Oct 29: Fried Scallops & Fries with Coleslaw; Skirt Steak, Home Fries, Vegetables and Eggs


A nearby shopping trip put us near Mr Fish & Chips. We stuck with the Fried Scallops, Fries and Coleslaw and ordered extra Coleslaw. This is a meal for one that we shared, making it $5.19 with tax and tip.


The Country Deli is on our roster of “take out meals that will survive the trip home” and it was time to order the Rumanian Skirt Steak Dinner. The Foodies divided the over generous portion of Home Fries, while Foodie Greg enjoyed the fried Vegetables, and Foodie Philip enjoyed three Pastured Eggs.

It’s kind of a hack to The Country Deli meal, but it’s a good meal, and substitutes for the brunches we can’t currently have. The Shared Deli meal was $15.72 per serve with tax and tip, while three Pastured Eggs adds $1.26, or an average of $16.35 per serve.

Oct 28: Apple & Smokey Cheddar; Smoked Pork Chop with Baby Roast Potato and Sauerkraut


A return to a favorite: Apple & Smokey Cheddar Sandwiches.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • The Apple was 79c or 20c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar was $2.69 for 10 slices, or 54c per serve
  • Add 30c for Mustard.

As always a nice balance between the Smokey Cheddar and the sharpness of the Apple, balanced with the Mustard. A favorite sandwich for $1.78 per serve.


We smoked Pork Chops from our Prather Ranch delivery in our range top smoker and served with Roast Baby Potatoes and Organic Sauerkraut.

  • The Pork Chops are $10.30 or $5.15 per serve
  • The Organic Sauerkraut is $3.29 and we used ¼ or 41c per serve
  • The Medley of Baby Potatoes was $2.69 and we used ⅓, or 45c per serve.

Perfectly smokey and cooked to perfection the Pork Chops were balanced by the Sauerkraut, with the Baked Baby Potatoes providing a little crunch and texture balance. A very enjoyable meal for $6.01 per serve.

Oct 27: Fall Harvest Vegetable Soup; Seared Scallops with Maque Choux


For lunch we shared a can of Fall Harvest Vegetable Soup we purchased from Aldi and imported from Germany. The can is $1.99 or $1.00 per serve.


Since we discovered high quality frozen Scallops at an affordable price at Aldi, we’ve been eating them more regularly, and why not! Tonight we paired it with a different Corn side: Maque Choux.

  • The frozen “dry packed” Scallops were $9.69, or $4.85 per serve
  • Frozen Corn adds 40c per serve
  • Onion adds 10c per serve
  • Bell Pepper adds 32c per serve
  • Canned Tomato adds 50c per serve
  • Heavy cream was $1.79 and we used 1/3 or 30c per serve
  • Add 20c for other ingredients.

The Maque Choux had a nice blend of sweetness with a little sharpness from onion and garlic. A great meal for $6.67 per serve.

Oct 26: Kumato & Smokey Cheddar; Egg-drop Mushroom Soup


We each had a Kumato and Smokey Cheddar toasted sandwich.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar was $2.69 for 10 slices, or 54c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used one, or 70c per serve.

Always a good sandwich and warming on a cool day for $1.98 per serve.


For tonight’s Meatless Monday we decided to do a Chinese style Egg-drop Soup with Mushrooms. The Mushrooms were first baked to intensify flavor.

  • The Bone Broth base was $2.89 or $1.45 per serve
  • Mushrooms were $1.78 or 89c per serve
  • A Pastured Egg adds 42c per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients.

This turned out to be flavorsome and filling. Concentrating the Mushroom flavor ahead of time was the right approach. A tasty soup for $3.06 per serve.

Oct 25: In & Out Burger; Cauliflower, Andouille and Cheddar Roast


Today is the anniversary the Foodie’s Marriage Ceremony, so we grabbed a Cheeseburger and Double Double (Animal Style for both) and headed to Deukmejian Wilderness Park where the ceremony was held. The Burgers averaged $4.14 per serve.


Tonight we experimented with a new recipe: Cauliflower Andouille Roast with Cheddar. The recipe makes three serves.

  • The Andouille Sausage was $5.49 or $1.84 per serve
  • The Cauliflower was $3.99 or $1.33 per serve
  • The Cheddar was $6.99 and we used half, or $1.17 per serve
  • Add 75c for Onion, Parsley and Seasoning.

A very, very tasty dish that was way better than expected for $5.09 per serve.x

Oct 24: Tomato & Alfredo Naan ‘Pizza’; Sous Vide Duck Breast with Stir Fried Bok Choy and Yakisoba Noodles


We used the remaining Naan and Alfredo Sauce with some semi-dried Tomatoes.

  • The Alfredo Sauce was $1.69 or 85c per serve
  • The slightly dried Tomato add 37c per serve
  • The Naan were $3.99 for four, or $1.00 each.

We concluded that this was nowhere near as good as the Mushroom version of a couple of days ago, but still pretty tasty for $2.22 per serve.


Tonight was a return to our sous vide Duck Breast, and subsequently seared to get a nice finish and render the fat out to use to cook the Bok Choy.

  • The Duck was $13.91 or $6.96 per serve
  • The noodles are $3.19 for the pack, or $1.60 per serve
  • The Bok Choy was $2.00 and we used about half or 50c per serve.

As always a very tasty meal for $9.06 per serve.

Oct 23: Shredded Beef & Smokey Cheddar in a Hot Panini Roll; Thai-Style Cod à la Nage


We took the remaining Shredded Beef and reheated it before stuffing it in a Hot Panini Roll with some Smokey Cheddar and Carolina BBQ Sauce.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • The Shredded Beef is $1.73 per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar was $2.69 for 10 slices, or 27c per serve
  • Add 10c for Carolina BBQ Sauce.

A very tasty sandwich for $2.73 per serve.


We returned to Thai-Style Cod à la Nage with Edamame. for tonight’s Fishy Friday.

  • The cod fillets were six for $12.99 or $2.17 per serve
  • Coconut milk was $1.89 or 95c per serve
  • Limes were 68c or 34c per serve
  • A Onion works out at 21c per serve
  • Add 55c per serve for fish sauce, garlic, chili, ginger and seasoning.

The poaching broth was very flavorsome and the Cod cooked perfectly for $4,52 per serve.

Oct 22: Mushroom Naan Pizza; Rib Eye Steak with Root Vegetable Fries and Blue Cheese Salad


For something different we took two Naan, slathered with Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce and topped with Spinach & Roasted Mushrooms.

  • The Mushrooms were $1.78 or 89c per serve
  • The Alfredo Sauce was $1.69 or 85c per serve
  • The Spinach adds 30c per serve
  • The Naan were $3.99 for four, or $1.00 each.
Naan Mushrrom Pizza

With the Mushroom pre-roasted this came together very quickly and was very flavorsome for $3.04 per serve.


Tonight’s Rib Eye was seared in our high tech Wok on the induction cooktop, which is the most energy efficient way of preparing the steak, and still gives a great sear to it.

  • The Rib Eye from our Keller Crafted meat box is around $8.40 per serve
  • Root Vegetable Fries were $2.99 and we used half, or 75c per serve
  • Salad Greens add 60c per serve
  • The Organic Cherry Tomatoes were $2.79 and we used ⅓ or 46c per serve
  • Add 30c for Balsamic Vinegar.

A great Steak and a well balanced meal for $10.51 per serve.

Oct 21: Gnocchi Bolognese with Salad; Shredded Beef Bowl with Avocado, Brown Rice, Chili Beans and Corn


The Foodies had lunch with a friend who provided some very tasty Gnocchi with Bolognese Sauce. The Foodies would never have thought to pair Gnocchi, but it worked very well.


We still had a couple of serves of the Shredded Beef, so we created a Beef Bown on Brown Rice, with Avocado and a Chili Bean and Corn mix.

  • The Beef was $3.46 per serve
  • Avocados are 49c or 25c per serve
  • Brown Rice adds 33c per serve
  • Chili Beans were 49c per serve
  • Frozen Corn adds 40c per serve
  • Add 20c for the Roasted Tomato Salsa.

A great use for the Shredded Beef and a very tasty combination for $5.13 per serve.

Oct 20: Bento Box; Mussels in Goan Coconut Sauce with Garlic Naan


The Foodies decided to try Maru Sushi Bar that is probably our second closest restaurant. We picked Bento Boxes with Miso Soup. The portions were generous and the flavor excellent for $13.14 per serve. We’ll definitely be back.


Mussels are always a favorite, and in a Goan Coconut Sauce with Naan, they make a great meal.

  • The Goan Simmer Sauce was $5.49 or $2.75 per serve
  • The Mussels were $2.49 or $1.25 per serve
  • The Naan $3.49 or $1.75 per serve.

It’s interesting that the Simmer Sauce and Naan were each more than the protein! Still a very tasty meal for $5.75 per serve.