Friday, February 12, 2016

Cheese Happy Hour Hiatus

For a while there, our local Whole Foods stores were doing a "Cheese Happy Hour" quite regularly each Friday afternoon, with one luscious cheese spectacularly discounted 40 or 50 percent, just between 4 and 7 that afternoon. Having been missing any notice of such a sale recently, I asked the cheese folks at the Pearl Street store what was happening, and was told they're taking a bit of a break from doing that sale. I'd love to see it return - I was really enjoying discovering some wonderful (and expensive) cheeses at prices that were accessible during the Happy Hour.

Alfalfa's Does Valentine's

Alfalfa's is doing a nice body care sale for the weekend at 20% off, plus several other specials (including wild lobster tails two for $10, although they are three ounces, while other specials tend to be an ounce or two more, and grass-fed beef tenderloin $14.99 a pound). Let's see if this pretty picture cuts off on the right too.

Some Valentine's Menu Ideas

Dining out on Valentine's Day can be a most unromantic zoo, so why not enjoy a nice dinner at home. Here are a couple of guides to help you out, and also consider all the special takeout options being offered around town, mentioned several posts below. From Epicurious, there's Recipes, Menus and Ideas for Valentine's Day, and Cooking Light brings you Celebrate Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Whole Foods Also Loves Lips

Just saw that Whole Foods is doing a lip care and color sale this weekend too, in addition to the rose sale mentioned below. Here's what they say (hope the pretty picture doesn't cut off on the right, but everything you need to know is on the left):

5 for $5 Avocados

Whole Foods' Weekend Rose Sale

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Whole Foods, at least at the Pearl Street store, will have Whole Trade roses at the great price of two dozen for $20 for tomorrow through Sunday. That sure beats Sprouts' current sale of $16.99 for a dozen.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

This will be a shortened version, as I look at Sprouts' new specials the old fashioned way, looking at the sale flyer, and my Daily Camera newspaper has not been delivered, and going between so many screens is just too tedious. (I'm in a Catch 22 with that flyer - about the only reason I still bother to subscribe to the paper is the ads, and I can't get them in my mailbox because I subscribe.)

In any case, in Sprouts' new sale through February 17th, value packs of boneless skinless chicken breasts are very good at $1.77 a pound, all chicken sausage is $3.99 a pound, their very good stuffed chicken breasts are $2.99 a pound, boneless ribeyes are $10.99 a pound, and filet mignon is $13.99 a pound. In fish, previously frozen wild sockeye salmon fillets are $6.99 a pound, and previously frozen five ounce lobster tails are $5.99 each.

In organic produce at Sprouts, cauliflower is just 88 cents a pound (so good roasted), on-the-vine cluster tomatoes look good at $1.98 a pound, five pound bags of table carrots or russet potatoes are just $2.98 each, and four pound bags of Valencia oranges or grapefruit are also $2.98 each. In conventional produce, asparagus is notable at $1.88 a pound. Elsewhere in the store, I'm liking their bulk coffee at $7.99 a pound (includes organic ones), some DeLallo organic whole wheat pasta $1.50 a bag, some Lundberg rice 35% off, and Chobani Greek yogurts great at 79 cents each. There's more, but I can only take so much time to go back and forth between screens, hope I got the best.

At Whole Foods through February 16th, I'm liking uncooked wild 16/20 count white shrimp at $12.99 a pound, $5 off, three types of American Homestead pork spare ribs $3.99 a pound, Wellshire Black Forest bacon $7.99 a pound, their own smoked mozzarella pasta salad $8.99 a pound, and Theo organic chocolate peanut butter cups $1.50 each. For organic on-the-vine tomatoes, I'd stick with the Sprouts sale, as Whole Foods' sale price is $1 higher per pound.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mardi Gras Madness

Happy Fat Tuesday. If you are doing a late scramble as to what to serve for Mardi Gras dinner, here's a reminder of the collection of recipes I recently posted. Earlier today at my gym, I overheard a hilarious exchange regarding the day. One woman (and these ladies were twenty-somethings, not the retired crowd) said to the other, "You have to get some gold beads," to which the other replied, "I need old beets, wha???" At least even in misunderstandings, Boulderites' thoughts turn to veggies.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cured Offers Valentine's Takeout Option

Our wonderful local store Cured, on Pearl Street, is offering a great-sounding option for those who want to do Valentine's Day without the hassles of going out or even cooking at home. Here's what they say, and I'm sure you'd need to contact them to preorder:

Valentine’s Day Dinner Special!! I don't know about you all, but Valentine’s Day is always that awkward one…any time you go to a restaurant you inevitably run into 50 of cornish-hensyour closest ‘friends’ and colleagues which means that your evening is spent making small talk rather than actually sharing a meal and connecting with the one you love. On the flip side however, bySunday night, you’ve had a long week, a busy weekend, and the last think you feel like doing is facing the grocery store parking lot and spending the day in the kitchen feeling tired and resentful by the time dinner rolls around. Which is where Cured comes into the equation. For Valentine’s Day, our chefs are whipping up a special Love Bird feast, perfectly prepared and hot out of the oven right before close at 5 so all you have to do is swoop in, grab your dinner, head on home, pop open a bottle of bubbles, and enjoy an uninterrupted, mellow evening a deux. Dinner costs $95 and includes: Twin Roasted Cornish Game Hens Stuffed with House Made Sausage, served with a salad of Oxford Garden Greens with Roast Beets, Toasted Hazelnuts, House Made Ricotta Salata and Pomegranate Vinaigrette. A luscious slice of Delice de Borgogne (triple creme) with Cured's House Baguette rounds out your meal before you dig into a guilty Mexican Chocolate Pot de Creme to finish it off!Plus we've even included a bottle of the Val de Mer Brut Rose Bubbly with which to toast the one you love. 

Super Bowl Celebration/Recovery

So how does one simultaneously celebrate the Broncos' Super Bowl win last night and start recovering from the culinary excesses that undoubtedly accompanied it? Just realized this morning that something I already had in mind for tonight might be the perfect ticket for that. Having been out indulging with friends this weekend, I was already looking to do winter squash stew with cilantro-avocado salsa from Cooking Light as a vegetarian way to tone things down with seasonal foods for tonight. I now realize it's also predominantly orange, continues the theme of Super Bowl dishes but in a healthy way, and with the addition of blue corn chips, would be blue and orange. Sounds like the perfect way to both celebrate a Broncos victory while recovering from the recent excesses of the weekend.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Time For The Super Bowl

I hope you've gotten your Super Bowl plans well in line by now, but for last minute organizers, here's a reminder about guides for Super Bowl fare I posted a bit ago. Also look down to Wednesday's post about Boulder natural grocery sales - tons of good deals on snacks for the game in that one.