Friday, July 6, 2012

I still love good food.

 So sorry I never blog about it anymore.

This blog is always in the back of my mind. Like maybe if life ever slowed down for two and a half seconds, or if I somehow miraculously developed the skills to juggle everything that needs juggling, then I would really like to get back to posting. Ahem.

But when I hosted a girls' night in a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but snap a few photos of the food. And what better forum for sharing them than my cooking blog?

Behold, the chocolate torte (garnished with summer berries and mint leaves from my garden. Oh my!):

I also saved some pizza dough from our dinner to make a few mini margherita pizzas. What beats fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella?

I hope you are still planning menus, shopping sales, and cooking up some delicious food for your family and friends. Good food helps to make for a good life.

Friday, February 10, 2012

When You Haven't Been to the Store in Awhile

I'm always in awe that all of you followers don't just give up on me already. Although meal planning is a priority, blogging about it doesn't always make the list.

I've made a New Year's resolution to cut down on the grocery budget. I've done well in the past, but I wanted to tighten things up even more for 2012. I read a great idea on Creative Stirrings about stretching your weekly grocery budget by shopping every 8 days on the amount you usually spend every 7. Well unfortunately I can only count on access to our car on one particular day of the week so I don't have a great chance to use this strategy. Instead, I plan in weeks here and there where I skip shopping and use only what we have on hand.

In case any of you try to stretch out your grocery trips on occasion, here are some meal ideas using items you probably have around.

From the archives:
Pasta e Fagioli
Curried Honey Mustard Chicken and Rice
Macaroni and Cheese
Teriyaki Chicken
Chicken Cacciatore

Neapolitan Baked Ziti (better than lasagna, in my opinion)
Viva la Chicken
Chicken Parmigiana
Asian Peanut Noodles
Mexican Haystacks
Parmesan Italian Chicken
Chicken Chili
Super Easy Bean Burritos
Tomato Soup