Nov 14: Swedish Meat Ball Dinner; Pork Cutlets in Marinara Sauce


The Foodies were furniture shopping at Ikea and took advantage of their restaurant and had Swedish Meat Balls for $6.60 per serve with tax. In other news, the Foodies have new chairs at the dining table.


One of the challenges with our meat box is that we get cuts that we wouldn’t normally choose, such as the thin cut pork cutlets we cooked tonight.

We chose the Rao’s Marinara sauce based on reputation, which was definitely justified.

  • At 1.1 lb it was a very generous serve of pork cutlets costing $13.99 or $7.00 per serve
  • The Marinara Sauce was $8.99 or $4.50 per serve
  • The tickler radiatore pasta was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve.

The Marinara Sauce was very good (although expensive) and the whole meal worked well for $12.50 per serve.

Nov 13: Guacamole & Tuna; Tomato & Garlic Spread; White Chili (Pork)


Our sandwiches today were: Lemon Pepper Tuna with Guacamole and Tomato with Garlic Spread. Simple but good.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Tuna Pouch is 99c or 50c per serve
  • The guacamole was $2.99 and we used about 1/3 or 50c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we each had one, or 70c per serve
  • Add 30c for Garlic Spread.

Two quite good sandwiches for $2.66 per serve.


We’ve not had the White (Ground Pork) Chili since February earlier this year. Normally done with chicken it’s easily adapted to pork. We got three good serves from this batch.

  • The ground pork was $8.35 or $2.78 per serve
  • The bone broth was $2.99 for one pint, or $1.00 per serve
  • White beans are 99c a can or 33c per serve
  • The jalapeño chili was 11c or 4c per serve
  • The Sweet Onion was $1.49 or 50c per serve
  • Add 10c for garlic
  • Frozen corn was $1.29 and we used half, or 22c per serve
  • Add 75c for seasoning, lime juice, labné and crushed tostadas.

Despite expecting the recipe to thicken with the blended beans, this was a very loose chili, with a texture more like soup! It has a fairly mild flavor, probably because we could only get one jalapeño and no poblano peppers. Quite enjoyable for $5.72 per serve.

Nov 12: Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Tzatziki, Humms & Bean Sprouts; Hebrew Temptation


We tried the Sweet and Spicy Tuna with Tzatziki Labné, which was okay, but probably needed shallot. The other sandwich of Hummus and Sprouts was very successful.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Sweet & Spicy Tuna is $1.00 per serve
  • The Tzatziki adds 25c per serve
  • The Sprouts are $2.99 and we use ¼ per sandwich, or 38c per serve
  • The Hummus was $3.99 and we used ¼ or 50c per serve.

Two decent sandwiches for $2.79 per serve, but the Hummus & Sprouts was definitely the most flavorsome.


Tonight we returned to an old favorite that we haven’t had for nearly two years: Hebrew Temptation, also known as a Smokey Cheese and Pumpkin Slice.

Originally this was a Zucchini Slice, but the Foodies made a few modifications. We use the fat from the bacon as the oil component for this savory cake. It’s name derives from an experience where this dish tempted a Jew because “my wife says I’ve got to try it.”

  • Five eggs are 64c per serve
  • A cup of Flour adds 9c per serve
  • Bacon was $6.99 for the pack or 69c per serve
  • Butternut Squash (cubed) was $3.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients.

An exceptionally flavorsome “cake” for $2.72 per serve.

Nov 11: Cheddar & Curry Cauliflower Pickles in a Panini Roll; Roast Eggplant with Peanut Sauce and a Mung Bean Salad


Instead of bread, we finished cooking some par-backed Panini Rolls and filled them with Old Croc Cheddar and Curry Cauliflower Pickles.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • The Old Croc is $4.99 and we used half, or $1.25 per serve
  • Add 33c for Wildbrine Madras Curry and Cauliflower Sauerkraut salad.

The rolls are always good, and the Cheddar/Pickle combination is a good balance of fat and acid for $2.21 per serve.


Tonight’s Meatless Monday featured Baked Eggplant, Peanut Satay Sauce and a Mung Bean Salad. We chose to bake the eggplant in the oven, instead of the outside grill, but it takes a lot longer!

  • The Eggplant was $1.80 or 90c per serve
  • The Mung Bean Sprouts were $1.19 and we used half, or 30c per serve
  • Add 25c for dressing ingredients
  • The peanut butter was $1.99 and we used about 1/2,  or 25c a serve
  • Other seasonings in the satay sauce add 35c per serve
  • Add 50c for marinade ingredients.

As always we really enjoyed this combination for $2.55 per serve.

Nov 10: Bacon, Eggs & Baked Beans on Toast; Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms & Red Wine with Lemon Parmesan Orzo


Back home and for lunch we had Fried Eggs, Jumbo Baked Beans and Bacon on Toast.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 33c per serve
  • Eggs are 51c each or an average of 77c per serve
  • Trader Joes Giant Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce cost $1.99 or $1.00 per serve.

An enjoyable lunch for $2.10 per serve.


Since we had some cubed Pork Shoulder in our meat box, we did a slow cook with mushrooms and red wine and served with Lemon Parmesan Orzo, although we forgot the parmesan!

  • The pork was $8.99 or $4.50 per serve
  • The pasta was $1.75 or 87c per serve
  • Parsley adds 20c per serve
  • Lemon Zest and Juice adds 30c per serve
  • Red wine adds 50c per serve
  • Mushrooms were $2.49 or $1.25 per serve
  • Add 25c for other ingredients.

This was excellent. The mushrooms added to the flavor and provided a texture variation. The pork was meltingly tender, probably the best we’ve ever had. Although we forgot the Parmesan the Orzo was a great side. This was probably three serves but we finished it as two, for $7.87 per serve.

Nov 9: La Boulanger; In & Out


Final conference day lunch and a group went to the adjacent La Boulanger, where Foodie Greg had a Turkey Club & Foodie Philip a Beef, Bacon and Cheese melt.

Both Foodies were happy with their choice. Good bread & quality ingredients are always going to produce great food for $11.41 per serve.


Traveling home we stopped at In & Out Burger where Foodie Greg had a Cheeseburger and Foodie Philip a Double Double. We also had a chocolate milkshake for the road. A lot of food for $6.60 per serve.

Nov 8: Rare Beef Pho; Conference Dinner


For lunch many attendees ended up at the adjacent Pho Ha Noi where had some excellent Pho, topped with tender beef that was cooked only by the broth. Filled with hand made noodles this was a treat for $16.94 with tax and tip.

We noted that, while the restaurant was empty when we walked in before midday, by the time we finished our meal, it was completely full with a long waiting line outside.


The evening was a Conference event and some snacks and finger food were provided.

Nov 7: Zachary’s; Goat Biryani


Before leaving Santa Cruz we walked around the Zachary’s for breakfast as had been recommended when we checked in. We were not disappointed with Eggs, Home Fries and (Foodie Philip) Ham. It was very reasonable at $12.25 per serve.


We joined a group of other attendees at Avachi Biryani House in Cupertino, where both Foodies ordered the Goat Biryani: Foodie Philip chose the spicier version.

The serves were extremely generous and very good. Tender meat and a deep spice made for a very enjoyable meal for $19.75 per serve.

Nov 6: Tuna & Swiss; Turkey Breast & Avocado; Prawns and Scallops Monterey


For lunch we shared a Tuna, Capers and Swiss sandwich and a Turkey Breast, Swiss and Avocado sandwich, both toasted.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Sweet & Spicy Tuna pouch is 99 or 50c per serve
  • The Avocado is 30c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 30c for butter, capers and garlic spread.

The toasted sandwiches were a nice variation, and the Dave’s Killer Bread is surprisingly good toasted, at $2.10 per serve.


The Foodies were traveling to a conference starting early tomorrow, so we stayed part way there in Santa Cruz where we at at Riva on the Pier. Both Foodies had the Prawns and Scallops Monterey, which was a quite good, vegetable heavy, seafood broth. The Shrimp were a little tough, but otherwise it was a very enjoyable. We each also had a bowl of Clam Chowder to start.

Not including the spicy-but-interesting Jalapeño Margarita the meal cost $30.55 per serve.

Nov 5: Bacon, Spinach & Tomato; Black Pepper Beef


We seem to be on a roll with the BLT variations. Today it was spinach left over from last night’s meal.

  • The Spinach was $1.99 and we used 1/4, or 13c per serve
  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Two slices of bacon are $1.37 per serve
  • The Tomato was $1.33 or 33c per serve
  • Add 20c for Garlic Spread.

Still good for $2.69 per serve.


The Black Pepper Beef stir-fry is another very simple dish that packs a lot of flavor.

  • 1 lb of Keller Crafted ground beef is $8.25 or $4.13 per serve
  • Bell Peppers were 79c or 40c per serve
  • Chipotle powder adds 10c per serve
  • Onion and garlic add 25c per serve
  • Brown rice adds 44c per serve
  • Add 50c for the other ingredients.

A satisfying meal for $5.82 per serve.