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Recession Specials 4

This week I’m imposing a special challenge on myself — no shopping until Friday (which is my next payday).

It will be an extra difficult cooking challenge because some of the produce that’s leftover in the fridge isn’t normally associated with summer.

Let’s take a look at the ingredient list, shall we?

angel hair pasta
oil-cured olives
one rather forlorn cucumber
half a loaf of sourdough bread
onion — yellow, red cippolini and gold cippolini
less than 1/4 lb. string beans
less than 1/2 bunch arugula
some basil that needs to be used quickly — the leaves have begun oxidizing
watermelon radishes — about six
French breakfast radishes — about 1/2 lb.
2 ears corn
beets — one bunch, sans greens
one red bell pepper
assorted fingerling potatoes
one carrot
one parsnip
a few Jerusalem artichokes
less than 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
garlic chives

At least I’ve got olive oil, so all is not lost.

There’s also half a tub of Sungold cherry tomatoes and a container of anchovies packed in olive oil. I’m not including any nonperishable items like dried pasta, lentils and rice. They’ll appear in this week’s menu but those ingredients won’t be the focus of this week’s meals.

Should be an interesting experiment. I’ll post tonight’s dinner in a couple of hours.

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