Sunday, December 30, 2012

Food Plan and Grocery List, 123012

The past couple of weeks I've been gradually making room for the new year. By that I mean I've begun a doing a little bit of cleaning up in various sections of my apartment. Most relevant to this blog though is the kitchen.

The kitchen walls and cabinet exteriors were washed using a Dawn:distilled white vinegar mix (not a 1:1, more like a 1:10 which was still much too sudsy)! While the kitchen is still like a dungeon the clean walls and cabinetry brighten things up quite a bit. Spices, oils, vinegars, and condiments were examined for expiration dates; the old ones were emptied from their containers and the containers recycled. The joint looks empty.

I plan to empty everything from the cabinets, clean the cabinet interiors, and sort through the items as I return them to the cabinets. Same with the fridge and freezer. Going forward I'll replace the old items as necessary, buying reasonably-sized packages of each instead of thinking bigger = better. Remember that flour? I still haven't used any. This will help keep the foods I make as fresh as possible, eliminating the possibility that any less-than-stellar results are from sub-par ingredients.

The meal to begin the next (it's going to take two days to prep) is from one of the only Bon Appetite mags I have:
  • Shrimp and Sweet Potato Cakes with Chayote Slaw and Chipotle Tartar Sauce
  • Slow-Roasted Pork with Lime Mojo
  • Spiced Butternut Squash
  • Corn and Cheese Arepas
  • Coconut Creme Brulee
I hope to set the tone for the upcoming year by beginning with a well-rounded meal, complete with a starter, main, sideS and dessert.

Grower's Direct:
  • limes: $1.28/1.44 lb (6)
  • red bell pepper: $1.59/0.64 lb
  • yellow bell pepper: $1.10/0.44 lb
  • garlic: $0.62/0.31 lb (2)
  • jalapeno peppers: $0.27/0.23 lb (2)
  • pasilla peppers: $0.77/0.60 lb (2)
  • butternut squash: $3.18/4.03 lb (2)
  • chayote squash: $0.99/3
  • sweet potatoes: $2.25/3.81 lbs
  • TOTAL: $12.05
  • Newman's pizza: $5.99
  • frozen corn: $1
  • marshmallow creme: $1.99
  • coconut milk: $2.99
  • mayo: $2.99
  • chipotle peppers in adobo: $1.49
  • vegetable oil: $2.99
  • coriander seeds: $2.99
  • cumin seeds: $2.49
  • heavy whipping cream: $2.50
  • heavy whipping cream: $2.50
  • cilantro: $0.49
  • pork loin: $10.86
  • shrimp: $3.91
  • TOTAL: $45.18
Stater Bros.
  • sherry vinegar: $7.99
Stater Bros.
  • eggs: $3.99/dozen
  • Bailey's creamer: $1.99
  • Knox gelatin: $1.99
  • TOTAL: $7.97
Grand Total: $73.19