Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One-Day Sale At Whole Foods

For today only, the 23rd, gluten-free battered Starfish cod/haddock is nearly half off at $3.99 each (doesn't say how big an each is). Battered and gluten-free a rarely found together in the same sentence.

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals

We have a new sale starting today at our Boulder Sprouts stores, while the current one continues at Whole Foods through April 29th and at Vitamin Cottage through May 31st. Click the links for prior reports.

In Sprouts' new sale through April 30th, the big news to me is the return of the Vitamin and Body Care Extravaganza, with everything in that department 25% off. I'm also liking previously frozen Alaskan sockeye salmon fillets for $8.99 a pound, whole, split or cut up chickens $1.59 a pound, chicken breast tenders are okay at $2.49 a pound, and stuffed clams (also crab or scallops) $1.50 each. Generally it seems to be a week of price increases, for instance the "sausage bonanza" now $3.49 a pound instead of $2.99.

In organic produce at Sprouts, Italian squash (think zucchini) or cauliflower are both $1.50 a pound, Cameo apples and Bartlett pears are also both $1.50 a pound, cantaloupe or honeydew melons are just 98 cents a pound, one pound packages (hate those prepackaged things) of green beans are $2.98 each, and four pound bags of either red grapefruits or Valencia oranges are $1.98 each. Elsewhere in the store, Fage Fruyo Greek yogurts are $1 each, and there's a "line drive savings" of 25% off all Cascadian Farms fruits and veggies.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dream Kitchen Tour

Looking for some remodeling ideas or just to hang out in some fancy kitchens? This coming weekend, on the 27th and 28th, you can "tour Boulder County's finest 'dream' kitchens and enjoy some tasty treats" on the Dream Kitchens Are Cooking tour, a benefit for the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County. You can read all the details, including how to buy tickets, on their website.

Happy Earth Day today!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Earth Day's Tomorrow Plus Electronics Recycling

Happy Earth Day tomorrow. To celebrate, Vitamin Cottage traditionally hands out one of their quality, capacious shopping bags for free with your purchase on that day. Their sale flyer has a coupon for one on the back cover, but I've never known them to require it, and besides, chopping up thousands of paper flyers for the sake of a coupon rather flies in the face of Earth Day, especially from a store that stopped asking "paper or plastic" so many years ago.

Also, the Whole Foods store on Pearl Street will offer an electronics recycling event from 4 to 7 pm on Wednesday, the 23rd. They say you can bring anything with a cord or battery, except no refrigerators, air conditioners, water coolers, light bulbs, oil or gas. Lots of items will be accepted for free, including computer towers, cell phones, and printers, while some items carry a small fee, like laptops at $3 per item. For questions, call 303 424-1719.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Laid Back Week For Dinners With Leftover Ham

Happy Easter, all. On Sundays I often post dinner ideas for the rest of the week, but tonight's ham will kind of give me a week off from thinking, since we'll be dealing with ham leftovers during the week, interspersed with something like a vegetarian pasta or a stir-fry with my new favorite flavoring, Korean gochujang sauce for variety. One preferred option around here for leftover ham is to do a frittata full of veggies, with ham either diced into it or sliced and browned to go on the side. If you're looking for more ambitious ideas for leftover ham, here are some ideas from Saveur, one of my favorite magazines.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holiday Foods From Boulder Farmers' Market Today

With both Passover and Easter occurring at the same time this year, the Boulder Farmers' Market, 8 to 2 today in downtown, is inviting you to complete those meals with something fresh from the market. Here's what they say:

Complete Seder and Easter Meals from BCFM!
Spring has sprung at the Markets!!! 
Come and stock up on Lamb, Chicken, Beef, Spinach, Eggs, Breads, Potatoes, Fresh Cheeses, Flowers, Desserts, Carrots, Onions, Bitters, Honey, Wine and Greens galore!!! 



Friday, April 18, 2014

Big Cleaning Sale At Whole Foods

With Earth Day rapidly approaching, Whole Foods will be offering some eco-friendly cleaning products at a whopping 50% off for four days, tomorrow through the 22nd. As for the qualifying products, they say:

Qualifying Items: Your favorite Eco-Scale Rated Cleaning by Mission Greenology, Biokleen, Seventh Generation, If You Care, Mrs. Meyer’s, Method & GreenShield Organic. Stock up and enjoy your cleaning!

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 $4.99.

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.