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11 April 2019  

Where do all these “National Days” come from anyway?

That is actually a complicated question. Sometimes people petition the President of the USA to declare a day. If he/she agrees, one day in one year is set aside. That used to be the end of it. Nowadays, with social media, if the day strikes a chord with the mediaverse there may be a wave of support for continuing that celebration. 

The two main places where we can find out about national days are The National Day Calendar and Foodimentary. The National Day Calendar features all sorts of national days, from days honoring nurses to days celebrating kazoos. And of course the days for many different eatables. 

The Foodimentary site, started by blogger John Bryan Hopkins, a social media consultant, is focused on food. Mr. Hopkins controls what is featured on the Foodimentary site, and is known for making up his own days if he likes something which doesn’t appear on other calendars or if there is no food listed for a particular day. The National Day Calendar was started by Marlo Anderson of Mandan N.D. He says that only a fraction of National Days have any government ties. Most have been thought up by organizations with a cause or PR people from various industries. 

The viral nature of communications today makes it easy to find a community interested in almost anything. When President Barak Obama tweeted “Arr you in” on Talk Like a Pirate Day, he got 3,000+ retweets. Or consider the massive popularity of National Doughnut Day, which now has doughnut shops all over America giving away free or discounted doughnuts. This will be on June 7 this year. Chocolate and chocolate related foods have a number of days every year, which is only right.

Being a food column we concentrate mostly on food days, but occasionally mention something either interesting or silly.

Special Days This Week

April 10— Cinnamon Crescent Day
April 11— Cheese Fondue Day
April 12— Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
April 13— Peach Cobbler Day
April 14— Pecan Day
April 15— Glazed Spiral Ham Day
April 16— Eggs Benedict Day

Special Sales and Screamin’ Deals

Fry’s—Mix or Match, Buy 6 or more, get $.50 off each item.
Screamin’ Deal—$.88/each for a Whole Pineapple

Safeway—Has a whole page of clip or click coupons. Also $5 Friday—T-bone Steak, $5/lb, Lucerene cheese, $1/pkg.
Screamin’ Deal—A just for U coupon for ground beef, $.99/lb in packages of 5 lb or more, limit 10 lb.

Sprouts—The Organic Foods sale continues. More than 700 Organic items on sale. (O)
Screamin’ Deal—Ground Turkey, $2.99/3 lb pkg. 

Day 1

Pasta Bolognese
Green Salad
Peach Cobbler

Bolognese Sauce (With Beef and Veal)

Bolognese Sauce (With Beef and Veal)

If ground veal is not available, try with ground pork, turkey or chicken. Serve with pasta of your choice. Chicken would have more water, so adjust accordingly.

Peach Cobbler

Frozen peaches would be better than canned. Just let them thaw in the bags. Drain, reserving the juice (so you can control how much goes in.) I don’t usually use self rising flour, but he is pretty insistent on it, both here and in his blog. If you do decide to substitute, mix 2 1/2 t baking powder and 3/4 t salt with 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour. Be sure to whisk it in well. Maybe add a pinch more baking powder.

Items On Sale

Ground Beef—$.99/lb @Safeway, digital coupon. $2.99/lb @Sprouts. $3.47/lb @Fry’s, 2 lb pkg
Ground Veal—$7.99/lb @ Sprouts
Ground Chicken—$3.99/lb @ Sprouts
Pasta—BOGO @Sprouts, Montebello, (O)
Greens—$$.99/head @Safeway, Iceberg, $2.50/each @Safeway, Butter or Romaine Hearts, 3 count. $3/bag @Sprouts, (O).
Tomatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, Roma or Beefsteak, @2/box @Sprouts, Mini Heirloom. $2.50/1 lb box @Fry’s, $2/10 oz box @Fry’s, Simple Truth Grape, (O)
Cucumbers—$2.59/1.5 lb bag @Sprouts, Mini, 9o0. $.99/each @Safeway, English.
Sweet Peppers—$.99/each @Safeway, red, yellow, orange. $2.50/1 lb bag @Sprouts, Mini.
Avocados—$.77/each @Fry’s. $2/each @Safeway.

Day 2

Instant Pot Roast
Brown Rice
Green Beans with Bacon Bits and Basil
Strawberry Clafouti

Instant Pot Roast

Strawberry Clafouti

Also good with cherries, blueberries etc.

For Green Beans:

Fry some bacon, let cool and break into smallish pieces

Tear 6 leaves of fresh basil into small bits, or cut into chiffonade

Cut heads and tails off green beans, steam or simmer till crisp tender, drain. Add Bacon and Basil to pot.

Items On Sale

Beef Roast—$2.97/lb @Fry’s, Chuck. $5.99/lb @Sprouts Chuck. $3.99/lb @Safeway, Round, Sirloin Tip.
Carrots—$2.98/5 lb bag @Sprouts
Potatoes—$.50/lb @Sprouts, Red. 
Strawberries—$1.25/1 lb box @Sprouts. $2.99/32 oz box @Safeway, limit 2. $2/lb box @Fry’s.
Bacon—$2.99/lb @Safeway, premium, thick, butcher block. $4.99/lb @Sprouts, Thick, Butcher counter

Day 3

Chicken Strogonaff
Buttered Noodles
Steamed Squash
Pecan Pie

Chicken Stroganoff

Maybe try with Creme Fraiche instead of sour cream?

Pecan Pie

Pie Crust

If you don’t have a favorite pie crust recipe (or even if you do) there are lots of great tips here.

Home Made Creme Fraiche

Items On Sale

B/S Chicken Breasts—$1.67/lb @Safeway, service counter. $1.77/lb @Fry’s. $1.99/lb @Sprouts.
Squash, yellow and italian—$.88 @Sprouts. $.99/lb @Safeway
Pecans—$9.99/lb @Sprouts, Halves
Eggs—1.49/18 ct, @Safeway. $1.49/18 ct, Lucerne brand, Limit 2 @Fry’s.  $1.49/18 ct @Fry’s. BOGO @Sprouts, Happy Egg Co. Organic Free Range

Day 4

Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham
Sweet Potato Hash
Fruit Salad
Mango Mousse

Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham

Good explanations.

Mango Mousse

Items On Sale

Grapes—$.98/lb @Sprouts, red. 
Watermelon—$1.99/each @Safeway, large. $3.99/each @Sprouts, large. $2.50/box @Fry’s Compari
Pineapple—$.88/each @Fry’s
Mangos—$.50/each @Sprouts, Red or Honey. 
Strawberries—$1.25/1 lb box @Sprouts. $2.99/32 oz box @Safeway, limit 2. $2/lb box @Fry’s.
Berries—$.88/box @Fry’s, Blackberries. $3/6 oz box @Safeway, Raspberries, Blueberries or Blackberries. $2/6 oz box @Fry’s
Oranges, navel—$5/8 lb bag @Safeway, Friday only. 
Oranges, Valencia—$3.99/4 lb bag @Sprouts
Mandarin (cuties)—$2.98/2 lb bag @Sprouts. $3.99/3 lb bag @Safeway
Grapefruit—$3.99/4 lb bag @Sprouts
Papaya—$.98/each @Sprouts, Maradol
Sweet Peppers—$.99/each @Safeway, red, yellow, orange. $2.50/1 lb bag @Sprouts, Mini.

Day 5 (Breakfast)

Eggs Benedict
Cinnamon Crescents
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Yoghurt with Berry Compote

Eggs Benedict

Never seen Parma Ham around here. Look for or make thin sliced ham. Or just make squares from a thin ham steak.

Cinnamon Crescents

All Home Made. See made from refrigerated dough in Bonus Recipes.

Berry Compote

If you want a more jam like consistency mash after cooking.

125 g =  5 oz (1 cup of blueberries weigh 6 oz)

Cornflour = Corn Starch

Items On Sale

Eggs—1.49/18 ct, @Safeway, Lucerne brand, Limit 2. BOGO @Sprouts, Happy Egg Co. Organic Free Range. $1.49/18 @Fry’s, Kroger brand
Ham—$$.99/lb @Fry’s, Sugerdale, bone in, portions
Greek Yogurt—$1/each @Fry’s., Chobani
Oranges, navel—$5/8 lb bag @Safeway, Friday only. 
Oranges, Valencia—$3.99/4 lb bag @Sprouts
Pineapple—$.88/each @Fry’s
Strawberries—$1.25/1 lb box @Sprouts. $2.99/32 oz box @Safeway, limit 2. $2/lb box @Fry’s.
Berries—$3/6 oz box @Safeway, Raspberries, Blueberries or Blackberries. $2/6 oz box @Fry’s.
Cinnamon—25% off @Sprouts, Bulk Spices (all)

Day 6

Garlic Shrimp
Artichokes
Quinoa Salad
Bread Pudding

Garlic Shrimp

How to Cook an Artichoke

Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Bread Pudding

Not like a usual bread pudding, more puddingy. Might be good with some of that berry compote from Day 5.

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Items On Sale

Shrimp—$6.99/lb @Sprouts. $6.99/lb @Safeway, fz, in 2 lb bag. $6.99/lb @Fry’s, cooked, 2 lb bag.
Artichokes—$2/each @Safeway
Avocados—$.77/each @Fry’s. $2/each @Safeway. 
Cucumbers—$2.59/1.5 lb bag @Sprouts, Mini, 9o0. $.99/each @Safeway, English. 
Eggs—$1.49/18 ct, @Safeway, Lucerne brand, Limit 2. BOGO @Sprouts, Happy Egg Co. Organic Free Range. $1.49/18 @Fry’s, Kroger brand

Special Section—Easter Bargains

Fry’s—Plush Toys in a Basket $9.99

Candy, Buy 2 get one free on individual candy eggs, Reeces, Cadbury or Russell Stover. $3/each for bagged Hershey’s M & Ms or Kisses.

Eggs—$1.49/18 ct,, Kroger Brand

Flowers—Easter Lily, $7.99/each 

Safeway—33% Off on Filled Ester Baskets, Egg Eye Kits, Easter Grass, Fillable Eggs

Candy, Hershey’s M & Ms, Lindt Chocolate and others $2.50/bag or pkg.

Eggs—$1.49/18 ct, Lucerne brand, Limit 2

Flowers—$8,88/each, Easter Lilly

$1.67/10 stem bundle, Daffodils, Friday Only

Sprouts—BOGO, Happy Egg Co. Organic Free Range

Bonus Recipes

Cinnamon Crescents

From refrigerated dough.

Cheese Fondue (Authentic Swiss)

400 g = 14 oz

150 ml = 5 fluid oz

You can find Gruyere pretty easily in Prescott, but you may have to use “Swiss” for the  other cheese. Trader Joe, Sprouts, and other markets may have something similar.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Alton Brown—May he Cook Forever

Actually GRILLED.