rivkasmom: (Angrycat)
I am so, SO annoyed with Albertson's grocery store.  Beyond pissed, actually.

They stopped putting their day old bread on sale.  They are the ONLY kosher bakery in the whole state, and I depended on the sale bread to cover my grocery budget.  I can't afford five dollars for a loaf of bread, but 99 cents is doable.  I would stock up on everything they had on sale, and throw it in the freezer for days when I was too exhausted to make my own bread.  It's been a life saver for me.  I went a bit ballistic at the employees.

The woman in the bakery department told me that "We're giving it away to the needy."  I stared at her and said "I AM THE NEEDY!"  and gave her a nice long rant about the economy and the state of my finances.  She said "It's a corporate decision.  You can complain, but it won't change anything."

Then I found the general manager, and gave him the brunt of my wrath.  He said "It's for charity, it's a good thing!"  I told him "How many Orthodox Jews are homeless right now?  There are dozens of major bakeries who give truckloads of goods to charity, they don't care if it's kosher.  This is the ONLY kosher bakery, and you're taking that away from us?  Many of us go out of our way to support this store, and we depend on the sales to help make ends meet.  Because I can't get affordable bread, now I have to look at my list and see what I have to put back on the shelves.  This is BAD BUSINESS for you.  I can get kosher food delivered to my door step, and for much cheaper.  There are fewer and fewer reasons for me to drive halfway across town to shop here at all.  You are losing a customer, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way."  He just handed me a complaint slip and shrugged.  Corporate decision, ya know.  What can you do?

To make matters worse, there is only one brand of cake mix that is dairy free, and my daughter is allergic to diary.  They used to carry a dozen different flavors of this brand, and now they only carry two.  All of the dairy mixes are much less expensive. I was happy to buy the more expensive ones, and now I can't even do that!

Their kosher section gets smaller every time I go, and I couldn't even get myself a candy bar because it was $4.99 and out of my budget.  At that price, it would taste like eating ashes.  Don't even get me started on 8.99 for a tiny jar of almond butter! 

I was so angry that when I came home I ranted to Aryeh about it for quite a while, and then made 4 loaves of my own damn bread (which came out awesome. I should knead in anger more often.)  

I will never, EVER go back to Albertson's again, until they start realizing that Jewish people go out of their way to shop there, and that we have financial needs too.

In the meantime, AffordableKosher.com and NWKosher.com do door to door deliveries, as does Amazon and Safeway.  SPUD is a great place to get organic produce (spendy) but OMG their food is gorgeous!  You can also get dairy free soy yogurt there which is awesome.
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This recipe is brought to you by me cleaning the kitchen to see what I have.

1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can of water (or milk if you have it)
2 stalks of wilted celery from the back of the veggie drawer
A handful of stale tater tots or hash browns
1 small package of smoked salmon (about $3 or $4 worth)

Optional - A few tablespoons of sour cream

Dump soup in non stick pot, add water.  Wash and chop celery, add to pot.  Dice salmon and add to pot.  Add  the potatoes, cover, and heat over lowest setting for an hour or so. (This works great in a crock pot, too.)  Stir and taste.  It's even better the next day, with Saltines crumbled on top.  Fresh ground pepper is nice, too.

You can also add diced carrots or frozen peas if you have them, and serve over buttermilk biscuits. 

Feeds two adults as a main dish, or four if you add a salad and dessert.
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My very, very picky daughter LOVE this recipe.  This reheats really well and makes awesome leftovers.  We ate it for a week and never complained. 

Spanish Chicken with Green Olives
 
It's good over rice, or with a side of crusty bread to soak up the tomato juice.

If your chicken is frozen, no worries.  Run hot water over it so you can get the wrapper off, and then throw it in the crock pot.  Just add a few extra hours to the cooking time, or make it overnight. 

Put chicken in crock pot with two cans of green beans, or 4 cups of frozen green beans.  Add a can of chopped tomatoes (not sauce) and some oregano and garlic.  On top of it all, add 1/4 cup of brine from the olives, and a couple dozen green olives sliced in half.  It's especially good if they have the pimentos inside.

Simmer for a few hours until the chicken slides off of the bone.  Best of all, only one pot to wash! ;-)

Try it with pot roast, too.

Diet Day 2

May. 26th, 2010 10:16 pm
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The second shot hurt a tiny bit. I may have hit a nerve. So far, I'm a tiny bit shaky from not having carbs, but that's to be expected in the first two to three days.

Lunch and dinner were NOM! Being an old hand at bento making really helps here.

For lunch, steamed swiss chard and thinly sliced steak (dry pan fried and cooked rare), mixed with the pan juices, a bit of water and a dash of soy sauce. It made a very lovely Japanese type soup. Cucumber salad on the side, made with cucumbers, lemon juice and some dill. Simple, fresh and easy.

Dinner was a salad of fresh spinach, strawberries and a dash of balsamic vinegar. On top of the salad was sliced, grilled chicken breast. I'm enjoying how "bright" the flavors taste, and the colors are so pretty!

For dessert I'm going to have an apple, and then go to bed before the late night munchies can get to me. I tend to binge eat on carbs and sugar after 11pm. I'm hoping to break the cycle. My sister swears that after a week or two I won't even WANT carbs and sugar. I'm finding that hard to believe, but I'm willing to give it a try.
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OK, I didn't think that anyone would really care, but since several of y'all have shown interest, I'll bore you with the details.

I never would have given this a second thought, but the other day I saw my sister for the first time in two years. I had to do a double take, she looked AMAZING! We both have always had health problems, fibromyalgia, rosacea, IBS and weight issues, as well as massive sugar and wheat cravings (possibly due to systemic candida and/or wheat allergies). Anyway, I've never seen her look so healthy - her eyes were sparkling, she said that she didn't ache anymore, and that she had tons of energy. She's lost almost 60 pounds since January.

I only need to lose about 20 "vanity pounds". If that were it, I'd say "screw it" and keep eating my chocolate and ice cream. What I REALLY want is to not be in so much pain. You know you have a problem when you put on a jacket, reach into the pocket and pull out a Tylenol #3. It's especially bad when you realize that this is not the first time that's happened, and that it's been happening more and more often lately.

So, anyway
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I'll probably wait until after Shavuos so I can eat a half a cheesecake first. ;-)
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My kitchen is 3/4 kosher l'Pesach, and smells like cleaning solution and chicken soup. Sunlight is streaming through the windows, and Rivka is singing along to a Pesach cd. I am taking a break and eating a spinach and smoked salmon omelet that is nom nom nom good!

Sure, I could still find plenty of stuff to complain about if I wanted to, but I don't want to mess with this good vibe I've got going. :-D


ETA: My dad (my very, VERY non Jewish dad) called me to wish me a Good Shabbos and Yontiff and wanted to know if I had enough money for matzah and candles.

You'd have to know my dad, but I'm telling you, if that's not a sign that Moshiach is near, I don't know what is! :-O
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All measurements are approximate. 

If you have any leftover Coke that's gone flat this is a good way to get rid of it.  You'll need about 3 cups, or a can or so of of Coke or Dr. Pepper. 

Get a package of chicken thighs or legs.  White meat won't work for this, trust me.  Boneless and skinless pieces are the best.

In a dutch oven or a skillet with deep sides, pour in the soda, and then add the chicken pieces and turn to coat.  They should be about 3/4 covered, and not crowded in the pan. 

Add 1 tsp of powdered ginger
       1 tsp of garlic salt (or more)
       1 large splash of soy sauce, about 1/4 cup.

Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to about medium.  Turn the pieces occasionally. Watch the sauce to make sure it doesn't cook down too fast.  If it gets thick before the chicken is done, then add some water.

While this is cooking, steam some rice and prepare your veggie side dishes, set the table and get the dirty dishes caught up.  Poke the chicken every now and then.  When the chicken is fork tender, and the sauce is starting to look thick and syrupy, then it's time to take it off the heat.  Serve on top of the rice with extra sauce.

For a spicy General Tsao's Chicken, add some hot Chinese pepper sauce in the last 10 minutes of cooking, and add some salty roasted cashews.

January 2012

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