The Boastful Baker

because every cook praises her own broth

17 different beans…and some barley.

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Sausage and 17 Bean Soup, originally uploaded by meliass.

With lots of sausage. Lots and lots of sausage.

Despite it being 75 degrees outside on Friday, I chose to make bean soup. I had the beans in the pantry and had bought some Surry sausage for no known reason the day before…so bean and sausage soup seemed like an obvious choice.

That and the fact that I wasn’t allowed to go to the grocery store to buy dinner ingredients. I’m actually not allowed to go to the grocery store very often as of this month. In my monthly budget, I have $150 allocated to groceries. Last month, I spent $300 on groceries…the extra $150 coming from my “everything else” fund. Needless to say, I didn’t buy much other than groceries last month.

So…for the month of April, we decided to experiment. I gave the boyfriend $120 of my $150 grocery budget money (which he combines with his own budgeted grocery money) and he’s in charge of the shopping. I make ridiculously elaborate grocery lists for him and he buys most (but not all) of the things on my list. So far it seems to be working out.

I will still go to the grocery store on occasion…mostly if I’m cooking something I didn’t plan in advance and find that I need an ingredient that neither of us have. He also refuses to go to Ukrop’s or The Fresh Market for me since they’re the two most expensive grocery stores in town…but I still need to go to them on occasion for some specialty items. And that’s okay…as long as I only get what I went for in the first place. That’s the challenge. That’s also how I ended up with the Surry sausage for my soup.

With luck, this new plan for me to avoid the grocery store as much as possible will save lots of money in the long run. The boyfriend won’t buy name brand items as much as I will…he’s even threatened to buy generic things like cranberry juice and refill my Ocean Spray bottle with the generic juice.

I’ll post more food stuff soon. I still have lots of recipes to blog. And pictures to take of a very delicious looking coffee cake that just came out of the oven. I’m also making cherry tarts tonight. Look forward to the pictures…

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