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Starting Monday, I am embarking on an intensive 4-week food budgeting exercise. For anyone who loves food, loves to cook, and / or reads or writes about food all day long, resisting that amazing $10 triple creme cheese or $6 box of fresh farmstand berries is nearly impossible. These days, however, it’s necessary. My goal is 4 weeks, $50 / week, 3 meals a day for 2 people. This is not the most ambitious goal out there — but I think it’s realistic. I am not trying to set myself up for failure, rather, to reorient my thought process when I hit the grocery store or farmer’s market. Ask myself not just “do I want it?” but “do I need it?”. Force myself to be more creative to create delicious food, because if there’s one area I’m not willing to compromise on, it’s taste. Here are my ground rules:

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