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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!
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