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I am truly shocked the the peanut butter prices in Mexico.
I had to laugh. Our daughter spent a year living in Spain. When we were heading over to visit her we asked if there was anything she wanted us to bring. PEANUT BUTTER! She said how much she missed having peanut butter.

And the REALLY funny part is that she was never that much of a peanut butter fan in the first place. But when she could get it over there (which was very rarely), it was outrageously expensive, so she missed it.
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In Asia, the lack of good cheese. In Malaysia, salami, bacon and other pork goodies. Seems we to have to look hard for good quality Italian spices, olive oil and capers.

We figured out how to make our own tortilla's so good Tex Mex is a staple.

Can I interest anybody in some lemongrass?
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If available, try Arnold's Italian bread. Seems to last a bit longer. Plus, when I make sandwiches, I almost always butter one side and put them on the skillet. Gets past the going stale part.

While I use tortillas as well, I also use a lot of saltine crackers for things like peanut butter and sliced sausage and cheese. Egg noodles is another staple of mine. As for beer (I don't drink the hard stuff), I put it here, in the blue wastebasket (cans):

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In Asia, the lack of good cheese. In Malaysia, salami, bacon and other pork goodies. Seems we to have to look hard for good quality Italian spices, olive oil and capers.

We figured out how to make our own tortilla's so good Tex Mex is a staple.

Can I interest anybody in some lemongrass?
I would like to see you Tortilla recipe. That seems like a great idea.
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Tortillas are one of the easiest things to make. Very basic recipe that I use:

2 C. flour
1/2 C. shortening (Crisco like)
3/4 C Warm water
1 tsp salt

-Cut shortening into flour and salt until like cornmeal
-add water and knead 1-2 minutes. Add flour/water if needed to firm up dough
-divide into about 8-10 small round balls
-roll flat on floured surface (it takes practice to make round ones, don't worry about your shape for now )
-brush off excess flour
-cook on un-greased skillet (cast iron is great for this) till bubbles form on top
-you don't have to flip to cook the other side, but you can

cooking only takes 1-3 minutes depending on your temp.
I generally roll out the next one while the current one is cooking
place on plate between towels to keep warm while cooking
they will last 1-2 days but do not have the preservatives of store bought
If you have a second burner to warm up (or make) refried beans, you are set!!!!
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Re cruisers and bread. My wife recentyl brought home some ready to bake bread that can be kept for 2-3 monthes without refridgerating. It can be baked in just 8 min. at 400 deg F. It is made by "Dempesters Bakery" .
Now for the glitch, we live in atlantic Canada and I don't know if it is available everywhere. If you want any more info let me know and I'll try and help.
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Biggest surprise, how many cookies and snacks we eat and how we never use our canned goods.
Nemesis; our dog sneaking into the pantry and eating whole loaves of bread.
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I would like to see you Tortilla recipe. That seems like a great idea.
TMMillers recipe about the same as mine.

I use:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup veg oil
3/4 cup warm water
1-2 teaspoons salt.

Mix, knead well, make into 8 or so balls, cover for 20 minutes, roll out on well floured saloon table, i still make funny shapes, sometimes they look like Australia.... Heat pan with just a few drops of oil, cook on one side for a few minutes....enjoy!
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Biggest surprise, how many cookies and snacks we eat and how we never use our canned goods.
Nemesis; our dog sneaking into the pantry and eating whole loaves of bread.
Too funny...How they are guided my their noses and stomachs.
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On the other hand, we are killing the paper towels. They seem to be our nemesis. We have been switching over to more traditional towels for cleaning and other uses, but paper towels are probably our biggest issue.
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I keep a roll of toilet paper near the paper towels. I know it sounds weird, but you'd be amazed how many times you can use a few sheets of TP instead of a paper towel, just having it within reach really cuts down on the number of paper towels you use.

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Another item we are having trouble balancing is bread. For something that costs a buck at the store, it sure does come as a luxury about your second week on the hook! Our workaround for that is tortillas which last a surprisingly long time and keep well. But you can't exactly store enough bread to last a month, so we are looking for some good recipes to make it.
I would respond to this part but I'd end up writing a book about it.
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