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Chiles Rellenos - Meh?

Lots of produce is available year round but not at its best.

about 15 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Chiles Rellenos - Meh?

+1 on using a fresh Mexican cheese. It benefits from the slight saltiness.

I also think waiting a couple of months until peppers are actually in season and taste much better helps a lot.

Tips to cut grocery bill

"household stuff- ie diapers/toilet paper/kitty litter,"

Learn to save money on that stuff- its one of the easiest ways to cut the bill. An example, last week at Target Purina Purpose cat litter was on sale for $9.99. There was a 50% off Cartwheel for it (Target's coupon app,) a $1 off Target printable, and a $10 off 2 printable coupon. You can print 2 per computer so I got 4 23 pound boxes free. There was also a $2 off printable coupon and a $1 off Target coupon so both of those used with the Cartwheel app got me 2 more boxes for $2 each. (Targets coupon policy is that you can use a Target coupon- which can be printed off of their site- with a manufacturer coupon and a Cartwheel deal all on the same item.) Since there are sites that do all the work for you (this one was on Totally Target dot com,) it takes no time at all. It's taken me longer to type this out than it did to read the deal, print the coupons and add the Cartwheel offer to my app.

This week at Vons (Safeway,) Arm and Hammer litter is on sale for $5 and there are a couple of different $2 off coupons to print. I'll buy a few and then I'll be done buying cat litter for the year for the same price I would have paid for 1 or 2 containers.

I never pay more than $4 for Viva paper towels, toilet paper can be had cheaper than Costco at all times, sometimes you can get it stupid cheap. I stocked up on Tide when I got it for $1.99 a 32 load bottle (6 cents a load, the big bottle at Costco is 21 cents a load,) but I saw that at Vons (Safeway,) ALL can be had for 4 cents a load this week between the $5 sale and the $2 printable coupon. These are very easy things to do, I'm not some crazy prepper with a stockpile room buried under the ground, just someone saving a lot of money by spending 15 minutes a day reading blogs that do the work for me and saving a whole lot of money doing it. I kept a spread sheet for the first year or so that I used the coupon sites and we averaged $500- 700 a month savings just buying the things we would be buying anyhow and when there are really great stock up deals it saves even more because we might go months without having to buy some things (like the cat litter in my example. I can live with some boxes of cat litter under the bed or in the closet to save that kind of money.)

There are diaper deals all the time! I don't follow them since I don't need them but most of the folks that run the coupon sites are Moms so it's of special interest to them to get the best deals and they all seem to swear that Costco is more expensive. There have been a lot of posts about Amazon Mom credits and Honest Co. credits lately.

Apr 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

Y'know, I am not a snack food person at all and I don't like pork but that is some seriously tasty popcorn! I am keeping it in mind for upcoming summer barbeques.

Apr 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

I'm sorry I don't have the citation handy but a 10% vinegar/ water solution or a 2% salt/ water solution will remove pesticide residue if you soak the veggies for 10-15 minutes. There are also some articles that recommend vinegar in a spray bottle and use it directly on the foods, then rinse.

I soak in vinegar water while I'm prepping something else and then rinse thoroughly before using. I just leave them in the net bag and swish it around- its easier to keep them all together that way and don't have to the colander dirty. :)

Apr 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains
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Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

We only have the freezer above the fridge but I keep it clean and organized by using the vac sealer and then standing the labelled items up like "files" in plastic storage shoeboxes. I believe I picked that tip up here and it works great.

Apr 22, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Coconut Noosa yogurt, I don't generally eat outside of meals but find myself looking for a reason to eat this. I'm going to have to limit buying it.

Apr 21, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics

(Roasted)/Beet Kvass

I was thinking along the lines of the milk kefir I make. You can't use UHT milk to make kefir with kefir grains (the equivalent of a SCOBY,) because the high heat has killed the necessary enzymes.)

Apr 21, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Tips to cut grocery bill

Who drives all over for savings? I sure don't.

Apr 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Low carb Lean protein - need some suggestions...

I'm curious to what your idea of low carb is because you continue to give advice that does not fit what is generally accepted as low carb.

Apr 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Special Diets

Ants in kitchen--Four methods have not worked! Help!

The best chemical free solution is to follow them back to the point of entry and properly seal it.

Apr 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

I didn't find the sauce spicy but did find it much too sweet. The lamb meatballs themselves were really good, though!

Apr 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains

Tips to cut grocery bill

When MIL and I have compared it has *NEVER* been cheaper. They just keep telling themselves it is. :)

It sounds like you're happy paying for the convenience and that's totally fine- do what works for you. It's important to know if it is working, though, if you have a goal like using it because it "saves money."

I've heard that prescriptions, glasses and tires are all a great deal but we don't wear glasses, don't take any medications and they don't carry tires for any of our vehicles so for us Costco totally isn't worth the cost of the membership.

Apr 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

Are you using everything in your CSA and what you've purchased before buying more or do you have a lot of waste? Are you shopping at the most expensive stores? Are you paying for conveniences you don't really need and could do without?

There are lots of ways to save but it's hard to make suggestions without knowing more info.

Apr 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

My mother in law argues with me constantly that Costco is cheaper for a lot of things but when we compare what we spent... because she asks because she thinks she's going to be right... (paper goods like toilet paper and paper towels, etc.) I've always spent less than her per unit cost just by following sales, using printable coupons and things like Target's Cartwheel app and Checkout 51.

Apr 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in General Topics

(Roasted)/Beet Kvass

Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast

Apr 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

(Roasted)/Beet Kvass

I know that when making a lot of fermented foods heat is the enemy because it kills necessary enzymes.

Apr 17, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

Good ideas! The MealTrain Plus option has spaces for things other than just meals. I recently ran a train for my next door neighbor (fell and broke BOTH arms,) and included things like household chores in it (I did the gardening, I just worked from my yard straight across to hers, but several people offered to weed, water, etc.) You can check it out at mealtrain.com

Apr 17, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Shishito Peppers

Personally, I think Padrons are better- more flavorful, more savory. Shishitos are "greener" and sweeter but not sweet like an Italian frying pepper or even a red bell. I mostly grow Shishitos to keep fresh, viable, chemical free, OP seeds in the seed swaps I participate in.

I'm growing 2 shishito and 6 padron for the 2 of us. We can't get enough of the padrons in the summertime. :)

Apr 17, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Canning tomatoes and I don't have citric acid

That doesn't mean it's safe, it just means you find the level of risk acceptable for you and the people you feed.

Apr 17, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

The figs make a great pizza topping, slice them when frozen. Excellent with proscuitto and goat cheese, add arugula once taken off the grill/ out of the oven.

Apr 16, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains

Shishito Peppers

I'm a fan of shishitos prepared that way (and Padrons even more so,) but was terribly disappointed in the ones from Trader Joe's. I recommend you try them again from a different source- maybe a farmer's market when they are actually in season. The TJ ones tasted like they were picked much too soon to me.

Apr 16, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

They're great for fondue!

A sudden thought/question/realization about preserved lemons

Use the peels on the "extra" lemons before you juice them. If nothing else, zest them and freeze it so you can use it later.

Apr 10, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Yep. The ride starts and ends at a coffee shop on 4th/ Junipero. Pike Bar and Lola's are both on 4th within a couple blocks of the coffee place.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

We don't celebrate Easter but it was the first Sunday of the month so it was a Cyclone Coaster day (vintage bicycle ride!) The service at the place we usually go after the ride (The Pike Bar) was SO BAD (it's never very good but the food is... but this waitress was truly awful,) so we ended up tossing a few bucks onto the table to cover the drinks (that about half the table were lucky to get in the almost 40 minutes we were there,) and hopped back on our bikes. Just a couple blocks down we found a great little Mexican place with sidewalk tables (Lola's,) and the food and service were great so we have a new place. One of the guys suggested we go back and thank the first waitress because without her we wouldn't have found the new place. :) I indulged in excellent stuffed jalapenos and wonderful Chile Relleno. It was a gorgeous day at the beach, we couldn't have asked for a better day for a ride.

Not much in the way of food yesterday, we weren't really hungry. Tonight I will be taking advantage of the weather dipping into the upper 60s and turning the oven on to make stuffed peppers (grass fed beef, sauteed veggies cooled and added with an egg to bind.) A tomato sauce for the tops, a crisp salad on the side.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

I'm not surprised it wasn't selling well- it was totally hidden in the top corner of the egg endcap cooler at the store I go to. A lot of people I know never even knew they carried it.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

We always buy our organic milk at TJ because it's not Ultra Pasturized. I make kefir and can't use Ultra Pasturized. The organic heavy cream from the same dairy, which I also buy at TJ, is the only cream I can find that does not have carageenan. It's *just* heavy cream and it's delicious.

It looks like whereismymilkfrom.com is down right now, hope it comes back!

Apr 04, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains
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Is there still hope for these seedlings?

No, they are daylight balanced (6500K) T12 bulbs. Grow lights are too pricy and I've just never needed them for seedlings. I live in zone 9b/10 so I overwinter outside :) by covering things on cold nights. If you were to overwinter larger plants inside I would see the need for grow lights for sure.

I start from seeds because I grow so many varieties (heirloom, OP, and endangered are something I focus on,) that I can't get them from local nurseries. I'm headed to a neighbor's plant sale this morning- she's also chemical free, non-GMO, heirloom, etc and will be picking up some heirloom eggplants and squashes. I always make room in my garden to support her sale- she has great plants!

Apr 04, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Is there still hope for these seedlings?

Start over, its not worth wasting time on weak seedlings. Your lights should be just 2 or 3" above them so they get thick stems and bush out instead of reaching for the light.

These babies are just about 2 1/2 weeks after sprouting. The lights get raised as they grow so they are always only a couple inches from the light. Each fixture was $11 and each set of 2 bulbs was $8

Apr 03, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening