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This Week’s Groceries

So this week I’m only splitting my Urban Organic box with one other roommate, but that’s OK. More for me I guess. U.O. gave me credit for my missing tofu, and this week I decided to just buy it from the grocery store. I’m tired of not having protein in my meals! And they forgot to give me a newsletter! That makes me sad – I love those. So here’s the list (groceries not from U.O. are in italics):

look at these yams! have you ever seen yams so small?! i haven't.

look at these yams! have you ever seen yams so small?! i haven't. (i know the fuzzy things are kiwis.)

broccoli
local kale
green peppers
romaine lettuce
mushrooms
carrots
garnet yams (SO ADORABLE! i had no idea they could be so small!)
roma tomatoes
kiwi
nectarines
valencia oranges
bananas
cantaloupe
bartlett pears
gala apples
muenster cheese
oj
eggs
onion
tofu
chicken cutlets
safflower oil (instead of olive oil? i’ve heard it’s healthier.)
butter (for my procrastinator’s brunch next weekend – planning ahead!)
tomato sauce
lite coconut milk

Urban Organic ($19.14) + groceries ($31.87) = $51.01
total left in budget = $16.99 (went drinking a couple nights ago)

My Brunch for Procrastinators

In the chaos that is my senior year, I decided a couple weeks ago that I would host a procrastinator’s brunch on October 11th. I had a couple reasons. First, I wanted to invite everyone in my class in the Photography & Imaging department because I don’t know most of them very well, and since it’s senior year, I thought it may be a nice gesture. Second, I love looking at recipes and baking to avoid work. And that’s what I’ve been doing today instead of homework. These are the recipes I’ve decided on so far:

– Orange biscuits. I found and made this recipe on the fly thanks to CookingByNumbers. They went over well, and since they’re so simple and delicious, I decided they’d work.
– Chocolate chip pancakes. Pancakes are, for the most part, universally liked. I would also say the same about chocolate chips.
– Shirred eggs. This is a recipe I have never made before. I had shirred eggs for the first time at Sonsie in Boston. My waiter described them as the Irish’s cure for a terrible hangover. Sounds perfect for a late brunch for college students.
– Bacon Quiche. My mom would make this for our first days of school and any other time she felt like it. Quite a treat, and super easy to make.

I’ll also have some fruit, other egg options, maybe toast, and maybe sausage or bacon. Suggestions?

Country Borscht Stew

I had to call my mom a couple times to double-check the recipe, but I did it! I also messed up a couple things, but it was still fantastic (if I do say so myself). I had some friends over for dinner to try it as well. Apparently they had never eaten beets before, and they enjoyed it. So while it’s a lot of time and effort, it’s not terribly expensive, and it makes around 6 servings. It freezes and keeps well, so it’s good for leftovers too. It’s really not difficult, I promise.

We were so excited to eat that I forgot to take a picture. But apparently Michael Scott has something to say about it.

We were so excited to eat that I forgot to take a picture. But apparently Michael Scott has something to say about it.

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Beets. Beets. Beets.

Got my original value box from Urban Organic! They refunded my $2.99 for the tofu from last week, BUT they forgot my tofu this week! I’m guessing tofu is a hot item, so maybe I need to start ordering it earlier? Here’s my grocery lists (groceries not from U.O. in italics):

broccoli
local collards
yellow onions
red leaf lettuce
eggplant
carrots
russet potato
bunch beets
kiwi
nectarines
valencia oranges
bananas
honeydew melon
bartlett pears
gala apples
(tofu that wasn’t delivered)
oj
eggs
salt
bunch beets
short ribs
sour cream
rice
pasta
chicken broth (2 cans)
red cabbage
parsnip (wasn’t actually a parsnip. I don’t know what it is.)

Urban Organic ($12.33) + groceries ($24.90) = $37.23
money left in budget = $19.47 (got pho and dinner past couple days)

Eating is a Great Way to Procrastinate

This past week has been difficult in terms of my meals because Urban Organic forgot my tofu. As a result, I haven’t had any protein to base my meals around, and therefore I feel quite lost. But they deliver a new box tomorrow, which I’m really excited about. They also sent me a nice email to apologize, and they told me my account would be credited.

Two of my roommates have decided to jump on board, so we’re getting the original value box for $34.99! This week they’re including beets, and we all know what that means, right? BORSCHT! My mom has an awesome recipe that I plan to make this week.

And speaking of recipes, I apologize for not posting one from last week. I tried to make this recipe from PakiRecipes, but I had some trouble. My biggest problem was with the way the recipe was written. I wasn’t sure about the cooking times, or how much of each ingredient I needed. It didn’t turn out at all like I thought it was supposed to. Maybe next time I’ll try a recipe with measurements and clearer directions!

That’s all for now. Now go celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day!

My Little Box Is Not So Little Anymore

As I mentioned in my previous post, I made some changes to my Urban Organic order:

– green beans instead of lettuce
– 8oz block of muenster cheese
– 16oz of plain firm tofu

They charged me $1 for the green beans, but I also got the lettuce, which was cool. Unfortunately, they forgot to send me the tofu, but charged me for it anyway. I just sent them an email to let them know, and hopefully I will be refunded the $2.99.

For anyone who didn’t know, today is national cheeseburger day! My friends and I went to Corner Bistro, an infamous classic west village bar/pub with amazing bacon cheeseburgers. So if you’re in NYC, check it out. Anyway, here are the lists (groceries not from U.O. in italics):

broccoli
local kale
tomato
green leaf lettuce
green beans
carrots
yukon gold potatoes
eggplant
pluots
valencia oranges
bananas
red bartlett pears
gala apples
muenster cheese
(tofu that wasn’t delivered)
eggs
oj
beef
garlic
onion
plain yogurt

Urban Organic ($35.26) + groceries ($13.23) = $48.49
money left in budget: $8.15 (bought dinner and beer yesterday and today)

Busy Busy Busy

It was the first week of school and the first week of Urban Organic madness. I’ve been busy doing work, not doing work, and cooking. I’ve tried some silly things with my vegetables, and for the most part, they’ve turned out OK. I’m almost done with all of my treats, but I still had the oranges left. Today we had a room mate brunch, and I didn’t know what to make, so I went to CookingByNumbers to try to find a recipe. Lo and behold, I found this recipe for orange biscuits! They went over well, and I think I’ll have to make them again. I also changed up my U.O. order for this coming week.

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