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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's Cooking.

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.

10 comments:

  1. Everything sounds fantastic! I don't know how you manage to fit all that cooking into a weekend!

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  2. A chunk of dark chocolate in your CHILI?? Oh, yuck! (But then I'm not a chocolate lover either so maybe don't pay any attention to me.) That sounds very . . . Mexican?

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  3. Now who is going to wipe the drool off my keyboard???

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  4. Mama Pea----You and I need to talk about chocolate!

    And yes, all this food IS sounding terribly delish!

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  5. Yummy! I can cook for a long time out , out of my cupboards and freezer also, but I am hesitant to do so. I am prepping for possible earthquake, etc. so what I do is cook from my stash and then replace it. I find I am much more creative when I can't just run to the store.

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  6. Erin, it's because I don't sleep much :o)

    I think we should have a chocolate intervention with Mama Pea!

    I get myself in more trouble (with my scale, that is) reading all your blogs!

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  7. Just give me a bag of potato chips and nobody will get hurt. (Heeheeheehee!)

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  8. I so love this idea of only shopping once a month! If only I could get that organized. We always seem to be running out of something or another... One days I'll get my pantry/cold cellar/life running more efficiently, lol!

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  9. I did a "no grocery runs" for the month of January and it really wasn't that hard! But, like you, we did have a full pantry & freezer, making it easier. Going to try and do another month sans grocery store again in March, thanks for the little reminder!

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  10. Mama Pea - don't be too sure about that; potato chips happen to be one of my biggest weaknesses!

    Fiona - It's a whole lot easier when you're one person with six furred dependents. The furred dependents get the same thing, twice a day.

    Carolyn Renee - Good for you! It can be habit forming!

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