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"I love pizza and I love this recession!"

I just spent $40 without coupons on one grocery trip and felt positively lush because I bought a gallon of cow's milk. (Even at $2/gallon, that's almost ten times the cost of making soymilk from soaked dried beans in our SoyaJoy. Guess what I am finally sick of drinking?) We haven't spent that much at one time on groceries since January, maybe.

And then I read This Recession Is Awesome! at McSwy's and was jealous that the narrator gets to eat pizza.

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mzflux
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Laughed my ass off while reading that Mcsweeney's piece and sent it around to my coworkers! Yay.
oddharmonic
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
McSweeney's always cheers me up.
karaksindru
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Don't forget to add some chocolate syrup to your milk tonight. ;)
pretty492
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
I read this article about coupons and what not. One lady said that after getting grief from her husband about her saving methods she put everything she should have spent but didn't because of coupons in a separate account. After a year she had over $6000.00 in the account.
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
I've done couponing and price notebook keeping in the past. It wasn't that huge of a savings for me since I mostly buy staples and in-season produce, but it helps with baking stuff (I know some people boycott Nestle, but I do not) and Vogon's hair products.
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
*brings you a pizza*

Reminds me, I need to figure out a recipe for a bunch of hotdogs, rice, and cans of veggies.
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
We eat a lot of rice and steamed veggies (we buy jasmine rice in bulk sacks) but I don't know what to do with hot dogs other than various iterations of casserole that are not terribly healthy (but the hot dog and tater tot casserole is good in a "this is going to give me a coronary" way.)
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
I had a plan.

Cook a cup of rice in a big saucepan, cook hot dogs (probably Geo.Foreman), cut 'em up & throw 'em in along with a couple cans of veggies: corn, peas, beans, carrots.

Decently nourishing, potentially very filling. I have two containers of the $4.00 pasta that was on sale.

...actually, that may be the source of my current gastrointestinal difficulties at the moment. I should go test that. I'm hungry.
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
Veggies+rice is filling.

What have you been eating in between meals with pasta? Too much pasta can stop you up. (This saddens Laurel, who would happily eat buttered noodles every day if I let her.)
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
I appear to be having quite the opposite problem at the moment. Apparently, my colon has signed up for the symphony as part of the low brass section as well, though there was a nice trumpet solo earlier.


Uh, I made PanFried Chicken with Microwave-Steam Corn & Onions veggies yesterday. But that was after. And some of my friend's slow-cooker beef stewy thing.

Oh, and some corned beef and saurkraut, which I'm sure is the main cause. Now that you know my entire TMI food history, I'll await for the defriending and bannination. XD
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Mention of bodily functions does not faze me. I might ask questions if you have interesting symptoms, but I won't be grossed out or defriend someone over it.

More fiber should help with that GI distress.

We rinse sauerkraut before using it, but I don't know if that helps with flatulence. (It does help to thoroughly rinse soaked beans before cooking them, and if you use canned beans a good 2-3 minute rinse can reduce the sodium content by 30-40%.)
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
Bah. What are beans without the salt? Mushy things like misshapen peas, that's what.


Remind me to tell you the "L" story in a non-food thread.


Also: why are you up at 4am?! :P
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
I make delicious beans without salt. The secret is seasoning the water before cooking them. I use an electric pressure cooker so I just dump in a load of rinsed beans, add water to cover, season and set the cooker to do its thing. About an hour later I have delicious beans.

I am up because Laurel had growing pains (knee and calf) and woke up bawling. Got her to drink a little nigari in water and she went back to sleep, but now I'm awake.
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Wait. They make a drink out of rocksalt? And you fed this to the sprogling?! *boggle*

I could use a good pressure cooker. alfkjalkfj I just need to stay the hell out of Meijer's because I don't have a kitchen for cookware to stockpile!

I have a box of slow cooker liners, and I know where my slow cooker is. There is now a crockpot LJ comm. I fear for the safety of everyone around now. mwahahahah. Remember: when the smoke alarm goes off, dinner's ready!
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Magnesium is good for muscle cramps. A small amount (< 1/2 tsp) of nigari dissolved in an 8 oz. glass of water tastes yucky but it works real well for her and Vogon's muscle cramps. Mine tend to be caused by low potassium, so I use a similar ratio mix but with Morton Lite Salt, which contains potassium chloride.

Hold off on stockpiling until you have a kitchen. Ours is buried in freaking gadgets and appliances.

Slow cookers are great. It's also borderline ridiculous how many things you can make in them. Like cake.
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
I want to know how cake works in a crikeying crockpot. Just....no. You can't pancook a cake, slowcooking one shouldn't work!


....does it work with brownies? Mmmmm
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
They're closer to steamed puddings, but they're moist and rich. If you've ever made steamed bread (like brown bread) in a can or mold, you can cook those in a crockpot too.

I have not tried brownies in a crockpot yet. But that reminds me I need to thaw and cut up the remainder of my raspberry-chocolate fudge because it's in my brownie pan!
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
*drool* that sounds gooooooooood...
rainingvodka
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
i'd suggest a can of kidney beans, a dash of garlic powder, a dash of cayenne powder, a table spoon of cooking oil, and lose the dogs . . .
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
Ooooo.... I smell a shopping trip in the future.
rainingvodka
Mar. 20th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
heh. hope i didn't ruin your day with hunger.
paradoxymoron
Mar. 20th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
You so did. I still feel the hunger.
oxymoron02
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
I laughed, I cried, I emailed it to my mother. I figure she fills my inbox with stuff she finds funny, I should return the favor. :D
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
I thought about sending it to my dad, but then I worried he might not find it funny. He mostly sends me religious forwards.
polyhymnia
Mar. 19th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
I talked myself out of getting pizza this week because of cost. Now I'm craving it.
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
I like making pizza from scratch, I just cringe a little at the price of cheese. Wal-Mart used to carry a brand of mostly-soy cheese that came in two-pound bricks for cheap and melted well, but I haven't seen it in years.
polyhymnia
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
On the occasions that I make pizza myself, I usually just make cheeseless pizza -- but it doesn't satisfy the same craving.

That's funny that WalMart sold soy cheese though. I think of it as a Whole Foods thing.
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Most Wal-Marts have soy cheese hiding in the produce section with the faux-meat and tofu. This particular inexpensive mostly-soy cheese was shelved alongside the cheese in the dairy department. The cheese did contain some dairy, but was half the price of the same weight of bulk-sized cheese. I remember the brand as "Del Sol", but it's such a common phrase I didn't find much with a quick search.
polyhymnia
Mar. 20th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Up til recently I've been lucky enough not to have to think about food budget too much, so it never occurred to me to buy soy cheese for the money savings.

These days I eat cheese rarely enough that it's more of a treat anyway, and I can't see soy cheese as a treat. :)
rainingvodka
Mar. 19th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
i can't remember the last time i did "real shopping" at the grocery mart and spent less than $50.

i think i could save a lot of money if i stopped drinking. but then, i think i'd start spending that same money on hookers (or drugs, or both!). so i think booze is a better call. ;)
rainingvodka
Mar. 19th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
ok and i just read the mcswy article and had to LOL. thanks!@
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
It's been a change not buying convenience foods anymore; I miss really random things... and ice cream.

Liquor is still an expenditure here after a lot of other things have been cut back, but after a couple decades of drinking if he doesn't have a drink in the evening, he doesn't sleep at all and after about 4-5 days of no sleep he starts getting really weird. So he buys a bottle of vodka a couple times a month and I consider it a small price for increased sanity in the home.
rainingvodka
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
yeah i don't know how to make it through the week without a whiskey every few days (if not every day) . . .

i could probably make it to sleep after "thinking" about beautiful ladies like yourself but thought only goes so far so i can't wear my neurons down . . .
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ may help. The (ex)roommate signed us up and cut the first shopping bill in half.
radixx
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
Great article, but now I'm craving pizza here at work. I think this weekend I'm going to make a very odd, non-traditional seafood pizza. I picked up some really tasty looking fishcakes at the Korean market and I know I have a pre-made crust in the freezer just waiting for a creative moment. I'm thinking the fishcakes sauteed lightly, with some baby portabella mushrooms, and maybe some roasted asparagus in a light white sauce. What do you think?
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for NOT HELPING. Seriously, it sounds great if you like fishcakes; I am not quite sure what they are but portabellas and asparagus are always a good bet.
rainingvodka
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
i agree. so not fracking fair to one-up a post about food =P

oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
Oh, he teases me with bizarre food all the time. One time he sent me a camera phone pic of pizza-flavored chicken fingers.
rainingvodka
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
that sounds divine to me. so totally not fucking fair.
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
Dwight Yoakam's Chicken Lickin's Pizza Fries. There's a store finder on the website; around here, Walgreen's carries the chicken fries.
paradoxymoron
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
...I can has?
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
Dwight Yoakam's Chicken Lickin's Pizza Fries. There's a store finder on the website; around here, Walgreen's carries the chicken fries.
rainingvodka
Mar. 20th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
awesome. the walgreens just up the road carries these. I'm gonna gorge on some this weekend i think!
assmonkeydiary
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
I hope I'm not to blame for you reverting back to cow milk!
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I miss it the whole time I'm using soymilk.
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