|End of Week One
||[Oct. 9th, 2005|10:52 pm]
Dine-At-Home One Month Challenge
Lots of temptations, no cheating.|
Last night I baked bourbon salmon (purchased from Fresh Market) and harvest dressing (my own recipe) with corn and tea. And this self-saucing mocha bread pudding and raspberries that would have been wonderful if I'd have used self-rising flour.
Today it was chai pancakes and cream cheese frosting and oj.
At some point, I will start cooking healthier options. Right now, it's all about good.
By this time last month, I'd already spend $40 in fast food in addition to $200 in my monthly groceries. This week's incidentals? A whopping $19.
Herbed stuffing (or homemade stuffing... I bought cheap Pepperidge Farms in the blue-marked bag)
Vegetable broth (1/5 times the directions on the stuffing, you can use chicken if you like it)
celery (2 stalks, run through a food processor)
carrots (6-8 babies, whriled in the food processor with the celery)
fresh garlic (two toes, chopped, you can process these, to)
1/2 an organic mid-harvest red apple, as local as you can get it (yes, it does make a difference - put it through the processor, too)
dried apricots (about 8 sakajaweia dollar sized ones... guess where these go! PROCESSOR!)
golden raisins (like 2-3 tablespoons, you don't have to process these)
course ground black or white pepper
onion salt (or yellow onion, chopped and sea salt)
Boil the broth, add the apple first to soften, then the garlic, celery, carrots, pepper and onion salt, then the breadcrumbs. Toss with fork, add raisins and and apricots but don't stir in. Cover, let it hang out for like 10 minutes, then fluff it all up. I like my dressing a bit dry, so I put it in a shallow pan and in the 350 deg oven for the last 10-15 minutes the salmon was cooking.