It’s hard to believe that it is already one month into 2015, but here we are. It’s Superbowl Sunday, so we’ll be bringing loaded nachos to a party with friends. Nothing like a dinner consisting of chips, dip, cheese, pizza, and beer. I guess there will be tomatoes, onions, and peppers on the nachos.
We’re still trying to take it easy on the grocery budget. This month Rebecca has an extra-large tuition payment (like… in the thousands), so making sensible choices at the supermarket is going to be pretty important. I’m hoping to spend between $40 and $50 a week on groceries. People’s eyes sometime bug out when we throw around those numbers, but I’m not counting non-food purchases at the grocery store. Trash bags, cat food, dish soap, shampoo… these things live on a separate line of our budget.
Also, my garden seeds arrived! I ordered from Sow True Seed this year, after a lot of hemming and hawing. I looked at catalogs from Park Seed, Gurney’s, Sow True Seed and Seeds of Change this year and even went so far as to fill up a shopping cart at each website. The difference? Park Seed, Seeds of Change and Gurney’s wanted to charge me between $6 and $12 for shipping (of around 10 seed packets!). Sow True Seed’s charge: less than $2. They are located in Asheville, NC and specialize in open-pollinated, organic, and heirloom seeds. This was a no-brainer.
What I’ll be looking forward to in the garden, once planting season begins:
- Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Chocolate Cherry, Brandywine Yellow, Blush Plum.
- Beets: Golden Detroit.
- Eggplant: Black Beauty.
- Greens: Freckles and Green Oakleaf Lettuce, Red-Streaked Mizuna, Toscana Kale, “One Kilo” Napa Cabbage.
- Peppers: Kaala Red Bell, Corno di Torro Rosso, Poblano.
- Beans: Maxibel Bush Bean.
- Broccoli: Green Sprouting Calabrese.
Ok, on to this week’s menu.
Superbowl Party Food
Ham, Cheese, and Spinach Savory Crepes
Tuesday and Wednesday
Walking Tacos / Taco Salad
Thursday and Friday
Pasta and Jar Sauce (Rebecca’s favorite), with Collards
Birthday Party for Rebecca’s Friend
On the Backburner (a to-cook list):
- Boeuf Bourguignon, Julia Child Style.
- Coffee Jelly, from Foodie With Family