Saturday, May 4, 2013

Food talk

A few days ago, Jerry and I decided to see if we could go the entire month of May without buying groceries. We have a ton of food in the pantry and freezer, and it would be nice to use some of it up. We agreed we could still buy milk and fresh fruits/veggies.

Yesterday, I ran out of English muffins (which I eat nearly every day), so I looked up a recipe for them online and made some. I used this recipe by Alton Brown, but instead of following his mixing instructions, I just put everything in my bread machine on the dough cycle. I didn't have shortening, so I used butter; and I used bread flour instead of all purpose. I didn't have any rings to pour the batter/dough into on the griddle, so I used aluminum foil to make some. They worked out really well!

It was hard to tell when to flip them, and you can see I flipped a couple of them too early, but the texture and flavor was fantastic. They have the little nooks and crannies that are characteristic of a good English muffin.. I am definitely going to continue making my own English muffins instead of buying them. These are really good, especially after toasting.


Last week, I stopped by this wholesale store that sells stuff from other stores that may have damaged packaging. You can buy dented boxes of cereal, or food that is close to it's sell by date, among other things, for pretty cheap. I like to stop in once in a while to see if there is anything good. Anyway, last week they had Fiber One products for 88 cents per box!

I know a lot of people can't stomach Fiber One stuff, but I love their Oats & Chocolate chewy bars and their Coconut Almond protein bars, so I picked up some of those. I also decided to try the chocolate chip cookie bars, the chocolate brownies, and the chocolate peanut butter brownies.

I've tried them over the past few days (each bar/brownie is only 2 PP), and I LOVE the cookies! I would definitely buy those again.


The brownies are just okay, but I don't think I'd buy them again. They reminded me of those Snackwell's devil's food cookies, which make me think of the old early-90's diet days. But the cookie bars are really good!


Ever since my Oscars party, when I made the red pepper and feta dip, I've been craving more roasted red peppers. I bought a couple of jars a while ago, and they've been sitting in my pantry, because I wasn't sure what to do with them.

My boys were at my parents' house today for dinner, so I made dinner for just Jerry and me, and decided to use the red peppers. I turned them into a pasta sauce, and the pasta dish was SO good. It was the perfect way to use them! I posted the recipe on my recipes blog, and you can find it here.





The mail just showed up with my latest David's Tea order--check out this flavor!! I'm super excited to try it :)

13 comments:

  1. I would be dead if I tried to live off the food in my house for an entire month. It would be an all condiment diet for the first two weeks and then famine.

    Those English Muffins look good! My nickname in soccer during high school was English Muffins (Thomas' English Muffins...)

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    1. "all condiment diet for the first two weeks and then famine" absolutely cracked me up :)

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  2. Those english muffins looks sooo good.

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  3. I would have never thought to try to make my own english muffins. I don't have one of those stand mixers. I can't justify the cost.

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  4. The muffins look great! I never thought about making my own. Did you calculate the WW points? I know I could enter all the info but I just wondered if you had already done it.

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  5. I love how you always challenge yourself to do/try something new. I get so stuck in my ways, and they aren't always the best ways!
    I just ordered some of the David's teas for my mother-in-law for her birthday (based on your recommendation). She loves to have tea everyday, so I hope that she will like them. I got her the package of 12 "dessert" teas to try since there was one called "Birthday Cake."

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  6. I love that you're going to eat what is in your house before going grocery shopping! I've been trying to do that recently too. I never realized how much I was spending to eat what I wanted at the time and how much food I WASN'T eating that I had already spent money on! It's been a challenge but it feels good!

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  7. Wow! All your eats sound delicious. I feel like anything homemade that took time and effort to create is automatically ten times better :)

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  8. Oooh, I'm a tea person and that tea sounds really good! Do you mainly order David's Tea? I am lately doing iced teas with Good Earth Lemongrass Green Tea, it's really good iced :)

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    1. I LOVE David's Tea! I was never picky about tea until I tried David's, and now I'm kind of a snob about it ;)

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  9. I did not know English muffins were fried. They look delicious--I'll have to try them sometime.

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  10. So much good in this post!
    ~ We have a restaurant here that makes homemade English Muffins and they are to die for. Why didn't I think about making them myself?
    ~ I eat those Fiber One 90 brownies, but I didn't know they had cookies. Of course I learned from you! Sold!
    ~ That sauce looks lovely.
    ~ I still want to try some of that David's Tea, but I'm not sure where to start! So overwhelming. How do you choose?

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    1. The names of the teas catch my eye, and then I read the ingredients. If it sounds good to me, I'll give it a try! Also, they send you free samples with your order; I've ordered quite a few based on the samples.

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