Dec 6: Chicken Salad, Tomato & Mayo Toasted Sandwiches; Vinegar Braised Pork Shoulder with Sweet Potato and Wilted Greens


Back home after the power outage, we did toasted sandwiches for lunch on our new panini press. Today we did one sandwich with the Wine Country Chicken Salad from Trader Joe’s, which worked really well warm; and a tomato and mayo, which was also good warm. We had been dubious.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • The chicken salad was $3.99 and we shared one third, or 67c per serve
  • The organic tomato was 74c and we shared half, or 19c per serve
  • Add 30c for mayo and butter.

Lunch today was an enjoyable combination of warm sandwiches, which was perfect on a relatively cold, windy day, for $1.46 per serve.


We planned on revisiting the Vinegar Braised Pork Shoulder, which is an oven bake, and do roast sweet potato in the same oven, until we realized that the recent power outage, and restore, had caused the range to not respond to the controls. No cooktop or oven!

Fortunately we have an induction cooktop and did the braise there, with the sweet potato being steamed instead of baked. It all worked well and the pork shoulder chops were exceptionally tender and unctuous because the fat had rendered down perfectly. The steamed sweet potato was good, but baked is better!

  • The pork shoulder is an inexpensive cut at $7.90 for .85 pound, but is very tasty when cooked appropriately, and only $3.95 per serve
  • The yam/sweet potato was $1.54 or 77c per serve
  • The greens were $3.29 or $1.65 per serve.

All round a good meal, with the shoulder chops being outstandingly good, for a total of $6.27 per serve.

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