My little sister, who is both hilarious and resourceful, has created a new blog with a very practical bent. Called The Red Kitchen Project, it is a collection of recipes using only ingredients you can find at lower-tier grocery stores like Aldi or Save-a-Lot, where bargains are plentiful but product selection usually isn’t.
You can get some awesome deals on groceries at the discount places, but unless you really, really, really like casseroles that involve macaroni and canned peas, you probably aren’t going to be able to buy all your groceries in one place if you shop at the cut-rate joints.
Most of us don’t have time to make a scavenger hunt out of the grocery list, so we just suck it up and go somewhere more expensive.
Enter Grace, who has decided that the general suckiness of our current economy makes this a perfect time to experiment with simple ingredients that are available from dirt-cheap discount stores. Her Red Kitchen Project is basically a foodie blog for those of us who know better than to serve red wine with fish but are living on budgets that raise questions like, “Which flavor of Kool-Aid goes best with Spam?”
Grace is a good cook (obviously — she is, after all, related to the woman who brought you chicken-fried sausage, Buffalo chicken enchiladas, and the world’s most decadent mushroom soup), which means you can trust her recipes. She is also a smartass former newspaper columnist, which means her recipes read like what you’d get if Mike Royko edited Julia Child.