Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard 03/01/12

I can't believe it is March.  The stocks in the freezer and the pantry are holding out well.  This past week the grocery bill under $8 for the week.  I don't really have cost on our menus since I am using a lot of stuff that I bought months ago but do know they were all bought on sale at good prices so am accomplishing my mission of no impulsive buying and buying in quantity things that we eat when they are on sale.

The menu for the week went out the window again this week.  Have been under the weather for almost 2 weeks with this cold which is fine now but didn't always feel like fixing what I had planned.  Did make a dent in getting some of the food out of the refrigerator freezer however but still more to go but most is not protein so isn't happening real fast.  Plus I have been restocking it with breakfast food this week.

Thursday night dinner was Chicken Cordon Bleu with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus.  The chicken was made after I had a weekend garden retreat here and had made baked ham for sandwiches with swiss cheese which were both left over and the group here gave me money for the 16 of them to eat here all weekend so was really free.  The chicken was on sale for $1.99 a pound right after the left so I made up 9 meals and froze them.  Just have to pull them out of the freezer, bread them and into the deep fryer.  Asparagus was on sale here also for $1.99 a pound.

Friday night was crock pot beef stew with fresh homemade bread.  The stew had canned tomatoes from the pantry.

Saturday night Kielbasa with sauerkraut from the pantry on hot dog rolls

Sunday DB had left over beef stew and I opted for poached egg and toast earlier in the day.

Monday night Son-in-law had given us some fresh perch filet that he had caught ice fishing so we had it with mashed potatoes and what else more asparagus.

Tuesday night  pepper steak over egg noodles.

Wednesday Tacos.

Last week I showed a big pot of sauce cooking.  Ended up with 8 pints which cost less than $1 a jar.

Some of the week was spent replenishing the freezer with breakfast food and trying some new things.
Made pancakes and waffles.

Got to try the homemade Canadian Bacon yesterday and it is great.  After slicing it have enough of 13 breakfasts for my brother.

Also made a chocolate bread pudding for his breakfast using the a cup of Sugar Free hot chocolate mix that I made, an egg, a slice of stale homemade bread, 1 T of raisins and a little vanilla.  It makes just one breakfast in an individual oven crock.

I am on to a new adventure with St. Patrick's Day coming it is time to learn how to make my own corned beef.

Don't forget to visit our host Robin,The Gardener of Eden at and see how others are using their stash and what recipes they have to share.


  1. Oh boy, I can't wait for corned beef and cabbage...yum! I'm sure you'll make the best!

    Chicken Cordon Blue sounds good. I haven't made that in forever. I think it will be on the menu this coming week.

  2. Everything looks so good, especially the tomato sauce. Last year I put tomatoes in the freezer ... Do you think i could use these to make a sauce?

  3. I never cease to be amazed by how marvellous your food is for so little money. Really inspiring and I'm learning a lot.

  4. Everything looks delicious, you make it sounds so easy and simple.

  5. You sure cooked up a storm for someone who was under the weather. I have visions of your kitchen constantly buzzing with acitvities, where do you find time for all your other acitvities?

  6. Robin the corned beef went into the brine this morning. We will see how it comes out. When I do chicken cordon bleu I do a big batch of it then freeze it up before I cook it. Then it is ready when ever I decide to have it.

    Dirtdabbler, I don't make my sauce when the tomatoes are fresh. I just can them plain then make up a big batch and can it when I need it. Your frozen tomatoes would work fine.

    Mrs. P. thank you.

    Liz, if you have the freezer space it is quite easy to live on a very modest food budget as I only buy on sale and buy more than one of everything when it is on sale. Of course the garden helps a lot and staying away from prepackaged food and making my own.

    Mac, thanks. There isn't much of anything you can't cook if you put your mind to it and it is simple. Well other than pic crust. Can't make that.

    Norma, my kitchen is a mess most every day. As far as other activities what is there besides growing and cooking?

  7. I could put on weight just reading your menu posts. :D I was sick this week myself and was definitely not doing as much cooking as usual as a result. Between a hectic work week and a virus - cooking just was not my high priority.