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I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!

My name is Carole.  I’m a hopeless foodie.

I’m not here to teach you how to cook.  Rather, I’m here to show you how to do it for a lot less by shopping at Aldi.

You’ll find a recipe index on the right. 99% of what I prepare is purchased at Aldi.

For more about me and this brand new site, be sure to visit the About page.

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Summer Artisan Ravioli

I couldn’t wait to try Aldi’s Spinach & Cheese Ravioli! This frozen, half-moon stuffed pasta surprised everyone in my family. It will surprise you as well.

I topped them simply with a drizzle of Aldi’s extra virgin olive oil, diced tomatoes, a chiffonade of fresh basil & some fresh Pecorino Romano cheese.

You won’t find fresh herbs at Aldi. I planted mine from a seed packet (and now have basil growing out my arse).

What You Need
All items available at Aldi except fresh basil and Pecorino Romano cheese (though they do sell grated Parmesan in a can and shredded Parmesan in the dairy department).

1 bag Frozen Spinach & Cheese Ravioli
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pecorino Romano Cheese (any Italian cheese will do)
Fresh Basil, chiffonade
1 Fresh Tomato, diced

Get Cooking

Prepare ravioli according package directions.

While ravioli cooks, slice the tomato about a quarter-inch thick. Season tomato slices with kosher salt & pepper. Stack tomato slices and dice.

Roll basil leaves (about 5 or 6) into the shape of a cigar and slice.

Plate ravioli, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, top with tomato and basil, sprinkle with Italian cheese.

Pairing

At $5.99, this cabernet sauvignon is surprisingly good!

Wine photo courtesy Aldi.com.

Red, White & Blue Salad

Perfect for summer celebrations!

What You Need
Everything is available at Aldi except the fresh dill.

Romaine Lettuce, roughly chopped
Fresh Dill, a few pinches, roughly chopped (optional)
Dressing of your choice
Fresh Blueberries
Dried Cherries, roughly chopped
Feta Cheese, crumbled

Get Cooking

Add romaine lettuce to large bowl. Mix with dill if using.

Dress lettuce lightly with your favorite salad dressing. I use Italian.

Top dressed salad with feta, then blueberries & cherries.

Photo courtesy Aldi.com.

California-Style Shrimp & Grits

Not your typical shrimp & grits! Classy, elegant and oh-so flavorful!  Great for a brunch dish.

A recent trip to Los Angeles inspired this recipe. I had something very similar at a swanky LA restaurant and just couldn’t wait to recreate it at home. It was award-winning according to my family.

Aldi’s frozen shrimp are already deveined.  As such, they’re easier to peel.  Priced at $6.99 a pound, these jumbo shrimp (26-30 count per pound) are a great buy!

Serves 4-6

What You Need
Everything is available at Aldi except the kosher salt & quick grits.

Quick Grits (NOT instant)
Jumbo Shrimp, 26-30 count, 1 pound
Italian dressing (or your favorite marinade)
Kosher Salt
Asparagus Spears
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Get Cooking

Prepare quick grits according to package directions. Don’t forget to season liberally with salt (prior to cooking). Otherwise, the grits will taste like nothing. Test the water prior to cooking – it should remind you of ocean water (well, not *that* salty, but pretty darned close).

Peel shrimp. Season with salt & pepper. Toss with marinade. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to an hour.

Cook asparagus spears.

Sautee shrimp in a splash of extra virgin olive oil.

Assemble dish similar to above photo.

Pairing

Aldi does sell wine.

Wine photo courtesy Aldi website.