Shopping List and Tidbits for August 21 to the 24

This is the food blog’s week in review. Rather than simply linking and describing the recipes or other interesting tidbits that we have here, this is a shopping list for the week’s recipes. It is divided into staples–things that are called for but that you likely keep on hand, recipe ingredients–things that you need to buy, and tidbits–those interesting items that belong in food but don’t qualify as recipes! Also a big thanks to Mary Ann who is giving us excellent tips on choosing all of our produce!


baking powder

brown sugar





powdered sugar



unsweetened cocoa powder


Make sure to pick up:

butterscotch chips Butterscotch Brickle Bars

chopped pecans German Chocolate Brownies

coconut German Chocolate Brownies

sweetened condensed milk German Chocolate Brownies

toffee bits Butterscotch Brickle Bars

ground beef Nacho Cheesy Crock Pot Sloppy Joes, Cheesy Beef Pasta

chopped onion Nacho Cheesy Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

scallions Cheesy Beef Pasta

condensed fiesta cheese soup Nacho Cheesy Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
ketchup Nacho Cheesy Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

hamburger buns Nacho Cheesy Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

tube pasta Cheesy Beef Pasta

diced tomatoes (14.5 oz) Cheesy Beef Pasta

parmesan cheese Cheesy Beef Pasta

cream cheese Cheesy Beef Pasta

shredded Swiss Cheesy Beef Pasta

shredded cheddar Cheesy Beef Pasta


Alternatives to Grilled Cheese (make sure to read this and add things to your grocery list as necessary) Check out this great blog by Tristi for some simple ideas to go from plain old grilled cheese, to sandwiches that will satisfy even sophisticated taste buds.

Checking Out Meal Assembly Stores This is the latest craze in freezer cooking–going to a store to have someone help you prepare meals for the week. It saves time and still gives your family home cooked meals for the week. Check out Courtney’s experience with these.

Choosing Strawberries A big thanks to Mary Ann for sharing all of her excellent produce choosing tips with us.

Common Cooking Dilemmas: 5 Tricks for Portions and Timing If you ever struggle with making enough or too much or if you ever find that you have the meat part of your meal ready well before the side dishes. . .this is the must see blog of the week. Check out my tips and tricks for getting the right amount of food on the table at the right time.