If I had to describe my diet growing up, I would say that it consisted of beef ramen noodles, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, and Dr. Pepper. I cross my fingers every day that that mixture of nutrition doesn’t come back to bite me. It was my diet of choice. I like to look back and fantasize that my poor mother just didn’t cook any meals and I had to do what I had to do. That, of course, isn’t true, but the fantasizing has done a number on my memory. When I look back at my childhood, I can remember my mom cooking two things: Grammy’s Mac and Cheese and her extra special peanut butter treats. There was one fateful night of borscht, but we won’t go into that horror story here. (more…)
Prior to my move to Indiana, I had never had Indian food. It wasn’t that the other places that I lived didn’t offer this option, I just didn’t really know what it was. If you don’t know what something is, it’s hard to make the choice to try it. Lesley loves Indian food and has forced me, I mean, invited me to join her at two different Indian restaurants in town. I was pleasantly surprised with both, but my favorite trip came when Lesley was publishing her book Clancy and the Search for the Mashed Potato (more…)
This past week, Aldi has had avocados on sale for $0.49 each! I love avocados but the thought of spending a dollar (or sometimes more) on one piece of fruit just doesn’t sit well with me. Not to mention, I have a hard time timing the eating of them right. I know that you are supposed to buy them when they are somewhat tender but, I swear, whether I buy them hard as a rock, squishy, or somewhere in between, at least half of it is bad when I open it. So, half of my dollar goes to waste. I have learned now, though, that Aldi is really the only place you should buy avocados. Not only are they half the price of other chain grocers, they are not half disgusting when you peel them. (more…)
I love spinach. Story, not so much. So I try to sneak it in recipes as often as I can. This recipe is one of my favorites. Because Story helps in the kitchen now, she knows that there is spinach in it, but she still loves it. That is most definitely a win! Did I mention this is cheesy?
I was pretty proud of myself for this one. Of course, I get pretty proud of myself any time I think up a way to save money or make the most out of the groceries I buy. Yes, there is nothing better than being able to walk down a grocery aisle proclaiming your victory over the dreaded waste of a product. Don’t worry. I only proclaim that in my head. This was definitely one of those moments. (more…)