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Sales, Menus & Recipes: After Christmas

28 December 2018  
Here it is. I only put 5 day’s menus because I had a lot of Bonus stuff this week.

Wednesday was National Candy Cane Day and also National Whiner’s Day, so if you hear someone whining, give them a candy cane. After the Christmas Holiday is over, all the presents bought, wrapped, and unwrapped: all the feasts shopped for, cooked for, and eaten it’s time to let all that go and think about what we want to get done in the next year.

But first—what to do with the uneaten food? This week we’re giving you some different ideas. We don’t call them leftovers. That sounds so blah. Instead think of them as opportunities for creativity.

Remember that your freezer can be your friend. Many things can be frozen for future use. 

We went pretty light on deserts this week—Holidays sometimes have too much sugar.

Special Sales this week are limited. The grocery stores know you’re not going to be doing a lot of food shopping this week.

Fry’s—A Buy 5, Get $5 off sale, and quite a lot of digital coupons.
Safeway—$5 Friday on Dec. 28th
Sprouts—Encourages you to eat healthy with some good prices on vegetables and other healthy choices.

National Days this Week

Dec 26—Candy Cane Day
Dec 27—Fruitcake Day 
Dec 28—Chocolate Candy Day
Dec 29—Pepper Pot Day
Dec 30—Bacon Day (go ahead, make all 105 recipes found at this link!)
Dec 31—Champagne Day (Or if you prefer to buy American, Sparkling Wine Day)
Jan 1—Bloody Mary Day

Menus

Day 1
Turkey Casserole
Steamed Yellow and Italian Squash
Green Salad

Turkey Divan
also for chicken

Items On Sale

Squash—$.99/lb @Safeway, Yellow and Italian
Celery—$1.25/bunch @Fry’s
Carrots, mini—$1.25/1 lb bag @Fry’s,    $.99/ 1 lb bag @Safeway
Avocados—$.50/each @Safeway,  $.99/each @Fry’s, large $.88/each @Sprouts, Jumbo
Mini Sweet Peppers—$3.49/1 lb bag @Fry’s
Cucumbers $.50/each @Safeway
Green Bell Peppers $.50/each @Safeway
Red Yellow Orange Bell Peppers—$.98/each @Sprouts

Day 2

Roast Beef Hash
Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Butternut Squash with Arugula
Fruit Salad

Beef Hash

How to Make Delicious Brussel’s Sprouts

My new favorite recipe for these, not bitter!

Roasted Butternut with Arugula

Items On Sale

 Brussels Sprouts—$.98/lb @Sprouts
Bacon—$3.99/lb @Sprouts, at meat counter, $4.99/lb @Safeway meat counter, $6.99/pkg @Fry’s, Kroger or Private Selection
Onions—$.99/lb @Safeway, Yellow, Red or White
Oranges, Mandarin—$1.98/2 lb bag @Sprouts
Oranges Navel—$.99/lb @Safeway, 2.99/4 lb bag @Frys
Grapefruit—$2.99/6 lb bag @Fry’s
Grapes—$.77/lb @Fry’s, red seedless, $1/lb @Safeway, red seedless, Friday Only
Blueberries—$1.25/box, @Safeway, first 4,    $2.50/box @Fry’s
Blackberries—$.88/box @Fry’s, $1.50/box @Sprouts, $1/box @Safeway, Fri.only, first 4
Raspberries—$2.50/box @Fry’s,   $2.99/box @Sprouts (O)

Day 3

Irish Stew
Crusty Bread
Green Salad
Pastries from the Bakery

Irish Stew
If you have lamb on hand from a roast cube or tear that and use it. Don’t put it in the pot till the end and just heat it through. I would use beer as some or most of the liquid.

Items On Sale

Celery—$1.25/bunch @Fry’s
Carrots, mini—$1.25/1 lb bag @Fry’s,  $.99/ 1 lb bag @Safeway
Avocados—$.50/each @Safeway  $.99/each @Fry’s, large $.88/each @Sprouts, Jumbo
Mini Sweet Peppers—$3.49/1 lb bag @Fry’s
Cucumbers $.50/each @Safeway
Green Bell Peppers $.50/each @Safeway
Red Yellow Orange Bell Peppers—$.98/each @Sprouts

Day 4

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers and Onions
Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
Chocolate Truffles

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Personal Preference—I wouldn’t use Velveeta. It melts well, but better flavor with medium Cheddar.

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
Sprinkle a half box of blueberries over. It adds color and sweetness.

Chocolate Truffle

Recipe: Roasted Vegetables—My Way 

I have sheet pans in two sizes, 17” x 12” and 9” x 12”. I usually try to fill up the larger one as it takes the same amount of fuel to do either size. I always use aluminium foil, usually the non stick kind, it just makes the clean up easy instead of a real nuisance as juices always leak out and burn. To make myself feel better about the waste factor, I generally use each piece of aluminium two to four times before discarding.

So—I usually roast 2-4 different types of vegetables at a time: mini bell peppers (leave the stems on) , sweet potatoes/yams (cut into discs or half moons), pearl or boiler onions (peeled but whole),  hot peppers (ancho are good), small red or white potatoes (whole, halved or quartered, pieces of eggplant, summer squash or winter squash (peeled and cubed}, asparagus, small ripe peach halves (unpeeled), garlic cloves or bulbs (halved crosswise).  

Try to cut each type of vegetable into regular sized pieces fo all that vegetable will be done at the same time.

Put a teaspoon of olive oil tin a medium sized heavy bowl. Place each vegetable into the bowl and stir around until coated with some oil. Add oil as necessary. Place all vegetable pieces on the sheet pan, arranging in rows with the smaller pieces on the middle and the larger pieces near the edges.

Start with your oven at 400º F. Adjust if necessary after you see how the cooking goes. Set your timer to 15 minutes. Put the pan in the oven.

Check after15 minutes. Turn over anything which is browned on the bottom. Brush on additional oil if necessary. Rotate the pan back to front and roast another 10 minutes. Now check for doneness with a skewer or paring knife. Remove items which are done back to the bowl, adding a very little more olive oil if needed. Continue turning and roasting for 5 to 10 minutes more at a time until all vegetables are browned and cooked. Add a little coarse salt and toss thoroughly.

Items On Sale

Velveeta—$7.49/32 oz @Fry’s
Mini Sweet Peppers—$3.49/1 lb bag @Fry’s
Grapefruit—$2.99/6 lb bag @Fry’s
Avocados—$.50/each @Safeway  $.99/each @Fry’s, large $.88/each @Sprouts, Jumbo

Day 5

Mushroom Soup
Pasta Salad
Fruit Plate

Mushroom Soup

Recipe: Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad is another place to avoid food waste.

Just cook up some small pasts like rotini, elbow or bow tie, drain, add a little olive oil, cool and add bite size pieces of whatever cooked meats and vegetables you have, along with some olives, sliced celery, maybe a few blueberries. Toss. Add some dressing, anything from mayo to creamy Italian. Toss again. Voila!

Items On Sale

Oranges, Mandarin—$1.98/2 lb bag @Sprouts
Oranges Navel—$.99/lb @Safeway, 2.99/4 lb bag @Frys
Grapefruit—$2.99/6 lb bag @Fry’s
Grapes—$.77/lb @Fry’s, red seedless, $1/lb @Safeway, red seedless, Friday Only
Blueberries—$1.25/box, @Safeway, first 4,    $2.50/box @Fry’s
Blackberries—$.88/box @Fry’s, $1.50/box @Sprouts, $1/box @Safeway, Fri.only, first 4

Bonus Recipes and other Good Derivatives

Recipe: Dirty Rice

Yet another way to use up bits and pieces

2 cups cooked rice (brown is best)
2 cups mix ins chopped or diced small (use whatever you have)—such as any cooked meat (ham is usually wonderful) any cooked vegetables, cauliflower, squash, broccoli any pickled vegetables, mushrooms, garlic, olives, okra any raw vegetables, cucumber, dried tomatoes, bell pepper. 

Fruit Cake Day. If you are lucky enough to have some left from the holiday, by all means eat it. Otherwise here is a recipe for a light and simple fruitcake. I seldom use candied fruit as dried fruit is more flavorful and has less sugar. Really good candied fruit is hard to come by.

Fruit Cake

Saturday is Pepper Pot Day. I have not been able to find a local source for a key ingredient, casareep, but it is an interesting recipe. So here it is as a bonus. (Of course you can get it on Amazon, for prices ranging from $15 to $50 per bottle.)

Pepper Pot

It turns out that Pepper Pot is a West Indian or Caribbean meat stew, especially popular in Guyana. Unfortunately all the recipes agree that one of The key ingredients is cassareep. It’s a kind of molasses like syrup made from cassava root, which is not available here. Maybe sometime I’ll try it with molasses.

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Cindy LaMaster