Bargains for the week of July 21 – July 27th

I haven’t seen this price in a long time.  In fact, back when the price of gas shot up, I didnt’ think we’d ever see this happen again.  But thankfully Ralphs has THE  Bargain: Whole Grade A Chickens $0.59/lb.  Get the limit of 3, put 2 in the freezer.  Repeat.  See recipes below that incorporate the chicken and other ingredients that are bargains this week!

$2.88/3 lb. bag Tangerines– This is good deal.  You might find a similar deal off the back of a truck, if you hit the right freeway on-ramps or off-ramps in LA/OC.
$.88 each – Cantaloupe  I’m only recommending this if you don’t have a Henry’s nearby. ($.77 each)  If you live near a Seafood City Market and took advantage of the lychee on sale, I have a recipe below that you can use with the cantaloupe.
$.99/dozen Large Eggs– You don’t see eggs cheaper than this.  If you do, tell me!
$1.99/48 oz. Breyer’s Ice Cream – selected varieties.

Stater Brothers
$.79/lb. – Red Seedless Grapes
– Best deal around for Red. If you want Green Seedless, you’ll have to go to Frazier Farms for a deal.
$2 lb./$3 – Black Seedless Grapes – good deal since Albertson is selling them for $1.99/lb.!
$1.97/lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts– If you are one of those who will not eat dark meat or willing to pay upwards of $360 per year more to not cut up your own chicken, then this is a good deal. (This was calculated using the current Vons sale price of $4.99/lb. and a 2 lb. purchase every 10 days.)
$.99 each – Hunts Spaghetti Sauce 9 varieties

Frazier Farms (BOTH weeks’ ads are honored on Tues. & Wed.)
$.99/lb. – Green Seedless Grapes.
  This is a bargain because it’s ONE DOLLAR PER POUND LESS than everyone else!
6/$.99 – Super Sweet Corn (limit 18).  I never have been disappointed by the flavor of their corn. Always sweet!
$.88/lb. – Donut Peaches.  Big bargain! These unique hybrids are usually very expensive anywhere you go!

$3.99/lb. – Fresh not frozen Pacific Red Snapper Filets.  This is a good deal because it’s fresh and a dollar less per pound than the usual price you see for fresh.
$4.99/lb. Large Raw Shrimp – 2 lb. bag previously frozen 31-40 count.  This is a good price for a mainstream market, but not on par with the Asian markets, and I’ll tell you why.  Large Asian supermarkets offer the same price on a regular basis, you don’t have to buy a min., and the turnover is faster.  Don’t ever be put off by fresh frozen, because that is how we get most shrimp.
Note:  This is one of the few times that Vons beat Albertson in seafood prices.  Albertson has the same price, but their raw shrimp is 51-60 count.  (More shrimp per pound means smaller shrimp.)

Henrys (BOTH weeks’ ads are honored on Wed.)
$1.49/lb. – Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.
  What makes this beyond a good deal is that their chicken is all natural, with no hormones and salt water added.
$.77/6 oz.  Fresh Blueberries
$.77/Cantaloupe– This is per cantaloupe NOT per pound, so get the biggest, heaviest one you can find! If you live near a Seafood City Market and took advantage of the lychee on sale, I have a recipe below that you can use with the cantaloupe.

Sprouts (BOTH weeks’ ads are honored on Wed.)
$.49/lb. – Cluster Tomatoes on the Vine Awesome bargain!
$.49 each Hass Avocados (I can’t say if this is a deal or a bargain until is see the size of them.)
3/$1 – Green Bell peppers.  Great deal!

4/$1 – Mangos.  This is a good deal because Sprouts is charging 3/$1.
Tangerine Chicken with Thyme

  • 1 whole 2 lb. chicken cut up into 8 pieces (2 thighs, 2 legs, 2 wings, 2 breasts)
  • 8 medium tangerines
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil or butter
  • ½ lb. brown or white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 Tbsp. Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, or other orange flavored liqueur
  • 1 1/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 green onion, sliced

Instructions: (Makes 8 servings)

  • Grate 1 tsp. peel from 2 tangerines. Juice 4 tangerines to equal 2/3 cup juice. Peel and segment remaining 2 tangerines, removing any seeds; set aside.
  • Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry. Lightly sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. In large non-stick skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, heat 1 Tbs. Oil over medium heat.
  • Brown chicken for 5 minutes on each side or until just cooked though; remove. In skillet drippings and remaining oil, sauté mushrooms with thyme and grated tangerine peel for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add tangerine juice and orange liqueur. Stir chicken broth into cornstarch and add to skillet. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until mixture starts to thicken. Return chicken; stir in tangerine segments and green onion.
  • Heat, stirring occasionally. Garnish with fresh thyme. Serve over polenta.

Chicken Veronique


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 whole 2 lb. chicken cut up into 8 pieces (2 thighs, 2 legs, 2 wings, 2 breasts)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup vermouth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cup red and/or green grapes, cut in half
On shallow plate, combine flour, salt, pepper, tarragon and marjoram. Coat chicken pieces in this mixture. In heavy skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add chicken pieces and cook for 7 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook 5-8 minutes longer until chicken is just done. Remove chicken from pan and cover with foil to keep warm. Add stock and vermouth to pan and bring to a boil, scraping up pan drippings. Boil over high heat for 6-8 minutes until sauce is reduced and thickened. Return chicken to pan along with cream plus red &/or green grapes, and cook over low heat for 4-6 minutes until sauce had thickened and chicken is tender. Serve over steamed rice.
Melon & Lychee Salad


  • 3 large or 4 small cantaloupes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 1/3 cup lychee, peeled and seeded
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. finely shredded mint leaves
  • 100 ml sweet white wine
  • Put melon, lychees and mint in a bowl.  Pour wine over fruit and toss well.  Chill until ready to serve.

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