Use grocery store club cards and then compare prices to store brands.
Buy fresh items, instead of processed items.
Consider buying frozen vegetables, they are picked fresh, flash frozen immediately and are less expensive and will keep longer.
When planning your menu think of ways to maximize the use of the “Stretch Your Food Dollar” menu as a springboard to create your own menu. Create meals around the items down in price. If you feel you can’t build a menu using an item that is down in price such as orange juice …use citrus slices instead.
Buy in bulk, but don’t buy more than you can eat.
Clip and use coupons. Put a ‘C’ next to items on your list that you have a coupon for, it will help you remember to use it at the checkout stand.
Shop the edges of the store avoiding the items at the ends of the aisles.
When shopping meat sales items, consider stocking your freezer.
Wild Mushroom Compote
1. Combine molasses marinade and demi-glace in a medium saucepan over high heat and cook until the liquid is reduced by half. (You’ll have to take the pan off the heat to judge, as it bubbles and increases in volume over the heat. Depending upon the size of your pan, it could take about 10 to 15 minutes.)
2. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside on paper towels to drain. Remove all but 3 tablespoons of bacon fat.
3. Cook mushrooms in bacon fat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Add sliced grilled scallions and vinegar. Add bacon and the molasses mixture and cook for 10 minutes on low, or until sauce reaches desired consistency.
4. To serve, place a generous 1/4 cup of compote on lower 1/3 of beef medallions, letting it run onto the plate. Garnish with sliced scallions if desired.