When 20,000 things happen at once, your new blog ends up on the bottom of things to do. After 4 years of putting my heart and all my money in to a small buisness, I decided to call it quits! And Wow, just as much time goes into ending a buisness. The dust has settled and I am making a commitment to continue with my blog, oh, and finding a new carear. Hummmm, what do I want to be when I go up? A friend sent me this article from the NYTimes http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/business/08consume.html and made me think maybe we can live on one salary. Then I thought, I really want stuff, is that so awful? Well for now I am going to cook for my family.
Last year I told myself that I needed to make better choices when it comes to my families food, where it comes from, how far is it coming and how it’s processed.
Costco is a love-hate store. I love the deals, I hate the amount of food you have to get. Boxes of fruit that doesn’t really even look good. When I looked at where there produce was coming from, I realized I can get fresh greens from right here in town from local farmer. Then I looked at our meat products, still a great deal on prices and we can freeze meat.
Well my thoughts on this are changing. I discovered Swinery Meats last week. A local butcher in West Seattle. I ran across their blog and they had just posted –
Tuesday: Recipe Tester Day! Recipe club testers get 30% off on shanks (lamb, veal, or even goat) to make a springy version of Osso Bucco. Stop by and give it a try!
The smell of the braised lamb shanks, filled my house with goodness. The recipe came with a Risotto recipe, I made mashed potatoes it seemed more like comfort food.
My twelve-year-old said she only wanted salad and mashed potatoes. I don’t like to force food on my kids, I did tell her she should at least try it.
I could not believe how tender and absolutely yummy this lamb was, it didn’t even taste like lamb. While my husband and I are just making yummy sounds at the dinner table, my daughter all of a sudden gets up and goes to the kitchen with her plate. I am going to try it. I was so happy when I looked over and she said with a little grin – taste like pork.
You can really taste the difference in a good piece of meat. As my husband was licking his fingers he said ” if we cut back on our meat consumption we could afford shopping there” . He was right it was spendy, if we didn’t get that 30% off it would have been a spendy meal for our family. So do we cut back on how many time we actually eat meat and when we do only eat really good meat. I say YES.
Making dinner at my house can be tricky, trying to incorporate the likes of a meat lover, a vegetarian and a gluten free family member.
Tonight was not a night for making dinner, sometime you just gotta go and leave the kids at home with soup and grilled cheese and head down to your local pub. Gavin and I headed out to Jules Mae in Georgetown, to play a little pinball, air hockey and Donkey Kong.
The flatliner, good name for a heaping plate of tater-tots topped with a fair amount of melted cheese, onions, peppers, sour cream and don’t forget the bacon.
I’ll make dinner tomorrow night.