It's New Year's so let's get messy and have some cioppino. Dungeness crab - which took a while to get here - is plentiful. Prawns, scallops and white fish are easy to find and Raley's Cioppino sauce makes the whole dish delicious.
With that in mind, here's what looks good for the last shopping tips of 2011.
Raley's headline in the Wednesday ad reads, "It's Cioppino Time!" and they have the ingredients to match. Fresh Dungeness crab is $4.99lb (cheaper by 10-cents a pound at Save Mart); raw shrimp is $6.99lb mussles are $2.99lb and clams are $3.99lb. That sauce we mentioned is $4.99 for a large jar. Fresh, crusty baguettes are $1.88 each. If you are toasting, Marinelli's cider is $2 a bottle.
For dessert, check out the Mousse Cake in either Black Forest, Mocha or Triple Chocolate for $7.79.
Other stuff we like: Avocado for $1 each; lemons or limes 5/$1; containers of grape tomatoes for $1 and Kellogg's Special K at $1.99 a box when you buy 4 or more.
Tri-tip roast is $2.99lb (whole and untrimmed).
Arrowhead or Nestle water is $3.99 a case; Powerade is buy 10, get 5 free.
Over at Save Mart - where the crab is $4.88lb - you can also get fresh salmon for $5.88; jumbo white prawns fcor $6.88lb and fresh lobster for $9.88lb. Fresh clams or mussles are $1.99lb. A jar of Dominic's chioppino sauce is $2.99. If you'd rather have beef, standing rib roast is a deal - $4.99lb.
Lots of great items in produce. Avocado is just 47-cents each; blueberries and blackberries are BOGO; cucumbers or bell peppers are 2/$1. Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound.
If you're having the gang over, party trays are $5 off with coupon. Other coupons worth clipping are: Classico pasta sauce for $1.69; a jar of fresh oysters for $2.99 and Oscar Mayer bacon for $3.99. To go with the Classico, Barilla pasta is $1 a box.
A dozen large eggs are $2; Sunnyside Farms Greek yogurt is 89-cents a container and Knudsen sour cream is $1.50. Gallo sliced salame is $4.99.
Martinelli's is $2 a bottle; a case of Sunny Select drinking water is $2.88 and 12-packs of Coke, Sprite or Barq's are buy 2, get 2 free.
Our last stop is Safeway. Shop on Friday and you'll get the best bargains with the Friday only $5 specials and the 2-day Friday/Saturday sale. The 2-day sale has Lloyds BBQ ribs for $8.88; BOGO berries and Prego pasta sauce. Lit'l Smokies are 2/$5; waterfront Bistro medium cooked shrimp are $7.99lb and Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops are $1.88 a box. For $5 on Friday you can get a family size cheese pizza; ring in the new year with a Bistro Cake; a 20-pack of Coke and Safeway Select marinated chicken wings.
Rancher's reserve tri-tip is $3.99lb; Guy Fieri sausage is $4.99 a pack.
In the bakery, French bread is $1.89 a loaf; Dave's Killer Bread from Oregon is killer at $3.99 a loaf and Entenmann's donuts are $2.50 a box.
Golden Grain pasta is $1 a box; Rosarita refries are $1 a can and Nabisco snack crackers are BOGO.
Oroweat whole wheat or Italian bread is BOGO; Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.99 for a 35-pack and if you're really thirsty, Pepsi fridge packs are buy 2, get 2 free ... plus a free bag of Tostitos.
If you're clippin' Tropicana OJ is $3.49 for the 89-oz. jug; Lucerne creamer is $2.69; string cheese is $3.99 and ice cream cups are 59-cents each.
In produce, avocado is $1 each; tomatoes on the vine are $1.99lb and bags of baby carrots are $2.50.
That's it for the week and the year. Enjoy!