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01 September 2018  

Great grilling weather predicted.

This week includes:

  • 11 recipe links
  • 3 links to recipe categories (ie: chicken, honey, milkshakes, bacon) for a total of over 170 recipes!
  • 18 recipe videos
  • 2 original recipes
  • 6 menu ideas

Great grilling weather is predicted for the holiday weekend. So look for lots of recipes and suggestions for grilled meats, vegetables and even desserts. All the stores have special prices on steak, ribs, sausages and chicken—so fire up that grill!

Peaches

I have the ideal peach in my mind. One that I picked off the tree in the orchard next to my family’s cabin in the mountains of eastern Arizona. Although we did not always get a good crop, when we did we would feast. When a peach is really ripe, you can simply rub/peal the skin with your fingers. It is juicy and has a marvelous flavor. I have also had really ripe peaches in Georgia, in the central valley of California and, in the old days, at the Date Creek Ranch near Wickenburg.

An orchardist once told me that a peach will never be any riper than the day it is picked. It may be softer, but not riper. Of course I understand the problem that the peach growers face. If they waited to pick the peaches until they were fully ripe, by the time they got to the consumer they would be bruised, or mush. If the peaches you can buy are at least somewhat ripe they will be edible when soft. I long for a peach tree of my own.

But back to reality. Peaches are here, inexpensive and plentiful. How can we use them? I am currently testing to see if storing them in a paper bag with a pear or apple might help. If you wait till they soften a bit, you can use them in frozen or cooked applications. You may need to add sweetener. Jams, chutneys, salsas can be good. Try a peach cobbler or ice cream.

Here are three peach recipes: 

Peach & Brown Sugar Sauce
Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar Peaches with Ice Cream 

Results of peach experiment so far. On Day 5 the peaches kept on the counter were soft enough to eat. They were not very sweet but texture was good and they did have some “peachy” flavor. Peaches kept in paper bag with a pear were not any softer or “riper” than those kept on the counter. Either way you will want to turn them every day or two to help prevent mold. Further reports on the great peach experiment will follow.

Peaches Part 2—I have found that late season peaches are more satisfactory than early season peaches. If you select them carefully for maximum ripeness they will be pretty good when they soften up. Inspect the stem end carefully. If there is any green visible do not choose that one. Look for the darkest color possible at the stem. Of course if it is a white fleshed peach it will not be as dark overall as a yellow fleshed one.  It may take up to a week for the peaches to soften fully. Just make sure you turn and inspect often to prevent them from going bad.

There are a couple of growers at the Prescott Farmer’s Market with peaches, and they are quite a bit riper than the ones in the grocery stores. They will still need to sit for a couple of days. For the best selection you must get to the Market early. It opens at 7:30 AM.

By the way, peaches are great grilled. They can be sweet, with brown sugar and brandy, or savory with barbecue sauce or a marinade.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—Still has quite a few items Buy 5 Save $5. There are good Digital Savings on Wellness Products and some Wines and Spirits. Lots of Digital Coupons. 

Don’t forget, NEXT Wednesday is 10% off for Seniors at Frys. Plan now! 

Safeway—There is a Fab 5 sale—buy 5 or more featured items—save $1 on each item. A 3 day sale will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the whole holiday weekend.

Sprouts—Over 1000 items from all departments are Buy 1 Get 1 Free this week. As always, Wednesday is Double Ad Day. 

National Days

 September is: 

Milkshake Month - 50 recipes!
Honey Month 31 recipes
Chicken Month 90 recipes

Saturday is International Bacon Day!!! Go ahead, celebrate all year long!

September 1—Welsh Rarebit DayGyro DayCherry Popover Day
September 2—Grits for Breakfast DayBlueberry Popsicle Day
September 3— Baby Back Ribs Day
September 4—Macadamia Nut Day
September 5—Cheese Pizza Day

Menus

 

Day 1

Grilled Steak
Grilled German Potato Salad
Green Salad
Grilled Fruit Kabobs 

Grill that Steak

Grilled German Potato Salad

 

Grilled Fruit Kabobs

 

Items On Sale for This Menu

Steak—$4.77/lb @Fry’s, T-Bone    $4.77/lb @Safeway,T-Bone or New York, bone in   $6.99/lb @Sprouts, Boneless New York, AZ Grown
Potatoes—$2.50/1.5 lb bag @Fry’s, Gourmet, small
Greens—$.88/bunch @Sprouts, kale and chard, BOGO @Fry’s, Dole salad kits  @3/ech @Safeway, Taylor Farms chopped salads
Tomatoes—$1.99/lb @Safeway, On-the-Vine,    $2.50/dry pt, @Sprouts  mini, $.69/lb @Sprouts, vine ripe
Bell Peppers—$.50/each @Sprouts, red, $3.49/bag of 3 @Fry’s, tricolor
Cucumbers—$.99/each @Safeway, English
Avocados—$.50/each @Safeway, 3 day sale, first 4, additional $.99
Watermelon— $2.99/each @Fry’s, whole seedless, $2.98/each @Sprouts, mini seedless (O), $2.50/each @Safeway, mini seedless
Strawberries $.88/lb @Sprouts



Day 2

Grilled Spatchcocked Whole Chicken
Greek Pasta Salad
S’Mores

 

Barbecue a Whole Chicken Butterflied or Spatchcocked

Greek Pasta Salad

S’Mores 4 ways
The hazelnut one looks outstanding. 

Items On Sale for This Menu

Whole Chicken (and parts)—@1.29/lb @Safeway,    $.97/lb @Fry’s
Pasta—BOGO @Sprouts, Del Verde, 
Tomatoes—$1.99/lb @Safeway, On-the-Vine,    $2.50/dry pt, @Sprouts  mini, $.69/lb @Sprouts, vine ripe
Bell Peppers—$.50/each @Sprouts, red, $3.49/bag of 3 @Fry’s, tricolor
Cucumbers—$.99/each @Safeway, English
Chocolate squares—$3/6 pack @Fry’s (also Reese’s)
Oreo Cookies and Graham Crackers @1.77/pkg @Safeway (must buy 3), 3 day sale

Day 3

Grilled Sausages, Peppers and Onions
Dirty Rice
Citrus Salad

Grilled Peaches (Sweet), Grilled Sausages, Peppers and Onions 

 

Citrus Salad

 

Grilled Peaches 

Recipe: Dirty Rice

Cooked rice (I prefer brown) with stuff added, such as:

Sautéd mushrooms
Onion
Green Peas
Sautéd celery
Sun dried tomatoes
Small bits of broccoli or cauliflower
Bell Pepper

For a really nice flavor, cook your rice in chicken or vegetable broth.

Items On Sale for This Menu

Sausages—$3.50/pkg @Safeway, Johnsonville, $2.99/lb @Sprouts, Chicken or Pork, Butcher Shop, $8/10 link pkg @Fry’s, Denmark
Onions—$.50/lb @Sprouts, yellow or white
Bell Peppers—$.50/each @Sprouts, red, $3.49/bag of 3 @Fry’s, tricolor
Grapefruit—$.88/each @Sprouts
Clementines—$$2.98/2 lb bag @Sprouts $3.99/3 lb bag @Fry’s
Peaches—$.88/lb @Sprouts, $.99/lb @Fry’s $1.99/lb @Safeway,  

Day 4

Welsh Rarebit (A Vegetarian Dish)
Green Salad
Steamed Asparagus
Bakery Treats 

Welsh Rarebit
A Vegetarian Dish

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Try a new salad dressing with your salad:

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Items On Sale for This Menu

Cheese $2/7-8 oz pkg @Safeway, Kraft & Crackerbarrel $1.67/pkg @Fry’s, Kroger
Asparagus—$1.99/lb @Fry’s
Greens—$.88/bunch @Sprouts, kale and chard, BOGO @Fry’s, Dole salad kits  @3/ech @Safeway, Taylor Farms chopped salads
Tomatoes—$1.99/lb @Safeway, On-the-Vine,    $2.50/dry pt, @Sprouts  mini, $.69/lb @Sprouts, vine ripe
Bell Peppers—$.50/each @Sprouts, red, $3.49/bag of 3 @Fry’s, tricolor
Cucumbers—$.99/each @Safeway, English
Avocados—$.50/each @Safeway, 3 day sale, first 4, additional $.99
Bakery Pies—$4.99/each @Sprouts, whole fruit, $3.99/each @Safeway, apple 

Day 5

Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled Peaches (savory)
Grilled Vegetables
Dirty Quinoa
Fruit Plate

 

Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Peaches
For savory grilled peaches, baste with barbecue sauce or a marinade instead of butter.

 

Grilled Vegetables

Recipe: Dirty Quinoa

Change up your grains with cooked quinoa. I like trim-color.

Add some things like: 

Sautéd mushrooms
Onion
Green Peas
Sautéd celery
Sun dried tomatoes
Small bits of broccoli or cauliflower
Bell Pepper

Items On Sale for This Menu

Pork Chops—$1.49/lb @Fry’s, boneless sirloin, $1.99/lb @Safeway, assorted bone in
Bell Peppers—$.50/each @Sprouts, red, $3.49/bag of 3 @Fry’s, tricolor
Peaches—$.88/lb @Sprouts, $.99/lb @Fry’s, $1.99/lb @Safeway, 

Day 6

Barbecue Ribs
Sweet Corn
Cowboy Rice Salad
Ice Cream

Ribs—Ribs—Ribs

 

Sweet Corn
This looks interesting. Not sure I’d use a whole stick of butter. 

 

Cowboy Rice Salad 

Items On Sale for This Menu

Ribs—$1.77/lb @Safeway, Back or St Louis,  $1.99/lb @Fry’s, Pork Back Ribs,  $2.77/lb @Sprouts, Back or St Louis
Sweet Corn—$.10/ear @Safeway, Olathe,   $2.99/4 pk @Fry’s
Ice Cream—BOGO @Sprouts, Alden’s Organic  $4.99 @Fry’s Bluebell, $3.50 @Safeway, Bluebell or Tillamook 

Bonus Recipe: Make Your Own Trail Mix