Monsoon Season Is Nearly Done!

English: Mirepoix - a combination of onions, c...

English: Mirepoix – a combination of onions, carrots and celery used in cuisine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Which means Autumn is on the way! To celebrate I’m making the first of this Fall’s soups, Oven Roasted Pork Chowder. It’s a really simple recipe that’s perfect if you’re too busy to hover over the stove for hours! I’ll post the recipe later on, during the actual countdown but it’s pretty much pork with potatoes and corn. It’s actually more of a stew then a soup, really. The pork has been in the oven for close to six hours now, and my house smells like delicious clove-y meat. I haven’t really done anything Christmassy today, except for making a couple more bracelets… I guess I just wanted to let you all know I’m not like, dead or something! I did dishes, I organized my browser tabs… Nothing very interesting. But make extra sure to check here on Monday for the first countdown post!!

 

 

Shopping With Fall In Mind

Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today was our middle-of-the-month shopping trip. Already the store is decorated with pumpkins and gourds, and Genevieve got me to put squash on the menu two weeks from now, despite the 90 degree weather and lack of autumniness!¬†Gev snacked on a doughnut covered in orange frosting and leave shaped sprinkles as we sped past aisles of Christmas themed foods, while thinking desperately ‘can’t catch me, Christmas thoughts!’. It’s kind of insane how fast they churn out Christmas stuff after Labor Day. Let us enjoy Fall, don’t just skip an entire season! Usually the middle-of-the-month trip a pretty sparse trip, but I found a couple things I’m really excited about! First was some cheap bacon for the Bacon Pea Risotto I’m making for dinner Friday. Oh, balls, I forgot white wine. Urg… I’ll google around for some alternatives, but risotto may have to wait until next Friday… Anyways. I also got three packages of bone in chicken thighs (4 per package) for less then $2 each! Usually chicken thighs this big can be anywhere upwards of $6, so I snatched up the last of them! And I also grabbed the mandatory pound of ground beef, for Hamburger Helper (hey, just because I’m a food blog doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the ease of a boxed dinner!), or spaghetti or whatever, and a nice fat pork loin. Oven Roasted Pork Loin is the first dish I make every Fall. Something about meat cooking slowly all day smelling like nutmeg and comfiness just screams Fall to me. Frozen veggies were also pretty cheap today, which was good, since fresh veggies aren’t quite in season here. Everything else I got was just the usual suspects- cereal, milk (regular and coconut), bread, bottled water, etc. A pretty boring trip with some hidden treasures. The big hitter shopping trips are at the beginning of each month, when I can stock up on spices, specific things like stock, and flour and oil and what I call ‘carriers’- rice, pasta, and potatoes. Still not sure what to do about my white wine situation… Anyone have any ideas for me?