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  1. BeeZee

    Fruit

    I picked up a 6 pack of organic Altulfo mangoes at Shoprite on Saturday, every one of them was ripe, only one verging on over-ripe. Three were cut up for quick eating, the other three were cut up and frozen for future use. My fridge is full of various fruit at the moment, I couldn't resist buying a lot this week.
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    Lunch 2022

    Desk lunch...little Persian cukes sliced and tossed with Little Green Dress and tuna.
  3. There are 2 supermarkets close to my house, they are a block apart from each other, Shop Rite and Acme. As @gfweb notes, Acme is pretty terrible...except for some reason, the store near me generally has better produce than Shop Rite, and runs good sales on it. It doesn't matter as much in the winter, but with the summer fruit, I'm finding it worth my while to make a separate trip.
  4. As I was reminded that I haven’t made LGD in a while, and I had 2 jars of olives, I made a quick grocery run for some fresh herbs and a nice, fat, organic lemon. Made a batch and used it to dress some baked cod fillets for dinner. I have some Persian cukes and I think I will made a salad with them, some feta on top sounds good.
  5. Fralinger’s salt water taffy (now owned by the James Candy Co.) is a NJ shore icon, they had a shop on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, I think they are now just in the Casinos’ retail shop areas. One of my former co-workers used to bring a box back for us after their summer vacation. When it is fresh, it is pretty good.
  6. I went to Whole Foods to get lunch today, and for the first time I can remember seeing recently, they had unattended food samples out for the taking under plastic domes. All in little portion cups, except the grapes which I saw some guy stick his grubby paw in to. I did partake of a cube of cheese, which I popped in my mouth, and then re-masked.
  7. Cherries have never gone down in price here, the lowest I've gotten is $2.99/lb and they weren't great. In the past, I could buy them on sale at $1.99/lb for about 2 weeks.
  8. Good grief, all of those egg people...if my husband or I saw deviled eggs we'd make a warp speed u-turn. I don't know a single person in either of our families who likes them. I try to bring things that won't potentially poison people if left out too long at room temp. That means no mayo. I'll make a potato salad, grain-based salad, or marinated veg salad, which can stay nicely at room temp with oil-based dressing.
  9. For restaurant portions, I'd even call it "normalizing" rather than "shrinkflation". I agree, I'd rather have less food and no leftovers if it allows them to keep prices reasonable. Or give people size options, like how you can order a cup or a bowl of soup, I've seen restaurants (generally in an area with large senior clientele) that offers "light" portions that have smaller amounts of protein. The mass market brands try to trick consumers by modifying packaging so you can't readily see the reduction in volume. For example, a couple of weeks ago I saw bottles of Gatorade on the shelf in "old" style and "new" style shapes...upon reading the label the liquid volume was reduced in the new bottles. Likewise I saw something on TV where they showed the underside of a peanut butter jar being concave to reduce the internal volume while keeping the apparent visible jar size the same. I guess restaurants could buy smaller plates to visually trick their customers, too.
  10. Chutney is great on turkey sandwiches, also, for that sweet/sour/spicy kick.
  11. BeeZee

    Dinner 2022

    Everything on the grill - swordfish, corn, broccoli rabe (cooked in foil packet with oil and garlic, dressed with some oil when serving). Wasn't sure how the broccoli rabe would turn out, but it steamed very nicely with just the water from washing it clinging on the stems/leaves.
  12. BeeZee

    Lunch 2022

    Pizza at work yesterday, white pizza with spinach and tomatoes. Could have used a bit more garlic, but tasty.
  13. BeeZee

    Dinner 2022

    Grilled tuna (roasted pepper/kalamata relish), green beans (thanks for the idea, @heidih), multigrain pilaf.
  14. BeeZee

    Dinner 2022

    If you like whole wheat pasta, it has a certain simillarity. I have tried store brand once, Barilla is better. It does work better with the briny flavors than with milder ones, since the pasta retains a bit of the legume flavor. When you cook it, keep testing since I have found it takes a bit longer than the minimum rec on the package. I use it because of my husband being diabetic, the nutritional profile is better for him.
  15. BeeZee

    Dinner 2022

    Pasta salad with shrimp, roasted peppers, kalamata olives, a little feta. Used Barilla chickpea pasta.
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