Monthly Archives: June 2010

Grocery Challenge – Day 2

We spent a little last night on a late-night run to Walmart to buy some baking powder. I don’t think I’ve ever run out of baking powder before! And since it expires, I probably should have replaced it a while ago.

We’ve Spent: $0.80
Budget Left: $49.20

Yesterday, we also used up the last of our frozen strawberries. Since strawberries are in season, it’s cheaper to get fresh and freeze them instead of buying a bag pre-frozen. Winco has had a good price on large flats of strawberries the last few weeks, so I’ll try to pick some…

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Red Lentil Dal with Toasted Garlic Millet

Oof. This is an old one that fell through the cracks. I made this to go with the Red Lentil Dal and it worked really nicely.

Millet is one of those grains that I think are under-appreciated. Okay, that and it’s also birdseed. Don’t let that stop you from trying it — why should those birds have all the fun?! It’s pretty plain on its own though, so I like to add different…

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Grocery Challenge – Day 1

It’s time! The All*You Grocery Challenge has officially begun. For the next four weeks, we’ll be spending no more than $50 per week on groceries, household goods and kitties excepted, and getting rid of a whole ton of things that’s been hanging around in the freezer and pantry for way, way too long.

And, of course, it’s a holiday, so we’re starting off with a challenge on top of a challenge. Luckily, my dad asked to have dinner at our house and we had plenty stashed away. We didn’t need to run out for anything! (Of course, it helped…

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All*You Grocery Challenge

We’ve been preparing over the past week to attempt this year’s All*You Grocery Challenge. Now, we’re not trying to “cheat” by stocking up a month’s worth of groceries so we can easily stay under budget, rather we’ve been inventorying what we have in our pantry and freezer. We’ve gotten lazy about our grocery spending and sometimes those impulse purchases don’t get used the way we thought they might.

I’m hoping that our little garden grows and lots of fresh produce comes springing up – we’ve planted all sorts of veggies and I’d like to start canning this year…

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Ryazhenka (Baked Cultured Milk)

See my post, On Baked Milk and Slow Cookers, for how to use a slow cooker to “bake” the milk before culturing.

One night, when we still lived in Liepāja, we were at Rimi picking up food for the next day or so and my husband decided he felt like ryazhenka. He loves the caramelized taste of the milk and thought I might like it. I did, though I couldn’t drink much of it at once. (It actually wound up being my gateway to drinking kefir!)

But, I hadn’t had ryazhenka again since well before we left…

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Mung Bean Pancakes

Mung Bean Pancakes

We’ve been having a lot of fun trying out new vegetarian and legume-based recipes. This one is from Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. We had problems initially sourcing the dried mung beans but finally came across the right variety at one of the downtown Asian markets.

It is possible to do this recipe with whole, unskinned mung beans, as we did initially, but the skins leave a gritty texture on the tongue, so I don’t recommend it. Look for…

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Garlic Cheese Sauce

I originally made this sauce to go over Mung Bean Pancakes (which I’ll post about next week) but when we decided to do a teriyaki pork pizza, we needed a cheesy white sauce for it. Turns out, with a few minor modifications, this sauce works great as a pizza sauce! Today, I’ll post both variations – one light and saucy one for pasta or meat and one thick one for pizzas or garlic bread.

It can be quite strongly garlic, especially if you add another clove of garlic or use a persillade spice mix (parsley, minced dried garlic and…

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