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Food Stamp Challenge Day 23: Fail! Looking for a Few Good Tortillas

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 23: Fail!  Looking for a Few Good Tortillas

I’ll let you in on one of our dirty little secrets:  Mr. Green Hedonist and I eat a lot of tortillas.  As in, a lot.  Low-carbers would shudder.  We love them as quesadillas, as breakfast burritos with homemade green sauce, wrapped around hummus and crunchy veggies, PB&J with seeds & raisins, you name it.  The […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 22: A Nifty Book

| September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 22: A Nifty Book

Now, those of you who travel in organic food circles will roll your eyes and point out this is soooo two years ago. Please, feel free.  I’ll wait. Regardless of how this heretofore slipped past me, during my exploration of ways to eat well and cheaply this month, I finally stumbled over Linda Watson’s wonderful […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 21: Less Than a Hundred to Go

| September 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 21: Less Than a Hundred to Go

Well, it’s September 21st and our monthly budget has less than a hundred dollars left.  That seems very do-able on the surface, especially since we still have a lot of good staples in the cupboard, plenty of olive oil, and even a can of roasted tomatoes. But it does make me look at some things […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 20: Why Scratch Cooking is Worth the Hassle

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 20: Why Scratch Cooking is Worth the Hassle

One of the good things so far about the challenge has been that it’s removed a whole section from our near-vegetarian household’s shopping list: the packaged meat substitutes we use to keep enough protein in our diet without too much effort. Before starting this, it seemed the path of least resistance to just grab a […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 12: Was I Addicted to Food Shopping?

| September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 12: Was I Addicted to Food Shopping?

It has occurred to me this week that I’m saving money on more than just food. Generally I keep the previous month’s food receipts in a folder by the checkbook so I can keep an eye on what we’re spending, and also to compare prices with other possible places to buy something (i.e. “this gorgonzola […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 11: Shopping Trip 2 of 3, or Figuring Out Where I Screwed Up

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 11: Shopping Trip 2 of 3, or Figuring Out Where I Screwed Up

When I ran out of canned roasted tomatoes, my palms started getting a little sweaty. I hugged the last can to my neck just before opening and dumping it into the Smoky Tomato Lentil Soup with Greens.  This was WAY last week, like FOUR DAYS AGO, and what was I supposed to do?? What I […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 9: Leftovers Frittata

| September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 9: Leftovers Frittata

With the lovely gift of a dozen eggs from a chicken-raising friend Rachel to supplement our diet this week, I wanted to make something with it!  One thing I’ve subjected my husband to for years is a frittata made with whatever’s in the veggie drawer.  Why? It’s cheap. Even store-bought eggs of top quality can […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 7: One of the Best Soups Ever, or Making Up with Lentils

| September 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 7: One of the Best Soups Ever, or Making Up with Lentils

I have issues with most lentil soup recipes.  I like the thought of lentils — inexpensive, fast-cooking, take on the sumptuous flavors of whatever you cook them with, and super-high in protein for active human bodies like ours. But no matter what I’ve ever done to them, the result has always been something…I don’t know….lentil-y.  […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 6: Gallo Pinto – and Gifts!

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 6: Gallo Pinto – and Gifts!

Today I was able to make one of my favorite dishes, a holdover from the time I spent in Costa Rica.  The informal national dish of Costa Rica is gallo pinto – spotted rooster – which is a jazzed-up dish of black beans and rice.  There are as many variants in Costa Rica as there […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 4: Beet Burgers….Holy Cow

| September 4, 2013 | 2 Comments
Food Stamp Challenge Day 4: Beet Burgers….Holy Cow

If anyone thinks I’m some sort of anti-meat-eater, you need to know that I am actually a carnivore of the highest order.  Despite all the perfectly legitimate reasons NOT to eat animal products if you choose that, I think including a modicum of responsibly-raised animal foods (from goat cheese to a perfectly seared burger) is […]

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