Saturday is our day for the farmer's market and butcher shop. I look forward to these saturdays with excitement.
Rarely do I go with a plan. I find it more fun, and perhaps a bit of my own version of Iron Chef. We go to the market first and I see what kinds of vegetables look best, then I start creating meals in my head. Finishing up at the butcher shop, I get the meat to put it all together.
This week I got the makings for a rich beef and vegetable stew that I will put up early tomorrow morning. I'll roast jalapenos, and chop cabbage and carrots. I got small yellow potatoes, tiny red onions and fresh garlic. I'll throw in a quart of the tomatoes I stewed and canned and perhaps some *gasp* canned peas. I have some merlot I will use as well, some for me, some for the stew. And the central star, a beautiful English Roast.
I also picked up some pecan encrusted tilapia to go with broccoli, some polish sausage to go with the brussel sprouts, and a nice pork roast to slice up for use with roasted beets, and a ginger stir fry. A couple of full chicken breasts which can be made in any number of easy ways. Fresh lettuce, farm fresh eggs, green onions, and garlic cheddar bread for egg salad sammiches.
And even with some Better than Bullion beef stock, Amish noodles, and local honey, and a pound of excellent bacon, we spent under $90 for everything.
This will be enough food for at least 14 meals, and all for about $7 per meal for two people. I feel really good about what we get for what we spend. Lots of fresh, unprocessed food, of good local quality.