Since Saturday, I've made Welsh rarebit, chicken stock, petits choux, and garbure navarraise. I ended up using the extra stuffed cabbage in the garbure rather than the duck confit called for, and used chicken fat skimmed from the stock to saute the onions rather than seeking out spendy rendered duck fat. My ghetto version of the stew is still plenty rich and should keep me in good stead for the rest of the week, especially when supplemented with no-brainer by-products like taragon chicken salad. I've still got half a baguette and roughly a third of a loaf of country rye, too.
My big lesson for the week is that groceries can go a long way if I can plan meals that feed off one another. I've only done this successfully with chicken and occasionally veggies of different sorts. Sometime soon I'll need to start branching out a bit.
My finances have already started sorting themselves out, but there are still good reasons to continue down this path. For those of you following at home, there are five types of beans in the garbure - haricots verts, fava beans, red and white kidney beans, and navy beans - though no rice. I've yet to eat rice this week.