CK Links--Friday September 19, 2014

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Don't soak your beans! (LA Times, via Addicted to Canning)

This is how to do a competent food stamp challenge, and show that healthy food doesn't have to be expensive. (Budget Bytes) Related: Why Senator Corey Booker really blew his chance.

Seven ways to turn one dinner into two. (Life Your Way)

Foodies can now pay a fortune to eat "famine food." (Spiked)

"Your food arrives when it's ready." Readers, what do you think of this restaurant trend? (The Amateur Gourmet)

Backlash against The Food Babe. (Bloomberg)

Why no one reads anymore, and what it means for writers. (New York Review of Books)

You will live more curiously if you write. You will see more. (James Somers)

Striking story of a young man's recovery from a traumatic brain injury. (Washington Post)

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chacha1 said...

had to skim through the NYTRB piece because after the first paragraph I was laughing. Oh woes to the literary novelist, woe, alas and woe! LOLOL

People are not reading anymore, huh. So, so self-pityingly wrong. They are reading all right - they are just not reading turgid overlong 19th-century novels, or modern "literary fiction" in which nothing happens. I read ALL THE TIME myself and I don't read those things.

I see no reason to call it a Bad Thing that people now have more to do than sit by an oil lamp, for the five hours a day that it's too dark to work outside, and read a multi-volume opus about a doomed inter-class romance.

People want to read books in which Something Happens. That's not a sign of the decline of western civilization.

Sally said...

I've been following Beth's SNAP Challenge at Budget Bytes. The spinach rice breakfast bowl is very good for any meal. In her first week summary Beth wrote that even with her knowledge of food, cooking, budget and preparing budget meals she found it very difficult.

Earlier this year I found a meal planning system that I think would be budget friendly. It's at and is called "weeks and weeks of meals." For some reason I can't post a link to it.

The blogger, Dr. Roxanne Sukol, suggests preparing a pot of beans, a container of greens that can be eaten raw or cooked, a pot of grains, a protein source, a pan of roasted vegetables and a simple vinaigrette. Those components can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways to make a number of meals.

I'm going to try it next week. Because I'm going to use the components for both lunch and dinner I plan to add a pot of soup and some bread and maybe a one pot meal. I don't know that I'll roast a pan of vegetables but will have one that I can prepare in various ways.

I also enjoyed "7 ways to turn one dinner into two." In her book Ten Dollar Dinners Melissa D'Arabian listed ten ways to use a pork shoulder. Beef and chicken could be used in the same ways. I did some brainstorming and came up with a dozen more ways the cooked meat could be used.

Daniel said...

Hilarious Chacha. That is hilarious.

Sally: thanks for your input. I found that post and here's the link:

You're right. Great, useful stuff.


Daniel said...

Also, for readers looking to do something similar to Beth's SNAP challenge, or for any reader who's looking to save some extra money over a multiweek period of healthy eating, there's a post here at CK that should be very useful: Two People, Fifteen Days, Thirty Meals. Thirty-Five Bucks!.