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What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

I'm with you, summer is gin time! I just discovered this new to me one. Very floral. I am anticipating some fun summer cocktails with it.

about 13 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

I am heading into dangerous territory. I have a girls weekend this weekend and we are spending the night in Boston. We scored reservations at the new Mario Batali place. I normally avoid going in its first month but I am being treated so who am I to say no? We also have plans for brunch the next day. I see lots of good food and cocktails in my future! While you can't exercise off a bad diet I am hoping to crank up the steps and try to at least not gain.

Next week its my birthday and we have 3 different dinners out planned. One is wine dinner where I can't control the food. Fingers crossed I can at least manage my portions.

This chilly weather is putting a damper on things too. It was downright COLD yesterday and the weekend isn't looking much better.

about 17 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

Nice going Rox. I think half the battle is just getting the mindset right. My friend call its "being in the groove".

That dinner does sound good!My go-to quick and easy dinner is pounded chicken breast marinated in lemon juice, olive oil and seasonings and then grilled along with some kind of steamed veg and polenta. Filling, delicious and all power foods. However it does get boring after while so I like your idea of lime juice, cumin and hot sauce. Thanks!

about 17 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

The pizza with an egg on top is a classic Italian pizza known as pizza bismarck. I have been eating here in the states since I was kid.

https://www.google.com/search?q=pizza...

about 18 hours ago
foodieX2 in General Topics
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bologna..?

As a kid I loved fried bologna sandwiches! I find most bologna these days way too salty for me, including the so called "good stuff" aka mortadella.

about 18 hours ago
foodieX2 in General Topics

"Simplest" Commercially Available Bread Roll or Muffin?

Most "authentic" recipes do no not call for any oil. The ones I bought in Italy never had oil- it was just flour, water, yeast and salt.

I use the recipe that I attached and it has no oil.

to the OP: Whole Foods ciabatta has no added oil. Trader Joes parbaked ciabatta roll don't either but I have not bought those in some time and they tend to change manufactures often so you might want to give them a call first.

1 day ago
foodieX2 in General Topics

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

wow! Bonus on the goodies! I have seen their bento boxes. Very cool

1 day ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

"Simplest" Commercially Available Bread Roll or Muffin?

Our local bakery sells very rolls that are just flour, water, salt. Usually they are in the form of ciabatta rolls. Can you call a local baker? If you don't have a baker I would try Whole Foods and TJ's, both who carry ciabatta rolls.

Bialy's are very easy to make too, even easier if you have a bread machine to make the dough. Ciabattas are easy to whip up too so if all else fails and you can't find any commercially that you like, you might want to try your hand at it.

http://www.eatthelove.com/2014/08/bialy/
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

1 day ago
foodieX2 in General Topics

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

So jealous of the oranges! The whole lunch for that matter!

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

Good morning everyone! So glad to see so many folks back to posting. Its very chilly here today but I wore my new pineapple sandals any way! I am wishing Spring here in a big way.

I actually got in 16K steps yesterday. My office starting a walking club so I managed to have 10K before I even left the office. I then met a friend at the gym for a quick turn on the ellipticals. Felt good as getting 10K in is usually a struggle.

Dinner was a baked potato w/ salsa and some steamed broccoli. I really am hoping to get more creative in the kitchen again but life is so hectic right now. I have been trying to always have potatoes, easy veggies for steaming and ground chicken and/or boneless skinless breast OH to make dinner easy to get on the table.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

Love the idea of daily check or at least more often!

2 days ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

Good for your Valerie! The weather turn cool here again today but am hoping for warmer weather soon. I find walking outside so much nicer than the treadmill!

2 days ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

Yes, take it easy. You don't want to rush it.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

I'm in on the dog walking. My 100lb lab is a puller too but I figure thats bonus activity points LOL!

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

I've been reading and following along but not too many exciting meals coming out of my kitchen. We have been in homework hell and I have been hitting the gym a lot more so dinners have been all about convenience. Tonight I had a baked potato topped with salsa with streamed broccoli on the side. The men used some leftover garlic bread to make grilled cheese and they had some broccoli too. At least we were still able to eat together. Hoping the big semester end projects wrap up in the next few weeks so we can get back to better, or at least more creative, family dinners.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

Thank you!! It's still been chilly here too but we usually grill year round. Not this year though, the grill was buried under 9 feet of snow!!

Congrats on the new jeans- that a really good feeling. :)

Apr 22, 2015
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

While I am decidedly high-tech in most areas of my life my basement freezer organizational tool is decidedly low-tech. I have a white board hanging on the inside of my basement door. As things go in the freezer they are added to the list and when they come out they get wiped off the list. Makes it easy for anyone in the family to see whats down there w/o having to go down. It also helps with grocery shopping as I can easily see how much butter, etc I already own.

Apr 22, 2015
foodieX2 in General Topics

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

Thanks Grace!! If you get a chance you should try kohlrabi. Its in the cabbage family and makes a great coleslaw, especially when made with apples. This week I tried kohlrabi "fries" in my actifry, they were surprisingly good!

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/he...

Apr 22, 2015
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

Another week, another weigh in though I feel like I am talking to myself, LOL.

Stayed the same this week and I am beginning to feel like I'll never make the 50lb mark. The good news is that I bought my first pair of non-plus sized pants this week and the white jeans I bought for Mexico are now too big unless I wash them in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Even doing that by the end of the day they are baggy. I think my shape is changing even if the weight loss isn't happening.

This past week the WW challenge was eat purple power foods and that was a lot of fun. I indulged in purple potatoes, purple asparagus, kale sprouts, eggplant, purple kolhrabi and purple carrots to name a few. Was wanting blueberries but they are awful this time year but managed to find some gorgeous purple figs at whole foods which were delicious.

The week the color challenge is orange. I already eat so many orange foods that sometimes I am afraid I might turn orange! Plan on taking a trip another trip to Whole Foods to see if I can come up with something new.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

just seeing this- thanks Rox

Apr 22, 2015
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Williams Sonoma gift card - what would you do?

I would do a condiment tasting, buying a variety of salts, peppers, seasonings, oils etc that I don't already own. $100 doesn't go very far…..

What's your ??????????

I left my place of employment for 18 months. My email was removed after I left and you got bounced message if you emailed me. When I was rehired my old email was reinstated and I instantly starting receiving emails from places I signed up with that address. I dont think many places actually purge bounced addresses. I'm talking Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Sears, Hallmark, CVS, etc. I had changed my email on most of them so I was getting two of everything.

Apr 20, 2015
foodieX2 in Not About Food

Giant Lima Beans

Do you mean butter beans? Or even bigger?

Apr 20, 2015
foodieX2 in San Diego

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

I'm my group of friends it would go like this: we have been wanting to try XYX over at the ABC resort. What about you guys? Could be more fun with a group.

Apr 20, 2015
foodieX2 in Not About Food
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Tips to cut grocery bill

Why? I no longer have any interest in being a member of a big box store which I think I have explained thoroughly. And even if I were kirkland brand is of no use to me as the closest Costco is 24 miles away through some of the worst traffic in these parts.

Apr 20, 2015
foodieX2 in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

Trust me I get it but it's not that way for everyone which is why I recommended that the OP take a look at it if she was trying to save money on food. She might find it is worth or not but when trying to save money is best to do the research. The cost of membership is not worth it for *me* based on my purchases and needs as I have yet to find anything cheap enough that the membership fee pays for itself.

As an aside I buy half a grass fed, pasture raised cow and the end price is $5.99 a pound for the whole half (ground beef to roasts to rib eyes) so I don't mind tying up my money in that inventory. Costco can't touch that price for the same quality but obviously not an option for everyone.

Apr 20, 2015
foodieX2 in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

How much is the annual membership? BJ's is $50 a year. I can't imagine saving $50 on those three items! Maybe over the course of the year but on one shot? That some expensive dog food!

I have two dogs but they don't carry our brand. I rotate between Chewy and Petco based on the sales and have it delivered.

Apr 20, 2015
foodieX2 in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

I shop at only two big name grocery stores (Stop and Shop and Hannafords), for my main grocer and home supplies. I rarely cut coupons but do religiously follow their circulars, both in print and on line. It would be the same waste of money/time to drive all over the place, visiting multiple stores so I hear you on that one!

When I tracked prices for the six months there was only one occasion where Coscto was cheaper and that was on sugar. It was about 6 cents less per lb but that was for the 25lb bag. I don't bake enough to buy 25 lbs of the stuff, LOL! So basically my membership fee wasn't saving me any money. By canceling it I had one less place to shop and more room in my cupboards.

For things like tires and glasses I think it must be based on where you live and what you want. If I wanted a brand new pair of glasses the prices were good but when I only needed new lenses my optometrist office had them beat by at least 25%. And around here there are so many tire places that when I failed my car inspection last fall and needed 4 brand new ones I did my research. BJ's was competitive but no cheaper on the brand/type I wanted. Sullivan tires was offering buy 3 get one free in addition to a "friends and family" promotion bringing the price to $100 less than comparable tires.

These days I shop at BJ's once or twice a year with their free guest pass they keep sending my trying to get me to renew. They do have good prices on personal care items like shampoo, deodorant and the like but even so CVS is started to close the gap with their rewards bucks and the thousand of coupons that print out every time you make a purchase.

I wonder if they are still the cheapest places for diapers? The membership was worth it back in those day as they had the best prices of diapers, wipes, butt cream, etc.

Apr 20, 2015
foodieX2 in General Topics
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Tips to cut grocery bill

I don't have a BJ's card (or really any credit cards for matter) so I don't get that benefit.

With a family of three I don't save any money as most of the items I buy would last us 6 months, LOL. It's cheaper for me to buy what I need on sale at the regular grocery store as I need them rather then tying up my $$ in inventory. Now my friend with 5 kids is a different story. She hits BJ's at least once a month if not more. She goes thru one of those huge packs of TP every few weeks! She buys those at least 3 or 4 of those two packs of catsup at each trip. She definitely gets her $$ worth in convenience alone.

Apr 20, 2015
foodieX2 in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

I would look long and hard to see if you truly saving money with a Costco membership. We are also a family three (we were BJ's members) but once my son was out of diapers I found that that there was very few things that were a bargain once you factor in the annual membership cost. I tracked it for 6 months and overall the net results were the negligible from a cost perspective. Dropping it saved money as well as gas and time.

I know you don't want to hear it but meal planning is great way to save money. As as full time WOHM I would go insane if I didn't meal plan. Takes the pressure off what's for dinner and allows me to shop sales and plan accordingly. Do I still have moments when I have got to figure out what to do with the wilting bok choy? Of course but they are lot less often and I rarely have to throw food away.