$25 dollar salad - I miss my garden.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today is my company's annual Thanksgiving pitch-in. A dinner event for work kept me out late last night, so I was in a bit of a rush this morning trying to make it into the office on time. In that rush, I spent about half a weeks grocery budget on a large spinach, apple, walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

"Seriously....!?" - from Jordan

Why didn't I just make Jiffy Corn Muffins? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to eat out everyday this week then to participate in this 'pitch-in'? Perhaps if I had actually planted spinach this year I could have simply visited my garden this morning for the main ingredient.....  If I hadn't chosen to get Honey Crisp Apples, and if I had skipped the bag of Walnuts, and I had simply made a batch of homemade dressing, this would have been a lot less expensive... But, in my defense it is a rainy 40 degrees
outside.  That and I LOVE Honey Crisp Apples, I promised a co-worker Walnuts, and overslept... so, in a frenzy this morning at the local big box retailer/grocery I spent a fortune to create a beautiful salad, with fantastic flavors, for a bunch of people that would have been happier with Jiffy Corn Muffins.

So, to prevent this same disaster next year I'm in need of budget conscious pitch-in recipes... any ideas?

Grocery Shopping

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In my quest to establish consistency with our food budget I have decided I need to follow these simple rules.

1. Never take anyone with me grocery shopping (Jordan included)
2. Meal plans are my friend (stop being lazy)
3. Stay away from the middle of the store.
4. Don't bother visiting the frozen food aisle
5. Don't go shopping on Sunday - they are always out of sale items, and the lines are ridiculous.

And, finally stop being lazy --

Do you have any suggestions?

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Friday, November 5, 2010

The first time I tried Pumpkin Curry Soup I only took a small portion for fear of looking foolish or picky. (ha!) Needless to say, two full bowls later I still wanted more.

It took a few years of craving the spicy yet sweet curry burn punctuated by pumpkin goodness before I finally google'd the recipe and tried making it myself. The first few batches were made completely from scratch (anyone have a photo from the party where I served it in the pumpkin?) This year I went with organic pumpkin puree and a similar recipe that can easily be made after a LONG day at work.

The only addition I made was 1 leak chopped up into bits (just used the end portion)


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