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December 31, 2008
Recipes to ring in the new year

Recipe researcher Sheila Kern is going healthy for the New Year. Here are three recipe suggestions that will keep you on track for another few days.

A blueberry smoothie for breakfast? The berries are on sale at Raley's and Save Mart and cartons of yogurt are always reasonable. No reason not to start the day with a creamy smoothie. When it comes time for dinner, it doesn't get much easier than the two baked chicken recipes below. The key ingredient in these two recipes? Kellogg's cereal. Enjoy and Happy New Year.

 

  Creamy Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

From www.recipezaar.com

SERVES 2

1 cup blueberries

1 cup plain yogurt or vanilla yogurt

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

3/4 cup ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender.

Blend at high speed until smooth. Serve.

 

Double-Coated Chicken

From www.kelloggs.com

Servings: 8

Ingredients

7 cups Kellogg's Corn Flakes (crushed to 1 3/4 cups)

1 egg

1 cup fat-free milk

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 pounds chicken pieces (without or with skin), rinsed and dried

3 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted

Directions

1. Place Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal in shallow dish or pan. Set aside.

2. In medium mixing bowl, beat egg and milk slightly. Add flour, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth. Dip chicken in batter. Coat with cereal. Place in single layer, in shallow baking pan coated with cooking spray or foil lined. Drizzle with margarine.

3. Bake at 350° F about 1 hour or until chicken is tender, no longer pink and juices run clear. Do not cover pan or turn chicken while baking. Serve hot.

 

Baked Chicken

From www.kelloggs.com

Servings: 6

Ingredients

3 cups Rice Krispies (crushed 3/4 cup)

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

2 egg whites

1/3 cup fat-free milk

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon basil

6 boneless, skinless, split chicken breasts, rinsed and drained (about

1 1/2 lb.)

Directions

1. Combine Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal and cheese in shallow pan or plate. Set aside.

2. In small mixing bowl, beat egg whites and milk slightly. Add flour, salt and spices. Mix until smooth. Dip chicken in batter. Coat with cereal mixture. Place in single layer in shallow baking pan coated with cooking spray or foil lined coated with cooking spray.

3. Bake at 350° F about 55 minutes or until chicken is tender, no longer pink and juices run clear. Do not cover pan or turn chicken while baking. Serve hot.

December 31, 2008
Not so fast on the milk prices

They're up, they're down. One day you go to Raley's and  you will pay $3.49 for two gallons of Bayview non-fat. Then you go back the next day and the price is back down to $3.09 for two gallons.

Over at Safeway - where last week they were charging about the same as Costco ($3.29 for two gallons) - milk now rings up at $4.29 for 2 gallons of Lucerne non-fat.

This is all way too confusing for me!  The only thing we can do is try to remember that last July we paid $2.70 for just one gallon.

December 30, 2008
Let's get the party started

Whether you are planning a quiet meal at home, or a house full of guests, there's plenty on sale. Here's to a Happy - but Shop Cheap - New Year! 

Before getting to the grocery stuff, here's the best deal we found: Buy 10 bottles of Vitamin Water or Smart water for $1 each at Raley's and get a FREE voucher for a Boreal Ski Lift ticket.

Remember that the Safeway specials were advertised on Sunday. If you want to check out those offerings, here's the link to an earlier Shop Cheap. http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/shop_cheap/2008/12/018146.html

RALEY'S has clip-worthy coupons on blueberries (2/$3); 12-packs of Coke ($2.99); Gatorade (79 cents); Lay's chips ($1.79); Oscar Mayer lunchmeat (2/$6); Brownie bites (2/$7) and Crest toothpaste (2/$3). They also have a big Special K sale on cereal, fiber bars, waffles, crackers and protein water. Buy 4 and save $4.

Now for the party! London Broil is $1.97 a pound, complete with a recipe for Beef Stroganoff. Fresh Express salads are 2/$5 and natural shrimp (cooked or raw) for $6.99 a pound. There's Focaccia bread in the bakery for $2.89 and large artichokes are 2/$3.

For the rest of the cart, there's Clementines at 3 pounds for $3; 6 bagels for $3 and Weight Watchers Smart Ones 5/$10. Dannon Light & Fit yogurt is 10/$4. If you are looking for a quick - but starchy - dinner, Homestyle Meatloaf in the deli is $6.99 and for an extra $1 you get mashed potatoes and mac&cheese.

For the morning, there's Simply Orange, grapefruit or apple juice 2/$6; Rachel's (it's not from Rachel Ray) lowfat yogurt 5/$4 and 3-liter jugs of Arrowhead water for $1. Don't forget the milk at 2 gallons of Bayview non-fat for $3.49. It went up 40-cents since the weekend.

If you shop Raley's own brands, their drinking water is $3.50 a case; frozen veggies are 4/$5; pasta is $1.19; olives are 88-cents a can and diced tomatoes are also 88-cents a can.

Did you vow to go natural in the new year? Check out the two-week sale that includes $1 energy bars, a case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $3.50; Alvarado St. multi-grain breads for $2.99 a loaf; and Lundberg rice cakes or chips 2/$4.

If you are planning a chicken dish, Save Mart is the place to shop. Sunnyside Farms boneless, skinless breasts are $1.88 a pound. Avocado is 99-cents; Tostitos are BOGO; La Mexicana salsa is $2 for 24 ounces; Mexican blend shredded cheeses are $3.99 for 16 ounces; and Dad's Root Beer is 69-cents a jug. Smart Ones entrees are 5/$10; and Sunnyside Farms whole grain white bread is $1.99 a loaf. If you're making pasta sauce, Italian sausage is $2.79 a pound; fresh ground sirloin is $2.99 a pound; DiGiorno shredded cheese is $2.99; and garlic bread in the bakery is $1.99.

In produce, Washington state apples are 99-cents a pound; berries are $2.49 a container; beefstake tomatoes are $1.99 a pound; iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head and fresh green beans are $1.49 a pound. Texas red grapefruit is 2/$1 and pears are 99-cents a pound.

Save Mart is having a 4-week Sunnyside Farms and Sunny Select sale. Highlights include paper towels for 89-cents; sandwich bread $1.79 a loaf and cases of drinking water 3/$10.

FOODS Co. has fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs) for $1.87 a pound; Fuji apples for 57-cents a pound and Yoplait yogurt 10/$4. In the meat department, there's boneless bottom round, rump roast or Tri Tip for $2.78 a pound and boneless pork sirloin for $1.68 a pound. Doritos are 2/$4; Pringles are 98-cents and Calidad tostadas are 98-cents a pack. In produce, fresh pineapple is $1.98 each; avocado is 98-cents each; bell peppers are 2/98-cents and key limes are 68-cents a pound.

The Rainbow Foods celebration begins with boneless chuck roast at $2.39 a pound; fresh shrimp at $4.99 a pound; Idaho potatoes 5 pounds/$1.50;  and chocolate cake in the bakery for $6.99. Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5; Chex Mix is 3/$5 and Gatorade drinks are $1 each. Olives are 99-cents a can; Santa Fe salsa or dip is $1.99; Fritos, Cheetos or Rold Gold pretzels are $1.88 and Quaker rice cakes or quakes are 2/$3. Western Family corn flakes or toasted oats cereal are $2 a box and Langers apple juice is 2/$5.

That should be enough to get the party started! Come back tomorrow for recipes to start the New Year.

 

 

December 29, 2008
A toast to milk prices

Need milk?

Before we close the books on 2008, let's raise a glass to milk prices. Back in July we were paying $2.70 a gallon for reduced-fat milk. Today, at Raley's you can get 2 gallons of non-fat for $3.09! Other stores have similar two-gallon prices from $3.49 at Safeway to $3.29 at Costco.

 

December 29, 2008
Ring in the savings

Maybe it was a nod to the San Francisco Giants signing veteran pitcher Randy Johnson or maybe it was another one of those holiday quirks, but the grocery stores threw us a curve ball by stuffing weekly grocery inserts into the Sunday paper. You had to read the fine print to solve the mystery. Safeway's specials are good through Saturday, Jan. 3; Raley's prices are good until New Year's Eve and Save Mart's prices are effective through New Year's Day.

Our sources tell us that new ads for Raley's, Save Mart, and independents Vic's, Rainbow and Foods Co. will be in the Wednesday Bee.

But if you want to get a jump on New Year's meal planning, here are some highlights from Sunday's inserts.

SAFEWAY: Remember these specials are good through Saturday.

Big food really isn't the focus this week, given all the attention to sparkling wines, and snack foods. Best deal of all is $5 pizza. If you are planning any kind of a kid gathering, the Signature Cafe Pizza is definitely a good deal. Afterall, even kids can heat a pizza! Other items of note: avocado for $1; BOGO Foster Farms chicken strips and spicy wings (in the freezer) Progresso soups, buy 2 get 3 free and fresh Dungeness crab at $4.99 a pound. Nabisco snack crackers are still $2 a box and Safeway premium breads are $2 a loaf. Other BOGOs are Safeway ice cream, Lucerne whipped cream in the spray can, Nestle hot chocolate, Chex Mix snack mix. Red Baron Classic Pizza, Farmer John bacon, 2-lb. bag of lemons and vitamins. If you need chips, Mission tortilla strips are $2.49 a bag; Ruffles are $2.29 a bag and salsa in the deli is $2.49 a tub.

In produce, Fuji apples are $1 a pound; blueberries and blackberries are $2.99; green onions and radishes are 50-cents a bunch. In the bakery, pudding ring cakes are $3.99 and the fresh fruit tarts are still $13.99.

RALEY'S: Prices good through New Year's Eve.

Here you will find the best price on Martinelli's sparkling cider $1.68 a bottle - be sure to clip  the coupon. (Holiday tip: add frozen cranberries to your cider for an even more festive drink). Raley's also has avocado for $1 each. Nabisco crackers are 2/$5. Pork spareribs are $1.77 a pound and tri tip roast is $3.47 a pound. Large eggs are $1.50 a dozen and ruby red grapefruit is 2/$1

If you're planning Cioppino for New Year's, Raley's has all the fixin's, including the recipe. To go with the Cioppino, Fresh Express salads are $2 a bag and San Francisco style sourdough is $2.29 for a round loaf.

SAVE MART: Prices good through Jan. 1.

Standing rib roast (the king of beef) is $4.99 a pound at Save Mart. Avocado is 78-cents and Nabisco crackers are $2 a box. They also have all the ingredients for Cioppino, including fresh crab at $3.99 a pound. Sunny Select drinking water is $3.50 a case; Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2 a bottle and 12-packs of Coca Cola or Sprite are 3/$12 (but clip the coupon and it's 3/$10). Olives are 99-cents a can; Best Foods mayo is $2.99 in the "easy out" container and Florida's Natural orange juice is $2.50.

In produce, lemons or limes are 6/$1; green onions, radishes or cilantro 2/$1 and large oranges are 48-cents a pound. Raspberries and blackberries are $3.99 for 12 ounces. To top off the New Year's celebration, Raspberry Ganache cake is $8.99 in the deli.

Over at Longs Drugs, 2-liter jugs of 7-UP, A&W root beer, Canada Dry ginger ale and Sunkist oragne soda are 79-cents (through Wednesday). Martinelli's is $1.79 a bottle and Fritos, Cheetos, Rold Gold and other munchies are $1.88  a bag. Planter's nuts and Tostitos chips are BOGO and in the just-in-case category, Aleve and Bayer products are $1.99. Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.88 a case.

Walgreens has General Mills cereals at 3/$7 and Sun-Maid rasins for $1.99. Lay chips  are BOGO. Walgreens has lots of coupons worth clipping: 7-UP, Sunkist and Dr. Pepper sodas for 69-cents each; Dawn or Joy dish liquid for 99-cents; Tuf paper towels for 59-cents; Campbell's soups for 69-cents a can and a fleece throw for $1.99.

Walmart has 7-Up sodas for 88-cents and Campbell's chicken noodle or tomato soup for 60-cents; Simply Orange juice for $2.98 and Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix for $1.

Smart&Final has a $1 off coupon for Martinelli's (3 bottles=$4.99) Crystal Geyser water in the 35-pack is $4; Johnsonville brats are $2.99 a package and Delizza mini cream puffs are $5.99 for a container.

Check back on Wednesday for updates. Happy New Year!

 

December 24, 2008
Celebrate the holidays with our old favorites

Happy Holidays from Shop Cheap.  Recipe researcher Sheila Kern and I  are sharing some of our favorite recipes for Christmas morning and beyond.

 

Orange French Toast

From: www.incredibleegg.org  (American Egg Board)

Yields 8 slices

It's fun to be creative with French toast. In this recipe, orange juice and peel, vanilla and nutmeg flavor the egg-milk soaking liquid for raisin bread. You could also use apple cider with cinnamon bread or any other juice, flavoring or spice along with a different type of bread.

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup nonfat or low-fat milk

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

8 slices day-old raisin bread

Cooking spray

Confectioners' sugar, optional

In medium bowl, beat together eggs, peel, juice, milk, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg until well blended.

Place bread in single layer in 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Pour egg mixture over bread. Let soak, turning once, until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Evenly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Place bread slices in single layer on sheets.

Bake in preheated 375° F oven 12 to 15 minutes. Turn slices. Continue baking until browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Dust with confectioners' sugar.

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Artichoke Dip

From www.allrecipes.com

INGREDIENTS:

1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Combine the artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, cheese and green chilies. Mix well and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with chopped green onions and chopped tomato if desired.

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White Wild Rice Turkey Chili

From www.food.ivillage.com

The addition of wild rice makes this version of White Chili really special.

Serving: 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 medium onion, chopped

2 minced cloves garlic

3 cups cubed cooked turkey

2 cups cooked wild rice

1 can Great Northern white beans

1 can white corn

2 cans diced chilies

15 ounces chicken broth

1 teaspoon cumin powder

dash of Tabasco sauce to taste

6 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

1. Saute the onion and garlic in the butter and olive oil until soft.

2. Add the remaining ingredients except for the cheese and cook until piping hot. Place in individual bowls and garnish with cheese.

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Green Rice (Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole)

www.familyoven.com

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, chopped

1 1/2-2 cups cooked brown rice

2 cups chopped broccoli

2/3 cup grated cheese

1/2 cup low-fat milk

Directions

Saute onion in melted butter.

Meanwhile, steam broccoli until tender; drain.

Combine all ingredients and bake in covered casserole at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

www.foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed

1 tablespoon (1 turn around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

Salt

Toasted slivered or sliced almonds, for garnish.
 
Directions

Cook green beans 5 minutes in 1-inch boiling water, covered. Drain beans and return pan to heat.

Add oil and butter pat to the pan. Toss beans in oil and melted butter. Season beans with a little salt and transfer to a serving plate.

Garnish green beans with toasted slivered or sliced almonds.

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Cranberry Sauce with Raspberry Vinegar

www.recipezaar.com (from Bon Appetit)

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup raspberry vinegar

1/4 cup water

12 ounces cranberries

1 cinnamon stick

1 tablespoon orange peel, cut into strips

Directions

Combine first 3 ingredients in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.

Mix in cranberries, cinnamon stick and orange peel.

Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer until berries burst, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Cool completely (sauce will thicken as it cools).

Discard cinnamon stick.

Can be prepared up to 1 week ahead; cover and chill.

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And lastly....

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Bon Appétit / November 1995

Serves 12

Ingredients

2 ¼ cups sifted all purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk
2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini (about 2 1/2 medium)
1 6-ounce package (about 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
¾ cup chopped walnuts

Preparation

 

Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter and oil in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 3 additions each. Mix in grated zucchini. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over.

Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake completely

December 21, 2008
Time to hit the grocery store

The mall is much more fun this time of year, but, seriously, it's time to shop for food. If you don't have your grocery shopping complete by noon on Christmas Eve...I don't even want to think about the lines. All the ads that we are going to see have been printed and inserted into the newspaper and online. There won't be any grocery inserts on Wednesday. So dig out the ads from Sunday and let's get the party started. Most stores will be open until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. Whole Foods in Sacramento and Roseville will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. If you are hopelessly behind, some Safeway stores will be open Christmas Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but please check your local outlet to make sure.

Since we gave you the 411 on all the store specials last week, we are going to hit the highlights, knowing that it's the holiday feast that tops your list.

Sunday's Bee did have a new entry: Smart and Final is offering up some tasty buys. You can get a USDA  Grade A frozen turkey for 49-cents (when you spend $25). Remember that bird needs time to defrost so get on Monday or Tuesday. S&F also has Farmer John bone-in ham for $1.29 a pound (when you spend $25). To complete the meal, thers's Russet potatoes - 10lb bag for $2.50; cheesecake or mousecake 20% off; pumpkin pie for $3.99; a 2lb bag of Hillshire Farm Lit'l smokies for $6.49 and a 3-pack of Martinelli's sparkling cider for $5.99. They also have a 35-pack of Crystal Geyser water for $4.50 and 3-12 packs of Coca-Cola for $9.99.

SAVE MART had a full-page ad in the Saturday Bee which featured Cook's ham for $1.47lb (butt portion) and $1.27lb (the shank). Fresh Dungeness crab is $3.99 per pound (the lowest price in the area); green seedless grapes for $1.49lb; jumbo cantaloupe for $2.50 and Aquafina water for $3.99 a case.

SAFEWAY: The spiral cut ham is the "it" entree this year. At Safeway you'll pay $1.69lb for the spiral cut and 99-cents a pound for the shank. Eating Right salads in the bag are BOGO; medium cooked shrimp is $5.99 a pound and fruit pies are $5.99 each. Dreyer's Grand ice cream is BOGO. Turkeys are $1.29lb and Heinz homestyle gravy is buy 2, get 1 free. Martinelli's is $1.79 a bottle, Philadelphia cream cheese is $2 a brick and for a yummy dessert, the fresh fruit tart is $13.99. If you just want to chill, the oven roasted turkey breast in the deli is $7.99. Side dishes are 2/$5 and Signature garden salads are $5.49 each.

RALEY'S: Here the spiral sliced ham is $1.67lb and fresh green beans are 99-cents a pound. Apple or pumppkin pies are $4.99 and Cool Whip topping is 88-cents. Campbell's creamed soups are 69-cents a can and Knudsen sparkling cider is 2/$3. Nabisco snack crackers are $1.99 a box; Ocean Spray cranberry drinks are $1.99 for a half-gallon and 2-liter 7-Up is $1. A family pack of dinner rolls is $1.49 and 12-inch take&bake pizza is $5. Fresh Dungeness crab is $4.99 and cooked shrimpmeat is $3.99lb. Stovetop stuffing is 4/$6; Sara Lee dinner rolls are $3 a bag; Philly cream cheese is $2 and Knudsen sour cream is $2, also. A case of Aquafina water is $3.99.

Since we have declared this the year of the ham, Honeybaked is offering coupons for its ham and turkey combos. You can save from $4-$8 by using the ads that were in the Sunday Bee. Honeybaked is closed on Christmas Day but the coupons are good through New Year's Eve.

Longs, Walgreens and Rite Aid have items worth mentioning.

At Longs, you can get BOGO batteries, holiday wrapping paper, Purex Detergent, Scott tissue and Pepsi products.. And Long's has the best price on Dreyer's ice cream at $2.99. Most of their holiday packaging and wrap is 50% off. Marinelli's is $1.88 a bottle; a brick of Philly cream cheese is $1.50 and eggs are $1.79  a dozen. Mama Caruso's pasta is $1 a package and Hunt's sauce is $1.50 a can.

Walgreens has a coupons for a 15-pack of spring water for $1.99; Pringles for 99-cents; Pepsi products for $1 and Kleenex tissue for  79-cents.

At Rite Aid, most of the Christmas stuff is 75% off. Thrifty ice cream is 2/$5; Kellogg's cereals, Planters and Blue Diamond nuts and Kleenex tissues are BOGO. Hershey's or Mars Christmas miniatures are $1.99 a bag and a tin of butter cookies is BOGO.

If you have a 99-cents Only store in your neighborhood, they have lots of stocking stuffers and holiday wrap for 99-cents or less. They will be open Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Since there won't be any new grocery ads on Wednesday, we'll offer up some of our favorite recipes. Enjoy and Happy Shopping. 

 

 

December 17, 2008
Simple - yet simply delicious - recipes

Our holiday gift to you - thanks to recipe researcher Sheila Kern - is a number of simple and simply delicious recipes for your holiday ham, appetizers and the best cranberry sauce ever. Enjoy!

 Baked Ham with Honey-Apricot Glaze

From www.cooksrecipes.com

Makes 14 servings

1 (10 to 12-pound) spiral-sliced, fully cooked smoked ham

1 cup honey

1 (6-ounce) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup apricot jam

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place ham on rack in shallow roasting pan. Mix together remaining ingredients in medium bowl; set aside.

2. Bake ham for 30 minutes; pour glaze over ham and continue to bake until ham is heated through, about a total of 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Baked Ham with Balsamic Brown Sugar Glaze

From www.cooksrecipes.com

6 to 8-pound fully cooked smoked bone-in ham

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons balsamic or cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

Orange slices, if desired

Maraschino cherries, if desired

1. Heat oven to 325ºF. Place ham, fat side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of ham and does not touch bone or rest in fat. Cover loosely and bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes or until thermometer reads 135°F (13 to 17 minutes per pound).

2. About 20 minutes before ham is done, remove from oven. Pour drippings from pan. Remove any skin from ham. Mix brown sugar, vinegar and mustard; pat or brush on ham. Bake uncovered 20 minutes longer.

3. Cover ham loosely and let stand about 10 minutes or until thermometer reads 140°F. Garnish with orange slices and cherries.

Makes 12 servings.

Notes:

1. While the ham stands for 10 minutes, the temperature will continue to rise about 5°. You'll notice that the ham will be easier to carve as the juices set up.

2. Special Touch: Although this ham is delicious on its own, you may want to serve it with honey mustard, horseradish sauce, applesauce or a fruit chutney.

And for the appetizers:

Artichoke Dip

From www.allrecipes.com

INGREDIENTS:

1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Combine the artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, cheese and green chilies. Mix well and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with chopped green onions and chopped tomato if desired.

Cocktail Meatballs

From: www.recipezaar.com

Serves 8 -10

Ingredients

1 lb lean ground beef

1 large egg

2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons onions, minced

1 (8 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce

3/4 cup chili sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, water, breadcrumbs, and minced onion.

Roll into small meatballs.

Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes, turning once.

In a slow cooker or large saucepan over low heat, blend the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice.

Add meatballs, and simmer for 1 hour before serving.

 

Mini Crescent Dogs

From www.allrecipes.com

Yields: 48 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 (8 ounce) cans Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls

48 cocktail-sized smoked link sausages or hot dogs

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Unroll both cans of the dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles.

Place sausage on shortest side of each triangle. Roll up each, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point; place point side down on 2 ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, switching position of cookie sheets halfway through baking. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Cranberry Sauce with Raspberry Vinegar

From: www.recipezaar.com (from Bon Appetit)

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup raspberry vinegar

1/4 cup water

12 ounces cranberries

1 cinnamon stick

1 tablespoon orange peel, cut into strips

Directions

Combine first 3 ingredients in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.

Mix in cranberries, cinnamon stick and orange peel.

Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer until berries burst, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Cool completely (sauce will thicken as it cools).

Discard cinnamon stick.

Can be prepared up to 1 week ahead; cover and chill.

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December 17, 2008
This just in .... Walmart

WALMART: The discount superstore makes an appearance this week and guess what they have advertised! Yep, holiday ham at $1.98lb. There's also Butterball frozen turkey breast at $1.97lb; Green Giant Steamers veggies at $1 a bag and dinner rolls for $2.50. Coca Cola sodas are 88-cents for the 2-liter bottle and 2/$6 for the 12-pack. Nabisco shack crackers are $2 a box and Daisy sour cream is $1.50 a carton. For your holiday breakfast, there's Pillsbury crescent or cinnamon rolls for $1.50 and Ocean Spray juice cocktail $1.98 and V8 V-Fusion for $2.98. Tropicana OJ is $5 for the 128oz. jug. You can also pickup a party platter at Walmart. Small meat and cheese; veggie; or wings are $15 each. In the bakery, a chocolate dipping platter is $15. Cakes and bite-size platters are $10 each.

December 16, 2008
Holiday ham and a whole lot more

We've got grocery ads and more because this is the week we start planning the holiday meal. Put the gift list away and concentrate on the menu because we have the scoop on the major supermarkets, plus Sam's Club, Longs and Walgreens. Many advertised items will remain at the sale price through Christmas Eve.

It's going to be hard to avoid a holiday ham this season. Just about every store is offering it over turkey and beef. Here are the highlights, store-by-store, including their holiday hours. Enjoy and Happy Holidays.

Raley's: Open until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day

  This local chain has the most appealing holiday ad and some of the better sales. Their spiral sliced ham is $1.67 a pound and their all-natural turkey is 97-cents a pound (about the same as last month). Fresh green beans are 99 cents a pound and 5-lb. bags of Idaho potatoes are 2/$5. C&W frozen veggies are 2/$3 and chopped spinach is 69-cents. If you're having salad, Raley's or Fresh Express lettuce blends are $2.50 a bag but Dole classic Romaine is 2/$3. Cooked salad shrimp meat is $3.99 a pound and fresh Dungeness crab has climbed a bit to $4.99 a pound. If you are stuffing the turkey, Stove Top mix is 4/$6. Dinner rolls are $1.49 a dozen and sourdough baguettes are $1.79 in the bakery. Raley's also has a nice selection of desserts, including Marionberry streusel pie, upside down Caramel Apple or Cream Pie all $8.99.  

Nabisco snack crackers are $1.99 a box; Campbell's creamed soups (is Green Bean casserole on your list?) are 69-cents a can and Knudsen sour cream is 2/$4. If you buy two packs of Johnsonville sausages (2/$6) you get a dozen eggs free. Fresh berries are BOGO.

Lots to report in the beverage aisle. R.W. Knudsen sparkling apple cider is 2/$3; Martinelli's is 2/$4. Two-liter 7-UP is $1; Ocean Spray cranberry juice cocktail is $1.99 a jug and Simply orange, grapefruit or apple juice is 2/$6.

For the non-cooks, Raley's has their prepared dinners - turkey, ham and prime rib - at the same prices as Thanksgiving. They also have an array of prepared platters - veggie, fruit, antipasto and seafood - at prices ranging from $19.99 to $49.99.

And if you are still decorating, holiday items are 50% off.

SAFEWAY: Some stores open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Christmas. Check your store to be sure.

Hate to say it, but the Safeway ad is bland. Sales are good but it doesn't shout "come here for your holiday shopping!" They have butcher's cut spiral sliced ham for $1.69 a pound and a tiny mention of turkey at $1.29 a pound for a fresh bird.  Beef rib eye roast is $4.99 a pound and semi-boneless (whatever that means) leg of lamb is $3.99 a pound. Yams are 69-cents a pound; extra large russet potatoes are 88-cents a pound and Eating Right bagged salads are BOGO. A 5-pound box of Clementines is $4.99 and grapes are $1.49 a pound.

There are a couple more BOGOs worth mentioning. Jimmy Dean or Hormel bacon and Johnsonville links or Jimmy Dean sausages. Tyson grilled chicken strips; Safeway Select ice cream, Lucerne whipped cream; and Stove Top stuffing.

In the bakery, Safeway brown & serve rolls are $1.50 a dozen and sourdough rounds are $1 each. If you want a fresh fruit tart, get it here for $13.99. Dreyer's grand ice cream is BOGO.

In the beverage department, you can stock up on soda by clipping the coupon on the ad. Buy two 12 packs (Coca-Cola or 7-UP products), get two free, plus a third with the coupon. Two-liter sodas are buy 3, get 3 free; a case of Arrowhead water is $3.99 and Martinelli's sparkling cider is $1.79 a bottle.

I'm disappointed to report that there is no $5 Friday meal deal this week. The 8-piece chicken last week was tasty.

If you are saving your Safeway gas rewards, it's time to use them or lose them. The program expires on Dec. 31. With the price of gas these days, I'm willing to bet it won't be back.

SAVE MART: Some stores open Christmas Day. Check your local outlet to be sure.

And the winner is ... ham, again. Spiral sliced is $1.97 a pound; standing rib roast is $4.99lb. and fresh Dungeness crab is $3.99 a pound. These prices are good through Jan. 1, so you can plan for New Year's too. Turkeys range in price from $1.49 a pound to $2.99. To help with the meal, Swanson broth is 49-cents a can; Stove Top stuffing is 99-cents a box; Hearts of Romaine are $2 a bag; Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound and Fresh Express salad blends are $2.49 a bag.

 If you're preparing cioppino, Save Mart has the ingredients, including the sauce at $3.99 a jar. The fish is $3.99 for white shrimp; $1.99 a pound for clams; $3.99 a pound for pollock or Tilapia and $9.99 for scallops.  

Sunnyside Farms brown & serve rolls are $1.50 a dozen; Pillsbury dinner rolls are $2.50 a bag; Ore-Ida steam n' mash potatoes are $3.49 a bag; Daisy sour cream is $1.50 a carton and Philadelphia cream cheese is $1.67 each. For dessert, fruit or pumpkin pies are 2/$10.

In the beverage aisle, Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2 a bottle; gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser water are 99-cents; a case of Sunny Select water is $3.50 and you can save $2 on 12-packs of Coke, Sprite or Pibb by clipping the coupon on Page 5.

FOODS CO. -  Closed Christmas Day.

Farmer John sprial sliced ham is $1.27 a pound and fresh pineapple is $1.98 each. (Don't you just love pineapple slices with your ham.) Zacky Farms fresh turkeys are 98-cents a pound and Russet potatoes are $2.48 for 10-pounds. Yams are 2 for 98-cents and fresh greens are 58-cents a bunch. Avocados are 98-cents each.

Knudsen sour cream is $1.98; Swanson broth is 50-cents a can; Pillsbury Grands are 3/$5 and Private Selection Premium or Breyers ice cream is $2.88.

Lots of good stuff in the bakery with fresh dinner rolls at 2 dozen for $2.50; Lofthouse Christmas cookies 2/$5; pumpkin, sweet potato or apple pies 2/$5 and pudding cake at $4.98.

In beverages, Marinelli's is $1.98 a bottle; Spring natural water is $3.50 a case and 24-packs of soda $5.98.

VIC'S in Folsom: Closed Christmas Day. Open until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve

The Hillshire Farm spiral sliced ham is $1.99 a pound; fresh Norbest turkey is $1.49 a pound and standing rib roast is $5.99 a pound. Fresh green beans are $1.49 a pound and fresh asparagus is $1.99 a pound.

Nabisco snack crackers are $2 a box; Philadelphia cream cheese is $1.50 a brick; and Crystal sour cream is $1.99. Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2 a bottle and Arrowhead sparkling water is 4/$3. Buy 3 Pillsbury Grands biscuits and get $1 off a dozen eggs (coupon on page 5)  In the bakery, bundt cakes are $7.69 and Lofthouse cookies are $3.49.

RAINBOW FOODS: Closed Christmas Day

Cook's smoked picnic ham is $1.79 a pound; prime rib roast is $5.99lb and pork roast for tamales is $1.29lb. Salad shrimp meat is $4.99 a pound. For something different, Armanino ravioli or tortellini is 2 bags for $5 and their meatballs are 3 pounds for $9.99. Stove Top stuffing is 4/$5; Daisy sour cream is 2/$3; Pillsbury Grands biscuits 3/$5 and Cool Whip is 99-cents.

In produce, fresh yams are 3lbs/$1; green beans are 2lbs/$3 and 10 pounds of Russet potatoes $2.79. Beverage specials include Martinelli's for $2 a bottle and Crystal Geyser gallon jugs for 89-cents and $3.99 a case. In the bakery, there's lemon meringue pie for $4.99; apple or pumpkin pies 2/$7 and banana cream pie $5.99.

The Sam's Club ad does not include a free pass but it does offer a $10 gift card when you join as a new member.The spiral-sliced ham at Sam's is $1.88 a pound. Whole beef tenderloin is $8.88 a pound.

WALGREENS: Many stores open until midnight starting Friday. Sale prices good through Saturday.

In addition to the usual stuff, Walgreens has a 3 for the price of 1 sale on candles, greeting cards, tissue paper, disposable cameras and reading glasses. Coupons worth clipping include Bounty paper towels 2/$3; Lipton tea $1.99 a box; BOGO Kleenex; gift tags for 69-cents and Christmas gift bags 6/$1.  In the food aisle, grab General Mills cereals for $1.99 a box.

LONGS is also having a 4-day sale.

Items of note include BOGO coupons on holiday wrap and greeting cards. Martinelli's cider is $1.88 a bottle and Stove Top stuffing and Duncan Hines cake mix is 99-cents. If you really need a lot of soda, Longs has 5-12 packs for $14 (be sure to clip the coupon on page 4).

Whew! That's it for today. Come back tomorrow for recipes - maybe for all that ham!

 

December 10, 2008
Recipes to help with the potluck or class parties

We are starting off with the sweet stuff this week because so many of us are baking cookies for school parties or office potlucks. But since we can't survive on chocolate chips alone, recipe guru Sheila Kern also provides an easy stew  (there's all that beef on sale) and scalloped potatoes. Most cookie baking ingredients are on sale this week as are potatoes. You have no excuses. Enjoy!

 Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies

From www.verybestbaking.com

Yields - 24 brownies (2 dozen)

Ingredients:

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, cut into pieces

3 large eggs

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Melt 1 cup morsels and butter in large, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in eggs. Stir in flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir in remaining morsels and nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Original NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Chocolate Chip Cookies

From www.verybestbaking.com

Yields - 60 cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Slice and Bake Cookie Variation:

PREPARE dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Adapted from www.allrecipes.com

Yields 6 servings

Ingredients

2 pounds beef, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 onion, chopped

1 1/2 cups beef broth

3 potatoes, diced

4 carrots, sliced

1 stalk celery, chopped

Directions

Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.

Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

 

Scalloped Potato Gratin

From www.foodnetwork.com

Yield 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 sprig fresh thyme

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Butter

2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for broiling

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a saucepan, heat up the cream with a sprig of thyme, chopped garlic and nutmeg.

While cream is heating up, butter a casserole dish. Place a layer of potato in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper. Remove cream from heat, then pour a little over the potatoes. Top with some grated Parmesan. Make 2 more layers. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Sprinkle some more Parmesan and broil until cheese browns, about 5 minutes.

December 9, 2008
Check out the beef; and falling milk prices

It's definitely an in-between week at the supermarket. The stores know that we aren't ready to stock up for the holidays. It's basically a potluck at the offfice and cookies for the teachers week and that shows in what's on sale. What do they want us to buy this week? Beef, cross rib roast to be specific. Oh, there's broccoli and apples and Clementine tangerines, but it's  wait until next week for the good stuff.

Here are the highlights:

RALEY'S/BELAIR has the beef (cross rib or chuck roast) for $2.47 a pound. They also have pork roast (97-cents a pound) and a recipe for spicy shredded pork. (In The Bee's Food&Wine section, you will find a story about the tamale tradition during the holiday season. Shredded pork is a key player in tamales). They also have fresh Dungeness crab ($3.77 a pound and subject to availability); cooked boneless chicken strips in the deli ($4.99 a pound) and take and bake pizza at 2/$10. The crab, chicken strips and pizza make handy quick meals during the busy school, shopping, holiday gathering season.

In produce, you will find broccoli crowns at 99-cents a pound; Clementine tangerines at $5.77 a box and potatoes to go with the roast at 59-cents a pound. 

You can stock up on drinks this week with Crystal Geyser spring water at 2 cases/$7 and 12-packs of 7-UP at buy two get three free. Keebler cookies and crackers are buy 4 save $4, which works out to $1.50 a package. Lipton/Knorr rice or pasta sides are $1 a bag.

Milk and eggs are a bright spot in dairy. Last week I bought two gallons of Bayview non-fat for $3.49. That's a dollar cheaper! Large eggs are $1.29 a dozen and Dannon yogurt is 50-cents a container.

If you are a buy-not-bake provider of school treats, holiday sugar cookies are $4.49 for two dozen and $3.59 for a dozen of the premium variety in the bakery. Holiday cupcakes are $5.99 for 12.

Knudsen sparkling juice is $2 a bottle and Crystal Geyser sparkling water is $1 a bottle.

Over at SAFEWAY, they are also pushing cross rib roast at $1.99 a pound. They also have BOGO Oscar Mayer bacon and Gallo salame at $5.99. Safeway has Dungeness crab but it's up to $5.99 a pound. Lucerne milk has dropped to $4.29 for two gallons.

In addition to the bacon BOGO, Safeway has its own brand of ice cream, Campbell's Select Harvest soup, canisters of Emerald nuts; Russell Stover or Whitman's boxed chocolates; large eggs (18 count); and Tropicana orange juice all buy one, get one free.

The Friday $5 feature is Country Fried Chicken (8 pieces). Grab a Lipton/Knorr side dish for $1 a bag and a loaf of Artisan garlic bread at $1.99 and you have dinner for $8.

Crystal Geyser water is $4.99 for a 35-pack; and 2-liter Safeway mixers are 99-cents a jug.

Safeway has a cereal promotion: Buy 5 items, save $5. The most you will pay for a box of cereal is $1.99 for Special K. If you buy 5, Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes are only $1.29 each. If you are a baker, cookie ingredients are on sale. Safeway chocolate (baking) chips are $2 a bag; brown or powdered sugar is $1.50; evaporated milk is $1 a can; marshmallows are $1 a bag and flour is $2 for a 5lb. bag.

SAVE MART has the beef, too, with a price that falls between Raley's and Safeway - $2.37 a pound. They are also the only store to advertise bread for less than $2. Bohemian Hearth is $1.99 a loaf. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound and fresh crab is $3.99 a pound.

 In the holiday baking category, they have Betty Crocker cookie mixes at 2/$4. If you buy 5 Betty Crocker Mixes and Gold Medal flour ($1.99), you get a dozen eggs free.

A case of Arrowhead drinking water is $3.99 and Hansen's apple juice is $2 a jug.

In produce, apples are again 99-cents a pound; berries are 2 cartons for $5 and sweet Cherub tomatoes are $2.50.

But far and away, the best deals at Save Mart are in the smaller insert. The prices are available throughout December (Dec. 28) and they include Gallo salame for $4.99; Lipton/Knorr sides for $1; Ruffles, Tostitos and Sun Chips for $2.99 a bag and Betty Crocker cake mixes for $1 each. Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are 3/$5 and scones in the bakery are $3.79.

Vic's in Folsom is  into the holiday spirit with a sale on holiday ham at $1.99 a pound. Dungeness crab is $5.99 (same as Safeway). Fresh apples and Satsuma mandarins are 99-cents a pound and Brussels sprouts are also 99-cents a pound. Fresh Express salad mix is $1.69 a bag and Oregon russet potatoes are 69-cents a pound. Arrowhead spring water is $3.99 a case and the scones are $2.99 at Vic's.

FOODS CO. has a $2 a box sale on General Mills cereals. They also have good prices on holiday baking needs. Nestle Toll House morsels are $1.98 a bag; C&H brown sugar is 78-cents a box; unsalted butter is $2.28 for 16-ounces and evaporated milk is 98-cents a can. Oranges are 2 pounds for 98-cents; Fairchild tangerines are 78-cents a pound; avocados are 98-cents each and green bell peppers are 58-cents each. Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.98 a case; Juicy Juice is $1.88 a jug and Campbell's condensed soups are $1 a can. In the deli, you can pick up a quick meal of fried chicken ($4.98 for 8 pieces) and fresh French bread at 98-cents a loaf. Van de Kamp's sliced bread is $1.50 a loaf.

RAINBOW FOODS is advertising its holiday specials this week with boneless, skinless chicken breasts at $1.59 a pound and - what else - cross rib roast at $2.59 a pound. Boneless pork that's great for carnitas (or tamales) is $1.79 a pound. For bakers, sugar and flour are $1.99 for a 5lb bag and Betty Crocker cake mix is 4/$5. Pillsbury pie crusts are 2/$5 and Marie Callender's cookie mix is 2/$4. Fuji apples are 99-cents a pound; pears are 79-cents a pound and Fairfield tangerines are $1.99 for a 5lb bag. Red potatoes are 2lbs/$1 and bell peppers are 2lbs/$1.

Come back tomorrow for some tasty pre-holiday recipes.

 

 

  

December 6, 2008
Another $20 coupon from Raley's

You never know what you are going to find in the newspaper. Today was a great example of that! If you haven't already gone through your Saturday paper, stop whatever you are doing and go to page A9 of The Bee. That's where you will find another $20 off coupon from Raley's/Belair. Here's the skinny: Buy $100 worth of groceries and get $20 off. The offer is good today through Tuesday.

But that's not all! Savemart also surprised us on Saturday morning with a full-page ad with more good deals. Fresh Dungeness crab at $2.99 a pound. (That's almost as good as regular gasoline at $1.65 a gallon.) In addition to the crab, Savemart has Fuji apples for 99-cents a pound and avocado for $1 each.

For more on this week's sales check Shop Cheap from Wednesday:

 

December 3, 2008
You'll love these recipes

With the price of eggs falling and apples in abundance, researcher Sheila Kern set out on a mission: find recipes that match. If the breakfast recipes aren't right for this weekend, save them for the upcoming holidays and impress your guests.

Breakfast Pizza

From: www.allrecipes.com

Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls

1 pound bulk pork sausage

1 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

3 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Unroll crescent dough and place on a greased 12-in. pizza pan; press seams together and press up sides of pan to form a crust. In a skillet, brown sausage over medium heat; drain and cool slightly.

Sprinkle sausage, hash browns and cheddar cheese over crust. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk and pepper; pour over pizza. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees for 28-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

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Orange French Toast

From: www.incredibleegg.org  (American Egg Board)

Yields 8 slices

It's fun to be creative with French toast. In this recipe, orange juice and peel, vanilla and nutmeg flavor the egg-milk soaking liquid for raisin bread. You could also use apple cider with cinnamon bread or any other juice, flavoring or spice along with a different type of bread.

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup nonfat or low-fat milk

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

8 slices day-old raisin bread

Cooking spray

Confectioners' sugar, optional

In medium bowl, beat together eggs, peel, juice, milk, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg until well blended.

Place bread in single layer in 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Pour egg mixture over bread. Let soak, turning once, until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Evenly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Place bread slices in single layer on sheets.

Bake in preheated 375° F oven 12 to 15 minutes. Turn slices. Continue baking until browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Dust with confectioners' sugar.

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Orchard Salad

From: www.foodnetwork.com

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray Show: 30 Minute Meals Episode

Yield 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

1 head red leaf lettuce

1 head green leaf lettuce

1 teaspoon lemon juice, a wedge

1 crisp red apple thinly sliced

1 Anjou pear, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons apple cider

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it

Salt and coarse black pepper

8 ounces sharp cheddar, thinly sliced

Directions

Coarsely chop lettuce. Squeeze the a little lemon juice over apples and pears and toss with greens. Combine cider, vinegar and sugar in a bowl and whisk in oil in a slow stream. Pour dressing over salad and season salad with salt and pepper and toss salad to combine and coat evenly. Serve salad with a garnish of sliced sharp cheddar cheese.

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Apple Crisp

From: www.joyofbaking.com

Makes 4 servings

Topping:

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

1/4 cup  light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fresh or ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/3 cup (30 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup  chopped walnuts or pecans

Filling:

2 1/2 pounds or 6 cups Granny Smith or other firm, tart-tasting apple (peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch  chunks

1 cup fresh blackberries or raspberries (optional)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon lemon zest

3 tablespoons  white granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter or spray with a cooking spray, a 9 inch (23 cm) deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) baking dish. (Can also make 8 individual ramekins.) Set aside.

For Topping: Place all the topping ingredients (flour, sugars, spices, butter, oats and nuts) in a food processor and process until the mixture is crumbly (looks like coarse meal) and there are no large pieces of butter visible. (This can also be done with two knives or your fingertips.) Set aside while you prepare the filling.

For Filling: Place the apple chunks in a large bowl, along with the berries (if using) and lemon zest. Toss with the lemon juice and sugar. Transfer to your prepared baking dish. Spread the topping evenly over the apples.

Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes (20 - 25 minutes for individual ramekins) or until bubbly, and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat before serving.

December 2, 2008
Eggs, chicken and apples top the Shop Cheap list

Here's a scary thought, there are 21 shopping days until Christmas. That means grocery shopping and holiday shopping are going to collide for the next three weeks. Not to worry. We're here to help you sort out the sales from the so-so prices.

The best deals of the week
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts ($1.77lb at Foods Co.; $1.88lb at Raley's; $1.99 at Savemart and Safeway).

Large eggs: $1.29 a dozen at Raley's

Bottled water: $2.99 a case at Safeway (with coupon)

Apples: Red delicious (2lbs/98-cents at Foods Co.) 79-cents a pound (Butterfly red delicious at Savemart) ; 97-cents a pound (Sonya - a new variety - at Raley's)

The highlights:

Safeway has  a week-long coupon sale that includes the Refreshe water (see above); General Mills cereals and granola bars 4/$6; Charmin bath tissue or Bounty paper towels $5.99; 10 pounds of potatoes $1.99 and Safeway bacon - 3lbs/$5.99.

If you have the slightest craving for fresh Dungeness crab or cooked shrimp, head to Safeway this weekend. Both crab and medium cooked shrimp are $3.99 a pound - Friday-Sunday only. BOGOs include fresh raspberries; pomegranates; Keeber cookies or Cheez-Its; Tyson sliced bacon; Foster Farms variety pack lunchmeat; Steak-umm burger patties; Safeway Select and Breyers ice cream; Safeway mouthwash and vitamins.

Other items worth mentioning: Campbell's chunky soup - buy 2 get 3 free; Navel oranges are 99-cents a pound and the $5 Friday special is cheese or pepperoini pizza.

Raley's-Belair is offering a family meal deal, which includes a Rotisserie chicken for $6.99 and 50% off the sides - coleslaw; mashed potatoes and homestyle gravy. In addition to the new Sonya apples (97-cents a pound), Navel oranges are 2lbs/$1; berries are 2/$6; baking squash is 59-cents a pound and Fresh Express salad is $2 a bag.

Other items: Gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser drinking water are 88 cents; Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents a carton; Chex Cereal is buy 3, save $3; Nob Hill bulk coffee is $4.99 a pound; a case of R Everyday drinking water is $3.77 and 12-ounce bottles of Tropicana OJ are $1 each. Clif, Mojo, Nectar or Luna bars are $1 each and Nestle Hot Cocoa mix is $1.75 a box. In the bakery, sweet or sourdough baguettes are $1.19 each. In the deli, Take&Bake pizza is $6.49-$8.49.

Savemart has the chicken and apples (see above) and Sunnyside Farms large eggs (18 count) are $2.50. Freshetta 13'' frozen pizza is $3.99; Crystal Geyser drinking water is $3.98 a case; Nestle Hot cocoa mix is BOGO; Keebler cookies or crackers are $1.99 a box; Mozzarella string cheese is $3.99 a bag and Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 50-cents a container. In produce, iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head; cherry tomatoes on the vine are $2 a bag; Fresh Express salads are $1.50 a bag; blackberries and raspberries are $2.50 a container and green bell peppers are 69-cents each. In the bakery, turnovers are $2.99 and chocolate chip cookies are $2.99 a bag.

Foods Co.: Lots of great sales items at this store. In addition to the chicken breasts and apples (see above)  Rice a Roni and Pasta Roni products are $1 a box; Minute Maid fruit punch or lemonade is $1 a carton; Nestle hot cocoa is 98-cents a box and Spring Natural drinking water is $3.98 a case. In produce, red potatoes are 2lbs/98 cents; cilantro and radishes are 3 bunches for 99-cents and a bunch of garlic is 68-cents. Nissin Cup Noodles are 10/$3; Mission corn tortillas are $1.98 and an 8-piece fried chicken meal is $4.98.

Vic's in Folsom is having a pork sale with roast at 97-cents a pound, steaks at $1.99 a pound and ribs at $1.79 a pound. To go along, a bunch of broccoli is 99-cents and sourdough loaves in the bakery are 99-cents each. In produce, Navel oranges are 59-cents a pound; large avocados are 79-cents each and apples are 97-cents a pound. Progresso soups are 3/$5; General Mills cereals are $2 a box and Bonert's pumpkin or apples pies are $3.99 in the bakery.

 



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Pam Dinsmore is The Bee's Community Affairs Director. When she's not working, she's shopping. The goal of this blog is to help you save time and money at the grocery store. She's pretty good at it but she can't do it alone. That's where you come in, sharing your tips and secret methods for saving money. You can either respond to the blog or email her at pdinsmore@sacbee.com

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