Aug 19: Turkey, Swiss & Sun-dried Tomato Spread, Egg Salad and Bean Sprouts; Frittata


We shared two sandwiches today: Egg Salad and Sprouts and a Turkey Breast, Swiss and Sun-dried Tomato Spread.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 46c per serve
  • The sprouts cost $1.99 and we shared about 1/8 or 6c per serve
  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared ⅓ or 58c per serve
  • Add 20c for Sun Dried Tomato Spread
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

These aren’t the most exciting sandwiches in the world, but decent for $2.16 per serve.


Tonight we repeated our Meatless Monday with half the packet of Trader Joe’s Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions and cooked them in a frying pan.

We then added four beaten eggs and set it as a frittata. An easy, meatless meal.

  • The Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions is $2.99 for the pack, but we used half, or 75c per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 51c each or $1.02 per serve.

The Frozen Potatoes come subtly spiced and we amped up the Spanish Tortilla aspect with additional Smokey Paprika. We ate two quarters each, it was that good, for $1.77 per serve.

Aug 18: Heuvos Rancheros; Red Wine & Mushroom Meatloaf with Creamy Garlic Mash Potatoes with Gravy and Green Peas


For lunch we decided on Heuvos Rancheros from from Viva La Fiesta for $10.00 per serve with tax and tip. It’s good.


A favorite meatloaf recipe is the Red Wine and Mushroom Meatloaf using two pounds of Keller Crafted Ground Beef. We served with Creamy and Garlicky Mash Potatoes with Gravy. We added green peas to the plate for color and a little more vegetable in the meal.

The meatloaf recipe makes four generous serves.

  • The dry aged ground beef was $20.16 or $5.04 per serve
  • Sliced portobello mushrooms were $2.99 or 75c per serve
  • Onions and garlic add 20c per serve
  • Two large eggs are $1.02 or 25c per serve
  • The butter is $3.99 per block, and we used about 3/8 for four serves, or 38c per serve
  • Red wine adds $1.00 or 25c per serve
  • Add 20c for Worcestershire sauce and other spices per serve
  • Potatoes were $1.63 or 82c per serve
  • Garlic Spread adds 20c per serve
  • Sour Cream adds 30c
  • Frozen peas are $1.29 per pack and we used half, or 33c per serve.

An excellent meatloaf with good sides makes a great meal for $8.92 per serve.

Aug 17: Chicken Curry, Crispbreads; Brisket, Pork Ribs and Salads


As the Foodies were heading out to an afternoon Summer Bash at a friend’s place we ate lightly. Foodie Philip had a little Curry Chicken Salad for $1.13 per serve. Foodie Greg has some Whole Grain Crispbread with different toppings for about the same per serve.


Part lunch, part dinner, we had a good time with our friends and they served up the best Smoked Brisket we’ve ever had. Also exceptionally good Smoked Pork Ribs (without a cloying BBQ sauce) and guests bought a variety of salads.

Aug 16: Avocado; Côte d’Azur Cure-All Soup


Foodie Philip was suffering from a lip related injury so we were among for soft foods and decided to each have an Avocado topped with Balsamic Vinegar and Black Pepper.

  • An Avocado is $1.20
  • Add 20c for Balsamic Vinegar.

A surprisingly great lunch for $1.40 per serve.


With the same thought of soft food, we prepared Côte d’Azur Cure-All Soup.

  • Six pastured brown eggs are $3.06 or $1.53 per serve
  • A whole head of garlic went into the soup: 50c  or 25c per serve
  • Organic chicken stock was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Parmesan cost $5.49 and we used it all, or $1.80 per serve.
  • Add 40c for herbs, oil  and seasonings.

This is a great soup whether you’re under the weather or on top of the world, for $4.98 per serve.

Aug 15: Steak Sandwiches; Smoked Salmon on a Roasted Garlic Salad


Foodie Greg made three steak sandwiches from the remaining par baked roll, the remaining steak and some salad. The Cherry Tomatoes (from Target) were excellent. The Foodies at ours at a rest stop on the way home


Back home we wanted something simple, so Foodie Greg picked up a Taylor Farms Roasted Garlic Chopped Salad Kit and draped it with Wild Caught Smoked Salmon.

  • The Salad Kit was $3.00 but we only used half, or 75c per serve
  • The Wild Caught Smoked Salmon was $8.99 or $4.50 per serve.

We really enjoyed this salad, although it does get a little heavy toward the end. A simple and quick meal for $5.25 per serve.

Aug 14: Avocado & Turkey, Kumato & Cheddar; Rib Eye with Feta Salad


Today’s shared sandwiches are another Cheddar & Kumato along with an Avocado and Turkey Breast.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Avocado is $1.20 or 60c per serve
  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared 1/6 or 29c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or 68c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we each had one, or 35c per serve
  • Add 20c for Garlic Spread.

Good sandwiches for $2.78 per serve


We were in San Diego for an interview Thursday morning and stayed with our good friend Cirina who some wonderful steaks and a feta salad ready shortly after we arrived.

There was so much steak we made tomorrow’s lunch for the three of us from the leftovers!

Aug 13: Enchilada Meat Mix in a Panini Roll with Avocado & Sour Cream; Creole Style Jambalaya with Sausage and Shrimp


For lunch we heated the remaining Enchilada Meat Mix from our Tostados the other night. We finished the Panini Roll and, while hot, smeared the top with avocado and the bottom with sour cream. Then the meat was crammed in and topped with lettuce. It’s like a Taco in a Panini!

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • Dry aged 85/15 ground beef $8.57 or $2.14 per serve
  • Add 30c for Butter Lettuce
  • Add 30c for the Sour Cream
  • An Avocado is $1.20 or 60c per serve.

This turned out really well for $3.97 per serve.


For dinner we repeated the Creole Style Jambalaya from Saturday night with fresh shrimp. It had picked up a little extra heat sitting on the refrigerator.

with fresh shrimp. It had picked up a little extra heat sitting on the refrigerator.

The Jambalaya is $5.66 per serve.

Aug 12: The Country Deli; Heuvos Rancheros Quesadilla


Errands had us in the vicinity of The Country Deli at lunch time so we stopped in an had our “usuals”: Marinated Skirt Steak for Foodie Philip; Pastrami on Rye for Foodie Greg, although we take home leftovers of this sandwich.

Lunch, with tax and tip, was typical for a lunch here, at $22.68 per serve.


For Meatless Monday we interpreted Heuvos Rancheros as a Quesadilla, with Refried Black Beans, Swiss Cheese (which is completely wrong but if it’s the only cheese you have…), and Fried Egg on top.

  • The Flour and Corn Tortillas were $2.29 for 12 but we shared 2 or 19c per serve
  • Two Pastured Eggs are $1.02 per serve, although Foodie Greg had only one, for an average of 77c per serve
  • Refried beans are 25c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 67c per serve
  • Add 40c for Salas
  • Add 40c for butter for the eggs.

A decent meatless meal where the Pastured Eggs are the highlight, both visually and in flavor, for $2.68 per serve.

Aug 11: Sharkey’s Fiesta Burrito; Souse Vidé Brisket and Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Parsley


We wondered whether Sharkey’s Fiesta Burrito was a true “gringo” burrito like those we first had in Woodland Hills where our office was right next to, what turned out to be, one of the best Mexican food outlets we’ve found. Certainly none better since we moved office to Burbank.

Sharkey’s Steak Fiesta Burrito is pretty close and a very generous serve. We enjoyed it for $15.58 per serve with tax and tip, which is a lot for a burrito.


After 24 hours in the Souse Vidé bath our Brisket was ready to be seared in a pan, and carved. With it we served Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Parsley and will get two meals – four serves – out of both.

  • The brisket was $18.48 or $4.62 per serve
  • The Gnocchi was $1.69 or 43c per serve
  • Sliced Crimini Mushrooms were $2.49 or 63c per serve
  • Add 35c for Parsley and seasoning.

The Brisket was, once again, transformed into something more like Prime Rib: tender and full of beefy flavor. The Gnocchi dish made a great side for an excellent Sunday night “roast” for $6.03 per serve.

Aug 10: BLT, Egg Salad; Creole-Style Jambalaya with Sausage and Shrimp


Since it was so good we repeated the BLT and paired it with an Egg Salad and Sprouts sandwich.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 46c per serve
  • The sprouts cost $1.99 and we shared about 1/8 or 6c per serve
  • Bacon is $7.99 for eight pieces and we used two, or $1.00 per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 18c per serve
  • Add 20c for Garlic Spread and Lettuce.

Cooking the bacon in the panini press keeps it flat, which is perfect for a sandwich. Good sandwiches from simple ingredients for $2.56 per serve.


A return of a favorite: Jambalaya.

  • 1 lb of shrimp is $9.99,  or $2.50 per serve
  • Real pork andouille sausage from our local Ralph’s supermarket is $6.99 or $1.75 per serve
  • Canned fire roasted tomatoes cost $1.69 or 43c per serve
  • Bell pepper was 69c or 18c per serve
  • Scallions, onion, garlic  and herbs adds 35c per serve
  • Tomato paste adds 12c per serve
  • Rice adds 33c per serve.

Enjoyable as always for $5.66 per serve and quite warming for a cool summer evening.