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Sales, Menus & Recipes: Party Time

31 January 2019  
It’s Party Time

Even if you’re not a football fan, this is a good time for a party. January’s over. The weather is nice, for now. Why not celebrate with family and friends.

To this end, this week’s column will be a little short on menus and long on party ideas, food ideas of course.

Some things to think about.  Try for a good mix of taste, temperature, and texture. If you want to have time to spend with the guests, try to do as much ahead as you can. Don’t plan too many last minute items. If your guests enjoy alcoholic drinks, plan for some. But don’t forget the softer sort, special waters and juices are nice, along with sodas, tea, hot chocolate and coffee. Vegetable and fruit platters, with dips, can be done ahead and refrigerated, covered well. Spreads for crostini or crackers could be done a day ahead.

So Whee! Let’s Celebrate

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—There are special digital coupons which can only be redeemed Thurs, Jan 31 thru Sunday Feb. 3.  Additional Digital Coupons are usable the whole week. The Buy 6 or more sale continues, giving $.50 off many selected items.

Safeway—Fab 5 Sale, get $1 off selected items when you buy 5 or more. Some great “just for U” digital coupons, 2 liter Sodas for $.49, 1 lb tubs of Sour Cream and Cottage Cheese for $.49. There are are a wide variety of grocery items for $1/each, watch for special tags.

Sprouts—72 hour sale, Fri Sat & Sun. Bulk Snacks, 25% off (select varieties). Many beverages are also 25% off. And, as always, Wednesday is Double Ad day.

February is Grapefruit Month—Also Snack Food Month (see below!)

Special Days This Week

Jan 30—Croissant Day
Feb 1—Cake Pops Day, Baked Alaska Day, Dark Chocolate Lovers Day
Feb 2—Tater Tot Day (Sonic is there for you.)
Feb 3—Carrot Cake Day
Feb 4—Home Made Soup Day
Feb 5—World Nutella Day (My suggestion, a jar and a spoon.)

Menus

Day 1

Grilled Steak
Oven Fries
Green Salad
Barbecue beans
Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Steak Grilling Tips

Baked Oven Fries

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

For mini cupcakes, use mini pans, bake for 12-15 minutes. 

Items On Sale

Steak—$3.97/lb @Safeway, New York or T-bone, $5.99/lb @Sprouts, New York, $5.77/lb @Fry’s, Ribeye
Salad Greens—$3/pkg @Sprouts, Taylor Farms, $3/pkg @Safeway, Fresh Express
Tomatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, Roma, $.99/lb @Safeway, Roma, $2.99/10 0z box @Fry’s, minis, $.77/lb @Fry’s, Roma
Avocados—$1/3 @Sprouts,     $.99/each @Safeway,     $99/each @Fry’s, lg
Bell Peppers—$.88/each @Sprouts, Red Orange Yellow

Day 2

Spare Ribs
SevenLayer Salad
Garlic Bread
Dark Chocolate Eggless Brownies

Ribs in the Oven
Try non-stick foil?

Seven Layer Salad

Garlic Bread
Maybe some parmesan cheese? 180 C = 350 F

Items on Sale

Ribs—$1.97/lb @Safeway,     $1.99/lb @Fry’s, limit 2,     2.99/lb @Sprouts
Salad Greens—$3/pkg @Sprouts, Taylor Farms, $3/pkg @Safeway, Fresh Express
Bacon—$2.50/12 oz @Safeway, Jimmy Dean, @5.99/24 oz @Fry’s, Wright, $2.99/lb @Sprouts, butcher counter
Cheese—$4.99/lb @Sprouts, 3 pepper colby jack, in bulk in deli case, $1.49/pkg @Safeway. Lucerne, Fab 5 Sale
Cauliflower—$.77/lb @Fry’s, 1.49/lb @Safeway
Tomatoes— $2.99/10 0z box @Fry’s, minis,

Day 3

Baked Chicken with Vegetables Sheet Pan
Fruit Plate

Sheet Pan Chicken with Vegetables
Be sure to use the lemon slices, it will keep the chicken moister. If you want to use bone in chicken parts, you will need to use 2 pans. Cook the chicken separately using a few carrots to help keep the chicken above the grease. It will take longer for the chicken to cook, about 40 minutes more or less (depends on the size of the parts you are using.)

Items on Sale

Chicken, Bone In—$.97/lb @Safeway, breast, thigh, drum, leg quarters, $.99/lb drums or thighs
Chicken B/S—$1.77/lb @Sprouts, breasts   $1.99/lb @Safeway, breasts, thighs, at full service meat counter
Potatoes—$3.99/1.5 lb bag @Fry’s, gourmet
Pineapple—$2.50/each @Safeway
Cantaloupe—$2.50/each @Safeway
Strawberries—$1.25/ 1 lb box @Fry’s
Grapes—$2.99/lb @Safeway, red, green,  $2.98/lb @Sprouts, red globe (O)
Apples—$.98/lb @Sprouts, Honeycrisp, $2.98/lb @Sprouts, Gala(O), 

Day 4

Chicken Vegetable Soup
Crusty Bread
Nutella Mousse

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Nutella Mousse

Items On Sale

Chicken, Bone In—$.97/lb @Safeway, breast, thigh, druum, leg quarters, $.99/lb drums or thighs
Chicken B/S—$1.77/lb @Sprouts, breasts   $1.99/lb @Safeway, breasts, thighs, at full service meat counter
Carrots—$.98/1 lb bag @Sprouts
Onions—$.99/lb @Safeway
Bell Peppers—$.88/each @Sprouts, Red Orange Yellow

Its A Party 

Items on Sale (for all sections below)

Chips, Safeway—$1.49/bag Signature Select, potato, Fab 5.  $1.49 when you buy 3, Lay’s Family Size, $1.49/each. Mission Tortilla Chips, Fab 5 Sale. $1.99/each. Sun Chips, Lay’s Kettle Cooked.
Chips, Fry’s—$1.44/each  when you buy 3, Lay’s Family Size, $1.49/each, Mission Tortilla Chips, Buy 6 Sale 
Chips Sprouts—$2/each, Stacy’s Pita Chips, 72 hr sale, $1.50/bag, Sprouts brand chips and snacks
Crackers—$1.77/each @Safeway, Ritz, Nabisco, Fab 5,  $1.49/each @Fry’s, Buy 6, 
Li’l Smokies—$1.99/each @Safeway, Fab 5, $1.88/pkg @Fry’s, wi Digital Coupon
Bacon—$2.50/12 oz @Safeway, Jimmy Dean, @5.99/24 oz @Fry’s, Wright, $2.99/lb @Sprouts, butcher counter
Sour Cream—#.49 @Safeway wi digital coupon
Cream Cheese—$1.25/each @Safeway
Cheese—$4.99/lb @Sprouts, 3 pepper colby jack, in bulk in deli case, $1.49/pkg @Safeway. Lucerne, Fab 5 Sale
Pineapple—$2.50/each @Safeway
Cantaloupe—$2.50/each @Safeway
Strawberries—$1.25/ 1 lb box @Fry’s
Grapes—$2.99/lb @Safeway, red, green,  $2.98/lb @Sprouts, red globe (O)
Apples—$.98/lb @Sprouts, Honeycrisp, $2.98/lb @Sprouts, Gala(O)
Carrots—$.98/1 lb bag @Sprouts
Tomatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, Roma, $.99/lb @Safeway, Roma, $2.99/10 0z box @Fry’s, minis, $.77/lb @Fry’s Roma
Avocados—$1/3 @Sprouts,     $.99/each @Safeway,     $99/each @Fry’s, lg
Bell Peppers—$.88/each @Sprouts, Red Orange Yellow
Peanut Butter—$1.99/jar @Fry’s, Jif on Buy 6 Sale

Party Plan — No Recipes Necessary

How about big bowls of fresh popped popcorn?

Alton Brown’s Popcorn

Li’l Smokies with Secret Sauce (mix barbecue sauce and mayo. Cook sausage in skillet.) OR
Link Sausage Bites (same sauce.) Use link sausages, cook in skillet, cut in bite size chunks.

Hint—Cook sausage ahead, reheat in microwave just to warm if necessary.

Chip Dip. Mix sour cream and drained salsa (maybe some chopped cilantro)  Mix sour cream with chopped green onion and cooked chopped bacon

Spread for crostini or apple slices.  Mix softened cream cheese with crumbled blue cheese (as much or as little as you like.) Mix softened cream cheese with Worcestershire sauce to taste, add crumbled bacon.

Fruit Plates, Vegetable Plates, Cheese and Nut boards

Use whatever fruits you like. Here are some examples. 

Fruit

Veggie

Cheese, Meat, Nuts, etc.

Hint—To keep apple slices from browning try dipping them for 30 seconds in a mixture of 1 cup water and 2 Tablespoons honey.

If the party will go on for a long time consider making two smaller platters so you can put out a fresh one half way through.

Appetizers Hot & Cold—Recipes

Pumpkin Jalapeño Hummus
Sounds weird but it’s really good and can be made ahed a day or two.

1 cup pumpkin puree  Canned is fine or make your own.
1 clove garlic, peeled plus 1/2 clove grated for garnish
1 (15 0z.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed. Or cook your own.
1/2 fresh jalapeño pepper, or more to taste, seeded
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 Tablespoon for drizzling
1 Tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (optional)
1/2 cup Tahini (optional, but good)

To a food processor or blender add pumpkin, 1 clove garlic, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, olive oil, coriander, cumin, salt and ginger and/or tahini if using. Power on machine and slowly pour in water through chute, using only enough water to make a thick smooth consistency. Keep processing until well blended and thick. 

Serve now, or cover tightly and refrigerate up to two days. When ready to serve bring to room temperature, grate 1/2 garlic on smallest size grater or micro grater Place in small bowl with olive oil and grated garlic. Heat in microwave for 10-15 seconds, until warm, then set aside for a few minutes or until hummus warms. Drizzle flavored oil over hummus. Serve with pita chips, blue corn chips, crackers, etc.

Bacon Appetizers

Bacon Cheese Ball

Easy No Cook Appetizers

How about losing the chicken, adding cheese, voila, vegetarian.

Hot Appetizers

8 here, some much more complicated than others, all look good.

5 with puff pastry

Don’t Forget Dessert

For mini carrot cake cupcakes see Day 1 above. For Dark Chocolate Brownies see Dy 2 above, for Nutella Mousse see day 4 above (you will need small glasses to serve for a dessert buffet.)

Also Try Fruit Skewers or a Fruit & Cheese Plate if you didn’t have one with your appetizers.

Cookies are always great.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Nutella Filled Nutella Cookies

Buckeyes

1 lb creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter (softened)
1 lb powdered sugar (sifted)
1 7/8 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 package chocolate chips or 2 containers dipping chocolate wafers
1 Tablespoon butter (Elna used a little paraffin, but it’s seldom done that way now}

With a stand mixer or hand mixer,cream together peanut butter and softened butter. Add vanilla and mix well. Mix together powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. 

Add powdered sugar mixture to peanut butter mixture. Be sure not to let the sugar puff all over the place. Start with a low speed and only add a little at a time. 

Elna says, “I use my hands at the end to get it really mixed well.”

Form into small balls, about 1 inch. Place on a lined sheet pan and put in the freezer for about 1/2 hour. At this point you can carefully wrap the balls in plastic wrap and put in a few plastic freezer bags, don’t try to fit in too many. When you are ready to complete—

Melt your chocolate chips or wafers in a bowl over gently simmering water. Don’t try to hurry at this point. It can help if you first gently melt 2/3 of the chocolate, take off the heat, add the rest and stir gently until all are melted.

Now stab each ball with a toothpick. Dip in chocolate, leaving the top uncoated. Place on waxed paper or plastic or parchment paper and leave until the chocolate hardens. You can smooth over the toothpick holes for a more elegant appearance.

Store in a cool place.

 

 

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Cindy LaMaster