October 2013

Rosemary Honey Balsamic Reduction – SRC

by Suzanne on October 13, 2013

Rosemary Honey Balsamic Reduction

It is time once again for my monothly Secret Recipe Club recipe.  I know, it seems that’s all I post these days.  But you know how life can sometimes get in the way of the best laid plans?  It seems that has been happening over and over.  Not bad stuff, just “stuff”.  Mostly all good, and some even great!!! Speaking of good stuff, don’t pass this one up!  My SRC assignment this month was The Tasty Cheapskate, written by the amazing and frugal, Jean.  The name of her blog says it all.  Tasty AND enjoying meals not just for their taste, but for the money that is still left in your wallet after you’ve eaten and cleaned up the dishes.  She tells you exactly what she prepares and how much it cost for the meal.  Where else can you get that kind of information?!?! After pulling up her blog on my computer, I quickly figured out that this was not going to be easy.  Too many good ideas bombarded me all at once.  I became caught up in seeing what the meals were and how much money she forked over for them. Forked over. Get it? Anyhoo, if you are looking to eat well and save money, check out her blog.  More specifically, check out The Cheap Eat Challenge.  There are six people in her family and she fed them – and fed them well – on $6 a day.  For the WHOLE family, not per person.  I know you will be duly impressed by her creativity and the flavors of her meals. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw her pork chops with a balsamic reduction.  I LOVE balsamic vinagrette and love a reduction even more.  And, while my garden has not been prolific this year (damn grasshoppers), my Rosemary bush never lets me down. I was set! In keeping with Jean’s tradition, I will tell you I spent $5.63 on 5 pieces of the “New York Strip” side of the pork chop chops.  The way my Mountain Man and I eat these days, I knew this would be enough for us for two meals, not just one.  So, make that $2.82 on the chops.  I already had the vinegar, honey, butter and rosemary.  One medium yellow and zucchini squashes with a half onion, and one orange bell pepper came to about $1.25.  So, all in all, […]