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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Menu Plan: October 17 - October 23

I am only cooking for part of the week as Rich's folks are coming to watch the children while we take Mariam on a fun filled business trip. I will be sight seeing and shopping while Rich is working.

The dinner tonight was great. I doubled it, but should have tripled the vegetables. The whole meal cost about $6.00 for all of us. Tripling the veggies would have added about another $0.65. This was using our own potatoes, organic peppers from the farmers' market, locally grown onions, organic garlic and organic, Washington state, small farm sausage from the Grocery Outlet (it was the price of conventional or our butcher shop). The melons were from our garden as well, and the cost above reflects our costs in the garden. Our garden has been much better to us than we deserve, considering how poorly we treated it this summer. Our melons were smaller and not as prolific as they ought to have been, but they were still good.

I'm thinking of volunteering at the local crisis pregnancy center next summer and teaching a class on budgeting, grocery shopping/eating locally, menu planning and cooking whole, nourishing foods. What do you think?What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

Here is the pan of vegetables before I added the sausage. Those are our French fingerlings. Aren't they pretty? The squash in the background are from our garden as well.

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I think it'd be great to teach such a class, but I'm not sure the crisis pregnancy center would get you the right target audience. There you might be dealing with a lot of people who don't have homes, or they have a place to live but no kitchen, and so aren't really in a position to do make use of the class. (Of course, I'm just guessing about who comes to a crisis pregnancy center, so I could be wrong.)

Do you have a community center type place? If you could run a class through there, you might be able to attract the "just-married, and young-homemakers-with-kids" audience who would benefit most. The crisis pregnancy center could also direct people to your class if they're in a position to use it.
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