Thursday, April 17, 2014

Four-Day Sale At Alfalfa's

Seems to be a new pattern for Alfalfa's doing a Thursday through Sunday special sale, but remember that if I don't mention a particular sale, it could still be happening and I either don't know about it or just don't have time to post. In any case, through this Sunday, the 20th, nine items are particularly showcased at Alfalfa's, including local Boulder Lamb bone-in leg of lamb at $9.99 a pound, organic spring mix very good at $3.99 a pound, organic Colorado red potatoes just 69 cents a pound, La Bonne Vie triple cream brie half off at $5.99 a pound, local Dragonfly Coffee's bulk coffee $8.99 a pound, and for spring color, a bunch of local daffodils for $.99.

Weekend Sales At Whole Foods

Our local Whole Foods stores will offer us both a one-day sale for tomorrow only, plus a three-day sale lasting through the weekend. Here's what they say:

Friday Only (4/18)
Whole Trade® Pineapples: 2 for $5

Fri Through Sun (4/18-4/20)
Made-In-House Deviled Eggs: $5/doz
Try our Sriracha Variety!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

We have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, while the new one reported yesterday at Vitamin Cottage continues through May 31st. Here's what's looking good to me now.

In Sprouts' new sale through April 23rd, boneless pork loin chops (roast also) are $2.99 a pound, fresh whole turkeys are $1.99 a pound, standing rib roasts are $7.99 a pound, and three types of chicken sausage are $2.99 a pound, while the spiral sliced ham sale mentioned last week continues at $1.99 a pound. Large 21/25 count shrimp are $8.99 a pound, cod fillets are $7.99 a pound, and sockeye salmon fillets are $12.99 a pound, but Whole Foods has it for the same price (all fish previously frozen).

In organic produce at Sprouts, green curly kale or red bell peppers are both $1.50 each, a five pound bag of carrots is $2.88, cucumbers are 88 cents each, one pound clamshells of strawberries are down to $2.88 each, and Cameo apples or Bartlett pears are both $1.50 a pound. Elsewhere in the store, select Horizon Organic dairy products are 25% off, Voskos Greek yogurts are $1 each, Nut Thins are $2.50 a box, Near East coucous or rice pilafs are $1.50 a box, and some Seventh Generation cleaning products are 25% off. Plus, the hard copy of the ad has a coupon on the front for $5 off a $30 purchase during this week's sale.

In Whole Foods' new sale through April 29th, sockeye salmon fillets are $12.99 a pound, fine air-chilled split chicken breasts are $3.99 a pound, and several types of pork chops, including the brined that I like, are $5.99 a pound. The salmon burger du jour is poblano pepper jack, but I'm not thrilled with this change to pricing them individually instead of by the pound. The pepper jack ones are on sale for $3.99 each, whereas the sale price used to be $7.99 a pound, and since two burgers weigh in under a pound, that's an insidious price increase. Organic Swiss chard is $1.50 a bunch, but for a one pound container of organic strawberries, I'd head to Sprouts where they are $2.88 each instead of Whole Foods' sale price of $3.99 each. Belgioioso mozzarella logs look good at $6.99 for a one pound one, Nut Thins are $2.50 a box (same at Sprouts), Market Made lemon herb chicken breast looks tempting for a cook's night off at $8.99 a pound, $3 off, strawberry rhubarb lattice pies would be an Easter treat at $9.99 each, $5 off, and to clean up after the Easter cooking frenzy, Seventh Generation spray cleaners are good at $2.50 each.

One-Day Sale At Whole Foods Today

Not particularly caring for goat cheese, today's one-day sale at Whole Foods doesn't do a lot for me. Here's what they say:

Wednesday Only (4/16)
5oz Laura Chenel
Goat Cheese Pillows: 2 for $6

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Sale At Vitamin Cottage

Happy tax day. There's a new sale at Vitamin Cottage (aka Natural Grocers) that runs all the way through May 31st, practically summer. Items looking particularly good to me include Applegate's six ounce organic sliced turkey breast packages at $4.29 each, 10 ounce bags of Cascadian Farm organic frozen veggies $1.79 each, Horizon Organic butter $3.49 a pound and half and half $1.59 for 16 ounces, Pamela's yummy gluten-free cookies$2.69 a box, several Annie's Naturals products $2.69 each (including the organic salad dressings, a very good price on that), and the big 100 ounce size of Seventh Generation 2x concentrated liquid laundry detergents for $11.49 each, although I've ditched the liquid in favor of their new packets, much more convenient. Plus of course there are tons of supplements on sale.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Recipe Guides

On this snowy, icy Boulder morning following two days in the 70s, it's time to start thinking about Easter, less than a week away. To help with the planning, here are a few guides for ideas: Easter Recipes, Gifts and Egg Decorating from Epicurious, Bon Appetit's Easter Recipes, Celebrate Easter from Cooking Light, and Easter Recipes from Food and Wine magazine.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

National Grilled Cheese Day

Yahoo, today is national grilled cheese day, at least by somebody's estimation - I'll take it! To celebrate, the ever wonderful local shop Cured is offering this tasting, whiskey also included:

National Grilled Cheese Day. You’ve gotta love National Holidays, especially when they are designed to celebrate the king of all sandwiches - the Grilled Cheese!  Ooey, gooey, Grilled Cheesemelty, creamy, buttery, crunchy, salty and sweet…there isn’t much better then a grilled cheese. Until you pair it with whiskey that is. That’s right, you read correctly. Forget the tomato soup. Call us crazy, but it’s one of our favorite combinations. This Saturday, April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day and in honor of our favorite sandwich, we are holding a grilled cheese and apple whiskey pairing tasting at the shop from 3-6 pmStop on by for a bite and a sip on us to honor this most wonderful of holidays.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Dinner Ideas

Super quick sketch. Tonight will be salmon of some sort. I love Whole Foods' salmon burgers for both taste and convenience, but they recently seem to have adversely changed their pricing structure, going from $9.99 a pound (always with one version on sale for $7.99 a pound) to a per burger price, which I think (but would like to verify) was $4.99 each when I passed by them at the Pearl Street store a couple of days ago. I wasn't paying the closest attention, but that would be a fair price jump if remembered correctly, since two burgers weigh in the two thirds to three quarter pound range. Sprouts has fresh farmed Atlantic salmon for $6.99 a pound this week, and Lucky's Market has previously frozen coho for $10.99 a pound in Boulder, and as they continue to favor Longmont in pricing, $9.99 a pound there.

Looking for ideas for the early spring bounty from the Boulder Farmers' Market for tomorrow, the current issue of Bon Appetit has a lovely article on "Green Power," featuring spring market produce, which is leading me to consider smoked trout with pea shoots and spring onions. That might do better as an appetizer, but in the right proportions with a crusty baguette, might also work as a main.

Sunday will veer 180 degrees away from earliest spring produce from the Farmers' Market, as Lucky's has just announced first of the season sweet corn from Florida, and at the great price of 25 cents an ear at both the Boulder and Longmont stores. Since we're a long way from our local corn in July, I'm going even further anti-seasonal by doing corn and green chile chowder from the Food Network, pulling some roasted chiles from last fall's season from my freezer. Sorry, all the lovely young greens at the Farmers' Market can't get me away from 2014's first mention of fresh sweet corn, even if it's conventional and comes from Florida.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Another Four-Day Sale At Alfalfa's

It seems to be becoming a regular thing, although unfortunately I don't always have time to get online to mention it. Alfalfa's is doing another four-day sale from today through Sunday, so if you're in their west Boulder location, or just travelling there for the second of this season's Boulder Farmers' Markets on Saturaday, consider some of the deals to be had. Alfalfa's own housemade mac 'n cheese is $4.99 for 16 ounces, $3 off, and their housemade foods are really, really good in my limited experience. Amy's organic cheese pizzas are $3.99 each, half price, Bunny Luv organic baby carrots are stunningly low at $1.29 for a one pound bag, local (Boulder County) grassfed ground chuck is $4.49 a pound, $2 off, and Alfalfa's housemade cookie four-packs (100% non GMO) are $3.79 each, among other specials.

Weekend Sales At Whole Foods

Our local Whole Foods stores will offer us both a weekend sale and a one-day sale starting tomorrow. For tomorrow only, the 11th, Ataulfo mangoes will be 69 cents each or $9 for a case (maybe -- their email says $9 a case, while their website says $10.99). Also, for tomorrow through Sunday, pineapple upside down cakes will be just $5 each, a pretty springtime treat if you're into sweets.