Grocery List: December 28, 2014

Christmas is over. As I type, The Wife and The Kid are assembling a Lego set from The Little Mermaid, courtesy of my brother-in-law. That should keep them busy until school is back in session next week. 

The holiday haul was great. Al Dente HQ is now home to an 8-cup Cuisinart food processor, a 12-inch cast iron pan, a black slate serving board, a Foodsaver, and some brand spankin’ new Oxo gadgetry. I also acquired two new cookbooks. My friend Mary Kate, she of my trips to Founding Farmers and Jaleo, got me The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink from the Restaurant Owned by American Family Farmers. The Kid gave me Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything. The first came in handy for Christmas dinner. The latter, well, I’ve been finding recipes from Down South that were used as previews when the book was released. Two of them have appeared here.

I’m going to post the results of Christmas dinner on Monday, followed by some year-end stuff this week. And, if I get crafty, there might be some “What I did with my leftovers” type stuff. Anyhow, I’ll post until New Years Eve, then shut it down again until January 5, 2015.

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  • Melissa says:

    Congrats on the new toys. The Foodsaver comes in handy when you buy value-sized packages of meat, or go to Costco. I also use it for Christmas baking. Being able to vacuum seal and freeze means I’m not trying to BAKE ALL THE COOKIES!!1! in the days right before Christmas. The food processor, wow. It’s one of those things that you didn’t realize how useful it is until you have one.

    • jaredpaventi says:

      Yeah, I have three pounds of ground pork that needs to become chorizo and I think that will be the maiden voyage for the FoodSaver. What I want to do is defrost all of the meat in my freezer and vacuum pack it, but that seems impractical.

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