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This Week’s Groceries: Candler Park Market

Within the past week I moved to Atlanta on quite a small budget (hopefully until I get a job). Therefore, I can still keep with this theme of Cooking on a Budget! Though I guess cooking on a budget is always good, regardless of what economic situation you’re in. So to return to my old routine, here’s a list of my groceries and the total cost. This isn’t the original list I created, but I really wanted to do all my shopping at the local Candler Park Market, so I adjusted and figured I’d do something nifty this week:

milk
onion
potato
dry Italian sausage
tomato
elbow pasta
olive oil
oyster sauce (I didn’t have to go to the Asian market!)
sponge
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale 4pk

Total cost: $32.38

Once I get a job, I’ll show you my budget. That’s all for now!

Toe, toe, toe-MAY-toe…and donuts

That’s how my tomato song goes (much like my potato song). I was singing it a lot today when I went to the farmers market to get ingredients for dinner. My mom’s partner and I decided to go to the market, find ingredients we like, and figure out a recipe to make. It’s fun stuff. For some reason I’ve recently had cravings for tomatoes, and there were tons and tons of them out today. And so many colors! I decided to buy some Japanese black tomatoes because they’re crazy looking.

look at all those tomatoes!

early girl tomatoes? i don't know what that means.

Also, before I went to the farmers market, we stopped at Psycho Donuts, where I got this crazy Feng Shui donut: green tea glaze, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar. I had a discussion a while back with some friends in NYC about donuts. Most people I know who aren’t from California claim Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kremes to be their favorite/the best donuts. There’s a donut place in the Lower East Side that my friend liked (Doughnut Plant?), and he’d always bring different donuts back for us to try. To me, they were nothing new – they were the way I’ve always known donuts to be.

it's triangular! at least before i took a bite out of it.

I grew up with a mom and pop donut shop in Newark, California, which always made their donuts big and fluffy and delicious. When I was in 5th or 6th grade, a Krispy Kreme opened in Union City, and people would wait for at least an hour to get donuts in the morning. When I finally saw one, I thought “Really? That’s it?” tried it, and I was just as disappointed – they’re dense, they’re way too sugary, and nothing like what a donut should be. In high school my friend and I would go to the Happy Donuts on El Camino Real at 2 A.M. because that’s when they had freshly chocolate glazed donuts. My friends told me that the only non-commercial donuts they’d ever had were from the grocery store.

So if you know of a small, independent donut shop, please go there instead of Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme. Have a real donut. Spread the wealth. Rid yourself of ignorance.

Thai Iced Tea is the best

Thai iced tea is one of the most refreshing beverages out there. I decided to start brewing my own, and so I went on an adventure through Chinatown’s groceries. Eventually I found a Thai and Indonesian grocery store. This is a picture I took with my phone:

it's pretty small. be careful not to walk past it.

It’s on Bayard between Mott and Mulberry. You should go and talk with the little old man who wants to sell you his awesome sticky rice with bananas, and he’ll tell you about how many cups of tea you can make with one bag.

This Week’s Groceries

I feel super awesome about myself. Why? Because I just did my grocery shopping at the Union Square greenmarket! I’m really excited to cook now that I’m (almost) done with classes. Check out the list (items not from U.O. in italics):

green beans
green chard
celery
romaine lettuce
carrots
russet potatoes
mineola tangerines
valencia oranges
bananas
d’anjou pears
red grapefruit
red delicious apples
strawberry apple juice
eggs
spare ribs

I haven’t been keeping track of my budget, but I think the total is: Urban Organic (26.98) + other groceries (14) = $40.98

Not too shabby.

This Past Week’s Groceries

I haven’t been making any new recipes because I haven’t had the time to cook a lot! I’ve been making really simple meals, or meals I already know. It’s unfortunate. But anyway, here’s the list (items not from U.O. in italics):

green cabbage
mushrooms
red chard
green leaf lettuce
onions
carrots
yukon gold potatoes
kiwi
mineola tangerines (yuuuum)
bananas
bartlett pears
red grapefruit
milk
eggs
mini apple pie
dates
cheddar cheese
chicken wings
sugar
green tea
rice

Urban Organic (26.98) + other groceries (26.91) = $53.89
total left in $60 budget = $6.11

This Week’s Groceries

Sorry I’m posting the grocery list so late. Also, I don’t know if I’ll be posting a recipe this week. I made beef stroganoff from a McCormick packet as my main exciting dish this week. I don’t normally make dinners based around a seasoning packet, but I was quite pleased with it. Oh, I guess I did make pear butter. I can post that recipe later. Anyway, here’s the list (items not from U.O. in italics):

spinach
collards
broccoli
carrots
russet potatoes
kiwi
royal mandarin oranges
bosc pears
bananas
navel oranges
braeburn apples
milk
eggs
onion
apple cider
beef
rice
mini pumpkin pie
black beans
sour cream
vanilla extract

Urban Organic ($26.98) + other groceries ($25.95) = $52.93
total left in budget = $27.07

This Week’s Groceries

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m making borscht tomorrow! Also, I just realized I never posted the recipe I used for sarma! So although I’ll be making my mom’s borscht this week, I’ll try to remember to post the sarma recipe later. I also plan on baking a red velvet cake this week for Valentine’s day, so…I’ll be pretty busy, in addition to getting ready for my Thesis Exhibition!!! Anyway, here’s the grocery list for this week (items not from Urban Organic are in italics):

eggplant
bunch beets (I ordered an extra portion)
red leaf lettuce
carrots
roma tomatoes
russet potatoes
kiwi
bosc pears
bananas
valencia oranges
granny smith apples
**I was supposed to receive a red grapefruit as well, but I’m guessing they ran out?
eggs
milk
cream cheese
chicken broth
powdered sugar
white vinegar
red cabbage
parsnips
short ribs

Urban Organic ($29.47) + other groceries ($20.28) = $49.75
total left in budget: $30.25


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