Monday, September 1, 2014

Grilling Guides Reminder

Labor Day isn't exactly a big culinary holiday, but something hopefully will go out on the grill. If you are ambitious and still looking for ideas, here's a reminder about the grilling guides I posted for Memorial Day.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Taking It Easy For Labor Day

Isn't that what Labor Day is about? In addition to liking to save money, I look to our local natural foods sales for inspiration, and this week the sales at Whole Foods are channeling that I should just kick back. Grilling of course is mandatory, so tomorrow we'll send the family griller out to the grill with the turkey brats that are on sale for $3.99 a pound, and we'll serve them in Whole Foods' beautiful organic French baguette that's $1.99 a loaf. Making it even easier, I'll try the Market Made Hatch chile potato salad that's nearly half off at $3.99 a pound on the side, and maybe make a caprese salad with the organic heirloom tomatoes ($3.99 a pound), the weekend sale on Belgioioso fresh mozzarella ($6.99 a one pound log just through tomorrow) and my own fresh basil. Corn on the cob would be classic too, for which I'll pedal out to Munson's or just get even lazier by picking that up a Whole Foods as well. Sounds like a great way to unofficially see out the end of summer. There will be plenty of other opportunities for fancier plans.

Gut Bacteria Controlling You?

Sure there's been lots of news recently about the (mostly good) bacteria to be found within the human body, but this article from the New York Times brings it to the creepy level that they might even be controlling your food preferences.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

For your Labor Day shopping pleasure, just a reminder that the Boulder Farmers' Market is 8 to 2 in downtown Boulder, and 8 to 1 at the fairgrounds in Longmont. Or you can head out to 75th and Valmont to stock up on your sweet corn at Munsons (also at the downtown Market, don't know about Longmont) then head to the store at Cure Organic Farm across the street for your organic veggies.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chili and Beer Festivals In Superior

Don't those two sound like a match made in heaven? On September 6th, two festivals will take place together from 2 to 6 pm in Community Park in Superior: the 14th annual Chili Fest, plus a new Beer Fest featuring at least 15 local craft breweries. You can find info regarding the Beer Fest here, and also the Chili Fest here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weekend Sales At Whole Foods

Our local Whole Foods stores will offer us a four-day sale starting tomorrow, to stretch across the long Labor Day weekend, plus a one-day sale for tomorrow only. For diehard fans of Hatch green chiles, they will be on sale by the case for tomorrow only, but the notice just says see store for details. (Personally I prefer mine already roasted by someone else.) For tomorrow through Labor Day, 32 ounce Honest lemonades will be a whopping two thirds off at $1 each, delicious one pound logs of Belgioioso fresh mozzarella will be $3 off at $6.99 each (pair that with some of the organic heirloom tomatoes that are part of the regular ongoing sale), and Siggi's yogurts will be $1 each, 59 cents off.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals

Happy Wednesday, halfway to the long Labor Day weekend. We have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, while the current one continues at Vitamin Cottage all the way through September 27th (look a few posts below for that one). Here's what's looking good to me as we come up on a holiday weekend.

At Sprouts through September 3rd, all chicken sausage (pork also) are $2.99 a pound, a sale price that used to be customary but is rarely seen these days. Pork baby back ribs or bone-in country style ribs (great for the grill) are also $2.99 a pound, whole or split chickens are $1.69 a pound (cut-up a little higher), and boneless ribeye steaks are $9.99 a pound, so plenty of attractive grilling options there. In fish, I'm glad to see fresh wild Alaskan sockeye salmon fillets still $9.99 a pound. They also have flash frozen swordfish steaks (ahi tuna also) for $7.99 a pound, but it always seems to be from Singapore, only once was it the domestic that I prefer.

In organic produce at Sprouts, on-the-vine cluster tomatoes are very good at $1.98 a pound, russet potatoes, and yellow or red onions are all 98 cents a pound, six-ish ounce containers of raspberries or blackberries or one pound ones of strawberries are all $2.98 each, Bartlett pears are just $1.25 a pound, and red or green seedless grapes are great at $1.98 a pound. Elsewhere in the store, I'm liking their bulk coffee at $7.99 a pound, Blue Diamond Nut Thins BOGO, 16 ounce organic Honest Teas $1 each, and some De Cecco pastas $2 a box (wonder if any whole wheat ones are included - probably not). Also, there's a Labor Day snack sale with a variety of snacks 25% off.

In Whole Foods' new sale through September 16th, I'm liking organic heirloom tomatoes for $3.99 a pound, organic raspberries $5.99 for a 12 ounce container (basically same price per ounce as Sprouts, so make your choice based on whether you want the smaller or larger container), but with organic Bartlett pears on sale for $1.99 a pound, I'd get those at Sprouts instead this week for $1.25. Hatch chile salmon burgers that are oh so good are $3.99 each (but plain salmon burgers that are very good too are half that at the Lucky's in Longmont this week at $1.99 each - which way to go?), Market Made turkey cowboy burgers or turkey breast kabobs are both $4.99 a pound, while their classic turkey brats (also spinach feta) are $3.99 a pound, all great grilling options. Also, Country Natural beef bottom round steak is nearly half off at $3.99 a pound. In the deli, Hatch chile potato salad sounds yummy and nearly half off at $3.99 a pound, while heirloom tomato caprese pasta salad is $2 off at $7.99 a pound. Whole Foods' own fantastic organic French baguettes (nearly as good as those in France) are 70 cents off at $1.99 each, and temptation looms in the form of their own Two Bite dessert tubs at $3.99 each. That's only $1 off, but when it's put in front of you like that, who could resist?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three-Day Sale At Alfalfa's

Alfalfa's in both Boulder and Lousiville is doing another three-day sale, today through Thursday, the 28th. They are advertising six items, three of which look particularly good to me: organic Palisade peaches $1.99 a pound, imported Parmesan Reggiano $11.99 a pound ($8 off and it keeps for quite a bit), and local organic corn from Full Circle Farms at three ears for $2. They also have specials on housemade seasoned chicken drumsticks more than half off, kid's grilled cheese and fries, and housemade muffin 4-packs, none of which are on my radar.

Fresh From The Fields This Week

I'm so glad Red Wagon Organic Farm offers a biweekly CSA pickup, since depending on your household size, weekly could be overwhelming with the bounty of summer. We're still grappling with everything from the pickup a few days ago so won't be dealing with this week, but here's what they say will be on deck now, always a good indicator of what's to be found at the Boulder Farmers' Market as well (looks like a mandate for ratatouille):

This week we hope to bring you
:Heirloom Tomatoes

Regular Share

Melon
Beans
Carrots
Choice: Zucchini OR Cucumber
Choice: Eggplant OR Potatoes
Choice: Peppers OR Parsley
Choice: Tomatoes OR Broccoli OR Cherry Tomatoes

Large Share Additions
Extra Choice: Eggplant OR Potatoes
Scallions

Fruit Share
Peaches

Monday, August 25, 2014

Current Sale At Vitamin Cottage

Vitamin Cottage's current sale runs through September 27th, practically into October, and as usual, there are good deals to be had. Appealing to me are six ounce packages of Applegate organic sliced turkey breast for $4.69 each, organic red, green, or black seedless grapes all fantastic at $2.19 a pound, Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted breads $3.69 a loaf, Cascadian Farm organic cereals and granolas $2.95 each, 13 ounce Newman's Own Organics Newman-Os cookies just $2.99 each (usually $4.35), Clif bars spectacular at 79 cents each, Muir Glen organic pasta sauces just $2.69 a jar, and their organic canned tomatoes in the convenient 14-ish ounce size are very good at $1.19 for the regular and $1.39 for the fire roasted. Pamela's yummy gluten-free cookies are great at $2.79 a box, as are Annie's organic salad dressings at $2.89 for the eight ounce size, a price that usually is closer to $4. I haven't tried them, but for those avoiding dairy, Silk's 5.3 ounce cups of dairy-free fruity and creamy blended cultured soymilk look good at 79 cents each. And being Vitamin Cottage, there are of course lots of specials on supplements.