Posts Tagged ‘cookalong’

8th November
2009
written by Steph
Hello all!  I'm happy to report that Week 2 of our of our cookalong was MUCH better than our inaugural week, as we managed to avoid any type of illness hobbling our cooking plans.  We still didn't manage to hit every dish on our mealplan for the week, as Tony had an unexpected dinner invite crop up on Thursday night and a large lunch yesterday meant we just pecked at snacks for dinner yesterday, but we still did a pretty good job. This week we cooked: Both were huge hits, and I apologize that I haven't gotten recap posts for each dish up just yet.  I'll rectify that soon and then link to them here!  If you tried either of these dishes, I'd love to hear how they went for you. For this week, we have a bit of a twist, as we'll be visiting New York City from Wednesday - Sunday, so unfortunately we aren't going to be able to plan meals for those days, because we will be in NEW YORK CITY!!!  Yay!  I trust you can all fend for yourselves, but to get you started here's what we're planning to cook up until then:
Mealplan for very short week!

Mealplan for very short week!

Meal Links: While we're in NYC we have friends staying at our place to look after the dogs, so I didn't want to make anything that would clutter up the fridge with too many leftovers.  These same friends are coming for dinner so we can show them the puppy ropes, hence the lasagna tonight.  I've made the dish before, and I will say that if you make it at it's regular size per the directions, and there are only two of you, you will have lasagna for a week.  To hopefully avoid that this time, I'm going to halve the recipe and use a smaller pan (8x8)... Do what works for you, but you have been warned.  (Note that this lasagna is SO GOOD that even if you eat it every day for a week, you will still love it.) Finally, for those of you interested in this kind of thing, our grocery bill for the month of October was a mere $223. 64!  Way under our $400 budget, and November seems to be off to a good start as well (especially since we won't have much shopping to do today... mostly just ingredients for the lasagna).  We are definitely seeing a positive change in our spending habits thanks to these meal plans, and we hope you are too! So, happy cooking, and we look forward to hearing about what you've been eating and will have a proper mealplan up starting next week (though we do get back late Sunday night, so that might be delayed a day or two)!
1st November
2009
written by Steph
Last week's inaugural mealplan cookalong week got off to a bit of a rocky start on our end, as I started to feel rather sick Tuesday night.  When I woke up Wednesday morning, it was a fullblown flu of some sort, and I was waylaid in bed for the next four days (I am still rather foggy headed).  Consequently, I wound up not being mobile or well enough to do much cooking, and I wasn't doing much eating either, so the mealplan got a tad derailed, as Tony ended up living off of the "tuna" noodle casserole for much of the week, while I ate not much more than some toast and some pho he sweetly picked up for me on Wednesday night (for the first day or two, chewing was painful, so soup was definitely the ticket).  We wound up making the bacon, fig, onion pizza last night for dinner, and I'll try to get a recap post up for that in the next day or two.  Alas, we never got to make it to the Spicy Thai Beef, so I've revived it on this week's mealplan. So, here are the three recipes I cooked this past week: Here's the menu for this upcoming week with the relevant links: (more…)
24th October
2009
written by Steph
[Note: For those interested in skipping all this preamble and going directly to the mealplan, click here!] The Background When Tony and I got married, I went into overdrive when it came to our finances.  We sat down and tried to streamline everything and figure out what our basic required costs were (e.g., rent, car insurance, food, etc.,) as well as all the other little “extras” we indulge in (e.g., Netflix, phone, internet, gym memberships, etc.,), so that we could have a good working estimate of how much we have going out versus what we have coming in each month.  Even though it was stressful to sit down and talk money, it ultimately wound up being really good because it meant we could know without reservations or guilt how much we could spend on frivolous things, while still meeting our other financial obligations AND still putting some money away in savings each month. The one thing that threw a wrench in the works when it came to outlining our finances was our monthly grocery bill.  We had rough estimates, but we had no real sense of how much we spent each month on food.  Our estimates were roughly $400, but we had no idea.  So I decided to start logging each of our weekly grocery bills so that we could know for certain exactly how much we spend on food. (more…)