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

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

Fruit Share

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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Tomato Pastas

My idea of a great dinner at this time of year is loads of fresh veggies (our Red Wagon CSA is certainly helping with that) and a nice piece of grilled fresh fish. But with a long distance runner in the family, pasta also has to appear frequently, and with local tomatoes finally coming in, I'm on the prowl for new ideas to use them with pasta. The current issues of Cooking Light and Bon Appetit have already given me three ideas, and I'm not yet finished reading the latter one. One of these is likely to be on our table this week: Curtis Stone's pasta shells with salsa cruda or BLT pasta, both published in Cooking Light, or spicy lobster pasta from Bon Appetit, which notes it can also be made with shrimp instead.

As for the rest of the week, we'll primarily be motivated by using the bounty from our CSA pickup. All the zucchini went on the grill last night, along with a nice piece of wild salmon (fortunately our rain shower timed itself for earlier in the day). For the giant bag of green beans, I could resort to the ground beef and green beans recipe from Jane Brody again (Sprouts has grass-fed organic ground beef for $4.99 a pound through Wednesday), but for variety, I might do a spin on Asian-flavored seared tuna with green beans from Bon Appetit, possibly trying it with swordfish instead, although I do like my swordfish naked except for lemon, hmmm. And crab cakes will also make an appearance while they are $2.99 each at the Longmont Lucky's through Wednesday (usually $1 more at the Boulder Lucky's, no time to check right now). I do seem to be on a protracted roll with fish.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Boulder Farmers' Market Expanding Today

The ever popular downtown Boulder Farmers' Market has outgrown its current available space, and starting today, an expansion of it can also be found one block north in the One Boulder Plaza on Saturdays. The plan is to have about a dozen prepared food vendors plus some local artists and live music there, according to the Daily Camera.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Dinner Plans

Quick rundown, and they're so simple. With such a lovely, rare rainy day today in Boulder, we couldn't have a better day for Whole Foods' one-day sale on roasted chickens, $5 for natural and $8 for organic, way off their usual prices for such fine and tasty birds. I'll also pick up a five pound bag of organic potatoes at Sprouts for mashers on the side, since organic russets, red or Yukon potatoes are all $3.98 a bag, and that will leave me with a good stock for later use too. For a side veggie, so many choices from my CSA pickup yesterday.

Tomorrow will be some salmon fillet, probably the fresh sockeye that's $9.99 a pound at Sprouts. Whole Foods has a great sale on very expensive king salmon all weekend, but with more storms threatened for tomorrow afternoon, I have a feeling the fish will land on a grill pan indoors rather than out on the grill, so I'd rather go with the cheaper choice. I will pick up some of the organic figs on sale for the weekend at Whole Foods, since they can just be munched as is if they don't get to go out on the grill.

For Sunday, I think I'll finally get my chance to make corn and green chile chowder from the Food Network, with roasted chiles from Whole Foods and Munson's corn, of course. Seems like every time I've planned that since chiles and corn arrived, something's come up to change course, but Sunday finally looks like the day.

Stay dry and enjoy the rain!

Local Craft Beer Festival Tomorrow

Boulder County certainly is a hotbed for craft breweries, and twenty of them will be coming together for the first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival tomorrow, 12 to 5 in West Central Park. In addition to beer sampling, there will be live music and food for purchase. You can read all the details here, and you can save $5 if you purchase your ticket today, rather than tomorrow.

Fresh From The Fields This Week

Here's what was in my Red Wagon Organic Farm pickup yesterday, always a good indicator of what you'll find at tomorrow's Boulder Farmers' Market. They also did a very interesting blog post about how this year has had the coolest growing temperatures since they first started operating, and the challenges that presents with the hot weather later summer veggies not coming along on their usual schedule. Anyway, here's what is coming along:

This week we hope to being you:

Regular Share
Choice: Potatoes OR Fennel
Choice: Kale OR Collards OR Chard

Large Share Additions
Potatoes AND Fennel
Extra Choice: Kale OR Collards OR Chard

Fruit Share

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekend Sales At Whole Foods

Whole Foods is giving us two great roasted chicken options for tomorrow only, the 22nd, with whole natural ones just $5 each, and $8 each for the organic ones, great prices and they are sooo good, plus your cooking is already done for you. Also, for the entire weekend through Sunday, king salmon fillets will be $17.99 a pound, $7 off. The post doesn't specify fresh, but I imagine it is. There are also three other sales running through the weekend that I'm afraid I just don't have time to relay details, but look for good specials on Mychelle sun care, Brown Cow yogurt cups, and pints of organic figs (yay, figs!).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Three-Day Sale At Alfalfa's

We're in the midst of a three-day sale at Alfalfa's, and I hope the local grass-fed ground beef nearly half off at $3.99 a pound and the BOGO chia seed sales don't cut off on the right, but I bet they will.