Sunday, August 29, 2010

Food Inventory

August 28, 2010

It was another Salsa Saturday. This time I picked about 50 tomatoes and canned 12 pints of Salsa. I had to beg 2 green peppers from my neighbor, but I will take her a bottle of salsa tomorrow to make up for it. I also made another 4 loaves of bread.

Michael went on a long bike ride across town and back. He enjoyed it tremendously, but the smell of fast food restaurants was very hard to ignore. I must admit that I would love a hamburger of any kind right now. Steak is still the other real craving. I think it may have something to do with the fact that our grill has not been used since it caught the porch on fire on Father’s Day. That means that we have not had hamburgers or steak for 2 ½ months. I don’t attribute all of my beef cravings to LAWKI month, just another kind of withdrawal.

Breakfast: Cereal, toast, whatever people wanted
Lunch: Sandwiches, Salsa and chips, Ramen
Dinner: Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

We used the last of the tortillas tonight. I pulled out the recipe book and will try to make some this week from my friend’s recipe. Between my sophomore and junior years of high school, I attended a month long camp thing at the University of Wyoming. One of my classes was about world hunger and we had the challenge to cook a meal for 150 people using only the staples that so many live on everyday. I must have rolled out 100 tortillas that day to serve with the rice and beans that were the meal. While I remember it being easy, but it is just one more step to dinner that I don’t usually have to take. This cooking from scratch everyday is getting old.

LAWKI Day 10
August 29, 2010

It was much cooler on the walk to church today. I wore my Birkenstocks and my feet don’t hurt. Somehow more people were late to choir practice from our family than made it on time. Either we are still adjusting to how long it takes to walk or there are a bunch of kids who have found a new way to put off church.

Breakfast: Bread, Cereal
Food after Church: Sandwiches
Dinner: Chicken and sauce with pasta, cucumbers, carrots, cantaloupe, peach cobbler

We ate the last of the fresh meat today. The debate between rice and pasta was great, with everyone thinking of the next few weeks of rice and pasta with canned chicken or no meat at all.

Fresh fruit left: a few sick looking grapes, a bag of nectarines, a honeydew, some blueberries that may only be good for smoothies or muffins, very brown bananas and about 15 apples. James actually ate an apple on his own free will today. That has not happened in a few years. I am not sure if that means they are very good apples or he is trying new things.

Fresh Veggies left: one head of ice burg lettuce, 3 romaine hearts, 2 pounds of baby carrots, sad celery, one store cucumber (hope for more from the garden, but no edible ones yet), plenty of tomatoes, and some hot peppers. Garden hopes include celery, zucchini, squash, carrots, onions, and a watermelon.

Dairy: 2 gallons of milk with sell by dates on Tuesday, 20 slices of cheddar cheese, a few slices of provolone and Swiss, one package of fresh mozzarella to go with the tomatoes and basil---yum!, 2 ½ cartons of sour cream, about 2 lbs of fresh butter with about 12 old packages in the freezer, 4 packages of cream cheese and a can of spray whipped cream.

Other: 1 ½ packs of lunch-meat turkey, 2 lbs of bacon, 4 dozen eggs, left over soup, left over chicken and pasta.

Michael’s mom and brother and family came over tonight for fun and to celebrate the summer birthdays. We shared our peach cobbler (freshly made by James and me) and they shared ice cream, cake and cookies. It was a good time.


Nana J said...

I am impressed that you are growing celery. I didn't know it would grow in Utah. Good to know.
Those over ripe bananas are delicious in smoothies. They really make the smoothies sweet. My personal favorite is fresh peaches and over ripe banana smoothie.

Slrpycow said...

I took a veggie class this spring at Thanksgiving Point with Larry Sagers. He said that for the first half of the 20th century, the industrial area in West Salt Lake by the airport was celery fields, with one of the 2 main cultivars of celery in the US named "Utah". Katie wanted to try growing everything she could for her chicken pasta salad and so we tried celery from a start. It looks pretty good, but we have not harvested yet.