Saturday, September 7, 2013

Grocery List, 090713

The line-up this week out of the latest fall copy of Cooking Club magazine:
Pulled Pork Banh Mi
Apple-Cranberry-Maple Syrup Crisp with Maple Crème Fraiche
Chocolate-Banana-Sour Cream Cake

  • butter: $6.55
  • whipping cream: $3.89
  • chocolate chips: $4.99
  • TOTAL: $15.43
  • sour cream: $1.99
  • salsa: $3
  • bittersweet morsels: $4.29
  • jalapeno pepper: $0.09
  • red onion: $0.72
  • garlic: $0.50
  • green onions: $0.89
  • cucumber: $0.99
  • cilantro: $0.59
  • carrots: $1.99
  • ginger: $1.99
  • pork shoulder picnic: $4.14
  • ciabatta: $2.99
  • TOTAL: $24.17
Grand Total: $39.60
Total for the year: $1323.23

Friday, September 6, 2013

Cost of Take-Out Lunch, Week Ending 090613

Monday: holiday
Tuesday: Taco Stop for two: $15.70
Wednesday: potato chips
Thursday: Jack in the Box burger on a coworker
Friday: Deemer's for two: $11.77 (w/ full punchcard)

Total: $27.47
Total for the year: $1157.08

Monday, September 2, 2013

Baked Oatmeal with Peaches

Having consumed bowls and bowls of coarsely chopped peaches with ice cream, I spied another way to use peaches. In breakfast! Yep, baked oatmeal, which I'm still on the fence about doing regularly but what the hell.

Baked Oatmeal with Peaches
adapted from Heather's French Press
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2 tbsp butter
2 c rolled oats
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 c milk
1 peach, sliced

Place butter in a 1.5-2 qt baking dish, maybe a 9.5" pie dish. Insert in oven and turn on to 375°F to preheat.

Combine oats, sugars, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

Take the butter out of the oven when it's melted.

Beat egg and vanilla in small bowl.

Whisk in milk.

Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir to mix.

Transfer to baking dish, stir very gently to evenly distribute the oats.

Arrange peaches on top.

Bake for 45 minutes.

It tasted good, nicely spiced, but I learned that I prefer apples over peaches in my oats. Maybe it was because the peach should've been peeled before slicing. There was just very slight difficulty in cutting through the peach slices.

Overall though, not too bad. I'm leaning toward loving baked oatmeal in general. With only 2 cups of oats instead of 3 for the same number of servings in the previous recipes I've tried, this is not a super heavy, more preferable, recipe.

  • butter: $0.14
  • oats: $0.48
  • sugar: $0.06
  • brown sugar: $0.06
  • egg: $0.30
  • vanilla: $0.16
  • milk: $0.72
  • peach: $0.63
Total: $2.55 or about $0.32 for each of 8 servings.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Roast Beef and Cheddar on Focaccia

It's so freakin' hot and humid it's insane. Yesterday I went to the bedroom to lay down (the coolest of my four rooms) and enjoy the gentle breeze of the ceiling fan and wound up passing out until 6 a.m. A good, oh say, about 14 hours. It's hot.

Googling things like "too hot to cook" I got a bunch of the same dissatisfying answers: grill! make salad! grill! Ugh. So sandwiches it is.

Roast beef slices folded to fit neatly on a quarter of focaccia.

Romaine, smeared with mustard, placed on the beef.

Spinach on the mustard-smeared romaine, topped with tomato slices, onion slices, chopped Kalamata olives, salt and pepper.

Then a couple of slices of cheese to weigh the more slippery toppings down.

This might be the best roast beef sandwich I've ever made.

It's good enough that I did almost exactly the for lunch.

It went well with chips.

Olive Oil Focaccia Bread

Planning on some sandwiches, figured this would be a different way to go.

I think it'll make four sandwiches, which will work out just right.

Tostitos Artisan Grilled Red Pepper and Tomato Salsa Chips

Normally I don't buy snack foods. They screw with the chocolate chips I'm almost constantly eating. But if I'm going to make a sandwich, I like a little extra crunch.

Years and years ago, Tostitos made a Roasted Red Pepper chip and a crazy Lime chip for a brief while. The Roasted Red Pepper chips were insanely good and for a while I'd eat a huge bag of them DAILY. It was impossible for me to stop eating them. Tostitos, apparently, didn't find my sales worthy of continuing them, but continued the Lime. I don't get it. I don't know if the Lime is still available because I tried them once and they were gross so never looked again.

Okay, I did, back then, realize they discontinued the red pepper but the Lime was still on the shelves. WTF?

So now Tostitos has "Artisan recipe" chips. They're glamorized Doritos but since these came in a Grilled Red Pepper and Tomato Salsa flavor, I thought maybe they'd be like the Roasted Red Pepper chips I was a junky over.

These Grilled Red Pepper and Tomato Salsa chips are ok. I prefer them over the very-similar Doritos, but they don't have ANYTHING on the old chips they'd rolled out way back when. For the love of all things holy, Tostitos, bring back those Restaurant-Style thin and crispy, delicately flavored, Roasted Red Pepper chips!

Tostitos Artisan Grilled Red Pepper and Tomato Salsa chips available in the chip/snack aisle at Ralph's for $3 a 9.75-oz bag.

Grocery List, 090113

It has been so hot this week. I haven't gotten anything done and have just been eating what would be considered junk: ice cream, cookies, chocolate chips, followed by scads of water. It is just too hot.

I put the shrimp tacos in the queue last week because I had cucumbers. Over the week, the cucumbers and the shrimp went bad, the avocado is pretty soft, and the tomatoes uber ripe. I'm going in a different direction this week.

Roast Beef sandwiches
Taco Salad
Peach Baked Oatmeal
Candied Walnut Banana Bread

Grower's Direct:
  • green grapes: $2.04/1.47 lb
  • melon: $2.38/4.85 lb
  • yellow peach: $0.52/0.53 lb
  • iceburg lettuce: $0.89
  • green bell pepper: $0.49/0.49 lb
  • sweet onion: $0.62/0.90 lb
  • corn (2) $0.78
  • romaine: $0.89
  • basil: $1.44
  • spinach: $1.69/10 oz
  • TOTAL: $11.74

  • Tostitos: $3.00
  • tortilla chips: $2.99
  • cheddar: $2.64
  • cheddar: $3
  • roast beef: $6.35
  • focaccia: $1.99
  • TOTAL: $19.97
Grand Total: $31.71
Total for the year: $1283.63