July 2012 – Grocery Staples

 

What did we end up using the most of this month with so much unpacking to do…

  • Bananas
  • Peanut butter
  • Bread
Eating way too much fast food…
What did you eat the most of this month?

~Emme

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What’s local to me in August?

Mission: Rome 2011

What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Basil
  • Butter Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupes
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Chilies
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Greens
  • Green Onions
  • Kale
  • Melons
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Pea Pods
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Shelling Beans
  • Summer Squash
  • tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach (We like to buy it frozen as we use it mostly in smoothies or soups)
  • Sweet Potatoes

Oddly enough I know what everything is this month and I am very excited for more of a variety!

What are your produce plans this month?

~Emme

100 Foods: Mangos

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Mangos

Mr. Wonderful and Papa spent the whole day on Saturday in the attic preparing it for some insulation… or the insulation… as we had none prior. After working for half the day I showed up with the perfect thing. Cut mango. Mangos are a fruit eaten ripe and raw around here. I don’t even bother cutting off the washed peel. Sometimes people eat the peel, which is high in antioxidants, but that is a rarity around here. I just give the option.

Mangos have a plethora of vitamins and nutrients: Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Vitamin B6, Folate and high levels of Vitamin C.

While I often slip frozen mangos (that I buy when on sale) into our smoothies, the fresh mangos are always a treat best enjoyed on super hot days after working super hard. Just a few simple chops to remove the pit is all you need.

How do you like your mangos?

~Emme

Goals Update: Week 32

Let’s see how well I did with this week …

1. Loose some weight: Intentionally loosing the scale

2. Exercise:  Total Biked: 206 miles… have not found the power cord yet

3. Eat more whole foods: Not too awful bad… maybe 50%

4. Pay off some debt: 42.42%

5. Finish 6 quilts: on hold… moving

6. Host 4 dinner parties: 5/4

7. Try 12 new recipes: 6/12

8. Read 12 non-fiction books: 7/12

9. Write at least 100 words a day on my maybe novel… that would be at least 36,500 by the end of the year: 8.24% to 36,500 words… I have not wanted on this at all something about not being inspired… maybe it is writers block

10. Go to Ireland… again: are we planning on this?

11. Try 12 new wines: 7/12

12. Learn some basic phrases in German: bought a kids book… kind of able to follow, just having a hard time retaining the words

13. Go to Saint Augustine or New York City: not yet

14. Switch banks: not yet

15. Participate in 6 WDC review raids: 2/6

16. Find a new place to live and move: Complete

17. Attend couples cooking class: not yet

18. Join a meet-up group: Already complete

19. See 6 movies in movie theaters: 3/6

20. Visit 3 new wineries: 1/3

21. Get rid of 100 things: about 75% there

22. Make cleaning schedule and stick to it: making a new one

23. Yoga!: starting to get back into basic stretches

24. Stay on budget: terrible this week… so many projects we did not know we would have to do

25. Take vitamins on regular basis: fail… where are the vitamins?

26. Date night out at least once a month preferably somewhere new: 6/12

20 more weeks to go.

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List

Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list? (Please keep in mind I worked for 12 hours, got stuck in traffic for one and had less than 8 hours sleep before making this shopping trip… oh… and I was starving.)

  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Chicken
  • Bananas

What did I come home with?

  • Mac and Cheese
  • M&M’s (Dark chocolate with peanuts)
  • Blue Diamond Nut Crackers (pepper jack and sea salt)
  • Frosting
  • Tortilla chips
  • Chicken
  • Avocados
  • Mangos
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Chocolate Milk
  • BC Powder
  • Fish Oil

What was thrown out this week?

  • Croutons (given to us… expired…)

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

100 Foods: Blackberries

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Blackberries

Let me first blow your mind… blackberries are not berries. Blackberries are a conglomerate of tiny little fruits. I know… right.

Blackberries are very high in antioxidants and the seeds within them contain both omega-3’s and good fats. The fruit contains high amounts of Dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Lutein, Vitamin K and Manganese.

How do we eat them? Well… I often buy them planning on baking with them; however, they are always eaten plain before I have the chance to cook them. The culprit would be me, by the way. I LOVE blackberries. Blackberry jam is also wonderful, but it is not the same as a fresh bowl of blackberries. Sadly I can provide no recipe for them as I never get that far. If they are bought out of season in the frozen section they do add a nice flavor to our green smoothies.

How do you eat your blackberries?

~Emme