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Day 23 – AYGC

Shopping day!

I picked up a few essentials and some good deals on splurges at Harris Teeter on my way home from client meetings.

I decided against getting more steak, even though the NY strip was only $4.99 a pound. We just *had* steak, and I already had the beef for tonight’s burritos in the crockpot. The boneless, skinless chicken was BOGO, but their regular price is over $4 a pound, so that wasn’t all that great of a deal, and I still have some chicken. (I usually stock up when it’s about $1.80 a pound.)

I did splurge on a discounted cherry pie. $2 off (making it $3.99) because the top was cracked in a few places. Seemed to me the top shell was just pre-cut! And, since I splurged on the pie, I needed vanilla ice cream to go with it. I got the store brand for $2.50. Total splurges! With strawberries and blueberries on sale, I couldn’t resist them either. I also got 3 dozen eggs (at 88ยข each). Plus a loaf of bread and a package of hot dog buns. (once I get my second freezer I’ll buy the larger, cheaper packages of buns at Sams Club). Lastly, I bought a gallon of whole milk for another crack at homemade cheese, for a total of $19.02 including tax.

Like I said, dinner was shredded beef burritos with tomatillo sauce. The sauce was “okay”. I’ll be looking for a new recipe though, as I thought it should have had a LOT more flavor. I have more tomatillos from my garden and more on the plants.

The burritos were wrapped in homemade flour tortillas. Slightly thicker than the store-bought ones, but SO much tastier. And cheaper. I glanced at the flour tortillas at Harris Teeter and they were over $3 for a package of 8! (I’ve since looked at “express lane” and see that they have another brand that is much cheaper, but I don’t know where those are in the store.)

We topped the burritos with homemade salsa (made with tomatoes and jalapenos from the garden).

My kids teased me because the cheese was store-bought.

Dinner got an A+ rating from one kid and an A from the other. I like them to rate the dinners occasionally, especially when most of it is from scratch, to see if its worth all the trouble. Personally, I thought the meat was a B-.

I’d only made half the tortillas before dinner and finished them when we were done. They’ll make nice snacks, or perhaps another meal at the end of the week.

Tomorrow the new ads come out, so I’m sure I’ll be using more of my budget.

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Day 1 – All You Grocery Challenge (AYGC)

Nothing spectacular today. No shopping. For breakfast and lunch we pretty much grazed on food we had around (fruit, microwavable meals, home-made bread for sandwiches).

For dinner I made a variation of chicken fettuccine Alfredo, using some canned chicken I got during a triples event several months ago (35 cents), some fresh-frozen pasta (double dollar coupon off $2.29, making it 29 cents), and alfredo sauce made from scratch.

I used a recipe from AllRecipes.com which called for mozzarella in addition to the Parmesan cheese. I used some homemade cheese that I’ll loosely refer to as mozzarella, though the texture was off (tasted fine).

I’ll be attempting the mozzarella again once I find a source for rennet. I had the heavy cream for the Alfredo sauce on hand from another recipe, and had been planning on making more mascarpone cheese with it until I realized it was ULTRA pasteurized, which basically keeps the cheese from curdling properly. I have successfully made mascarpone in the past, then the last time I tried it was a flop and I couldn’t figure out why… learned the reason by reading a cheese-making book to figure out why the mozzarella didn’t work out. I’m guessing it was old rennet.

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