bulk foods

costco has become a regular in the rotation of errands. i try to make it so we only go out there once a month, but i don’t have a good feel for our use-up rate yet.

on our last visit, i picked up a 5-pack of romaine hearts (for less than $5), so last night, we skipped the roasted veggies and threw together a salad.

not pictured: homemade croutons and dried cranberries

homemade dressing is also super easy and i don’t know why people buy it in bottles. i made a variation from this recipe (which is also a delicious no-cook dinner).

getting good at pizza

in the ever-evolving attempt to make dinners a little more exciting than me saying, “chicken and veggies?” every night, we’ve stuck pizza into the rotation. costco has a four-crust and sauce kit for about $10, so it makes quick work of the first part of the project. a million years ago, i used to make a beer-activated dough, but that involves getting the mixer out, which isn’t really convenient for a weeknight meal prep.

anyhoo, we had been sticking to a three-olive pizza (green, black, kalamata) but decided to branch out a little last night and threw on some grape tomatoes and arugula. in hindsight, more arugula is necessary, but it was delicious nonetheless.

2018 is flying by

life is pretty good lately. the early dark evenings and football and spending more time at home is nice.

we’ve been adding more choices to the rotation; the burgers previously mentioned, really yummy pizzas on crusts from costco, the ol’ roasted chicken standby, and taco tuesdays have at least helped me not get bored with any one thing.

and it’s already halloween. november is tomorrow. lutefisk is this weekend, along with setting the clocks back.

i’m going to stop at the coop tomorrow to put my order in for a turkey. a coworker has some tips for making it the best and i hope i don’t effitup too badly. rodney says he knows how to do it cuz he’s been watching the turkey being made for many years. :fingerscrossed:

i haven’t been using my crock at work much lately, so i made turkey and sweet potato chili for lunches this week.

and we had shrimp tacos last night because that spicy sauce is delicious. i still want to try to make it with creamy cashews instead of sour cream.

the elusive veggie burger

a million years ago, my sort of vegetarian friend, maureen, told me about gardein beefless burgers and how they were the best fake meat burger she’d ever had. i tried them and they were great, but they didn’t make it into the rotation often. it seems silly, but buying for, prepping, and cooking a single burger isn’t very efficient.

fast forward a million years and i want to share the beefless invention with rodney because he likes a good veggie burger. so, i call jeni street and ask… they tell me they have gardein “veggie burger” and “black bean burger”. on the way home, i grabbed a package of veggie burgers. these are not even in the same ballpark, by the way.

a couple trips to woodman’s later, with no beefless burger on the shelf (nor a label indicating a spot), i text maureen to get the deets on where i can score these again? she tells me the coop carries them. i brave the coop and quickly locate the frozen aisle and grab two packages (eight total burgers) and some healthful, whole wheat buns. we cooked them up, along with some baked french fries, and enjoyed the deliciousness!

i don’t even have a picture cuz we ate them so quickly.

photobomb

it’s been a little while, but only cuz i’ve been busy at both home and work.

firstly, i didn’t bike for a whole week because of weather, appointments, and general malaise (i worked from home last thurs & fri). so when i got on the bike this monday, it was great! except by the time i got done with my double-ride on wednesday, my back and neck were killing me. never again will i skip more than three days biking.

anyhoo, i’ve got a lot of food porn to share, so brace yourselves.

spicy!

the above is a snap of the spicy shrimp tacos that i told you about earlier. i also get a kick out of our difference in arrangement.

up next is our attempt at chicken and waffles. when my gramma and her late husband moved into the assisted living home, they had to downsize quite a bit, so i inherited his waffle maker. so it went into the basement with all the other kitchen stuff that i don’t use or have room for, until i pulled it out and had to do a bit of surgical cleaning. we have a few changes for next time, like, use more batter and fry less hot. and i need to up my gravy game cuz it doesn’t *look* especially good, but it was tasty.

chicky chicky waffle

not wanting the audience to get sick of roasted chicken and veggies, we opted for curried chicken and veggies (yes, i get the irony), and i’m glad we did.

simmering cauliflower, potatoes, and chicken in a delicious sauce.
over jasmine rice

ground turkey makes a wonderful taco meat! who knew?

costco ground turkey tacos

and finally (for food pics, anyway) the turkey sweet potato chili from goop. 

we also had to make a mounds run this last weekend for dog food, and decided that jones needed a new squeaky toy. before we got there, i had hoped to find some sort of reptile, but a green octopus was the closest we got. his name is gregory.

jones with gregory

that’s all from me for a little bit. thanks for reading.

moar tacos!

i had stocked up on shrimp after we’d made two versions of the best shrimp boil ever, just in case we wanted to make due with frozen corn this winter. instead, we decided to make spicy shrimp tacos this week.

we didn’t mix the dressing with the slaw in order to regulate the dressing ratio, which is a good thing because we used it on a salad the next night. i would say this is my new favorite dressing, but i need to figure out how to make it with cashews or tofu because i rarely ever have sour cream in the fridge.

saving dough

we’ve gotten into the habit of brunching both weekend days and spending some time at wilson’s in order to keep up appearances. but, with the brewers in the playoffs and football season starting, weekends at wilson’s isn’t the pleasant, homey place it is during the week.

with saving money in mind, and because rodney makes a mean scrambled egg, we decided to try to recreate the breakfast burrito (sans chorizo) from mickey’s.

while the ingredients might not have been exactly the same, it was still really delicious.

we made enough of the poblano/onion mix for both days and took turns making the potatoes.

i’m embarrassed to write down how much money we saved by dining in, so i won’t do that. perhaps we’ll continue in this fashion, only heading out when it’s appropriate to treat ourselves.

eatin’ good

we’ve been pretty consistent with eating home-cooked meals. rodney has started helping me with prep; apparently, he wasn’t allowed previously to help because he wasn’t as quick as he shoulda been. to which i wonder, how is a person supposed to get better without practice?

anyhoo, we’ve made this cheesy turkey chili mac a couple of times and it’s delicious and super easy and it makes a lot. and, of course, roasted chicken and veggies. and costco pizza crust makes for a quick cheesy olive pizza.

i recently bought a couple more cookbooks (hey! it had been a while) and need to peruse them for new ideas. the slow-cooker season is fast upon us!

taco tuesday!

i gasped when i unwrapped the filets because normally bluegill are about the size of a dollar coin. these were enormous! so big that we decided we could only eat half and would have to make them again tomorrow night.

since we had to run to woodman’s to get tortillas, and tacos are ethnically mexican, we decided to also have margaritas. here’s rodney rolling the ingredients cuz i didn’t want to buy a $20 shaker at the liquor store.

the river

when i was a kid, mom and i would go hang at the river for a week each summer. gramma and grampa had a trailer right around this spot. so we had prime access to fishing and boating and fun.

we used to go out in the boat for hours. i would bring coloring books and beads and dmc floss (to make friendship bracelets) because *just* fishing was no fun. grampa knew all of the good bluegill spots, so we’d feast. and by feast, i mean, it took gramma hours to clean all the fish because they don’t have much meat on ’em and she’d fry them up and everyone would have to be happy with what they got because they’re so good.

tonight, i’m reinstating taco tuesday and we’re going to make fish tacos. fish tacos with bluegill because a friend from wilson’s gave us about a pound of frozen filets a couple weeks ago and i haven’t had bluegill in a million years.

i hope to remember to take pictures.