Monthly Archives: June 2010

Grocery Challenge – Week 2 Begins

We wanted to start our grocery buying off on Monday when we realized we were out of chocolate syrup (aiee! my morning coffee drinks!) and needed a cucumber to make a batch of Chilled Tomatillo-Cucumber Soup before the tomatillos bit the dust.

It was not, however, meant to be. We wound up going to Walmart today with our usual shopping trips to Rancho and Winco because of problems with a UPS delivery. (If you watch my Twitter feed, you probably saw me bitching up a storm.)

We Spent: $8.94 (Rancho) + $4.27 (Del Taco) + $30.55 (Winco)…

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Šašliks – Two Ways


As promised on Friday, here are the recipes we used for this year’s šašliks.

What are šašliks? You probably know them as shish-kebobs or shashliks (š is sh) – just skewered, marinated meat that’s grilled. Nom.

I don’t think I could pick one of these as a favorite of the night – I wished for more of both!

Cranberry Chile Pork Šašliks [printable recipe]

  • 1/2 lb to 1 lb pork1, cut into 1″ – 2″ chunks
  • 150 g cranberries
  • 1
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Grocery Challenge – End of Week 1

Phew! We reached the end of the first week!

Friday, we went into Salt Lake for an appointment and decided to grab lunch at one of our favorite spots – Jason’s Deli. I’d won a $20 gift card in a trivia challenge from @jasonsdeli a few weeks ago and saved it for the next time we were up that way. We stopped at Target and bought some water for the drive home (plus some coffee, since I had a decent coupon.)

We Spent: $4.79
Remaining Budget: $8.13

Breakfast: Crepes with homemade preserves, turkey bacon and…

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Jāņi 2010

Boy, we had some good food this year for Jāņi and thought I’d share what we made. We didn’t make as much as usual – I kinda forgot to set up rupjmaizes kartojums for dessert. If you celebrated Jāņi, what did you have?

Jalapeno Jāņu Siers

We decided to do the spicy pepper version of Jāņu siers finally, substituting very finely minced jalapeno for the caraway seeds. If you like spicy cheeses, you HAVE to do this one – it’s quite like spicy Havarti or…

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Grocery Challenge – Days 4 & 5

Hopefully this series isn’t bugging the hell out of you, my regular readers.

So far, my thoughts on this challenge is that right now, it’s easy. We’re doing our regular shopping, trying to avoid impulse shopping, and keeping a closer eye on things. I do not expect it to be so easy much longer.

Yesterday was our Jāņi, or Latvian Summer Solstice, celebration. We made Jāņu siers Tuesday night and found what we had thought was a good pepper had gone bad. :( Plus, we’d forgotten to get buttermilk for the cheese! (Right now, there isn’t any kefir…

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Priecīgus Līgo svētkus!Priecīgus Līgo svētkus!

Jāņu Sveicieni

I’ll be back tomorrow.. for now, there is cheese to eat and cider to drink while we wait for the sun to return.Jāņu Sveicieni

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Grocery Challenge – Day 3

Today is our normal grocery shopping day. Tuesdays are when the grocery store sales for the week begin and seem to be the best day to buy produce at Rancho Markets. Because the sales on produce are so good and the quality varies dramatically at Rancho, we treat it much like a farmer’s market – we buy what looks good and is inexpensive.

So, today at Rancho, there were a few sale items I wanted to look at.

  • Cucumbers – 7 for $1
  • Cauliflower – 2 for $1
  • Eggplant – 2 lbs for $1
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