I have been sticking to my once-a-month food shopping; I shop the Saturday following the 15th of the month. It's part of the No Buy February that I've joined in on and have expanded to -- ? It hasn't been difficult because I started with a very full freezer and shelves of home-canned foods. I tend to do most of my cooking for the week on the weekend. I also pack my lunch into work every day, so that leads to lots of soup and other easy comfort foods that I can heat up in the micro. I went a little overboard this past weekend - brownies for the farm crew, homemade squash/sage raviolis, lemon glazed pound cake for my neighbor's 80th birthday, and my current all-week lunch, vegetarian chili (inspired by Melanie's contribution to my well-being last Thursday). This used the following home supplies (I never use a recipe, so don't ask!): a quart and a pint of pureed tomatoes; red kidney beans; two small onions - a gift from a neighbor's garden; three large cloves of my own garlic; olive oil from a local VT family (they own an olive grove in Greece and press the oil and bring it back); spices that are definitely NOT local; two packages of 5 grain tempeh from my freezer - ordered from a local co-op. I also sacrificed a nice chunk of dark chocolate, because I like that extra little flavor it gives chili. I made enough to keep me in lunches all week!
This Friday, it is my turn to host a little dinner group (there are three of us - les filles d'une plume) and we try to get together once a month. On the menu: lasagna (I have everything but the cheese, which I will make), a baguette, my own butter, salad greens from my monthly shopping, and individual lemon (my Meyers) chess tarts. And martinis. And gossip. All this talk about food is making me ravenous! Time for my chili with pound cake for dessert.