make it easy on yourself
Thursday is my babysitting day for my granddaughter. After spending the day with her and the commute home in rush hour traffic, I want to prepare a dinner that is quick and easy to prepare.
It was a hectic week last week. Early in the week I had to pick up my granddaughter from daycare, dentist visit, coffee with a friend, work and my regular day of babysitting on Thursday. I arrived at my daughter’s house at 7:30 am with pancake batter so my granddaughter could have freshly made pancakes for her breakfast.
After breakfast, my granddaughter wanted to go to the park with Nana, so we bundled up it was in the mid 30’s last week. We were the only ones at the park. She swung on the swings, we went down the slide and then on our return trip home, made a stop for a bag of freshly made apple cider donuts. Apparently the fresh air did her good, as she napped for two hours.
calling all bakers
I was at my local Costco store today pricing out baking products. Here’s what I found:
• Three pound bag of shelled walnuts are $10.99, however, my local Wegmans had three pounds for just $9.99.
• 5 count tube of organic Madagascar vanilla beans for $15.99
• 1 gram of saffron $11.89
• Almond flour $12.99 (3 lbs.)
• Craisin were $8.99 (3 lbs.)
• Although I didn’t price it today, Nestle chocolate chips run under $10 for 4 lbs. 8 oz.
Through the holidays, it appears Wegmans has a special price on their brand of baking products
• Light brown, dark brown and confectioners’ 10X powdered sugars $0.99 for 32 oz.
• Sweet or salted butter $2.49 (1 lbs.)
• White granulated sugar $1.49 (4 lbs.)
• All purpose flour $0.99 (5 lbs.)
I like the quality of the Wegmans brand of products. My baked goods come out perfect.
When my husband and I go out to dinner, if a Berkshire pork chop is on the menu, he’ll order it. I’ve noticed both at Wegmans Ocean Township and ShopRite of Wall Township, carries Berkshire pork chops, but a price difference that makes one wonder. At Wegmans, they sell for $19.99/lb. and at ShopRite $6.99/lb. I was willing to pay the $19.99/lb. until I saw ShopRite’s price. Earlier last week, I picked up a pair of chops for supper. Unsure what I was going to do with them, I recalled the New York Times Cooking app recently featured a recipe for citrus-glazed pork chops with gingery bok choy. The recipe wasn’t complicated, used common ingredients and takes 40 minutes, sold!
With the holidays coming upon us rather quickly, I thought it best to get organized as far as menus go. I sent an email to my family to get their input for the Thanksgiving menu. I’m still waiting on one of my children to confirm they are definitely coming for dinner because if they are, here’s my tentative menu:
upscale grilled cheese
Earlier this year in the New York Time, Ali Slagle posted a recipe for French onion grilled cheese sandwiches. The recipe called for caramelized onions mixed with grated gruyère cheese. This sounded so good.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.