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food list

I need to make room in my freezer, so this’ll be a more long term food list than usual.

Also, I need to use up more food in the next couple months because I have a gift certificate to the local grocery store, but I have to use it all in one go and I’ve gotten used to a lot of little trips instead of one big one.

Food I have

2 onions
3 lbs russet potatoes
no garlic!
1 bunch broccoli rabe
1 bunch (3) beets w/ greens
1/3 bag baby carrots
1 white coconut
1 pt coconut water from another coconut (so half the total)

Meat – fridge
a lot (2 1/2 lbs?) of ham
chicken stock
1/4 pound of bacon

Meat – freezer
stock (in cubes)
gravy (in cubes)
8-ish chicken breasts (frozen in packets of 1 or 2)
2 thick pork chops
1 hamburger patty made from ground turkey
bag of small turkey meatballs
bag of mini italian-flavored turkey meatballs
several links of turkey sausage
1/2 pkg kosher hot dogs (and possibly another whole one buried in the depths)
1 mystery steak (beef? pork? It was hard to tell with the last one I cooked)
cubed raw pork
cubes of pork roast
1 beef roast (saving for Roman cooking workshop)
2-3 pork tenderloin roasts
1-3 packages of meat (beef? pork?) cut thin for stir fry
1 bag of chicken parts for stock – enough for 1 batch

qt whole milk
a little bit of heavy cream
scallion cream cheese
single-serve flavored yogurts
2 packages of cheddar cheese

starch – in fridge
rice (plain white, basmati, sticky)
flour (bread, wheat, rye)
1 pie crust
2 packages tortillas

Miscellaneous things in freezer
pecan halves
2 cubes of mom’s vegetable soup
phyllo dough
package of rolls that would make a good stuffing or soup ingredient
cubes of elderberry concentrate with wine and stuff
bag of onion peels and things for stock
rolls of stuffed cabbage (from mother)
bag of blackberries

turning that into food
Tuesday, March 18
potatoes, ham, onion, beets

Wednesday, March 19
start a potato & ham soup – 3/24/08
eat: broccoli rabe sauteed with mini meatballs with pasta sauce over spaghetti

Thursday, March 20
buy crusty bread – eat soup

Friday, March 21
soup again.
pull out a pork roast to thaw

Saturday, March 22
@ parents’ – give mom any soup that’s left

Sunday, March 23
Do something with the coconut! (Thai soup? African stew?)
roast pork

Week of March 24-28
alternate between soup and sandwiches made from the roast pork or the ham leftovers

Broccoli Rabe

There was lovely looking broccoli rabe at my produce truck this week, so I got a bunch. Now – a bunch is enough for two meals for me. Here’s the first meal planned out:

wash broccoli rabe and cut into 2-3 inch lengths. Blanch. Drain.

Saute in olive oil a whole bunch of garlic until it starts to brown. Add broccoli rabe.

In a flat pan, warm up a tortilla. Flip it over. Add some shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a tablespoon or two of the last of the carnitas I have in my fridge, and a spoonful or so of cooked broccoli rabe… some more cheese, fold over the tortilla – viola quesadilla.

And then over the weekend, I bought 5 pounds of potatoes for a dollar and acquired half a (cooked/smoked) ham from my mother.

Second meal:

Dice 2 potatoes (there were the size of a small fist each) and 8 baby carrots. Sautee in olive oil.

Roughly dice 1 medium onion. Throw that in, too.

Dice some ham… no idea how much… about as much by volume as there was potato, maybe less.

At this point, I seasoned the potatoes – salt, pepper, ground thyme, ground oregano, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, few dashes hot paprika.

Add ham. Keep cooking.

Rinsed the broccoli rabe, shook it dry, and then bundled it back up in its twist tie and just cut across into inch “strips” or so. Turned it into a nice chop.

Tossed that over top and let it steam a bit before stirring it in and cooking it with the rest.

Then I tasted it, and decided it would benefit from a pinch of ground cloves. And a little more salt.

I put up half into a container in the freezer for lunch, and the rest was very yummy.

Today, I went out and bought beets, so I think I’ll make the same dish again tonight (since I have a lot of potatoes and ham to get through, and soup might be coming next) only with beets instead of carrots and beet tops instead of the broccoli rabe.

Note on cloves: buying ground cloves is always a bit sad since the packet will quickly stink up (though in a nice way) the entire spice cabinet and then by the time you actually get around to needing the cloves all the flavor has seeped away. Therefore – I buy whole cloves and mostly just stick the whole things into stuff (roasts, or chucked into soups/stews/curries and fished out later). But when you really do want it ground and you aren’t making a whole spice mix where it’s worth the time to bring out (and clean) the mortar and pestle (mine’s heavy) – you can just pop off the little round bit at the top and crumble it by hand – and then put the stem back in the jar to be stuck into stuff later.