Monday, March 30, 2009

What's For Supper????

It is Monday..and for some reason I have been sleepy all day. Not enough sleep last night. They say the first thing to go when you are sleep deprived is your imagination. .
So True.
I do not any idea what I might want for supper tonight...4 hours from now!

I usually never have this problem! So I called daughter Megan to ask her what she
was having for super tonight. She is the kind of gal who writes up her menus a week or 2 in advance. So for tonight, she said she is having Taco Salad.
Hmm...John often does not like big salads...he find it takes too long to chew all that lettuce. It is cold out today, and it is a Monday...some hot comfort food..??? Hey, maybe burritos!
Ok..burritoes...with guacamole and sour cream, chicken, rice and beans and green chilis! All Right! Burritos it is!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

99 Cents Store Deals

This week I purchased quite a nice bundle of asparagus for 99.99 cents at the 99 Cents Only Store. Looks like I can get at least 6 servings out of that! I would have paid 3 dollars at any other store in town for that bundle. Coincidentally this week also, while at Barnes and Noble I saw the cookbook I have pictured here...

Here is review from

Tired of forking over hundreds of dollars for entertaining her friends and family, Christiane Jory made a decision. She challenged herself to create more than 100 gourmet recipes for appetizers, side dishes, main courses, and desserts-solely with items she found at 99¢ Only Stores! In this delightful, practical cookbook, Jory serves up delectable dishes, including:

* Artichoke Spinach Bake on Homemade Pizza Bread
* Green Beans Au Gratin
* Chicken Tetrazinni
* Pinot Noir Poached Pear Tart

This handy guide is filled with sample menus, a glossary of cooking terms, and space for creating recipes of your very own. Each recipe includes an estimated cost and helpful kitchen hints, such as uses for recycled milk cartons and how to freeze egg whites. Never again will finances be an excuse for not entertaining with pizzazz. With The 99¢ Only Stores Cookbook, feeding a family, playing host to five or six, or even simply cooking for one at home needn't cost a small fortune ever again!

About the Author
Christiane Jory graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and, after thirteen years in New York, returned to her native Los Angeles. Out of necessity and desire, she was determined to find a creative way to survive as a starving artist. Two years of compiling and testing has lead to this astounding buffet of treats created with ingredients purchased solely from 99¢ Only Stores. This is her first book.

Tonight we had Megan's recipe for Enchilada Casserole (I used wheat flour tortillas instead of white) and then I served the vegetable side dishes. We always sprinkle lots of black pepper on our vegetables. Anyway, thanks to the 99 Cents Only Store for the yummy asparagus!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Organic Romaine Lettuce

I made 2 decisions last week: to always buy organic romaine lettuce and organic apples. Both are for sale at BJ's Health Foods here in Victorville (by Walmart.)
I paid $1.19 for the bunch (head?) of romaine lettuce and separated the leaves and took a picture of them here.) It is just a nice bunch...felt good to take the leaves off the base and lay them out. I washed just what I neede for 2 salads the first night. I Soak the leaves in a big bowl of water for about 30 seconds, then swish them around in the water with my hand, then put them in my salad spinner and spin off all the water.
I made 6 salads out of that one bunch of romaine:
The first had ingredients John especially loves in his salad: pickled beets. I buy them sliced in a can and then stack them and slice them into "matchsticks". He also likes raisins in his salad. I put walnuts in this salad. I was out of avocados, which he always prefers (me, too) but I did have a small tomato.

The rest of the Romaine leaves I left unwashed and just put them in a clear bag in the fridge.

The second set of salads were just 2 Caesar salads. Wish I would have had the shredded Parmesan from the refrigerated cheese section of the grocery store. Just had the grated in the shaker can. And the croutons. I had the classic Caesar salad dressing (T Marzetti's from the refrigerated salad dressing section.

The third was a Western Salad with corn, black beans, a tiny bit of red pepper and chopped onion and cilantro, and a small amount of crushed tortilla chips. Made my own dressing with Mayo, Pace picante sauce and some Tapatio (bottle of hot sauce). John really liked it.

I love using the new wooden salad bowls Larissa gave us for Christmas. These bowls are never to be put in the dishwasher..I just rinse them out well, with a tiny am't of dish soap sometimes, not every time, and wipe them clean. summary: you can get 6 salads from one medium bunch of romaine lettuce. I am happy to say I used the entire bunch within a 5 day period and not a single leaf went bad or was wasted. Good feeling!