This is a season of many parties. If you’re looking for something easy and quick to put together, why not try a cheese board? It does require some planning, but the final assembly can be done an hour or two ahead, leaving you free for those other last minute details.
Also, July is Ice Cream Month! What an opportunity to try out some ice creams and toppings
Saturday, July 15 is Military Discount Day at Safeway. There will be a 10% discount on most items—ask at the store for exclusions.
Fry’s is still doing the 2x fuel points on the weekend. Fry’s is really pushing the digital coupons. Fully 1/3 of their ad this week is for digital only price savings. If you’ve been thinking about signing up, now might be the time. Pros—You can’t forget your coupons. You can use each coupon up to 5 times in one order. Cons—You can forget what your have coupons for. If you have a smart phone you can access this information that way, if not you’ll really need to make a list before you shop. Also, they get to collect even more information on your spending habits. This being the digital age, you have no control over what they do with this information. They can’t legally sell your personal information, but they will send you emails.
As always, prices are for this area and for Safeway and Fry's will require at least a Club Membership card. Some may require digital coupons as well. We try to indicate all restrictions, special conditions etc. Sprouts does not require any cards and does not have any special savings days. Sprouts does have double ad Wednesday, when you get last week’s and this week’s ad prices. All three stores have digital savings available to those with appropriate accounts, go to their web pages for details and directions. Fry’s at least will give you the advertised digital price if you state you do not have appropriate technology. Safeway sometimes has coupons which you can access digitally or clip out of the ad.
On Sale This Week
Deal Of The Week
Buy One Get Two Free—Chicken, Foster Farms, Boneless Skinless Breasts, thighs, tenders
This could be done on an indoor (George Forman) grill as well
$.88/each—Blueberries, 6 oz box, limit 4
$.99/each—Bell peppers, red, yellow orange
$2/each—Strawberries, 16 oz box
$.50/each—Cucumbers OR Green onions
$.40/each—Sweet Corn Ears
$1.77/lb—Pork, End chops, bone in
$2.99/lb—Pork, Center-Cut Chops
$2.99/pkg—Sausages, Kroger brand, Brats or Italian, 18 oz pkg
$6.99/lb—Beef, boneless, flat iron steaks
$9.99/lb—Salmon Fillets, Sockeye, Wild caught
Other Good Deals
$.69/dz—Eggs, Fry’s Brand, limit 4
$1.50/each—Wieners, Oscar Mayer, select varieties
$1/each—Oscar Meyer lunchables, select varieties
Digital Coupons—These prices are only good if you use the digital coupon.
$1.69/each—Kroger brand, 32 oz, Cottage Cheese, sour cream or dip, select varieties
$1.38/each—Bread, Private Selection brand, 24 oz
$1.49/each—Tortilla Chips, Simple Truth organic, select varieties
$4/2—Plant Based Milk, 64 fl oz, must buy 2 to get this price
$2.49/lb—Butter, select varieties
Deal Of The Week
$.97/lb—Pork, fresh Sirloin Chops, bone in Family Pack
$.87/lb—Peaches, Yellow or White
$.88/each—Bell Peppers, red, yellow or orange
$.99 PRODUCE SALE
$.99/lb—Apples, Pink Lady OR Baker Potatoes OR Slicing Tomatoes
$.99/each—Lettuce, Iceberg or green leaf or red leaf or romaine
$.99/each—Carrots, mini peeled, 16 oz
$2.97/lb—Ground Beef, 93% lean, 3 lb pkgs in the meat case, ground fresh in store daily
Buy One get 3 Free—Pork, Loin back ribs, previously frozen
$2.49/lb—Chicken, boneless skinless, breasts or thighs, sold from full service butcher block
Buy One Get Three Free—Chuck Steaks, boneless
$2.99/lb—Pork, Loin Chops, center cut, bone in , family pack
$9.99/lb—Sockeye Salmon, Alaskan, will caught, fresh, when available
Other Good Deals
$1/each—Whoopie Cakes, 2 ct
$.59/each—Canned Vegetables, Tomatoes, Bean, Signature Kitchens, select varieties
$1.49/each—Cereal, Kellog’s or Post, select varieties and sizes, must buy 3
$2.99/each—Bacon, Farmer John Premium, select varieties
$2.50/each—Ice Cream, Signature select, 48 fl oz—select varieties
$2.99/each—Smoked Sausage, Eckrich, select varieties
Fab Five Sale—But 5 participating items get $5 off, must buy multiples of 5
$.99/each—Minute Maid Punch, 59 oz, select varieties
$2.99/each—Ground Turkey, Jennie-O, 16 oz pkg, 93% lean, select varities.
$3.49/each—Yogurt, Chobani 4 pack boxes, select varieties
Deal of the Week
$.98/each—Blueberries, 18 oz. pkg
$.77/each—Bell Peppers, Red Orange or Yellow
$1.98/each—Mini Sweet Peppers, 1 lb bag
$1.98/each—Blueberries (6 oz.) or Blackberries (5.6 oz.)
$1.98/lb—Grapes, red green or black
Other Good Deals
$6.99/lb—Dark Chocolate, Colombian, 85% Cacao, in bulk
30%off—Packaged Dates, select varieties, in bulk foods area, pre-packaged
$2/each—Frozen Vegetables, Sprouts brand, 16 oz, select varieties
$1.50/each—Almond Milk, Sprouts Brand, 32 oz, select varieties
$3.99/lb—Cheese, Imported Swiss, Bulk cut, in Deli.
Buy One Get One Free—President Crumbled Feta, select varieties
$3.99/each—Whole Fruit Pies, 8 in, select varieties
20% off all items by vendors; PlantFusion, Source Naturals, Doctor’s Best, Superior Source
35% off Featured Brands—More than 650 select items from brands such as Garden of Eaten’ Maranatha, Greek Gods, Spectrum, Imagine and many more. Posted price reflects discount,
Easy and Beautiful—A Cheese Board
It does take some planning and advance preparation to produce a spectacular cheese board for your party, but there is very little to do at the last minute. A cheese board is like a mini buffet, you bring together the pieces, but the guests serve themselves, freeing you to finish up dinner, get the dessert ready, or just enjoy your own party. And it doesn’t have to break the bank.
The goal of the cheese board is to bring together a variety cheeses and accompaniments. There is no need to go all out with a huge number of cheeses, in this case less can be more. The cheeses should be of different textures, tastes, colors and origins, but they need not be expensive.
A couple of cheeses on a platter with some fruit, bread, crackers, some deli meat and a few condiments might be perfect for 3 or 4 close friends. The more guests the more cheeses and the more other items you will need.
It used to be that Prescott was limited to the cheese selections at the supermarkets. Now days we are a little more up-scale, with the addition of Trader Joe’s and Sprouts. Trader Joe’s has the widest selection here, but their prices are a little higher. If money is no object, by all means hit Trader Joe’s. (Trader Joe’s has an Ash Rind Brie cheese on sale right now.) But if you are on a budget, start at the supermarkets' cheese cooler. Look for anything unusual. They may have some suitable items on sale. Then try Sprouts, which does have some different brands and types of cheese.
One of the vendors at the Prescott Farmer’s Market, Hassayampa Farm, now has an approved dairy and some Jersey cows, and they are starting to produce and sell cheese. It has to be aged cheese, as the milk is raw, not pasteurized. What they have now is a 3 month old cheddar type.
You will probably want to try: a firm textured cheese such as Cheddar, non-aged Manchego, Gouda; a soft cheese like a Brie, Camembert, St. Andre; something from goats milk; and something blue (if you like that at all.) Other choices might include a hard aged cheese, Romano, Parmigiana, or aged Manchego or a smoked cheese such as a smoked Gouda.
Your overall goal with the cheese is to have both familiar and unusual selections, so people can try things out and see what other flavors might complement them. If your budget is tight, you might want to choose one or two fancier cheeses, and then use familiar cheeses such as a cheddar or jack cut into cubes with a toothpick on it. (You can even pair your cubes of cheese with dried apricots or dates, perhaps olives or pieces of meat. Be creative!)
Once you have the cheeses, start finding your other components. Go for contrasts, salty, sweet, savory. A small dish of good olives and some Marcona almonds (Trader Joe’s) are a great place to start. You may want to have some meats, such as pepperoni, salami, or prosciutto. Highly recommended is Trader Joe’s Garlic and Onion Jam. Crackers and small slices of bread are needed. I would usually have a bowl of assorted crackers and small bread slices on hand. Fruits could be dried apricots and dates, fresh grapes, apples, cherries, tiny tomatoes… Add some branches and sprigs of fresh herbs or flowers and let the guests dig in.
July is Ice Cream Month
Nothing tastes better on a muggy evening than a bowl of ice cream. Try this easy caramel sauce with your favorite chocolate swirl.
6 Tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste
Place all ingredients in medium saucepan. Heat stirring on medium heat until all bubbly.