Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 22 - Value Eating on 02/13/2010

A day before Valentines, and the Logan Square Kitchen on Milwaukee has had the best idea ever – a pastry market! Chicago’s Sweet Artisans showcased their talent from 10am to 3pm: cakes, pastries, chocolates, truffles, jams… It sounded too good to be true, so I took my friend from Italy there to indulge in all things sweet. Knowing the local food culture is so important in order to get to know a city! We arrived at 10.15am – 15min after opening, and the space was jammed. What a success for the Logan Square Kitchen Crew! Congrats! Anyway, for breakfast I bought a yummy sticky cake from Floriole Bakery (hmmm.. pecans!) and a big pot of freshly brewed Metropolis Coffee. Total cost: 4$

I skipped lunch, cause I was giving a Valentine’s cooking demonstration at the Green Grocer on Grand Avenue and I was stuffed just looking at all of the food I was preparing.

For dinner, I had already prepared The Scrumptious Pantry’s “Love Apple” pasta sauce with Roberta’s Sun-Dried Tomato Spread and Guido’s Balsamic which we enjoyed on a steaming plate of Carlo’s Pasta (tomato based sauces are always better when they had a chance to sit for at least a couple of hours, better still a night!). Ingredients for four servings: organic canned tomatoes: 2.49$, 2 tbsp. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (0.5$), an organic garlic clove (0.01c), 1 tbsp. of Roberta’s Sun Dried Tomato Spread (1.3$), a sprinkle of dried hot chili peppers (0.03c$) and a tablespoon of Guido’s Balsamic Dressing Sauce (1$): 3.34$ p. person served on Carlo’s Durum Wheat Pasta from The Scrumptious Pantry.

For dessert we sliced up an organic apple (0.8$) and enjoyed some of the Chocolate Pub Bark from Rich Chocolates (1$), hence 0.9$ per person.

Total Food Cost For Today: 8.24$

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