Grocery Challenge – Beginning of Week 4

Finally, it’s the last week of the Grocery Challenge. We went shopping yesterday, mainly because I needed to go renew some library books before they were overdue today. It means we missed the sales, but it’s a small price to pay.

Surprisingly, we didn’t buy all that much. We weren’t able to get much in the way of fruit for breakfasts, save for one cantaloupe, so I think there’ll be another shopping trip later this week. Onions are finally coming down in price, so I have hopes for repeats of last fall’s 25c/lb onion crops. I hate paying $1.50+ a pound for onions (and we go through a LOT of onions, about 3 – 5 lbs per week).

Anyway, we picked up a few bunches of radishes at Rancho to make a braised radish dish I saw on Ruhlman’s blog, a beautifully ripe mango for mango salsa (more on that soon, it was wonderful), and lots of nice big jalapenos.

We spent: $8.22
Budget remaining: $41.78

We went to Jason’s Deli for lunch because it just sounded good. (And boy, was it ever.) No charge for this one, it was on the house thanks to my winning a Twitter trivia contest a couple of weeks ago!

Finally, Winco. We mainly needed produce and dairy today, but we also found boneless pork loin on sale, so we picked up a few pounds. It pushed our trip total up, but we’re low on sausage patties.

We spent: $25.63
Budget remaining: $16.15

And that’s that! I know I’ve been posting all about this all the time, but my senior capstone is almost done and soon I’ll have the energy to cook and write about food again. I’m so excited!

Breakfast: Fried egg, turkey bacon, hash browns, cantaloupe
Lunch: Ramen salad with TVP
Dinner: Florentine lasagna with Mom

Breakfast: Dutch baby, cantaloupe, sausage patty
Lunch: Jason’s Deli!
Dinner: Citrusy black beans, mango-pineapple salsa, baked tortilla chips, avocado — I will be posting about these soon! Really really good.

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2 Responses to Grocery Challenge – Beginning of Week 4

  1. Aija says:


    Just found your blog because a friend of mine asked for a recipe for maizes zupa. Thanks for posting it in English and saving me time to translate it myself. I own the same “Latviesu edieni” book by Masilune… don’t you find the recipies frustrating a bit with measurements sometimes quite wishy-washy?

    I look forward to exploring your blog and reading some more…

    • Cori Rozentāle says:

      Hi Aija,

      I do! Sometimes she really guess-timates the gram measures and is off by a factor of five. I also get annoyed that while most of the recipes seem to be written for a single portion size, others most definitely are not. Often I just take her recipes as a sort of starting point. It can be really challenging, especially when I’m making something I’m not very familiar with…. and even more so when my husband’s not very familiar with it either. Still, it’s an awful lot of fun, so I don’t mind too much.

      Thank you for reading! :)

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