Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Recipe - Stromboli

Jimmy Moore sent me a copy of the new low carb cookbook that he co-authored with Maria Emmerich. It's called "The Ketogenic Cookbook" and it's a beautiful book with full-color photos of every recipe. You can buy the book on Amazon, HERE.

One recipe jumped out at me the first time I looked through the book and that was the Stromboli on page 198. It doesn't call for too many unusual ingredients and I just happened to have everything on hand to make it. I haven't bought coconut flour in years but I still have a small container of it in my freezer. I also have a container of ground pork rinds in the freezer from when I was eating them regularly. I used to save the bits at the bottom of the bag and grind them up to use for breading fish, etc. Anyway, other than those two somewhat unusual items, the recipe only calls for mozzarella cheese, butter, egg, seasonings and salami. I had a package of giant pepperoni in the freezer so I used that instead of the salami.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started making this. The photo in the book looked very bread-like but my "dough" mixture looked like a pile of gooey cheese. Fear not! Once it has baked, the cheese "crust" gets all crunchy and browned and delicious. Jerry also gave it a thumbs up and I will make this again. We ate ours while it was still pretty hot but I found that the crust actually gets crunchier after it cools a bit. I cut the stromboli into about nine pieces. We ate this for dinner and we each had two slices and it was very filling. We'll find out tomorrow how well it reheats.

Below are some photos showing the process of making the stromboli:

Rather than measure the length of my strips of dough, I placed the pepperoni slices down the center first and used them as a guide.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shopping list

I've reached the point where posting my shopping list is becoming a bit of a chore so I'm not going to do it anymore. I won't shut down my blog but I will only post occasionally when I try a new recipe or product and that sort of thing. I might also occasionally feature an old favorite recipe or mention what I've been cooking.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No shopping list this week

I won't be posting my shopping list this week. I did my regular grocery shopping this morning but didn't have time to take photos before we went out for the day. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday's Shopping

 I was just looking over the new Aldi ad for this week online and I see that they've got a new product. It's blanched almond flour. They're selling it for $7.99 for a one pound bag. That's not a bad price so I might give it a try.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Shopping List for July 12 - July 18

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Bacon - $1.77
Garlic - $.48
2 steaks @ 3.99lb (marked down) - $8.06

TOTAL - $10.31

SPROUTS (Tuesday):
3 green peppers @ .48 each - $1.44

TOTAL - $1.44

HEB (Tuesday):
Shower spray - $2.24
3-pack tissue - $3.57
Cheese balls - $1.00
Ice cream - $4.48

TOTAL - $11.75

WALMART (Wednesday):
Vinegar - $.56
Soy sauce - $2.28

TOTAL - $2.84

ALDI (Wednesday):
2 packages cookies @ .99 each - $1.98
Bread - $.85
2 x dozen eggs @ 1.99 each - $3.98
Bagels - $1.69
Pepper-Jack cheese - $1.59
2 x 8 ounce jalapeños @ .39 each - $.78

TOTAL - $10.87

KROGER (Wednesday):
Ice cream @ 2.50 (minus 10% discount) - $2.25
24 ounce cottage cheese @ 2.29 (minus 10% discount + .40 coupon) - $1.66
2 x cream cheese @ 1.00 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
2 x 8 ounce shredded cheese @ 1.99 each (minus 10% discount + .65 coupon) - $2.93
3 x 3 pound ground beef @ 1.99lb (minus 10% discount + 1.50 coupon) - $14.61

TOTAL - $23.25

GRAND TOTAL - $60.46 (over budget by $10.46)


I did my shopping today instead of tomorrow. I went over budget again this week but I was running very low on ground beef in the freezer and Kroger had a good deal that I couldn't pass up. Food Town hasn't had any marked down in a few weeks. Kroger has their 3-pound rolls of ground beef for $1.99 pound this week which is a very good price. On top of that, I got the 10% senior discount plus I had a coupon good for $1.50 off one roll. I was only going to buy two rolls but at the last minute decided to go ahead and splurge on a third one. I paid $1.62 pound after the discounts.

When I got home I first made a batch of Bread & Butter Pickled Jalapeños and then browned up six pounds of hamburger. I'm going to freeze it in plastic containers and then use it for my breakfasts. I've been eating hamburger patties for breakfast for a while but I've only got five cooked patties left and I decided that browning it was easier than making six pounds of hamburger patties in my Nuwave oven.

I was happy to see that the price of eggs is gradually starting to go down again at Aldi. I wasn't planning to buy the jalapeños there today but went ahead and got some when I saw that the price was lower than it's been for a while.

The steaks that I got marked down at Food Town on Tuesday were originally just over $9.00 per pound and I paid $3.99 pound. They look like bone-in ribeye steaks.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday's Shopping

I got a pretty good deal on those two steaks. They were marked down to $3.99 pound which is less than half price according to the stickers. Gone are the days of finding ribeye steaks marked down to $1.99 pound and 99-cents pound marked down hamburger. Beef has more than doubled in price over the past few years.

I bought the green peppers at Sprouts this morning to make Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers. I'm heading to the kitchen right now to make them. 


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Shopping List for July 5 - July 11


FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Boston butt pork roast @ .99lb - $3.99
12-pack toilet paper - $3.99

TOTAL - $8.11

HEB (Tuesday):
4 pounds frozen Tilapia - $10.98
Crisco shortening (marked down) - $1.00
Honey buns (marked down) - $.75
1 pound brown sugar (marked down) - $.50
Lemon cookies (marked down) - $.50

TOTAL - $13.73

ALDI (Thursday):
2 packages cookies @ .99 each - $1.98
2 x 8-ounce cheese @ 1.59 each - $3.18
Dozen eggs - $2.19

TOTAL - $7.35

WALMART (Thursday):
Ham pieces - $4.33
Hand lotion - $3.42
2 x shampoo @ .75 each - $1.50
4 pack ink pens - $2.77

TOTAL - $12.65

KROGER (Thursday):
Ice cream @ 2.99 (minus 10% discount) - $2.25
Peanut butter @ 1.79 (minus 10% discount + .45 coupon) - $1.16
Sugar @ 1.89  (minus 10% discount) - $1.70
Mayonnaise @ 2.59 (minus 10% discount + .50 coupon) - $1.83

TOTAL - $6.94

GRAND TOTAL - $48.78


I made Houston Chicken for dinner last night and boy was that tasty. I had some super smoky bacon pieces to use up so I scattered the extra ones around the chicken and it got all crispy while the chicken cooked. I ended up having to broil the chicken instead of baking it to get the thick bacon fully cooked but it came out perfect. Tonight we get to have the leftovers. I made two huge chicken breasts and we split one of them last night. 

I took today's photo with the light in the kitchen turned off and no flash. It's rather dark but still better than if I'd had the bright ceiling light turned on.