The Cream Emergency Arrives - Day 16

Frugal Foods
(Hot Italian Sausages Spice Up Breakfast)

Breakfast - Hot Italian Sausage, Eggs, Potatoes, Pork 'n Beans, Peaches

Breakfast - Hot Italian Sausage, Eggs, Potatoes, Pork 'n Beans, Peaches

Breakfast - Hot Italian Sausage, Eggs, Potatoes, Pork 'n Beans, Peaches Lunch - Chicken Breast and Gravy, Rice Pilaf, Brussels Sprouts

The last of the cream.... Sadly, we are out of heavy cream for our coffee. When there was a local dairy nearby, we bought a share of a cow, so that we could have real, farm-fresh milk and cream. It was wonderful and it spoiled us. When the dairy closed, we switched to grocery store heavy cream or whipping cream for our coffee. Today, we took another step down, to canned evaporated milk.

I don't use much canned evaporated milk, but I like to have a couple cans on hand for emergencies. Well, it seems we have not had the aforementioned milk emergency for a "few" years. This can was dated 2009. But today, I opened it to use in our coffee. It is okay, but, boy, it sure isn't the same as real cream.

And, yes, after this "No Grocery Shopping for a Month" food challenge is over, I will likely buy another couple of cans of evaporated to milk to have on hand, just in case of an emergency.

Breakfast: Italian sausages, pork and beans, hash brown potato patties, fried eggs, toast, canned peaches, milk and coffee. Breakfast was a bit zesty! Turns out these are the hot Italian sausages, not sweet Italian.

When we have raw sausages, such as Italian, fresh bratwurst, or Polish sausage, we like them boiled and fried. Not boiled or fried. But, boiled AND fried. We're not crazy about the texture of them if they are only boiled. To fry them enough to get the centers well done takes a lot of time and patience. So, I bring them to a boil and then simmer them until they are completely cooked. Then, I only need fry them enough to brown them, which we think gives them better flavor and better texture. I most always cook at least a full package at a time, usually two packages. I then freeze what we don't plan to eat in the next day or two.

Lunch: Chicken breast, gravy, rice pilaf, Brussels sprouts, toasted bagels, and milk. The rice pilaf was left over from Easter dinner. The Brussels sprouts were frozen.

Snacks: Pecan pie and milk. When we bought those pecan pies after the Christmas holidays, I wasn't so sure we should get them. I'm glad we did.

A note about the chicken: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are more frugal for us than either whole chickens or other chicken parts. We usually get the bags of the individually quick frozen chicken breast pieces. There's no waste. They are quick and easy to prepare. Other chicken may be cheaper per pound, but for the way we use it, these are the better value.

Today, I cooked the chicken in the Crock-Pot. We bought two cans of chicken broth, by mistake. This was a good use for one of them. I filled the Crock-pot about two-thirds of the way full with barely thawed chicken pieces, added the chicken broth, and a little salt and pepper. When doing chicken this way, I like to turn the Crock-Pot to "High" for about an hour, then turn it to "Low" and let it simmer until we are ready for it.

Let's see what we come up with tomorrow.

~Coleen

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