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What's in the basket -- and what's not

Friday, August 10, 2012

I just placed a large grocery order. I revised the basket several times before I finally pushed "send." There are some interesting things in there, and some that I left out.

I waffled for quite awhile before I bought a semi-boneless leg of lamb. It's seriously pricey, but I love lamb so much and it's been over a year since I had any. I'm herb-roasting it for Sunday dinner, and I suspect there's a curry lurking somewhere down the week. I've never made a sandwich of roast lamb, but Ted Allen says it's great. Hmmm...maybe if I make a garlic mayonnaise to spread on it?

I did buy bread because I wasn't sure the kitchen would be ready (aka a "no fly zone") before I ran out. But they're dying off, so this is the last time I'm buying any for awhile. I seriously want to make my own.

No chips, dips, Triscuits or Brie. I blush to tell you how many times my "dinner" has been a wedge of Brie, a box of Triscuits and some white wine. I don't care what size it is, when it comes to Brie for me one wedge = one serving. So none of them are invited to the party for awhile -- maybe until the next time I throw a party?

No flavored creamer. This is one of the hardest habits for me to break, and I have no idea why. They're chemical soup that don't taste anything like they're supposed to. But they've been Chopped.

No processed lunch meats. I have a lot of cans of tuna and salmon, a jar each of peanut butter and almond butter and enough eggs to make a killer batch of egg salad for sandwiches. In my life I've probably scarfed down enough nitrates to pickle a horse. Time to eat a little purer.

I did buy two chubs of chorizo (10 oz. each), one pork and one beef. I want to test them as a possible ingredient for a quiche or a queso fundido, and I want to see which I like best. I might take the leftovers of each and combine them. Aaron Sanchez makes his with both pork and beef, so maybe I'll try a mix.

The only alcohol I bought was a bottle of Sterling Vineyards California Meritage to go with the lamb. I'm sorry, there's no way I'm making this GORGEOUS lamb roast and NOT have a beautiful, rich red wine with it.

The Sunday dinner has evolved from my earlier version. The store didn't have baby potatoes (at least not for delivery), so I ordered mushrooms and I'm making a toasted-orzo and mushroom pilaf instead. And I do have some very nice summer squashes from my CSA box, so I'm going to saute them with shallots in olive oil (probably my favorite way to cook summer squash).

I didn't buy any egg noodles. I've always had at least two packages of egg noodles in the pantry and I eat them at a prodigious rate. I have a cupboard full of couscous, quinoa and bulgur. Time go get a LOT more creative.

I don't think I've ever put so much thought into a grocery order, even for the holidays!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BECCABOO127 8/12/2012 11:33PM

    I love lamb!

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MRS_TOAD 8/11/2012 8:57AM

    You made some great, healthy choices! Way to go.

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/11/2012 7:21AM

    Sounds yummy - enjoy that lamb and the wine emoticon

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AKCHELLE 8/11/2012 1:10AM

Now I want to watch the cooking channel for some reason...

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MONETRUBY 8/10/2012 8:20PM

    All of those sound like great choices. Here's to branching out with our food choices!

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NASFKAB 8/10/2012 7:54PM

  great ideas

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LIS193 8/10/2012 7:31PM

    Love lamb curry!
Your shopping basket sounds great, have fun cooking!

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BARBARASDIET 8/10/2012 12:31PM

    My grocery shopping is very simple but I couldn't do it online. I have to look at and touch my produce.

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ERINMARIE424 8/10/2012 11:41AM

    Sounds like you made some really good choices! I love the references to the Food Network, especially when the thing that drew me to read this blog was your title, which instantly made me think of Chopped! I really need to watch less FN!

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NEELIXNKES 8/10/2012 11:41AM

    Enjoy changing things up! emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/10/2012 10:23AM

    your Sunday dinner sounds positively delicious!

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CAROLJEAN64 8/10/2012 10:20AM

    What time is dinner on Sunday???? Seriously did you know that lamb is the best red meat to eat because it is always grass fed. I love that because I love lamb.... hate to admit, but I had it 4 meals this week. Defrosted a small boneless lamb roast and cut it up for sis kebab ... enough for 2 suppers. Went to Bosnian place on Wednesday when their special is lamb shank with the best cooked carrots I have ever had. Enough left over for lunch yesterday. I think that is the most red meat I have eaten in one week in ages.
BTW.... don't you have a little warm spot in your heart for Aaron Sanches??? I think he is hot!

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MPARKER67 8/10/2012 9:49AM

    good for you

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/10/2012 9:16AM

    Your blog has me in the mood to watch Chopped, lol.

Enjoy your food and have fun preparing it!

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TJWGCT-SPARK 8/10/2012 8:33AM

    Can I come over for Sunday dinner....PLEEEEEEEEEASE?! Oh and maybe Monday lunch (seriously, a lamb sandwich with Garlic Mayo...and this from a girl who doesn't like Mayo?!) too?!

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DISP715 8/10/2012 8:09AM

    Irish. i love your yummy blog. You seem to really understand that this "journey" we are on is about making baby steps, it is not about deprivation. We love food, we can't change that. But, we can make wonderful and delicious foods that are good for us. I hope you enjoy every bite. I became a vegetarian a little over a year ago. I love experimenting with different foods. Occasionally I miss meat, usually when I'm watching Food Network, but, I feel better and I have more energy. Have a great weekend and know that your are thought of fondly and often, from people you don't even know!! HUGS! BTW, I am reading "Yes Chef", it is pretty interesting. I always liked Marcus.

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CARRAND 8/10/2012 7:58AM

    It all sounds really good. You are so creative.

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FERRETLOVER1 8/10/2012 7:37AM

    I love the idea of lamb with garlic mayonaise! Enjoy!!

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NUTRON3 8/10/2012 7:11AM

    wow, sounds good

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/10/2012 2:31AM

    Have fun getting creative with some new ideas with cooking. It sounds like you will have a great time cooking.

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BLUE42DOWN 8/10/2012 2:09AM


Filling the kitchen with what you really want is more than half the battle!

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COOKWITHME65 8/10/2012 1:27AM

    That lamb sandwich with garlic mayonaise sounds delish and that is just a leftover meal. Cant wait to hear how the main meal turns out. Happy cooking!

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