I swear I haven't abandoned my Project: Food Budget Challenge budget. I was doing pretty well, but then....summer. Glorious summer happened! My husband and I had two wonderful visitors from the other coast this past week, and needless to say, there was nothing that even remotely resembled budgeting. It stings a little now, but oh, it tasted so wonderful.
In addition to eating out a ton, my husband and I made favorite dishes highlighting the Alaskan summer's finest. This Cioppino recipe is one that has been a "special" dish in our home for a few years now; it's one we bring out when we're entertaining and wanting to share the North's bounty of fresh, wild-caught fish. The dish isn't at all like what it started out to be in San Francisco, though; it isn't a cheap, weeknight meal of fishermen. It is expensive, prepared with high market-priced wild fish, vegetables, and white wine. And it's delicious!
Anyways, my past few P:FB posts have all been a little reckless like this one. The I-overspent-but-it's-my-party-and-I'll-eat-what-I-want-to. So, here's a promise for next week: there will be no excuses, at least for a week. I will stick to my budget. I will make tasty, healthy things anyways. And I will share them with you all!!
There are some really great foodies participating in the challenge, so for more budget-friendly tips, check out their efforts:
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