Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy (late) Thanksgiving!

This year Thanksgiving was kind of a non-event. I wrote a story, hit a bakery, and had a bottle of wine.

Of course, back home, Thanksgiving is a great chance to stock up on all kinds of food for cheap. Healthy food, even. In South Carolina sweet potatoes go on sale for tiny amounts--like 15 cent per pound. And baking goods are all on sale--everything from flour and butter to baking powder, spices, and "pie filling".

Which means it's a great time to be on a budget.

Sounds crazy, right? Not really. If you eat meat, you can pick up a turkey, otherwise, you can load up on all the other "holiday" food items, and eat like a healthy-eating rich person for a couple weeks. With sweet potatoes alone you can make:

  • baked sweet potatoes
  • sweet potato fries
  • mashed sweet potatoes
  • sweet potato pie
  • sweet potato gnocchi
  • sweet potato ravioli
  • sweet potato pancakes
  • sweet potato pirogi
  • roasted sweet potatoes
Easy and cheap, right? They might each take a couple other ingredients, but most of them are simple and cheap to put together. Some are even fast. The others pretty much all freeze well.

That leaves out all the other Autumn veggies, like squash, carrots, Brussels sprouts, beets (yum), fresh garlic, and on and on. And all on sale--either last week, or for the next couple weeks.

And all I got was a cheap bottle of very young wine. Oh well, it was fun and that's what matters, right? Or something.


  1. I always got cranky when I was living overseas on Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday, and I hate missing it!

  2. What happened to you? Hope you are well.

  3. Sorry, only just recently rented a house--still in Guatemala. And I seem to have become part of a couple. So cheap food isn't happening any more than travel is.

    But I'm doing good. I'll update in a bit. Honest.

  4. Glad to hear it. I was concerned since your other blog is down. Keep us posted.