Archive for August 31st, 2011

Week #1 Menus – Cooking for One on $100/Month

August 31, 2011

Week numero uno has come and gone along with the shopping and cooking but as promised in my post Can A Single Person Eat at Home for $100 a Month? I’m going tell you what I cooked and ate during the week.

Remember, I started with a fairly well stocked pantry and freezer so I needed to buy only a few pantry replacements, namely dried beans, split peas, oil and can of salmon.   I spent a total of $66.86 this week and will only need to spend about $10.00 each week for the next 3 weeks for milk, greens and fruit.   My neighbor gave me 4 huge, ripe avocados last week, 2 of which made a superb guacamole for the Nachos Grande I served to my card club on Thursday.  That comprised my free acquisitions for the week.  Those freebies add a lot of value to your diet so if you happen upon an over-turned truck of watermelons on the highway be sure to grab one or two.

Food preferences are very individual but for the most part I’ll eat anything except rutabagas.  As far as beverages go, I drink a lot of water but I do enjoy wine and mixed cocktails when my budget allows.  It’s very hot in the tropics so I drink water, at least 2 quarts a day.  It is essential to replacing the fluids lost in perspiring. My only daily indulgence is 2 cups of cafe au lait and a glass of my homemade ginger beer on a really hot afternoon. Drinking commercial pop daily is not healthy for your budget or your body.  Save the pop for a treat.

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Stewed Tomatoes and Okra with Bacon Over Rice

August 31, 2011

This recipe was inspired by The Neeleys at Foodnetwork.  I’ve tweaked the recipe with celery and green bell pepper since both go so well with tomatoes.  By all means, add chile or red pepper flakes for a kick and herbs such as fresh oregano or dill.  Serve it as a side dish or on its own over rice.  This is simple, quick and easy cooking when you don’t want a heavy meal or don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

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Zucchini and Sausage Casserole

August 31, 2011

For a quicky dinner try this pasta casserole with Italian sausage, zucchini and yellow summer squash, roasted red peppers and cream of celery soup.  Sprinkle some grated parmesan on the top and bake until the cheese has melted.

This recipe is so versatile…with a few substitutions you can easily make it your own.   Serve with a salad, crusty bread and a glass of wine.

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No-Knead Potato Bread

August 31, 2011

Don’t confuse no-knead breads with savory batter breads.  Though they both essentially yield a tender crumb and are a snap to make, obviously the term “batter” indicates a thinner, looser dough whereas no-knead breads have a heavier dough and require more time for proofing, usually overnight.   You could call a dough made in a food processor or a mixer with dough-hook, no-knead, but its not the same as mixing up the dough in a pot or bowl and letting it proof for 12 to 18 hours like sourdough or ciabatta breads.

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