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

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

| September 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

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

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

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

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?

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

| September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

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

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

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

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 7: One of the Best Soups Ever, or Making Up with Lentils

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

| September 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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!

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

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

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

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

| September 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

At home, because Mr. GH does not eat cows, but still likes that seared burger yumminess, we have experimented frequently with veggie burgers. The ongoing favorite is one made with black beans and toasted walnuts, liberally dosed with cumin, cilantro, onion and garlic. But it definitely got bumped off the pedestal this week. In researching […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Day 3: Work Lunches

Food Stamp Challenge Day 3: Work Lunches

| September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

We knew that one of our challenges would be to create some sort of lunch to replace Mr. GH’s traditional imitation-coldcuts sandwiches, which are super-expensive per-pound but which throw together quickly in the mornings. We decided on a mix of the following, at least for this first third of the month (all supplemented with fruit […]

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Whole Foods Food Stamp Challenge Day 1: First Cooking Day (and first consternation)

Whole Foods Food Stamp Challenge Day 1: First Cooking Day (and first consternation)

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Diving into the Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge with both feet today, along with an array of kitchen weaponry and recipes. Part of what makes this challenge possible is my willingness to do some cooking at home.  So I’m just going to come right out and say it:  If you’re a person who just […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Recipes: Potluck-Worthy Fresh Corn Bread with Chilies

Food Stamp Challenge Recipes: Potluck-Worthy Fresh Corn Bread with Chilies

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

This is a bit of work, but if you just want to time-splurge on yourself or your friends, this comes out really spectacular. It is very rich and very addictive….it’s a good thing it take so much effort or I’d be tempted to make it all the time. Oh heck, I may anyway. 3 ears […]

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