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Sales, Menus and Recipes: 4th of July

04 July 2019  

Food for Thought on the Fourth

Did you know? That the actual declaration was dated on July 2, 1776, but not signed until July 4, or even later, That from the start, July 4 1777, the date was celebrated with 13 gun salutes, dinners, toasts,  fireworks and displays of red, white and blue bunting, That the date was made a holiday for federal workers in 1870, but not a paid holiday until 1938. 

Back East, salmon is a traditional meal on the 4th.

July is Grilling Month, Hot Dog Month, Ice Cream Month, Blueberry Month and Picnic Month. 

So fire up the grills, smokers, rockets (of the non fiery sort) and celebrate the date our country was born. 

Special Sales this Week

Fry’s—Four Day Sale, Wed July 3 - Sat July 8. 2 extra fuel points for every dollar you spend on Produce, Floral, Meat, Seafood and Bakery. Many Digital Coupons.

Safeway—There is a special 2 day sale on Wednesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 4 including some great bargains. T-Bone Steak $3.97/lb., (limit 2).  8pc Fried or Baked Chicken $3.99/each (limit 2). The special Digital Coupon is for Large Bags of Lay’s Chips at $.74/each, (limit 2). There are also some Clip or Click Coupons and over 400 items at $1/each, watch for 10 for 10 shelf tags on items ranting from olives to Cool Whip. 

Sprouts—Has a special 25% off sale on many sources of the important nutrient Omega 3. and Sprouts Brand Herbal Supplement capsules. 

Special Days This Week

July 3Eat your Beans Day
July 4—Independence Day, Barbecued Spareribs Day
July 6Fried Chicken Day
July 7Strawberry Sundae Day
July 8Chocolate with Almonds Day

Suggested Dishes

Main Dishes

One Hour Ribs
Grilled Steak
Grilled Chicken Breasts
Grilled Sausages (yes Hot Dogs are sausages too)
Pasta Salad

Salads and Sides

Grilled Eggplant with Tomato and Mozzarella 
Green Salad
Old Fashioned Potato Salad
Garlic Bread
Orange Salad with Fennel
Caribbean Orange Pineapple Salad


Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake
Strawberry Sundae


One Hour Ribs

by the Barbecue Pit Boys

Grilled B/S Chicken Breasts

You could also flatten the breasts by pounding in a heavy duty zip bag.

Grilled Eggplant with Tomato and Mozzarella

Suggestion—test for doneness before putting on tomato, should be pretty soft. And did you know that eggplants come in male and female. The male ones will have few to no seeds, and are therefore less bitter and smoother textured. Look at the bottom. If it has a deep indentation and is sort of bar shaped it is female. If it is shallow and round it is male.

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Two suggestions: First, you will need to make altitude adjustments for hard cooked eggs. After water boils, let eggs cook for 10 minutes or so, then remove from heat and let sit covered for 30 minutes. You may need to adjust these times depending on your exact altitude. And

Second: after potatoes are cooked and chopped, but still warm, add a couple tablespoons of a mild vinaigrette or Italian dressing and stir to coat. When the potatoes are still warm they will absorb the dressing keeping your salad moist and delicious. I also like to add quartered olives, maybe some diced dill pickles.

Orange Salad with Fennel

Caribbean Orange Pineapple Salad

Tips for Veggie Platters

Good on a buffet. To pass at the dinner table, try two smaller plates, make one pickles, olives etc. and one with veggies. 

Pasta Salad

Here’s a suggestion if you are serving a pasta salad as a main dish. Make a basic Pasta Salad, just pasta, dressing, and a couple of basics, maybe olives and diced snap peas. Then, if for a sit down dinner, pass two or three plates with raw and cooked veggies, cheeses meats and tofu, a small bowl of finely cut basil or other herbs. Or if it’s a buffet, set small dishes with the extra ingredients around the pasta bowl. This way everyone can choose the ingredients they want in their salad and you won’t have to discard little heaps of tomatoes, cheese, broccoli etc. It’s also perfect if you have a mix of carnivores and vegetarians. Maybe use good size bowls so they can mix in their choices.

Strawberry Sundae

Remember the High Altitude Tips when making the syrup. Throw on a few blueberries for a red white and blue sundae.

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

Great if you have kids at a party. Have them help you make them. Takes only about an hour if you have the ingredients ready.

Items On Sale

Meats and Seafood

Steak—$3.97/lb @Safeway, T-Bone, Wed & Thurs only. $5.97/lb @Safeway, New York. $5.97/lb @Fry’s, Rib Eye, 4 Day Sale. $5.99/lb @Fry’s, Flank, boneless.
Ribs—$2.49 @Safeway, back ribs, $2.99/lb @Safeway, Extra Meaty, Pork Loin, Back or St Louis style. $7.99/24 oz pkg @Fry’s, Curley’s pre cooked
Chicken Breast B/S—$1.99/lb @Safeway, service counter. BOGO @Sprouts. BOG2 @Fry’s, Foster Farm 
Chicken, Bone In—$.97/lb @Safeway, parts. $1.99/lb @Sprouts, Drums or Thighs
Shrimp—$5.97/lb @Safeway, medium, 2 lb frozen. $5.99/lb @Sprouts, colossal, 2 lb bag.
Ground Beef—$1.97/lb @Fry’s, 3 lb pkg. $2.99/lb @Sprouts.
Sausages—$3.99/lb @Sprouts, bulk or made in store, chicken or pork, $7.99/14 oz pkg, @Sprouts, Beyond Meat plant based, Brat, or Hot Italian, frozen. $3.50 per Package @Fry’s, Johnsonville, select varieties.
Fish—$7.99/lb @Sprouts, Wild Alaskan Cod Fillets. $9.99/lb @Fry’s, fresh, wild caught salmon.

Fruits and Vegetables

Grapes—$.77/lb @Safeway, green, red. $2.88/lb @Sprouts, (O).
Yellow Peaches & Nectarines—$.77/lb @Safeway. $2.49/lb @Sprouts, (O)
Apricots, White Peaches, White Nectarines—$1.48/lb @Sprouts
Yellow or White Nectarines OR Red or Black Plums—$.87/lb @Fry’s.
Strawberries—$2.50/lb box @Safeway
Blueberries—$.88/box @sprouts. $1.97/12 oz pkg @Fry’s.=
Mangos—$.50/each @Safeway, red or yellow. $33/each @Fry’s, Red only
Watermelon Lg Seedless—$5/each @Safeway.
Cherries—$.97/lb @Sprouts. $.87/lb @Fry’s, 4 day sale.
Cantaloupes—$2.50/each @Sprouts
Greens—$.99/each @Safeway, Romaine, Red, Green. $3/each @Fry’s, Salad Kits, Kroger or Dole
Tomatoes—$1.99/lb @Safeway, On-the-vine. $2.98/lb @Sprouts, Heirloom.
English Cucumbers—$.99/each @Safeway. $1.25/each @Sprouts.
Bell Peppers—$.98/each @Sprouts, red, yellow, orange.
Mushrooms—$2/8 oz box @Safeway, White or Brown, whole or sliced
Eggplant—$1.25/each @Sprouts.
Green Beans—$.98/lb @Sprouts
Cauliflower—$.98/lb @Sprouts
Potatoes—$3.99/5 lb bag @Fry’s, Red or Gold
Carrots—$1.79/bunch @Fry’s, Rainbow Carrots

Other Good Deals

Sodas, 2 ltr—$.77/each @Safeway, Coke, Pepsi or 7Up, must buy 5. $2.50/6 pk, Hanson’s.
Chips—$1.77/each @Safeway, Lays, must buy 3$1.50/each @Sprouts, Sprouts Brand.
Frozen Entrées—$1.99/each @Safeway, Marie Callander’s, Healthy Choice Steamers.
Ice Cream—$1.67/each @Safeway, Blue Bunny, 46-48 oz, limit 4, Wed & Thurs only. BOGO @Sprouts, Enlightened. BOGO @Fry’s, Dreyers, Turkey Hill, 48 oz.
Butter—$1.87/lb @Fry’s, Kroger
Cheese—$.99/each @Safeway, Kraft OR Cracker Barrel, select var., Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Wed & Thurs Only. $3.99/lb @Sprouts, Sharp Cheddar. $1.99/each @Fry’s, Kroger Brand, select varieties.
Pastry Bites—$1/box @Safeway, also mini turnovers
Dried Apricots—$2.99/lb @Sprouts, or Dried Cranberries, bulk bins.
Pasta—$.99/lb @Sprouts, Sprouts Brand
Salad Dressing—$2.50/each @Sprouts, Brianas, select varieties