In comparison to the “average” American, we have a pretty meager grocery budget. But this summer, we’ve discovered the joyful abundance of a garden.
It’s amazing how these vegetables have been coming in just when I needed them most to stretch us from paycheck to paycheck.
And thanks to this book, I’ve been able to find more creative ways to use them in my kitchen. On Tuesday I made homemade tomato sauce for the first time. Usually I consider it pretty close to homemade when I add extra spices to the jar of Ragu, but this time I was actually peeling tomatoes and chopping up peppers, onions, and carrots in the food processor. A little more work with a lot more flavor.
And everyday this week when I’ve approached the dinner question (it’s summer so my weekly menu is on sabbatical), I’ve found more ways to use what we’ve been blessed with.
There’s an extra squash and zucchini that didn’t make it into roasted vegetables a few days ago, so tonight they’ll be filler in quesadillas. I discovered I still had some shredded chicken in the freezer and since the girls are eating lunch at day camp this week, there’s still cheese in the fridge.
And tomorrow is payday.
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