I'm a bit of a recipe
This week I used the accordion file and my binders. The file has recipes I've ripped from the newspaper and magazines. My binders are recipes I've made before that made it into the keep pile.
They're both organized by type of food. Beef, Chicken, Pork, Appetizers, Drinks, Veggies, Soups, Sammies, Desserts, etc. Usually, I pull out or mark anything that sounds good and then narrow it down based on what I've got in the fridge, freezer and pantry.
No matter where I'm pulling the recipes from, I keep a running list of the names. That way, if I end up with six chicken recipes, for example, I can cross some off.
Once I've got a pretty good mix, I write the name of the recipe, whatever I would make to go with it, and then next to it, I jot down the ingredients that I don't already have in the house.
Once the dinners are figured out, I write down any breakfast, lunch or snack ideas that I may want to try to work in.
Then, using the rough draft list I just made, as well as the running list I keep on the fridge, I make a final grocery list, written in order of how the store is set up. Less chance of missing something that way.
And just when you think that has to be it, I bust out my manufacturer's coupons and see if I have any for the things on my list.
Also, depending on what store I'm going to, I'll check their weekly print ad.
If I have any coupons, or something is on sale, I make a note next to the item on the list so I can check the item in the store and see if it comes out as the best price. If not, I go with whatever is.
Finally, I write out the menu and hang it on the fridge.
Oh yeah, and I actually have to go to the grocery store. Which I did. Tonight. And it was horrid. I took Baby. Idiot. She has a cold and was kinda off today, so I figured instead of ditching her with The Dad, I'd just take her along. Idiot. She cried the ENTIRE TIME. Well, that's not true. She stopped crying when I got to the checkout. Idiot. Also, I realized something on the way to my car when all I wanted to do was cry from my miserable shopping experience. It's the first Monday of the month. And I went to Winco. At 4:00 pm. Idiot. The cream of the crop shop there under normal circumstances. Add to that the fact that it was 4pm on the first of the month and I may as well have been in Kentucky. No offense to anyone living in Kentucky. Unless you have Mountain Dew mouth like everyone at Winco tonight. The people in front of me spent $700 on kool-aid and pork and mystery boxes of semi-prepared food. Did you hear me? $700 DOLLARS!!!!! I shit you not. They had two carts and I swear to you they did not have one single piece of fresh produce. NONE. I'm sure they were lookin' at my stuff comin' down the belt thinkin', "damn vegetarians".
Anyhoo, enough about that. In case anyone is curious, I spent $66.
If any of the new recipes are worth sharing, you know I'm all over it for ya. We had the sinigang tonight, which I already knew was good 'cause my BIL makes it for us all the time. I also made the green smoothie already. Um, amazingly delicious. I'll try to get it posted tomorrow.
Off to watch the tail end of Master Chef.....