Happy 2007 Everyone!!!
A new year in a new state. I’m adjusting well to Chicagoland. I had a hard time finding a store with a good produce selection AND good prices. Whole Foods has nice produce but the prices are insane!!!! After many tries, I finally found a store with a great selection of produce and excellent prices – Caputo’s Fresh Market. Well, there is no ambiance and it gets a little crowded at times, but overall it’s a good store. Case in point: Whole Foods sells fresh Lemongrass for $9.99/lb while at Caputo’s it is only 69¢/lb. In fact, I paid 12¢ for the three pieces of Lemongrass I bought there. Yay!!! The produce selection there reminds me of Nino Salvaggio, which was one of my favorite stores in Metro Detroit (the Troy, MI location is the best).
Produce/Misc. bought at Caputo’s:
I ended up spending $37.80 for everything at Caputo’s, which I thought was a pretty good price considering produce is more expensive in the winter and $8 of that total was blackberries. Oh, the blackberries were delicious and I can’t wait to go back and get more. I ended up with 2 pineapples, 4 pints of blackberries, 2 red peppers, 6 sweet onions, 2 red onions, 4 limes, 4 lemons, bean sprouts, 12 vine-ripe tomatoes, 6 heads of garlic, 3 bunches of cilantro, 4 bunches of green onions, fresh ginger, 3 stalks of lemon grass, 2 broccoli crowns, 3 jalapeno peppers, 3 cans of tomato paste, 1 can of crushed tomatoes, 1 pint of Silk Soy Creamer, a bag of rigatoni pasta, and 6 lbs of baby Yukon Gold Potatoes.
I have to give mad props to my friend Andrea. For a house-warming present, she sent us a package of New Yasmeen Bakery’s Baklava (it’s vegan, no honey!). Needless to say, upon seeing the gift, I opened it up and helped myself to a few pieces before I took a picture. Is self control possible when vegan Baklava is involved? I think not! It was scrumptious. Thanks so much Andrea and feel free to send Baklava my way anytime. 😛 Also, I want it noted for the record that I did SHARE the Baklava with Rob 😀
Once again, I made the Garlic Fried Potatoes from the Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa Cookbook. It is such a yummy meal and quite filling. This time I made it with baby Yukon Gold potatoes so I left the skins on. I’m looking forward to trying more recipes from this cookbook. Bazu, you were right, my other picture of this did kind of look like mango salsa.
I also have a new favorite “retail” store since moving here. It’s called Half Priced Books. I’ve been to two different locations already and I liked them both. They sell books, magazines, DVD’s, etc… They also buy books as well. I noticed a mix of used books as well as new books that are close-outs/overstocks. After the holidays, they had a 20% off everything in the store sale.
I bought 6 books and 1 DVD for around $32. What a spendthrift, eh? :
- Foods that Don’t Bite Back
- The Golden Temple Vegetarian Cookbook
- 1000 Chairs (Excellent MCM chairs/info, I’m a big fan of Mid-Century Modern)
- Vegan Recipes (50 recipes/250 photos)
- Pieces of April DVD
- The Not So Big House
- Sweet and Natural Baking
I’ve tried two recipes already from “Foods That Don’t Bite Back”. I decided to try the Indonesian-Style Tempeh and Coconut Curry recipe first. It was really good and was easy to make. It has tempeh mixed with broccoli, green onions, garlic, jalapeno, ginger in a coconut-curry sauce. Next time, I’m going to use Trader Joes Organic Frozen Broccoli (one of my favorite things at TJ’s) which will make this recipe even quicker to prepare.
Indonesian-Style Tempeh and Coconut Curry:
The other recipe I decided to try was the Moroccan Tomato Sauce. It is seasoned with spices like saffron, paprika, and turmeric just to name a few. I thought the recipe was fair. I ate it but I don’t think I’ll make it again. Rob liked it and said it was good but he’s had better.
Moroccan Tomato Sauce:
I’ve got a new gift that I’m eager to try out. Yep, it’s a Chia Herb Garden. I’m going to try growing basil, cilantro, dill, and chives with it. I’ll post the results here on my blog.
Hope you have a wonderful day 😀