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DINNER ON A DIME update... 
Feb. 25, 2011 9:43 am 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2011 6:03 am
Mother Ann made a point when she left a comment on last night's (ok, early this morning!) post, "Pinching Pennies" that I had meant to mention right up front...  I'll say I was getting tired..?  Regarding grocery costs, in Phoenix today, I'm basing my opinions on what I've become accustomed to paying, having done the household shopping for more than 20 yrs!  The point is, that the cost of living varies greatly, from coast to coast - an issue I became aware of some yrs ago, whilst still spending summer vacations in Los Angeles.  Denise and I would hit her local market after my arrival, to pick up items that I like to have on hand, that she rarely used.  What struck home first, was that a gallon of milk cost $1 (at least) more than here...  Guess it's all what we are "used to" paying, for certain things.  10yrs ago, I could buy rib-eye or New York steaks for $2.97 on sale, thus, $4.99 on sale today rubs me the wrong way!  It's rare, these days, that I can find decent ground beef for $3/lb!  Anyway, thanks MA for your comment, and reminding me that I had omitted this point when I signed off at 12:30am!

Meanwhile, I'll keep cookin crazy, and continue saving rec's from the grocery, to assist in tracking expenses of at least our evening meal...

Oh, meant to mention also, that after my "Around the World in 80 Days" trip, just yesterday afternoon I caught a newer version of the movie, starring Pierce Brosnan (I think his name is spelled!) so of course, tuned in in progress, continuing thru the duration - was 4hrs long, total!  How fun to be reminded once again!  However, I was not aware of the remake, finding that interesting too!

So, happy (crazy) cookin, all!  More later, no doubt!
Feb. 25, 2011 11:25 am
Stevie - I hope you didn't take my comment the wrong way! I was just surprised at how "cheap" your meat is - at least to me! I do know food costs vary so greatly from place to place. Keep cookin crazy!!
Feb. 25, 2011 2:59 pm
Speaking as a NYer, I am amazed at all the prices you quoted. In fact I may move there they are so good - LOL! I have started keeping a notebook where I keep a record of prices on items I buy regularly. Even buying only on sale they keep moving up. It is scary. Good job containing your costs.
Feb. 25, 2011 8:52 pm
MA, NOOOONNOOOO I didn't take your comment the wrong way, I was thanking you for reminding me to mention "cost of living," in case some folk might not think about that! BSM, I still don't believe the $$ I've quoted! I'm just commenting on the % increases I've noticed, but do have the rec's to support per lb, at least. Lesser quality beef, some pork cuts, around $2/lb, chicken varies from less than $1/ to over $2/.... When a jar of mayo jumps overnight by near 50%... gets one to thinking! THanks both for the comments!! :) and keep checking in!!
Lee B 
Feb. 26, 2011 5:43 am
This week our local store (actually the ONLY regular grocery in town) has Boneless Sirlion Tip Roasts for $2.99 pr. #. That is quite inexpensive,even for here in a small town that is considered a vacation destination.
Feb. 26, 2011 6:03 am
Stevie - your comment about mayo is so true here as well! I had to buy a jar of it last week and could not believe it - that jar of mayo set me back $4.59!! How ridiculous is that?? I'm glad we don't use it a lot - that jar will last me a good long time. My college son will be home next week for Spring break and I've been planning all his favorite meals - everyone of them will set us back a pretty penny - he likes the "cadillac" of meats - Pacific salmon (a good $10+/lb), the good cut of steak ($8-$9/lb) and he loves veal (I think it goes for $10-$11/lb). But he's my "precious baby sweeteart" (An old joke that goes way back in our family) so of course I'll prepare these feasts and the following week me & his dad will eat macaroni & cheese and bologna sandwiches - LOL!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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