Monday, July 6, 2015

Good Deal At Chef's Catalog

My timing couldn't have been better. I'd just decided it was time to ditch my motley set of cookware, some pieces dating back as far as college, in favor of a decent set for a change. After looking around, I settled on All Clad stainless, and while I prefer to shop locally, Chef's Catalog had an exclusive combination of pieces that fit what I wanted perfectly. I'd already placed my order this weekend, then realized they were offering a special extra 15% off on American-made products for the holiday weekend. I quickly called their customer service number, and sure enough, my purchase qualified and was in time to be modified. Great customer service, Chef's!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Certain Store Is Driving Me Crazy

So I went to the Pearl Street Whole Foods today to pick up a bucket of fried chicken on what was previously marked, both in store and online, as the last day of the $8.99 sale, only to be told by two people that the sale ended yesterday. As they do say, "subject to change without notice." Guess I'll spend more time at Sprouts and Lucky's. Yup, I'm ticked.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th!

Happy and safe 4th of July to you. If you still don't know what's going on the grill or the rest of the table, here's a reminder of the 4th of July recipe guides I previously posted.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Boulder Farmers' Market Tomorrow

Yup, those hard-working farmers will be out there tomorrow, with the Boulder Farmers' Markets in both downtown Boulder and Longmont open on the 4th of July. Here's what the Market says to expect (PEACHES!):

In Season Now

peaches, cherries, kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, strawberries, fava beans, zucchini, yellow squash, sugar snap peas, snow peas, carrots, spicy greens, arugula, spinach, green garlic, beets, mizuna, thyme, lavender, mint, and chives. Fresh cut flowers include lilies, sweet peas, and Canterbury bells, and plant starts and hanging baskets will be available for only a few more weeks.

All season long, you will find honey, bread, baked goods, eggs, beef, lamb, goat, pork, chicken, locally-made cheeses, preserves, mushrooms, and greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers.
Note: Boulder and Longmont farmers markets will be open on Saturday, July 4th. 
New to the market: ripe, juicy Western Slope peaches. Don't forget a napkin; you'll need it! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Whole Foods' Special Sales For The 4th

Whole Foods finally posted something about the variety of special sales that started yesterday around noon today. In addition to the fried chicken buckets, salami, and scallop sales I've already noted below from walking around yesterday, here are some others:

July 1 and 2, all beer 20% off.

July 1-4:

Red, white and blue 9 inch pie $9.99,
Twelve ounce Applegate hot dogs $3.50 a package.

July 1-5:
Ten ounce Jackson's Honest tortilla chips $3 each,
Honest lemonade (32 ounce) $1 each.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bunch Of Special Sales At Pearl Whole Foods

And since there's been no notice distributed per usual custom, even the cashiers were speculating about whether these were limited to Pearl or extended locally. Crazy mix of one-, three-, four- and five-day specials that you just have to cruise on their own. The olive bar is $6.99 for today only, a fabulous deal at $3 off, especially if you choose the higher end items like the artichoke hearts or pesto. Two kinds of Creminelli's hand-crafted salamis are half price at $6.99, perfect for a weekend picnic (think that was marked as a three-day sale, yet the dates said 7/1-4, making it four days). Further temptation noticed was eight piece buckets of fried chicken for $8.99 each, signage said three day sale 7/3-7/5, but they're out there now marked at that price. So I guess you just have to go look, and see how things ring up!

Sea Scallops At Whole Foods

Whole Foods is doing a one week sale on North Atlantic 10/20 count sea scallops, at $14.99 a pound. They're Marine Stewardship Council certified, and have been frozen within hours of harvest. The sale starts today and runs through July 7th.

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

Happy July! We have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, while the current one continues at Vitamin Cottage through July 11th. Here's what's looking good to me now.

At Sprouts through July 8th, chicken breast tenders are $1.99 a pound (and it doesn't say value pack), whole or split chicken's are $1.69 a pound, bone-in pork shoulder roast, country style ribs or spare ribs are all $2.99 a pound, their very good stuffed chicken breasts are $2.99 a pound, bone-in ribeye steaks are $8.99 a pound, and fresh farmed salmon fillets are $5.99 a pound. (But in the midst of fresh wild salmon season I'd go with wild instead. Sprouts isn't advertising a price for that this week, but sockeye fillets are $9.99 a pound with card at Safeway.)

In organic produce at Sprouts, mini seedless watermelons are great at just $1.50 each, red or green leaf lettuce is $1.50 a head, baby carrots are $1.50 for a one pound bag, yellow peaches and red plums are both $1.98 a pound, and blueberries (six ounces) and strawberries (one pound) are $2.98 a container. Elsewhere in the store, a 32 ounce bottle of Santa Cruz organic lemonade is just 99 cents, Kettle brand popcorn or potato chips are $1.50 a bag, there's a Snack Attack chip sale, with a bunch of snacks 50% off (and I see lots of good brands in the picture, including my favorite Lundberg rice chips), there's a line drive on Frontera brand at 35% off, a bunch of ice cream is on sale, 24-packs of Arrowhead water are three for $10, and some six packs of Sanpellegrino sparkling soda are $4.99 each.

At Whole Foods through July 14th, wild fresh king salmon fillets are $19.99 a pound (a lot to pay for a piece of fish, but king is the king), sirloin tip steak is $3 off at $6.99 a pound, and their excellent brined pork chops are $5.99 a pound. Organic blackberries look good at $2 for six ounces, but their organic mini seedless watermelons are twice as much as at Sprouts this week, $2.98 at Whole Foods. Four types of Rumiano organic cheese slices are $3.99 a package (size not mentioned), 20-packs of Whole Foods' own chocolate chip cookies are $5.99 each, Honest organic lemonade is $1.50 each (size again not mentioned, and also consider that 99 cent deal on Santa Cruz organic), and Mrs. Meyers liquid hand soap, always by my kitchen sink, is $3.99 a pump bottle.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

4th Of July Coming Up Quickly

If it's the last day of June already, we're not far from a long weekend full of grilling. For some new ideas, here are a few guides to help you out: Fourth of July Feasts from Epicurious, Stars and Stripes and Fried Chicken from Bon Appetit, Fourth of July from Food & Wine magazine, and Summer Grilling Guide from Saveur.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Swordfish Heads Up

For fans of really fine swordfish, a heads up that Whole Foods' current sale at $16.99 a pound ($5 off their usual price) runs only through tomorrow. I certainly have indulged in my share of nice fresh swordfish recently.