Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday Shopping Bargains

I did go to Aldi this morning and there's good news and not so good news. The good news is that the eggs are still 99-cents a dozen. The not so good news is that a gallon of milk is now $2.19 instead of $1.99. That's still cheaper than Kroger and there's a good chance that I will only have to buy milk for another couple of weeks. Once my son moves out, I won't have any reason to buy milk anymore or the cereal to put it on either. 

I got some good deals at Aldi and only two of them were advertised. The two advertised specials that inticed me to go there were the pound of broccoli crowns for 79-cents and the 8-ounce packages of baby bella mushrooms for 79-cents each. I'm planning to make my Mushroom Burger Scramble tomorrow with the mushrooms and I'll serve it with the broccoli topped with browned butter. 

Speaking of butter, Aldi had butter for only $1.49 per pound so I got three pounds. I did get a dozen eggs for 99-cents and three packages of cheese for $1.79 each. I also picked up a can of parmesan cheese for $2.39, which is less that I'd pay at Kroger even with my discount. The last unadvertised special was a pint of grape tomatoes for just 59-cents. I almost passed them up because they didn't look very nice. But, there was one container of nice red ones sitting there just for me.

There are three packages of cheese in the photo that are from Kroger. That was on sale for $1.88 per package.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quick update

It's getting closer and closer to the time when our son will be moving out and I can get down to strictly low carb cooking for my husband and myself. He told me yesterday that he will probably move into his apartment the middle of February. I'm not holding my breath though because I've heard something like that before. When he does move out, I will start posting my shopping lists and menus here each week.

Speaking of shopping, Aldi stopped advertising cheap milk and eggs in their weekly ads the second week of this month. I'm going there tomorrow for their sale on mushrooms, and a few other things, and will see what they're charging for milk and eggs now. The last couple of times I've been there, it seemed like their prices were creeping up a bit.  

As I posted over at my main website, I've just started a new crafts blog. Take a peek if you'd like to see what kinds of things I do when I'm not trying out new recipes:  

Linda's Crafty Inspirations  

I do a lot of beadwork and computer graphics. So far I've only posted about beading but I hope to post some Paint Shop Pro tutorials very soon.

Friday, January 17, 2014

New Recipe: Layered Nacho Dip


This could be a snack to share with a friend or a meal for yourself. Either way, it's yummy! Click here for the recipe.

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Recipe: Quick Nacho Cheese Dip

Quick, easy, tasty. Need I say more? Click here for the recipe.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Favorite Recipe: Eggplant Lasagna

I'm happy to report that Food Town FINALLY had eggplants 2/$1.00 this week! I made a few more tweaks to the Eggplant Lasagna recipe and I think it turned out extra good this time because it wasn't so watery. I've posted the following tweaks on the recipe page on my main site:
I've changed my mind about peeling the eggplant. I think that the peel gives it more flavor. But, I did trim the peel from the two slices that would have peel covering one whole side. I cut that bit off before slicing the eggplant. Also, besides cutting back to one cup of marinara sauce, I made Amy's Marinara Sauce without adding any water to it this time. That helped to keep the dish from getting too watery. I'm not sure how much this helped, but I also spread all of the sauce on the top layer.
One more trick that worked great was using a paper towel to oil the eggplant before broiling it. I used to use a basting brush but it was a pain in the neck to clean the brush afterward. This time I simply poured some oil into a small bowl, dipped a folded paper towel into it and rubbed it over both sides of the eggplant slices. A bonus was that oil didn't end up splattered around the kitchen by the basting brush.