Posts Tagged ‘grapes’

Roadside Stands Help Food Stamps Cooking Club

September 6th, 2013
Looky what WE found at a roadside stand in North Central Nebraska!

Looky what WE found at a roadside stand in North Central Nebraska!

It’s been a busy week here in the Club House–we have hosted a Book Lovers Club meeting; we have had surprise visitors, which we always enjoy, and on Thursday we took the day to travel to Central Nebraska on business.  We did toss in some pleasure, too:

We had a ginormous pizza loaded with sauerkraut, lots of meat and cheese and spices that tickled our taste buds.  Only one slice was plenty for a meal!  WOW.  This was served at a tavern in the quaint and charming town of Dannebrog, Nebraska.

We had a ginormous pizza loaded with sauerkraut, lots of meat and cheese and spices that tickled our taste buds. Only one slice was plenty for a meal! WOW. This was served at a tavern in the quaint and charming town of Dannebrog, Nebraska.

Visiting the roadside stands this time of year is wonderful!  We picked out a watermelon, a red pepper the size of my head, and some squashes: a turban squash and a butternut squash.  Everything looked so tempting and delish!  There was a wide variety of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, melons, onions, squashes, and the workers all talked about the crops that are still being harvested.

The sight of new vineyards popping up along the landscape was a treat for our eyes, too.  We visited a winery but they were so busy harvesting the grapes they were not available for tastings or serving meals.  We’ll just have to make another road trip at a later date! ;)

Soon Mother Connie will be posting a recipe for a casserole featuring spaghetti squash.  It is sooo mouth watering in a photo I saw that I cannot wait to make one and show all of you.  The spaghetti squash will be ready to pick very soon;  you WILL be kept in the loop!

The squash featured in the above photo make luscious soups for fall.  The recipe for squash soup has been featured here before but when a new batch of soup comes out of the Club House Kitchen, you guys will be the very first to know!

For those of you who have recently become Members of our merry band of foodies, we welcome you.  We are happy to help anyone but especially we like to focus on those who use public assistance for their food budgets.

Those who use EBT cards for WIC or SNAP and those who depend on  food commodities, food pantries, food banks, and the generosity of gardeners have told us repeatedly that the help we offer is really helpful and for that we are grateful.  We hold no judgments and we are not out to sell you stuff!  We hear, also, from people who simply like the challenge of wrestling with the food dollars to see how far those dollars might  S  T  R  E  T  C  H !  We are painfully aware of how you are all living on a dime and we love you madly.

Your comments mean the world to us.  Thanks for stopping by.  We are working diligently on plans for the Cooking Class; you are in that loop, too!  We hope it will be helpful for you in keeping your food costs to a minimum!

Connie Baum

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Grapes of–Say WHAT?

April 4th, 2009

Someone sent me a bookmark with a quote I like: “May the sweet fruits, the grapes of gratitude, bless us each day.”

It’s really true.  I found that out this very week.  Knowing that the best we can do for ourselves, in terms of food, is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.  Sometimes it’s tricky to do it within the confines of a tightly squeezed budget.  That’s no news flash.  Especially if you are using food stamps.  Or food commodities.  OR, if you shop in a community food pantry.

But this week, grocery list in hand and tight budget in mind, I made a grocery run.  I actually FOUND BLACKBERRIES ON SALE!  I looked carefully at the plastic package.  I was sure that if they were selling so reasonably they had to  be moldy or defective in some way. 

I was so grateful to discover they seemed to be quite fine.  SIDEBAR: Thank you, Tecumseh Central Market!  END SIDEBAR   I treated myself to a bowl of berries, loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, juice and FLAVOR.   That is something that makes me ooze with gratitude.  And good health, to boot!

Here’s hoping YOU can find affordable fresh foods to feed your family well.  We also hope you have creative ways of preparing your meals and that you’ll be willing to share those ideas for the good of all.  If you are game to share, just send a message to foodstampscookingclub@gmail.com .  We love hearing from our members!

We like sharing, too, so we extend the invitation for you to visit any of our partners, whose banners appear on this very page.  Some will help you with your meal planning and prep, like Saving Dinner and others, like Rapid Cash Marketing , can help you to bring some extra money into your household.  The good folks at High Tech Health will be able to help you improve your health, like those blackberries can do!

YOU bless us with your messages!  We hope we bless you with ours!  Isn’t gratitude FUN?

Food Stamps Cooking Club

Connie Baum