Can you believe that in just a couple of days we will already be into the second month of 2012. For some reason it just feels strange to me this year. The time has just flown by and I’m wondering what happened to November and December. I guess because where I live Mother Nature is playing some tricks on us and we are just now getting winter! Heaven help us in April 🙂
I talked and shared a great deal this month on pasta. To me it’s a comfort type food that is also inexpensive to feed a family and right now when times are tight for everyone, pasta provides a good bang for your buck. Even though the month of January is about over I find that I have not even made a dent in some of the recipes that I have for different pastas.
One of the cool things I think I re-learned about pasta is the saving of the water! It is a great natural thickener for your sauces and gives a good flavor to them. You don’t have to worry about being out of a certain item to thicken your sauce which is a plus in so many ways.
I always knew what the word al dente’ meant but could not get my husband on board with the idea of preparing most pasta that way. He was brought up with mushy pasta (you know the type where you really don’t need teeth to eat) so I guess he thought one should not have to chew their pasta. But as the month went on and I tried different recipes out he started to either like the pasta prepared al dente or stopped complaining 🙂
Something that was thrown into the mix this month was a Food Challenge that my friend thought we should try. The premise of the challenge was we could not go to the store to purchase any food items, we had to use what we already had. My children have told me that I could live out of my freezers/pantry for months and they are probably correct. I’m going into week 3 (actually 4 since I went to the store) and things are going great! Sure I have run out of milk (we don’t have any children at home) and I am making my own bread a couple of times a week. The coffee is still holding out and the creamer is long gone but for the most part we are eating wonderful (check out my face book page, I put pictures up lowfatdiva). I make complete meals (we may be sick of green veggies in a few more weeks) and it’s really been a learning experience.
The other night my friend Dawn was over to our house for dinner and she asked how things were going with the Food Challenge. I told her pretty good and thought I could easily make it another few weeks. She then decided to drop a bomb about how this challenge was supposed to work. I guess everyone is supposed to try it for the month of February and you can go to the store for staples (milk, eggs, bread, ) Come on what fun would that be for a challenge. We both laughed but my husband who was also sitting at the table just choked on his food a bit.
I decided to stay with the challenge at hand and see how long I could do it and I encourage you to try the food challenge for yourself. It’s a great way to learn to use what you have and not run to the store so much. I have saved a great deal on groceries and it’s been quite fun so far. Sure I miss fresh vegetables but the food challenge has helped me to use up what I have in the freezer/pantry. If you are up for it, the month of February is when some people are going to try it:) Let me know if you try it, I would love to hear about your experiences. You can email me email@example.com or you can comment here. Enjoy!