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Pam Mehnert

Week 24 - Boxed Mix Not Included

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert October 5, 2010

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Week 23 - Another Year Older And Wiser

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 28, 2010
Some people receive a bouquet of flowers on their birthday or special occasions. I received a bouquet of chips.
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Week 22 - "Stocking" Up For Winter

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 21, 2010
Ahhh, the downstairs freezer. It was only a few short months ago I was cleaning out all of the frozen pizzas, burritos, packaged Indian meals, pasties, and store bought hamburger buns to get ready for my year of inconvenience.
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Week 21 - Waking Up To Pancakes

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 13, 2010
I finally figured out that the reason I don’t like the boxed mixes is because there isn’t much about them to like.
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Week 20 - Living the Life O'Riley

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 8, 2010
When we pulled into their driveway last Saturday, we were greeted by two of their “temporary” residents named Christmas and Thanksgiving. Yes those were turkeys - I kid you not.
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Week 19 - The Secret Is In The Sponge

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 31, 2010
The sponge is my new friend indeed - and really when it comes down to it – the sponge is the reason anyone can bake bread at home and get something that is not only delicious, but a great replacement for anything you might buy from the grocery store.
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Week 18 - Tomatillos and Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 24, 2010
I’ve estimated that recently, on average, I’m spending about 8-10 more hours each week on food prep (and this project) than when I was eating conveniently.
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Week 17 - Take Your Pick Of Tomatohhs

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 18, 2010
What better time to pick to stand over a boiling pot of water and skin those little “apples of paradise” as my German Grandmother would have called them.
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Week 16 - Getting A Grip

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 9, 2010

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Weeks 14 & 15 - I'm Not Turning Back Now

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 6, 2010
 No my friends, what I actually missed about my own from scratch cooking that left me pining for the jar left in my pantry, was my granola.
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Fandango Food Adventure*

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert May 14, 2010

*WARNING – this post is rated ME for Meat Eater as the content is descriptive and contains graphic photographs. It may not be suitable for vegetarians.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have two basic exceptions to my diet of inconvenience. The first is that I won’t turn down an invitation to a home-cooked meal, regardless of the ingredients that went into it. After all someone made it from scratch even if it wasn’t by my own set of rules. The second, most applicable when I’m traveling, is to seek out local food and local restaurants whenever possible. Following the initial misstep at a PF Changs on my first weary day of travel, I fell into a wonderful world of authentic food and culture starting with the three-day celebration that was my nephew’s wedding.
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Week 2 into 3 - A Prisoner of Convenience

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert May 11, 2010
I had this vacation planned for a while now. My nephew was getting married out in the San Francisco Bay area, which made it a good opporunity to tack on a week and stay for some vacation time with my partner and friends. Since I planned this trip before I started my inconvenient year, I knew I’d need a somewhat different set of rules for time away from my kitchen.
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My Sunday of Mass Production, With Recipe

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert April 28, 2010
I knew that if I were going to have any chance of getting ahead of the meal planning game, I’d have to designate some time for some real meal prep. That day was Sunday. Read more...
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Week Two - Production List

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert April 25, 2010
Leaving on vacation the end of this week, so I’m thinking I need to have things prepared for when we come back, or re-entry will be umm…too difficult? Read more...
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Week One - The Chart

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert April 25, 2010
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Week One - Oy!

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert April 23, 2010
So how was my first week? Well it started out pretty good! This project was going to be fun and I was energized by the support everyone was giving me. I figured out a few meals we could make this week, wrote a list, and then headed to the co-op.m.
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Day One - Must Organize

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert April 19, 2010
Do you see that crying garlic container on the right in this picture? That pretty much represents my feelings as I take each bottle and can of my beloved convenience items and sort them into bags for my local food pantry. This is all good food, actually great food with great flavors from my beloved Outpost Natural Foods. But it’s the food I will do without over the next 12 months as I prepare my pantry for the single ingredients that will take their place.
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Here's How It Began

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert April 18, 2010

For me, November begins the season of cooking and the celebration of comfort foods. The smell of warm, freshly baked bread, or a pot of chili simmering on the stove, bring back strong childhood memories of comfort for me. I learned to cook from my Mom, who sent me off to college with a hand-written notebook filled with all the recipes I enjoyed at our family table. I still have the notebook, and some thirty plus years later, I’m still cooking some of the same recipes – many of them now with my own twist on flavor.
 

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