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June Grocery Costs

Monthly grocery budget time! Here’s what got purchased at Casa Anglachel last month. The overall bill is up this month by just over $125. Food Type #Items Cost Previous Up/Down Fresh Produce 123 $143.75 $149.05 -$5.30 General Groceries 19 $92.74

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Food Regulation That Actually Helps People

While the food puritans howl about the presence of the reviled ingredient of the week in what we eat and try to impose punitive measures on consumers (taxes and food bans), actual food regulation in the service of protecting consumers

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Shopping at the Farmers Market

As promised, I went on a field trip to my local farmers market. It was fun and sad at the same time. I didn’t take pictures because I have no interest in putting the merchants themselves on the spot. It

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Economic Context

This country has a long history of trying to micromanage the daily activities of people at the wrong end of the economic ladder. Social control is a popular political sport, and food politics are as (if not more) prone to

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Weekly Menu – June 8-14

Here is our menu for this week. I haven’t done one of these in a while. This week is probably the most expensive menu we’ve had since Christmas week, and all due to one item. Copper River Sockeye salmon is

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Real Processed Food

Something that I encounter out in the Intertubz on a regular basis is the fantasy that all health issues, especially obesity, can be prevented, avoided, healed, resolved, etc., by eating “real” food and avoiding “processed” food.  So, curmudgeon that I

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May Grocery Costs

I just got done with the grocery budget for May and thought I’d share. Unlike my weekly menus, which make use of pantry items like oil and sugar that may have been purchased some time ago, this account is what

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Weekly Menu – May 18-24

The weather this week is moving back towards seasonally normal temperatures and humidity levels, which means cloudy days with temperatures in the high 60s with some breeziness. I’m taking the opportunity to clean things out of the freezer. Weekday Main

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Wealthy Kitchens

One of the steady arguments you hear from the various foodie factions in their unceasing war on the poor and fat and the insufficiently food-aware is that cooking your own food is cheaper than eating processed foods, so why wouldn’t

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Weekly Menu – May 11-17

Here at Casa Anglachel, we’re anticipating a hot, dry week as Santa Ana winds scorch the county. The food I’m preparing this week is intended to minimize the amount of time spent at the stove or heating the oven. We

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