Now that the weather is cooling a little, and the days are getting shorter, it is time to appreciate the fruits that ripen in the fall. Apples are among the major fall fruits along with pears, pomegranates, grapes, figs, and persimmons.
Pears are a fruit which has been eaten since prehistoric times. The trees were cultivated in ancient Rome and Pliny noted three dozen varieties in his book “Natural History.
Unlike some fruits, Pears are usually picked green and actually ripen over time. One of the best ways to ripen pears is to place them in a paper bag (which breathes) with a ripe apple. Just check them from time time to make sure they are not getting over ripe.
Today pears are considered on of the most healthy fruits available. They do not contain a lot of sugar, only about 9 g., and they have lots of healthy phytochemical.s The skin contains about half the dietary fiber, so eat the skins.
Three Things to do with Pears
SPECIAL SALES THIS WEEK
Fry’s—One of the best deals at Fry’s this week is the buy $45 worth of selected pet items, get a $15 reduction. This is especially good if you have large dogs or several cats. There are also quite a few digital coupons.
Safeway—The Special Digital Coupon this week is up to 5# of Gala Apples for $.19/lb Fri. Sept 13 is $5 Friday. For $5 you can get a Meringue Pie, or a pound of Primo Taglio Deli Turkey or Ham, or 3 cases of refreshe water. This week there are a number of items only $.88/each, RoTel, Rice-a-rone, or Hunt’s Tomato Sauce. The Fab 5 sale continues.
Sprouts—Has hundreds of Sprouts Brand Items on sale. Items include Sprouts Brand purified or sparkling water $2.50, Sprouts Organic Honey 30% off or Sprouts Greek Yogurt, $3.50/32 oz
SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
For some reason September is the National Month for quite a few foods:
Better Breakfast, Chicken, Honey and Italian Cheese, to name just a few. We will feature recipes with some of these every week.
SUGGESTED DISHES FOR EARLY FALL
Oven Roasted Chicken *
Pan Seared Salmon Fillets
Giada’s Lemon Shrimp with Linguine *
Pork Chops with Apples and Onions *
Sausage Peppers and Onions *
Salads and Sides
Steamed Cauliflower with spice infused oil
Mushroom Rice *
Avocado Pear and Grape Salad *
Composed Salad *
Spinach and Strawberry Salad *
Caramalized Apples and Pears *
Pies from the Bakery
Pear Upside Down Cake *
Fall Fruit Plate
VIDEOS AND RECIPES
Whole Oven Roasted Chicken
Giada’s Lemon Shrimp with Linguine
Super Quick and Easy
Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
This looks like a good place to use your mandolin if you have one.
Sausage Peppers and Onions
Do this once and you’ll never need a recipe.
Could be a Vegetarian Main Dish or Side Dish
Avocado Pear and Grape Salad
A method more than a recipe. Use whatever fruits and vegetables you like. Do a platter or separate plates for each person.
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Caramelized Apples and Pears
Be sure you have everything ready before you start cooking.
Pear Upside Down Cake
ITEMS ON SALE THIS WEEK
Chicken, Whole—$.67/lb @Safeway. $2.99/lb @Sprouts, air chilled, (O)
Chicken, parts—$.67/lb @Safeway, bone in leg quarters. $1.99/lb @Sprouts, BS Breasts. $1.99/lb @Safeway, B/S Breasts. $1.77/lb @Fry’s, boneless breasts, thighs
Salmon Fillets—$6.99/lb @Sprouts. $7.99/lb @Safeway
Shrimp, Frozen—$20% Off Regular Price @Sprouts, Fish Market Brand
Steak—$4.77/lb @Safeway, T-Bone or New York. $5.99/lb @Fry’s, Top Sirloin
Pork Chops—$2.49/lb @Fry’s, assorted
Sausage—$4.99/pkg @Sprouts, Butcher Shop Links and Loops.
Fruits and Vegetables
Berries—$1.67/box @Sprouts, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries. $3/box @Safeway, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries. $2.50/box @Fry’s, Strawberries
Apples—$.98/lb @Sprouts, Rave. $2.99/3 lb bag @Fry’s, Gala. $2.49/lb @Fry’s, Honeycrisp
Yellow Peaches or Nectarines, $.98/lb @Sprouts.
Grapes—$1.98/lb @Sprouts, red, green, black (O). $2.98/lb @Sprouts, Cotton Candy. $1.99/lb @Fry’s, red, green, black
Cantaloupes—$1.50/each @Sprouts. $2.50/each @Safeway
Watermelons—$3/each @Sprouts, mini.
Avocados—$.50/each Sprouts. $.77/each @Fry’s
Tomatoes $.98/lb @Sprouts, 0n-the-vine. $99/lb @Fry’s
Greens—$2.50/each @Fry’s, Dole Salad Blends
Bell Peppers—$/99/each @Safeway, red, yellow, orange.
Mini Carrots—$1.99/pkg @Safeway
Potatoes—$3.88/3 lb bag @Sprouts, red, gold, (O). $1.99/5 lb bag @Safeway, Russet.
Cauliflower $.98/lb @Sprouts.
Other Good Deals
Eggs—$2.50/dz @Sprouts, Cage Free. $2.99/18 ct @Fry’s, Simple Truth, Cage Free
Chips and Straws—$1.67/each @Sprouts, Sprouts Brand
Cereal—@1.67/each @Safeway, Post, Kellogg, when you buy 3, limit 2 offers, select varieties
Crackers—$1.88/each @Safeway, Nabisco, when you buy 3, limit 1 offer, select varieties
English Muffins or Bagels—$BOGO @Fry’s
Frozen Entrees—$1.67/each @Fry’s, Marie Callenders, Healthy Choice or Steamers