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Sales, Menus & Recipes: Holidays are for Family and Food

29 March 2018  
Easter Menus Bring in Spring

This week we feature both classic Easter fare and some new dishes which may become family favorites.

All our local supermarkets have some very good prices this week.

Sprouts has a 72 hr sale Fri Sat & Sun March 28 & 29 and April 1. Safeway features a few good clip or click coupons and a Fab 5 Sale—you can buy 5 or more of the featured items and get $1 off each one. Fry’s is a Buy 6 get $3 off, must buy in groups of 6 items.

A word on hard boiled eggs. There are many ways to cook those eggs, The most important thing to remember is that up here where we are 5000  to 6500 feet in altitude, water does not boil at 212º F. For each 500 feet above sea level, the boiling point is reduced by about 1º F. In practical terms this means you will have to add a few minutes of boiling to most recipes. How many? When using directions for hard boiled eggs which suggest bringing to a boil then letting sit in the hot water for 15 minutes, I usually let them simmer for 2 minutes before turning off the water. Try out a couple of recipes, write down what you did, then choose what works best for you. I always place the eggs in a bowl of ice water and crack each egg gently as I put it in. This makes them peel much more easily.

World wide, the most popular main dish for Easter is lamb. However, due to food preferences in our area, lamb can be hard to find.  The butchers’ were in agreement, lamb just doesn’t sell well here. All the stores have some, but I could only find roasts at Sprouts. Fry’s said they may be getting some legs in later in the week. All the stores have chops. The Safeway butcher said,”This is cattle ranching country, a hundred years ago they would have hung anyone who brought in sheep.”

So if price is an issue, look for beef roasts or ham.

Also, remember that next Wednesday, April 4, it's senior day, and they will get a 10% discount at Fry's and Safeway. 

Links & Definitions:

All Store Coupons & Sales (on the Pillsbury site)
Fry’s Grocery Ad Fliers
Safeway Grocery Ad Fliers
Sprouts Grocery Ads 
BOGO: Buy One, Get One
O: Organic
B/S: Boneless, Skinless
AZ: Grown in Arizona

Specialty Days

March 28 Black Forest Cake Day, something on a stick day
March 29 Lemon Chiffon Cake 
March 30 National Hot Chicken Day, national turkey neck soup day
March 31 National Oysters on the Half Shell Day, National Clam Day
April 1 Easter, National Sourdough Bread Day
April 2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
April 3 National Chocolate Mousse Day
April 4 National Cordon Bleu Day,  International Carrot Day

Menus

Day 1

Baked Ham
Mixed Fruit Compote
Green Beans with Toasted Almonds
Roasted Butternut Squash
Strawberry Pie

An interesting Way to Do Ham

Warm Fruit Compote

Unfortunately our Farmer’s Market doesn’t  have dried fruit, but our supermarkets do.

I would use dried apples instead or peaches which are hard to find around here. 

Roasted Butternut Squash

If you use a big pan and spread them out more they will get more browned. Watch carefully so they don’t burn. I also roast at 400º instead of 425º.

Strawberry Pie

I sure hope your strawberries are riper than the ones in the videos. The middles should NOT be white.

Items On Sale

Ham, Shank Portion $.97/lb @Safeway. Spiral Sliced $1.27/lb @ Fry’s, $1.77/lb @ Safeway
Dried Apricots,$2.99 @Sprouts, in bulk
Strawberries, $.88/lb @ Safeway, $1.50/lb @Sprouts, $1.99/lb @ Fry’s
Green Beans, $1.99/lb @Safeway

Day 2

Beef Rib Roast
Duchess Potatoes
Spiced Cauliflower
Tossed  Green Salad
Mixed Berry Parfait

Beef Rib Roast

Duchess Potatoes

Or try some finely chopped green onions and finely grated cheese.

Mixed Berry Parfait

For a Less Healthy Version Use Whipped Cream and Leave out the Seeds

Items On Sale

Beef Rib Roast, $3.99/lb @ Fry’s, $4.77/lb @Safeway, $7.99/lb @Sprouts, AZ
Potatoes, Russet, $2.99/bag 10lb, @Fry’s Gold or Red $3.99/bag 3 lb @ Safeway
Salad Greens, $2.50/bag @Safeway $2.50/box @ Sprouts
Tomatoes, $$1.49/lb @ Safeway $.88/lb @ Sprouts
Cucumbers $1.29/lb @ Safeway, Organic
Bell Peppers $.99/each @Safeway $.98/each @Sprouts

Day 3

Roast Lamb
Boiled New Potatoes with Butter
Steamed Asparagus
Relish Tray
Fruit and Cheese Plate(s)

Roast Lamb—This Would work for a Boneless or Semi Boneless Leg

Recipes

Relish Tray(s)

My Mom often served a plate or two of relishes at a big dinner instead of a salad. There would be a mix of fresh, pickled and marinated items. That way everyone could pick the kind and quantity they wanted. 

Choose among the following and arrange nicely on a plate or two, adding of course anything else you can think of and like—you get the idea.

Avocados, sliced
Olives: Black, Green Ripe, Spanish
Celery sticks, strings removed
Dill Pickle Spears
Bread and Butter Pickle Slices
Grape Tomatos
Carrot Sticks (multi colored are nice.)
Marinated Mushrooms
Pickled Onions
Pickled Okra, Beets, and asparagus 
Many unusual pickles are available at the Prescott Farmer’s Market.

Cheese and Fruit Plates

This make a nice dessert after a heavy meal.Serve some thinly sliced baguette with the cheese.

Cheese Plate—Arrange 3 or 4 cheese, sliced if they are hard, on a plate. Choose different types, hard, soft, pungent, mild. On another plate arrange slices of fruits such as melon, pineapple, pear, apple. Maybe some small chocolates and soft caramels would be appreciated.

Items On Sale

Asparagus, $.98/lb @Sprouts, $1.49/lb Fry’s
Celery, $1.29/bunch @Safeway
Tiny Tomatoes $2.50/pt @ Sprouts
Carrots, Mini $1.49/bag 1 llb, @ Safeway,  $2.98/bag 5 lb @ Sprouts (organic)
Vegetable tray, $10.99/each @ Safeway
Pineapple $$.97/each @Safeway (1st 2) $.88/each @ Sprouts (72 hr sale) $2/each @ Fry’s
Watermelon. Mini $.87/each @ Fry’s, Jumbo Seedless $5.99/each @ Safeway.
Canteloupe, $.87/each @ Fry’s. $1.50/eaach @Sprouts
Apples, Gala or Opal $.98/lb @ Sprouts, Gala or Fugi $1.99/lb @ Safeway (organic) Honeycr

Day 4

Fully Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
Citrus Salad
Bread (Bakery)
Coconut Gelatin Dessert

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

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Citrus Salad

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An interesting Jelled Coconut Dessert

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Items On Sale

Valencia Oranges or Grapefruit $2.50/lb @Sprouts (organic)

Day 5

Grilled Chicken Thighs (Rusty Chicken)
Mom’s Potato Salad
Wilted Spinach with Bacon
Fruit Topped Ice Cream

Rusty Chicken

Wilted Spinach With Bacon

Items on Sale

Ice Cream, Talenti Gelato $3.99/pt, @ Sprouts,$3.49 @ Fry’s (Buy 6 sale), Tillamook & Dreyers $1.99/ 48-54 oz @ Safeway
Spinach, $1.49/bunh @ Safeway
Bacon, Oscar Meyer $3.99/12-16 oz @Fry’s, Butcher Block$4.99/lb @Safeway, Uncured Applewood, $4.99/10 oz @Sprouts
Blackberries $1.50/5.6 oz @Sprouts, Blueberries & Blackberries $3.99/6 oz @Safeway, organic, Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries $2/6 oz @ Fry’s

Day 6

Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup
Corn Muffins
Buckeye Bars

Use this basic soup recipe. Either add 2 cups torn cooked chicken (or other cooked meat) for the last 2 hours on low, or add 2 cut up boneless skinless chicken breasts.  Or if you want a Vegan soup use as directed only use a Vegan broth..)

Corn Muffins

Buckeye Bars

I started making these Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars, and I thought they were awesome. (A lot like Reeses Peanut Butter cups.) But, I wanted to make them a bit healthier, so I've changed the recipe. In doing so, I discovered that it is actually pretty flexible, and can be changed as needed. I'll try to share the optional ingredients. I found that the changes made a base that was more moist than the original. At the advice of my sister-in-law, I added in a tablespoon of cornstarch, which helped absorb some of the moisture. 

Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Bars

Bar
1 c. Peanut butter
3/4-1 c. Honey (I try to use as little as possible, if I add in the coconut noted below, I only used 3/4 cup.)
½ c. Melted butter
¾ c. Raisins
½ c. Cranberries
3 c. Oatmeal
1/2 cup Coconut (I used the Sprouts brand shredded, 100% Pure, Desiccated Coconut. The coconut is optional, but it added a lot to the texture.)

Topping
1 bag chocolate chips (use less if you want, or use broken up chocolate bars - I like dark chocolate)
¼ c. Peanut butter (use less if you use less chocolate)

Take a 9x13 pan, and spray with non-stick spray. Line with waxed paper, press into corners. Spray top of paper with non-stick spray.

Put peanut butter, honey, butter and 2 cups of oatmeal in the processor. Process. Add the final cup of oatmeal, coconut (if using) and raisins and cranberries, process slightly until it is all mixed in.

Spread in prepared pan, press with the back of a spoon until evenly distributed.

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in measuring cup in microwave until almost liquid and easy to smooth.

Pour and spread over the oatmeal mixture.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Remove from refrigerator, peel from wax paper. Using pizza cutter, cut into 24 squares. Place in freezer on a cookie sheet for a couple of hours. Remove, put the squares into a gallon size zip lock bag, and return to freezer. Remove when ready to eat. It takes about 15 minutes to thaw enough to eat.

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Items On Sale

Chicken,  BLS breast, $2.99/lb @Safeway, Buy One Get 2 Free @Fry’s, $1.77/lb @ Sprouts

Bonus Breakfast

Hot Cross Buns with Butter and Marmalade
Eggs Fixed Your Way
Sausage Patties
Greek Yogurt
Fruit Topping (see Day 5 above)
Mimosas

Hot Cross Buns

Breakfast Sausage

Virgin Mimosas
(For before church)

Items On Sale

Butter, Challenge, $1.99/lb @Safeway (wi coupon), Fry’s Brand $1.99/lb  @ Fry’s(on buy 6 sale), Organic Valley $4.99/lb @Sprouts
Eggs, Simple Truth Cage Free $3.49/18ct @Fry’s, Happy Egg Co Organic Free Range BOGO @ Sprouts

 

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Cindy LaMaster