By this time nearly everyone has heard of or seen the movie Julie and Julia staring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams about a blogger who cooks her way through Julia Child’s “Mastering the art of French cooking”. While I love the idea and thrive on a reason to cook my way through a cook book the idea of French cooking doesn’t really fit into my daily life.
For the past few months I’ve been organizing my kitchen. From meal planning, coupon clipping and comparison shopping to organizing my cupboards and fridge I’m trying to find the best way to save time and money when cooking for my family. Then the idea hit me, why not cook my way through one of my budget cook books.
While I love to wander my way through the coupon websites and the blogs I have found about cooking for families and saving money, my biggest problem was that they are all direct towards Americans. As much as I love a good deal, and love to find ways to save my money, it’s rather discouraging when they don’t apply to me.
So I went on a mission, I’ve been comparison shopping at all of the big stores in my area, Real Canadian Superstore, Safeway, Save-on-foods the local green grocer and the Langley farm market. I’m constantly looking for manufacturer’s coupons and the next great ‘deal’.
So welcome to A Foodies guide to eating on a budget. Here you will find all of my good ‘work’ if it can be called that. We’ll work through the great book by Better Home and Gardens, Budget Meal$; Save big $$$ with smart ways to shop and efficient ways to cook.
I chose this book for a few reasons:
- The spiral binding really is easier to deal with when you have it open on the counter in and you are chopping vegetables.
- Any book that has “100 smart ways to save!” and “50 no-recipe recipes” and “Cook once, eat twice Bonus Chapter” on the cover will catch my attention.
- The book uses slow cookers quite a bit, and I am a slow cooker fanatic! Nothing is better for the working woman than a slow cooker….please see the page labeled: Tools of the Trade.
- This book covers it all, from what to stock your pantry with to cleaning out every thing you have and making an inventory. From organizing to shopping this book will be the frugal budget cooks best friend.
- A Vegetable chart….yes, a vegetable chart. Detailing their seasonal availability and storing instructions, this is a beginner cooks saving grace.
- No recipe recipes. I love to cook, I love to eat too, but I really love to cook. I want to have the option of creating my own recipes, as that is half the fun in cooking (FYI the other half is the enjoyment of eating it, or watching others eating it, unless they don’t like it…that’s kind of awkward).
The most important reason that I chose this book is that this is real food, that you will enjoy, that I have enjoyed and that my family loves. I signed up for a few of those meal planning websites that I have come across, and while the idea is fantastic….who would eat Asparagus Sorbet? Not my family that’s for sure.
So my fellow foodie, sit back, grab your spatula and lets enjoy.