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Penny Lane - Stretching the grocery dollars. 
Jan. 22, 2010 4:46 pm 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2010 3:34 pm

It occured to me the other day while on the Recipe Exchange that in this economy there is a great need to be able to stretch our grocery budgets to get the most bang for our bucks.  Having a limited food budget should not mean a week of ground beef.  Heck, that isn't always cheap either.

I make a game of this.  I am a private cook for several families, in addition to my own family.  Yes, I say "cook" rather than chef because what I provide is home cooked meals.  Delicious and healthy, but nothing terribly fancy.  In order to keep my prices affordable I have become quite creative with  menu planning and shopping for the best deals in town.

This week I am turning a Fresh Leg of Pork into numerous different and delicious meals.  Feel free to follow along and join in the fun of preparing a weeks worth of delicious food for less than a trip through the  fast food drive thru.  Not mention that you know what you are eating.  Fresh food without the preservatives and other added junk that comes in processed foods.

8 lbs Fresh Pork for less than $8.00 will become Simple Carnitas. (Ken from Camarillo's recipe) Simple Carnitas  That cooked shredded pork will become  tacos, enchiladas, Green Chili Stew, broth and probably a few other dishes. 

This is my first blog, so bare with me as I learn the ropes of blogging.
Jan. 22, 2010 7:57 pm
BN, I think you did great for your first blog, no need to apologize. Less then a dollar a pound for pork roast? That is Stretchingggg that $$$. Good for you! Let us know what else you come up with. Thanks.
Jan. 22, 2010 8:32 pm
Thanks Patty...I am really looking forward to if I learn how to post pictures etc....LOL...learning curve!
Jan. 22, 2010 9:31 pm
Well, you already know how to post on your profile page, just click where is says photos on the blog page, left side and add your photo. Hope this helps. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it.
Jan. 22, 2010 9:33 pm
My bad, "Images" is what you click on, on that row where the comment tab is.
Jan. 23, 2010 5:43 am
Baking Nana !!! I'm sooo excited about your blog! Excellent! You have one loyal subscriber here :) Uploading pictures has baffled me a bit also because I don't know how to adjust the "pixels" on my camera. . . yet. If there are too many of them (whatever they are) the picture won't upload.
Jan. 24, 2010 5:21 am
Good score on the pork! You can't even buy beans for under a dollar any more. I think your first blog is great and look forward to more, more, more.
Jan. 24, 2010 5:20 pm
Thanks Linnie. I love when I find those deals on meat!
Jan. 24, 2010 5:31 pm
Awsome job Baking Nana!
Jan. 24, 2010 5:53 pm
Your blog rocks! I only cook for my household, but they eat like farm hands. My New Year's resolution is to use leftovers more smartly (wisely? frugally?) whatever the word is.
Jan. 24, 2010 5:57 pm
Mominator.....that is the trick. Nothing in our house is a left is always the beginning of a new meal!
Jan. 25, 2010 5:52 am
great first blog B Nana, can't wait to see what you have tucked up your sleeve to stretch that dollar:)
Jan. 25, 2010 8:49 pm
Thanks redneck is a work in progress!
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Baking Nana

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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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