It is definitely not cheap to live here. A quick google search turned up "30% higher cost of living" (2013 study). From my perspective, which is largely food writing, I really had to change habits when we moved. I used to just go buy whatever, whenever, with very little regard for prices. Now, I check grocery-store ads, use up leftovers (see hash, above), cook a lot from scratch, grow what I can in the garden and buy in bulk.
A reader once commented that I use "too much frozen food" and "should be buying all organic." Well, sure, I'd only buy fresh meat, fish, and organic vegetables, if we could afford to do that. A food budget, though, is part of an overall budget, and I do my best to stick to it.
Much of this weekend has been dedicated to garden prep, speaking of produce. Mr. L and I just got back from taking the "green waste" to that section of the dump. Now we need to prepare the soil. That usually means that Mr. L does the heavy digging while I putter around with my shovel. We're planting green beans, beets, kabocha squash, and bok choy, plus some herbs. A neighbor showed us how to plant squash near a sturdy fence so that it "climbs," and the bugs don't get them. I hope it works.
Speaking of food and menus, here we go.
Sunday: Sausage, Spinach, and Parmesan-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms; Kabocha Squash; Chive Rolls
Monday: Grilled Chicken Breasts over Apple-Cherry-Bleu Cheese and Pecan Salad; Raspberry Vinaigrette
Tuesday: Pork Skewers with Green Peppers and Mushrooms; Rice
Wednesday: Home-made Chicken Noodle Soup; Leftover Rolls
Thursday: Cheeseburger Pie (stuffing piecrust with turkeyburger, cheddar cheese, mustard and chopped dill pickle); Salad
Friday: Cauliflower "Steaks" with Mushroom Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
Saturday: Panko-Fried Chicken Thighs, Tater Tots and Salad
Here is an interesting article on the history of Memorial Day. Did you know the 3:00 p.m. part? I didn't.
Hope you have a good week.
- C. Ironing