It is weeks like this that I am happy to have a well stocked freezer and pantry. Between Super Bowl and Valentines Day the supermarket ads have offered next to nothing. Leading
up to Super Bowl the ads were mostly about processed foods. Then along comes the Valentine's Day ads....Lobster, Steaks, chocolate and roses. No thanks!
Now don't get me wrong, I love a good steak. The key word here is 'good' and the select grade steaks from the market aren't a good deal and they aren't the quality that I
So it has been "shop in the freezer week". A month or so ago I picked up a large pork loin at Costco. Brought it home, cut it into several chops and a few roasts - brined
the whole batch - dried - wrapped and froze everything in individual packages. I have chicken stored the same way making it easy to pull out just what I need.
Pork Brine This is the ratio I use for brining pork and turkey. If you don't want to use
juice or sugar - don't, just use all water. The important thing is the liquid to salt ratio.
In keeping with my goal of making faceless recipes I went on a hunt for recipes that met my criteria. First - it has to sound like something we would like, second - I have
to have all (or most) of the ingredients on hand, third - it must need a picture.
To be honest I was bound and determined to use that ham bone instead of letting it sit in the freezer for months on end then ultimately tossing it in the trash. My search
unearthed this Split Pea Soup recipe. Perfect!
I didn't cook the ham bone with the peas as directed as I like to make a ham stock cool it and skim the fat off the top. So that is what I did and had enough ham stock for the Split Pea Soup with plenty
My pantry abounds with a variety of dried beans. In keeping with my "rules" I searched out this Ten Bean Soup recipe.
Again - this made a ton, as bean soups tend to do. Dinners, lunches and some for the freezer. At this point I was sick of soup! It was time to step away from the soup selections.
In my hunt through the freezer I unearthed a package of ground turkey. Blech! I don't like ground turkey very much - which is exactly why it was still in the freezer. I think I bought it to make Turkey
Chili for a client and they changed their minds. No Baking Papa loves Taco Salad and I found a recipe that met the criteria.
I was unsure what he would say about the lentils and to be honest I didn't tell him and I don't think he noticed. His only comment was "It's OK" Good enough, I guess. We got dinner for two out of this
the first night and lunches the next day.
Remember that pork loin I told you about? I found a great recipe to use one of my pork roasts. YIPPEE - not soup!
This recipe sounded really good to me and it needed a picture and it only had one review.
I did handle making the gravy different but stuck to the recipe other than that. It was a hit!
So good that I had to say, "Step Away from the Pork Roast!" I kept slicing off little pieces and munching on them.... This is dangerous, as I could easily eat the whole thing that way! One little slice
at a time.....
In the process of freezer diving I discovered a package of ground beef and I knew exactly what to do with that. No Baking Papa would much rather have a slab of meatloaf than a T-Bone. I had made and photographed
this meat loaf recipe before and decided to give it another go.
I am the mushroom lover in the family and I have been dying to make Chef John's Mushroom Gravy. It didn't disappoint and was perfect with the meat loaf.
Meatloaf in this house calls for mashed potatoes and I had seen these faceless "Tempting Taters." No, I didn't make 10 lbs of taters. I used the last of the russets in the pantry and they were perfect.
I know why these didn't have a picture ....nobody wants to admit to making these!
No Baking Papa wanted to know if it was his birthday! He scored his favorite meal. I think he is still wondering what he did right to deserve these.
So there you have it. I went to Cardenas Market for milk and vegetables - I spent $21.83 for a ton of veggies and shopped in my pantry and freezer for everything else.
Not a bad week at all.
Hopefully there will be some better deals at the market next week or will trying to figure out how to cook this Ostrich egg that the grand kids brought me.
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