Jun 13: Avocado, Bacon, Chicken & Semi-dried Tomato on Brioche Baguette; Sous vide Rack of Lamb with Raspberry, Feta and Mint Salad; Dolmas and Hummus

Lunch

Out of curiosity Foodie Greg had picked up some Brioche Baguettes from Aldi, which we toasted and topped with Avocado, Bacon, Chicken Breast, Semi-dried Tomatoes and Onion Sprouts.

  • The Avocado was 68c or 34c per serve
  • The Baguettes were $3.49 for four, or 88c per serve
  • The Bacon was $3.49 or 14 slices (from Amazon Fresh), and we used three, or 73c per serve
  • Add 45c for Semi-dried Tomatos
  • Add 30c for Onion Sprouts.

The Brioche Baguette was not particularly successful, but overall a good lunch for $2.70 per serve.

Dinner

A welcome return to our sous vide Rack of Lamb with Raspberry, Feta and Mint Salad; Dolmas and Hummus.

  • For $22.13 we got 2.25 lbs of Rack of Lamb that we split into four 9oz (approx) serves for $5.53 per serve
  • Raspberries were $1.50 and we used ½ of the punnet, or 37c per serve
  • The Mixed Greens were $1.49 and we used half, or 38c each
  • Mint was from our garden
  • The Feta adds 48c per serve
  • Add 15c for Dressing ingredients
  • Dolmas from Whole Foods were $3.41 (on special) or $1.70 per serve
  • Add 30c for Hummus.

An excellent meal for $8.91 per serve.

Jun 12: Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich; Smoked Salmon Pizza

Lunch

After extensive research, we are convinced that Skewers’ Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich is our favorite for $8.75 per serve, with a shared Fries.

Dinner

A nice warm night was a perfect setting for our Smoked Salmon Pizza.

  • Sockeye Smoked Salmon was $5.49 or $2.75 per serve
  • The Pizza Dough was $1.29, or 65c per serve
  • We used semi-dried Cherry Tomatoes for 60c per serve
  • About two ounces of Neufchatel went on each Pizza, or 25c per serve
  • Add 30c for Capers and Shallot
  • Add 40c for dressed Greens.

Our favorite Pizza for $4.96 per serve.

Jun 11: Tuna Salad; Seared Scallops with Pea Puree

Lunch

We met up at Gordon Biersch with a friend in town briefly, for $23.36 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight was a return to the very tasty Seared Scallops with Pea Puree.

  • The frozen “dry packed” Scallops were $9.69, or $4.85 per serve
  • Frozen peas are $1.29 per pack, or 65c per serve
  • A pint of half & half is $1.49 and half is used in the puree, or 38c per serve
  • Stock adds 50c per serve
  • Other ingredients add 40c per serve.

An excellent meal for $6.78 per serve

Jun 10: BBQ Chicken Breast, Semi-dried Tomatoes & Garlic Spread; Skirt Steak with Vegetables or Home Fries

Lunch

Foodie Greg ventured to Amazon Fresh for the first time and, among other things, picked up a bargain BBQ Chicken and a French Loaf.

  • The French Bread was 99c or 33c per serve
  • The Rotisserie Chicken was $4.97 for a good sized bird, and we shared a Breast, or 63c per serve
  • Add 45c for Semi-dried Tomato
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

While not a Baguette, the French Bread was okay, while the Chicken was moist and up to standard. A good lunch for $1.97 per serve.

Dinner

After lunch at The Country Deli just before our road trip, we decided we generally prefer the take out experience, particularly with our ‘hack’ of the Marinated Skirt Steak Dinner into two meals.

We split the meat evenly. Foodie Greg got the Vegetable side, while Foodie Philip got the Home Fries and three home-added Fried Eggs. With tax, tip and Eggs it was $16.65 per serve.

Jun 9: Chipotle Bacon Meatloaf on a Panini Roll with Coleslaw; Neapolitan Ragu with Truffle Porcini Ravioli and a Salad

Lunch

For lunch we defrosted some of the Chipotle Bacon Meatloaf and reheated it with the Panini Rolls and finished with Chipotle Aioli and a little Coleslaw mix.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • The Meatloaf is $2.53 per full serve, or $1.27 per lunch serve
  • The Coleslaw adds 45c per serve
  • The Chipotle Aioli adds 30c per serve.

A pretty good lunch for $2.65 per serve.

Dinner

We still had some of the N

  • The Ragu is $3.46 per serve
  • The Truffle Porcini Ravioli was $8.99 or $4.50 per serve
  • The Salad adds 60c per serve.

The Ravioli was extremely good, and the Ragu balanced out okay with the addition of more acid. A good meal for $8.56 per serve.

Jun 8: Delice de Bourgogne & Apple on a Panini Roll; 13 Bean Soup

Lunch

Since we had some

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • The Delice de Bourgogne was $5.38 and we shared 1/5, or 53c per serve
  • The Apple was $1.23 or 28c per serve.

A very tasty roll for $1.44 per serve.

Dinner

We defrosted some 13 Bean Soup for 94c per serve and added a slice of Dave’s Killer Bread as toast for a total of $1.18 per serve.

Jun 7: Hearty Pea Soup; Soutzoukakia with Feta and Olive Salad

Lunch

Today we had a Harty Pea Soup from Aldi, which was tasty enough, for $1.00 per serve, but could do with some freshness and texture variation.

Dinner

A return to a favorite: Soutzoukakia with Australian Lamb, tonight served with a Feta, Olive and Radicchio Salad.

  • Australian Ground lamb was $5.99 at Aldi or $2.00 per serve
  • An egg is 32c or 11c per serve
  • 8 oz Panko breadcrumbs are $2.99 and we used half, or 25c per serve
  • Parmesan is $3.99 for 8oz and we shared 2 oz or 50c per serve
  • 1/4 cup and a tablespoon of red wine – halved – is 34c per serve
  • Parsley was $1.49 for the bunch, but we only used 1/4 or 13c per serve
  • Fresh mint came from our garden
  • The Feta and Olive Salad was $3.95 and we used ¾, or $1.49 per serve
  • The Butter Lettuce adds 48c per serve.

The Soutzoukakia was excellent, as always for $5.30 per serve.

Jun 6: Ramen with Butter Soy; Scrambled Eggs on Toast with Guacamole

Lunch

We boiled up the Shin Ramen in it’s spicy broth as usual, then dumped the broth and finished with a Butter Soy dressing.

  • A pack of four Shin Noodle Bowl was $3.69 or 93c per serve
  • Butter adds 40c per serve
  • Add 20c for Soy Sauce (although it came from leftover packages).


There was enough of the spice from the broth left to give the resulting meal a little spicy interest. A good lunch for $1.53 per serve.

Dinner

The Foodies were socializing late in the afternoon and partially filled on snacks, so we swapped Meatless Monday to Sunday and had Scrambled Eggs on Toast with Guacamole.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 37c per slice
  • Pastured Eggs are 38c each or 76c per serve
  • Guacamole is 55c per serve
  • Add 30c for the Garlic Crunch.

A very tasty, and quick, meal for $1.98 per serve.

Jun 5: Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with Fries; Beer Bratwurst with Wildbrine Beet and Cabbage and Apple

Lunch

We are officially obsessed with Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches, and will probably have to do a road trip to Nashville to discover the original, until then the Skewers version is our favorite for $8.75 per serve, with a shared Fries.

Dinner

Back to our home routine, Beer Bratwurst with Wildbrine Beet and Cabbage Sauerkraut that we augmented with half an Apple.

  • Beer Bratwurst were $4.49 or $2.25 per serve
  • The Apple was $1.23 or 28c per serve
  • The Wildbrine Kraut was 33c per serve
  • Add 30c for Dressing ingredients
  • Add 25c for Mustard.

While we felt the Wildbrine Kraut should have had more flavor for the ingredients, it was a satisfying meal for $3.41 per serve.

Jun 4: Prosciutto, Brie, Lettuce, Tomato, Balsamic Vinaigrette on a Toasted Sourdough Baguette; In and Out

Lunch

The Foodies visited Salt Lake State Park and Marina early, then continued our exploration of Salt Lake City at Wheeler Historic Farm, before heading up the very scenic “back way” into Park City where we found Backdoor Sandwiches.

The Prosciutto, is Prosciutto, Brie, Lettuce, Tomato, Balsamic Vinaigrette on a Toasted Sourdough Baguette, and seeing that on the menu made the Foodies Choice easy. Backdoor sandwiches is a great little shop with a strong personality, much like it’s (presumed) owner.

The sandwich was excellent, and gives us new ideas to work Brie into sandwiches. A perfect meal to top off our Park City adventure, for $13.80 with tip.

Dinner

After Park City, the Foodies decided they would cut the trip short by one night, and head home. We nearly made it through Las Vegas, when someone having a very bad day caused the freeway to be closed, just 20 seconds too early for our convenience!

After about half an hour it was obvious nothing was going to be resolved quickly so we maneuvered perpendicularly across four lanes of stopped traffic to exit conveniently near an In and Out Burger! Foodie Philip had his usual Double Double, Foodie Greg a Cheeseburger, and we both had a Chocolate Milk Shake we took with us, for $6.75 per serve.

The situation at the overpass wasn’t resolved until about four hours later, by which time we were much closer to home.