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Sales, Menus & Recipes: Mushrooms

11 April 2018  

Day of the Mushroom is April 16

Mushrooms are so popular they have at least two days. Two here in the U.S. plus  special days in many other countries. Each country seems to celebrate their favorite mushrooms when they are in season. Mushrooms are one of the few foods that are still commonly foraged in the wild. But remember that it takes local expertise to stay safe. There are sometimes mushroom forays in the Flagstaff area and there is an Arizona Mushroom Society. Usually the dates are not set until the mushrooms are ready, so check online. Most wild Arizona mushrooms rise up after some good monsoon rains. 

Another food holiday this week is Peach Cobbler Day on Friday April 13. Now why this day would be celebrated in the middle of April I can’t say. All the fresh peaches in the markets right now are coming from South America, and they are pretty hard. There is conflicting information about whether peaches actually continue to ripen after they are picked. A peach grower in California’s central valley told me that they may soften, but they won’t get any sweeter. However, a really ripe peach is hard to transport farther than from the back yard to the kitchen. Peaches usually flower too early to be able to set fruit around here, but if we get just the right year they can be spectacular. Frozen peaches are available year round and cook up nicely. (Also good in smoothies.)

Fry’s has several special sales this week including a Grand reOpening Sale at Fry’s 3198 Willow Creek Rd. store. They have some good prices, but they are only good at that Fry’s store.  Also at that store the first 200 shoppers on Friday April 13 after 8 am will get a free breakfast. In addition there is a BOGO sale on a number of items AND a Buy 5 get $5 off sale. (Both those are good at all area stores.)

Safeway’s special sale this week is a $5 Friday. Prices on participating items are $5 on Friday the 13th only.

Sprouts is still featuring good deals on many of their organic items. 

Just so you know, the items that are on sale are only mentioned once, under the menu the first time they occur.

Links & Definitions:

All Store Coupons & Sales (on the Pillsbury site)
Fry’s Grocery Ad Fliers
Safeway Grocery Ad Fliers
Sprouts Grocery Ads 
BOGO: Buy One, Get One
O: Organic
B/S: Boneless, Skinless
AZ: Grown in Arizona

Specialty Days

April 11 National Cheese Fondue Day
April 12 National Licorice DayNational Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
April 13 National Peach Cobbler Day
April 14 National Pecan Day
April 15 National Glazed Ham Day
April 16 National Eggs Benedict DayNational Baked Ham with Pineapple DayDay of the Mushroom
April 17 National Cheeseball Day
April 18 National Animal Crackers Day
April 19 National Rice Ball Day


Day 1
Salmon and Corn Chowder
Vegetable Sauté
Relish Plate
Watermelon Slices

Salmon and Corn Chowder

Sauté Vegetables

When I do this I make my pieces longer and thinner and put the garlic in after the onion.

Items On Sale

Salmon $6.99/lb @ Sprouts, $7.99@ Safeway
Corn, frozen $1.19/plg @ Fry’s (on Buy 5), 30% off Earthbound Farms fz. vegetables @Sprouts
Corn, fresh $3.00/4 pk @ Safewa
Bell Peppers , Red Yellow or Orange, $1.50/each @Fry’s (organic) Green, $.34/each @Sprouts
Squash, yellow or green $.88/lb @Sprouts
Watermelons, $.77/each @ Fry’s (Willow Creek) (small),   $2.47/each @Safeway (large), 

Day 2

Rib Eye Steaks
Fresh Sweet Corn
Caprese Salad
Fruit Salad

Grill a Steak (ribeye or other)

Caprese Salad

For an even more delicious salad top with Avocado slices.

Items On Sale

Ribeye Steaks $$5.99/lb @Fry’s, $7.99/lb @Safeway, Boneless New York $11.99 @Sprouts
Tomatoes on-the-vine $1.99/lb @Safeway, Compari Tomatoes $1.99/box @ Fry’s
Pineapple, $3.99/each @Safeway
Grapes, $.77/lb @Fry’s, Red Seedless
Blueberries $.98/6 oz box @Sprouts, $1.50/6 oz box @Fry’s
Strawberries, $2/lb @Fry’s, $3.99/lb @ Safeway, organic
Blackberries, $.98/5.6 box @Sprouts, 
Cantaloupe, $.77/each @Fry’s, Willow Creek, $2.50/each @Safeway, Jumbo

Day 3

Philly Cheesesteak Skillet
Green Salad
Steamed Squash
Peach Cobbler

Philly Cheesesteak Skillet

To make it prettier sprinkle on some grated cheese and chopped green onions.

Recipe: Minnesota Peach Cobbler

Based on a recipe from Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke

Butter 4 Ramekins

Step One: Filling
3 cups frozen peaches
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/8 cup white sugar (or equivalent liquid Stevia or Equal)
4 pinches salt (1/8 t)
2 Tablespoons flour (white or whole wheat)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
3 Tablespoons melted butter

Place peaches in medium bowl.  Stir in Stevia (if using.) Stir in lemon juice. Let sit 10 min on counter to thaw (partly).

In small bowl mix sugar (if using), salt, cinnamon cardamom and flour, (Dry Mix).

Carefully Stir dry mix into peaches. Try to coat evenly. Hands may be best for this.

Place 1/4 cup peaches in each ramekin. If any dry mix is left in bowl distribute it over peaches. Drizzle butter over peaches, one teaspoon at a time.

Cover tightly.  Place on cookie sheet or baking sheet. Bake in 325º oven for 25 minutes. Remove and set aside. Increase oven temp. to 350º.

Step 2: Crust
3 Tablespoons white flour
3 Tablespoons white sugar
1 and 1/8 teaspoons baking powder
pinch cinnamon
pinch cardamom
pinch salt
2 teaspoons softened butter
1 egg 

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Cut or rub in butter until the mixture resembles corn meal.  Add egg. Mixture will be paste like.

Dot crust mixture evenly over peaches in ramekins. Don’t worry about spreading it out, it will spread as it cooks. 

Bake uncovered in 350º oven for about 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Serve warm or room temp. with ice cream or whipped topping.

If made with Stevia each serving will contain 2 teaspoons of sugar and 4 teaspoons of flour, approx. number of carbs.  20 g. Toppings will be extra!

Items On Sale

Ground Beef, $$4.99/lb @Sprouts AZ grown (85%) $2.29/lb @ Fry’s (5 lb roll, 73%), $3.99/lb @ Safeway. (3 lb min. 93%
Mushrooms, White or Brown $1.99/8 oz pkg @Safeway
Cheese, Sharp Cheddar, $4.99/lb @Sprouts (Bulk)
Cheese, Lucerne, $1.99/pkg @Safeway, chunk, shred or slice, 6-8 oz, select varieties
Salads, Simple Truth, organic, BOGO @Fry’s, Willow Creek only
Cucumbers $.34/each @Sprouts
Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, $2/box @ Sprouts

Day 4

Vegan Mushroom Soup
Composed Salad
Ice Cream (or other frozen desert)

Vegan mushroom soup

This recipe makes a lot but is easily cut in half. If you are not Vegan, some bacon bits are great in this. For extra flavor soak some dried wild mushrooms well and add.

Recipe: Composed Salad

Use as many salad plates as you have people. One of the beauties of a composed salad is that you can adjust it somewhat to your guests (families) likes and dislikes. 

On a bed of greens on each plate, arrange the following:

3 spears of cold steamed asparagus
4 grape tomatoes (or chunks of cut up larger tomatoes
3 slices of avocado
4 black olives
2-3 carrot strips
2-3 celery strips

Top with a scoop of cottage cheese. Serve with a selection of bottled or home made salad dressings.

Items On Sale

Ice Cream, $2.99/each @ Fry’s, Talenti, Håagen-Dazs, or Magnum, (Buy 5), $2.50/each @Safeway, Signature Select 48 0z, O Organics 16 oz
Bread, $3.49/each @Sprouts, Sprouts brand Sandwich, $2.49/each @ Fry’s, Oroweat, (Buy 5), $3.49/each, @Safeway, Goldminer Sourdough or $2.49/each, Sara Lee Artisan
Asparagus, $1.98/lb @Sprouts, $3.99/lb  @Safeway
Avocado $.99/each @Fry’s, large 

Day 5

Stuffed Bell Peppers
Steamed Green Beans with Toasted Almonds
Avocado Salad

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Works with any color peppers.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (Vegan)

If not Vegan, mix a little grated cheese into mix and sprinkle some on top. Could also be made with Italian or Curry flavors. 

Avocado Salad

Double Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I would use dark chocolate, be sure not to overbake.

Day 6

Roast Beef
Mushroom/Rice Pilaf
Steamed Carrots
Sweets From the Bakery
Roast Beef

A Good Technique Video

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet preheat an oven safe skillet when pre heating oven. This method should work for Tri Tip, Eye of round  and others.  For best tenderness, don’t cook past medium or medium rare.

Rice Pilaf

Things to add: Thawed frozen peas, finely diced sautéed bell peppers, sautéd mushrooms

Items On Sale

Beef Roasts, $3.99/lb @ Sprouts, Sirloin Tip, $1.97/lb @Safeway, London Broil or Top Round
Bakery Sweets, $3.44/each @Sprouts, Fresh Pies, $5/each @Safeway, Baby Cakerie Cakes, $1.99/10 ct, @ Fry’s, Soft Top Lemon Cookies (Willow Creek only)