November 2012 – Grocery Staples

 

What did we end up using the most of while working on the never ending project list…

  • Bananas
  • Chicken
  • Milk
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Apples
  • Potatoes
  • Guacamole
What did you eat the most of this month?

~Emme

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How Not To Use a Grocery List

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

What was on the list that I ran out of time to make:

  • Chicken
  • Kohlrabi
  • Frozen onion/pepper strips
  • Milk
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Lemon Juice

What did I come home with?

  • Diet Grape/Cranberry Juice
  • Salmon
  • Lemon Juice
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Gluten Free Peanut Sauce
  • Regular Peanut Sauce
  • Ground Chicken
  • Pepperoni
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Frozen peppers & onions
  • Heavy cream
  • Orange Juice
  • Milk
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Diet sprite
  • Diet Ginger ale
  • Kohlrabi (though I had to go to 2 other stores to find it)

What was thrown out this week?

  • Last weeks milk (tasted horrible)

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

What’s local to me in December?

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.

  • Apples
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Chard
  • Chicories
  • Collard Greens
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Greens
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Parsnips
  • Radicchio
  • Winter Squash
  • Turnips

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: Pineapple

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…

Pineapples

Pineapples are one of my most favorite foods. I don’t care if they are fresh, canned juiced or broken into by a machete wielding boat captain shortly after he has killed a large tuna with it… the machete not the pineapple.

Pineapples are full of Vitamin C and Manganese.

We usually eat ours fresh. The cores and harder bits we save in the freezer for smoothies.

How do you like your pineapple?

~Emme

100 Foods: Oysters

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…

Oysters

Oysters are a bivalve that lives in brackish water. They can  either be eaten cooked or raw. Oysters are filter feeders that are capable of filtering over a gallon of water an hour.

Oysters are filled with zinc, iron, calcium, selenium, Vitamin A and B12; although, they are low in calories.

Unless at an oyster roast, I usually only consume oysters in soup. There are too many ways (in my opinion) that containment and cooking could end badly.

How do you like your oysters?

~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 that I completely forgot to make?

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Applesauce
  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Veggie Wash

What did I come home with?

  • Frosting
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Soup
  • Sugar
  • Salmon
  • Cake Mix
  • Rice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Applesauce
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Turkey Breast
  • Chicken
  • Veggie Wash
  • Guacamole
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Apples
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Baby Carrots
  • Baking spray
  • Cottage Cheese

What was thrown out this week?

  • Nothing and a compost pit has been built in our backyard.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme