, lock it, and make sure the pressure valve is in the off/sealed position.

      - Select the "Bean/Chili" setting on your pot, and cook for 20 minutes.

      - When the cooking cycle has completed, I suggest letting the cooker release its pressure naturally, which can take up to 20 minutes. (Alternatively, you can also manually release the pressure by opening the pressure valve.)

      Instant Pot Orange Chicken

      This one was a little more involved than I realized, but still pretty easy. I basically followed this recipe from Sweet and Savory Meals with some tweaks here and there.

      Makes 6 servings

      2 lbs chicken breast, cubed

      2 tbsp cornstarch

      2 tbsp olive oil

      1 cup orange juice (I used a lower sugar, lower calorie OJ since this recipe requires actual sugar)

      4 cloves garlic

      1 cup tomato sauce

      1/4 granulated sugar

      1/4 cup brown sugar

      Zest from one orange

      Sriracha to taste

      Green onion for garnish

      Optional: broccoli, red peppers, any other vegetables you want

      - Pre-heat your pot with the Saute function. When it is heated, pour in your oil and add your chicken to saute for 2-3 minutes (or until it is just golden).

      - Add in the tomato sauce, garlic, sugar and brown sugar, Sriracha, some of the orange zest, and 1/4 cup of the orange juice (save the other 1/4 cup for later). Stir and coat all ingredients with the sauce.

      - Put the lid on the pot, lock it, and make sure the pressure valve is closed/sealed. Select the Poultry option on your pot and let cook for 7 minutes.

      - When the 7 minutes are up, turn your pot off and let it naturally release pressure for about 10 minutes. 

      - Remove the pot lid and turn the Saute function back on.

      - In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the remaining 1/4 cup of orange juice until there are no lumps. Slowly pour it into the instant pot and combine with the sauce. 

      - If you're going to add any veggies to the mix, now would be a great time to, so that they can be coated by the sauce. I added broccoli and red bell pepper to mine. Just gently stir them into the pot so that you don't shred your chicken too much.

      - Let the sauce cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

      - If you'd like your sauce thicker, whisk together another batch of cornstarch and orange juice and slowly stir it in again. You can do this until you've reached your desired consistency. (I personally ended up adding 2 more tbsp of cornstarch to thicken.)

      - Serve over rice (I used quinoa because that's all I had on-hand), and garnish with green onion and extra orange zest.

      So there you have it; foodies! These were both great for dividing up into individual servings for meal prep (and no I did not eat these recipes in the same meal. that doesn't sound very appetizing). Both recipes also did well in the freezer, so if you made way too much, just freeze the extra for later.

      Do any of y'all have a instant pot? Any cool recipes you want to share? (Bonus points if they are low carb. I could stand a few less carbs in my life.)


    • 2017: A Recap

      3 weeks ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      It's already December 31st. I cannot believe how quickly this entire year has flown past! I can remember last New Year's Eve like it was just yesterday...

      Well, I've been on a break from work this week and I've had some time to reflect, as lots of people tend to do at the end of the year. I'm going to take a look back at some of my favorite stuff that happened/I experienced this year. Before I start - don't judge me, lol. Also, the things in each category aren't ranked, they're listed in the chronological order that I experienced them in.

      Favorite Movies I Watched



      Gaga: Five Foot Two

      Star Wars: The Last Jedi

      Favorite Shows I Watched (I am aware that not all of these shows originally aired in 2017, but I watched them for the first time this year...)

      Bill Nye Saves the World

      The Fosters

      One Punch Man

      Steven Universe

      Favorite Games I Played (Again.. most of these didn't come out this year.)

      Overwatch - I actually started playing in 2016, but I put like 100 hrs in this year, so I have to mention this one

      Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - Yes it was super short, so it felt more like a demo of what KHIII can/will be one day, but still. I had fun with it. 

      Life is Strange


      Destiny 2 - I should note here that I stopped playing this mid-campaign because I kept getting distracted by competitive OW seasons. But what I have played I really enjoyed, and I plan on continuing in 2018.


      Of course these aren't all the things I watched/played, just some of my favorites I thought I'd list. I had some miscellaneous other firsts/cool moments this year too that deserve a mention:

      - Participated in the A Day Without A Woman strike to bring awareness to women's equality issues in the workplace. The first actual organized strike I've ever participated in.

      - Ran my first official timed 5K race (and then after that, my running efforts stopped halfway through the year because depression sucks)

      - Before we secured a full-time RT staff photographer this year, I actually did some product photography for the store team and some promo photography for the social media team. I have to be honest- these were some of my favorite work moments this year

      - Went to one of my oldest friends' weddings - we've known each other for 20 years. One of the only people I still talk to from that long ago that I'm not blood-related to

      - Grew my own bell peppers and basil from seeds into an actual edible form. I ate them and didn't die!

      - Witnessed a solar eclipse in real time (through the proper eye protection, ofc)

      - Participated in something for Blood Fest that I don't think I can really say anything about at this time... but it was definitely cool. lol

      - Became a foster parent for the Austin Humane Society

      - Re-branded The Space Cadets with my pals Afiya and Sadie

      - Joined my first two D&D campaigns

      - Walked in an RT fashion show in front of all staff and didn't bust my ass

      - Witnessed the first real snow in Austin since 2011

      Before I sat down to write this journal post I was afraid that this had just been another boring "character development" year... But you know what? There were no majorly terrible plot twists. I mean yeah, there was definitely some shit... but I actually got to do and experience a few pretty cool things this year. And for that, I'm super thankful. It really just took the action of sitting down and writing about it all to remember that it wasn't all bad. 

      What a year.

      Man, I can't wait to see the things I get myself into in 2018... 

      See you next year!  wink


    • Baby's First Ren Fest

      2 months ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      This weekend, some of my best friends and I went to the Texas Renaissance Festival and it was a BLAST. This was my first Ren Fest, so I wasn't 100% sure of what to expect. Honestly, I imagined it would just be a bunch of booths and tents set up in the middle of a field, but I was very wrong. It was like an actual town, with real buildings to walk in and out of. There were also gardens to wander through, and like a mini-stadium for events. Super neat.

      As someone who doesn't really cosplay, I didn't nearly go all out with my outfit. But I borrowed a few pieces and then raided my closet for anything else that could remotely pass for an elf. Let me tell you, wearing elf ears all day was like the most awesome thing, ever. I don't know why... but they were super fun! If I could have kept them on this whole week, honestly, I probably would have. 

      I already have a small handful of cosplays that I have set a goal to work on over the next year or two, and now I'm adding a wood elf OC to that list. lol

      There was so much to do at the fest, it was hard to figure out what to do with our day. Not too long after we showed up, however, the power to the entire festival went out. (Just our luck...) Not a big deal during the day, we just had to do cash-only transactions at all vendors. However, once the sun started setting around 5:00pm, the event made the call to start closing early. So our day ended up getting cut short before we got to explore everything, which sucked. But while the sun was still out, we made sure to work in plenty of shopping, jousting (spectating, not competing), mead, and FOOD. Oh boy. I had a chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick and I swear it was like biting into a piece of heaven. This is the only place I'll ever allow myself to eat something like that...
      Though I will say I was a little disappointed in the shopping. I was really hoping to find some unique crystal and glass jewelry pieces, but I didn't find anything before we had to leave.
      But regardless, it was still a great trip!

      Have any of y'all been to a Renaissance festival before? I want to hear some of your experiences. 

      I wish I had remembered to pack my camera... but here's a quick phone pic of our group. An elf, a viking, a witch, a ranger, a musketeer, a pirate, and Red Riding Hood.
      One of the fest staff told us we looked like an obscure D&D group, which... we really are. I'm currently in two D&D campaigns and everyone here is actually in either one of those groups satisfied


    • Headset Recs?

      7 months ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      So I've been gaming with a Tritton Kama headset for a few months and it's time to invest in something new. This was my first headset, so I chose to go with something affordable, and not flashy. I have no functionality complaints with audio, but this headset hurts my ears! Especially after extended amounts of time. The ear cups are pretty small to begin with, and I have several piercings in both ears that get super squished and uncomfortable...

      So here's what they look like, for reference. 


      Anybody have any headset recommendations?

      I mainly play on PS4, but occasionally PC.

      I'm not looking to invest into anything crazy or expensive right now, but I really want something that won't hurt my poor ears anymore :( 

    • Two Year Anniversary

      8 months ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      All day I've been wondering why the date 5/11 was so familiar... it wasn't until I got home this evening that I remembered today is my two year anniversary here at Rooster Teeth!

      Oh my god... the time has absolutely flown past me. It's like, on my first day here I must have stepped into a time machine. I don't even know how it happened. 
      I won't get super sappy like I did with my anniversary post on here last year... but I will say that I am even more thankful than ever for all the RT fam I've made and the experiences I've had. I've met so many amazing community members, and I can't wait to meet even more.  

      In my time here, I've experienced the company grow from 99 people to over 250, and I've learned tons of things. I am so excited to continue my growth with this family. 

      Soo... for y'alls sake, I'm just going to hush and post some images now.

      Here's a few (but not nearly all) of my favorite moments from Year Two.
















      So, yeah. Thanks for humoring my short and sweet nonsense. I can't wait to see what else is in store, and I look forward to spending much more time with y'all. <3

    • MDB Community Game Night No. 1

      1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      Last night, we had the first ever community game night.

      So much fun! I was impressed by how many were able to make it out to Pinballz arcade here in Austin. It was so awesome getting to meet new friends (and see some familiar faces) while playing Million Dollars, But... and coming up with some truly awful scenarios. I kept getting the cards about being chased by giant hornets and writing letters to my relatives about sexual encounters persevere 

      Just a few photos I wanted to share with y'all. 


      Beginning of the game night... we filled this room! Even more community members showed up as the night progressed. blush 


      Starting up a new game! (also @Chelsea looks pretty happy about that beverage)


      Chatting with Blaine and Sammie - cutest cuties ever (still love the spoopy Halloween vest)

      (also omg my hair is so short now)


      I took a panoramic that was way too big and just wonky, so here's the most decent section. (Did you know @Skilltacular had such broad shoulders? lmao)

      I'd say that was a pretty successful game night. So much fun. Can't wait until the next one!

      Silly me didn't ask for anyone's user names... so if you recognize anyone here feel free to tag them in the comments so that we can connect!


    • But what does it MEAN?

      1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      After a very delicious takeout dinner, this was in my fortune cookie. I've definitely experienced this fortune in the literal sense, but figuratively, I'm drawing blanks. 

      Can anyone come up with a philosophical meaning for this? 


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      1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator


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    • 1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator
  • About Me

    I'm Texas State University alumni (eat 'em up, cats!) and I've been an Austinite for two and a half years now. Started working at RT in 2015 and I have been loving it ever since. I dig photography, graphic design, and basically all fine arts. Music is/was my first love. I game (very casually), go to shows and concerts, and I like doing stuff outside. Also, dogs are amazing.
    Always down to make new friends. Don't be afraid to say hi!
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