I’ve been wanting to share some of the experiments happening in my kitchen lately. I have been working on expanding our basic meal plans to include more variety, whilst using up our staple pantry items. But, before I divulge some of our favorite recipes I am including instructions for an ingredient I often use as a base for our meals.
Directions : : Place ingredients in food processor and whiz until combined and the larger flakes have processed to a finer grain. Store in a container or jar and use approximately 1 tsp per 1 cup of water in recipes calling for vegetable broth.
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All of our busyness (how do things never seem to slow down?!) has resulted in a lack of utilizing the dry foods in the pantry. The other day, I opened up the cabinet doors to an array of disorganization. Dry beans, bulgur wheat, cornmeal, pasta, etc, sit in their containers, not getting any fresher. So, the girls and I began pulling things out (they were trying to motivate me, I think).
While listening to my favorite speaker, I began taking inventory and pinning relevant recipes to help me use up the excess. I decided to challenge myself (again), and try to eat almost elusively from the stored food, only buying the fresh produce we need and items for making the recipes, for the next month or two. I will let you know how it goes, and will likely be posting favorite new recipes along the way.
Do you have an excess of food in the pantry that has not been touched in much to long? What are some of your favorite ways to use things up?
A little over a week after we moved into the house Brian got a phone call that brought him back to work – at least part time. We had only experienced unemployment for about two months. Renewed income was definitely important and needed, although now progress on our fixer slowed significantly. It seemed that as soon as we started development on one area, a new project would arise that we weren’t expecting. Such is the life of home ownership – at least with our circumstances.
By April we were able to begin our kitchen remodel. This was our biggest adventure yet. As always, things took longer than expected. We had to live without a kitchen for several weeks. The toaster oven was moved into the living room and we bought disposable plates and cutlery for the first time in our married lives.
Thankfully, my parents came to visit about this time and rented a truck at the airport, which allowed us to pick up our new cabinets from Ikea. Brian entirely gutted the existing kitchen. Fragments of the cabinetry and countertop were everywhere. It was an exciting day! No more disgusting and smelly shelves and storage! This was a big step in the progress of our fixer.
Some other goals for the kitchen remodel were to replace the light fixture and the window.