Archive for October, 2009

No Grocery List This Week

Wednesday afternoon I’m leaving town until Sunday, so I’m not going to buy any groceries. I will tell you tales of my food adventures (foodventures?) when I return. In the meantime, check out any of the recipes I’ve made, or get creative and find some on your own! I’ve got some great links to recipe websites in that column right over there.

Have fun!

Carmelized White Fish

The recipe I made this week is from the World Hearth Circle of International Cooking as a Cambodian dish. I used tilapia, but I didn’t use pork. I also used significantly less portions, so my cooking time was much shorter. A great, tasty meal that I wish I had more of.

scallions! how tasty and colorful.

scallions! how tasty and colorful.

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This Week’s Groceries

This past weekend was kind of crazy. Some friends came into town, which meant I was spending money left and right. And then yesterday some friends and I went to a bar to celebrate…well, being awesome I guess. I won’t mention how much I spent, but I’ll let you know that it doesn’t affect my budget too much.

In terms of groceries and recipes this week, it’s all going to be pretty simple. But I’ve decided to make a fish dish this week, and so I’m oddly excited about that. Also, in my box this week, I requested not to receive romaine lettuce. They did, however, give me spinach instead, which is awesome even though I didn’t ask for it. (This week it’s an item not included in little boxes.) I also decided to go to the Westerly natural market because I need fish sauce, which they don’t have at Gristedes. So here’s the list (groceries not from U.O. are in italics):

eggplant
collards
green onions (scallions)
spinach
carrots
garnet yams
russet potatoes
kiwi
valencia oranges
bartlett pears
pink lady apples
milk
eggs
tilapia
fish sauce
Irish steel cut oatmeal
black beans

Urban Organic ($26.98) + groceries ($21.35) = $48.33
total left in budget = $31.67

Dijon Chicken Stew with Potatoes and Kale

Sorry it’s taken me so long to post this recipe. It’s been quite a week (as always). I found this recipe on Nibblous, posted by Mac Jordan of Reactive Cooking. I love both her blog and her recipe site, but this recipe wasn’t as well written as it could’ve been. There were a couple steps I was confused about; for example, she writes “Prepare the chicken and toss in flour,” but then later she says “place 1/3 cup flour in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.” I commented on the recipe regarding the potatoes, and I also asked her a question on Twitter, but she never got back to me.

Regardless, I took the recipe into my lazy, creative hands and it turned out great. Again, I didn’t take pictures because I was too excited to cook and eat, but I’ll show you this instead:

one night some friends and i got rather silly and posted an ad on Craigslist for ice cream. we really wanted ice cream.

one night some friends and i got rather silly and posted an ad on Craigslist for ice cream. we really wanted ice cream.

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This Week’s Groceries

You ever have one of those days when you just can’t get it right? Today has been one of those days. Fortunately, my order with Urban Organic was complete (minus the newsletter). I also decided to buy a bottle of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, so that’s making my day not so bad. 🙂 Here’s the list (groceries not from U.O. are in italics):

broccoli
kale
yellow onions
romaine lettuce
carrots
garnet yams
russet potatoes
kiwi
valencia oranges
bartlett pears
pink lady apples
bananas
turkey cutlets (oops – thought it said chicken)
chicken broth
spaghetti
eggs
cooking spray
tofu
beer (Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier)

Urban Organic ($26.98) + groceries ($23.16) = $50.14
total left in budget = $26.40 (bought munchies on sunday)

A Procrastinator’s Brunch: Success!

Today was my procrastinator’s brunch, which was exactly as it sounds: a bunch of students getting together to eat, play Wii, drink, and avoid work. Thankfully not everyone showed up, because I almost ran out of food! I made chocolate chip pancakes, home fries/potatoes, orange biscuits (kind of a fail), a vegetable scramble for lame vegetarians, and bacon quiche. I wish I had more pictures to post, but this was all I could photograph:

just a couple lonely chocolate chip pancakes left at the end of an epic brunch. but then they were eaten.

just a couple lonely chocolate chip pancakes left at the end of an epic brunch. but then they were eaten.

If you’re tired of doing work, I suggest you host an afternoon brunch. Everyone loves eating, especially after a night of partying and before they attempt to start doing work. I invited 84 people, and 16 people came (30 RSVP’ed yes). I’m glad, though, because I don’t know if I could’ve handled more. The recipe I’m posting from this is for the bacon quiche, because it’s so simple, and disappeared almost as soon as I put it out!

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Chicken with Garlic, Rosemary, and Broccoli

Sorry, I forgot to photograph my dinner again. But since I’m avoiding my diet analysis for nutrition (to be posted later!), I’m just going to write up the recipe I used and not post a picture:

1. Heat oil in a big skillet over medium heat and add minced garlic and rosemary.

2. Add chicken thighs and broccoli. Or you could go crazy and do chicken breasts, drumsticks, wings, feet, gizzards, green beans, whatever.

3. cook chicken until browned and cooked through, ~10-15 minutes. I have the hardest time knowing when chicken is done cooking. Usually I take it off the skillet, cut into it, and see how much longer it needs. If you like dry chicken, then I guess it doesn’t matter.

I served these with a side of boiled potato slices. It was a nice, colorful plate. It’s really simple, and you can add pretty much anything you want to this. I think cherry tomatoes might be nice. Anyway, back to my diet analysis. Enjoy.


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