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Sales, Menus & Recipes: October is Apple Month

26 September 2019  

What to do with apples!

Expect lots of apple recipes, apple salads, apple desserts and apple information because it’s apple month. It’s also vegetarian month, chili month, pasta month, sausage month  and persimmon month, so lots of good healthy food. 

Did you ever wonder why, “An Apple a day Keeps the DoctorAway”? Apples have long been known as a healthy food. The two most obvious are its’ high vitamin C content and its’ fiber. A medium apple, including skin, contains 5.7 mg. vitamin C and 3 g. dietary fiber. These were important to our ancestors because vitamin C wards off scurvy and fiber helps prevent constipation. Eating a diet containing a lot of meat and few fresh vegetables or fruits, especially in winter, led to health problems. 

We now know that apples also have lots of antioxidants and phytonutrients. They contain quercetin and acetylcholine, both of which are important to brain function, and Omega 6, an important antioxidant.

A good thing about apples, both then and now, is their large number of varieties, including both early ripening and late ripening. They also keep well, even with no refrigeration, and are easy to preserve by drying.

Culinarily speaking, apples have an affinity with both pork and cheese.

So stock up on your favorite varieties and eat those healthy apples.

Pro Tip: Great spices to use with apples – Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Star Anise and Cardamom

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—The Mix or Match Buy 5 Get $1 off each item Sale continues. Bargains include: Oroweat Wide Pan Bread $1.99/loaf, select varieties, Colgate Total Toothpaste $1.99/each, Sargento Shredded Cheese and Kraft Cheese $1.99/pkg, select varieties. 

Safeway—The special Digital Coupon is a 4 lb bag of Signature Select, granulated pure can sugar-$.25/each, limit 2. There is a $5 Friday sale, refreshe water $1.67.24 pk, Carl Buddig tub lunchmeat, $2.50/16 oz tub. Clip or Click Coupons, Lucerne cottage cheese, sour cream or coffee creamer $1.99/each, Purex liquid laundry detergent $1.99/each.

Sprouts—Organics Sale, Hundreds of Items on Sale including: Sprouts Organic Spices (bottles) BOGO, Organic Bulk Bins 25% off, La Tortilla Factory Organic Tortillas, select varieties, $1.99/pkg. And don’t forget, every Wednesday is Double Ad Day. Get the sale prices on all items from this week’s sale AND from last week’s.

Note: Next Wednesday, Oct. 1 is Senior Discount Day at Fry’s and Safeway.

National Days This Week

Sept 25Lobster Day
Sept 26Pancake Day
Sept 27Corned Beef Hash Day
Sept 28Strawberry Cream Pie Day
Sept 29Coffee Day
Sept 30Hot Mulled Cider Day
Oct 1Home Made Cookies Day

Bonus Recipes

Healthy Protein Pancakes

Hot Mulled Cider

Can also be done with hard cider. I like the slow cooker idea.

Suggested Foods for Early Fall

Main Dishes

Lobster Mac-n-Cheese *
Corned Beef *
Corned Beef Hash *
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Shrimp Scampi *
Apple and Onion Pork Chops *
Beef Stew—Cut up a Chuck roast or steak and make some Beef Stew.

Salads and Sides

Kale Salad with Citrus Avocado Dressing *
Green Salad
Swiss Chard Salad *
Steamed Asparagus
Roasted Vegetable Salad *
Steamed Broccoli or Cauliflower
Pureéd Root Vegetables *
Baked Potatoes


Apple Nut Cake *
Strawberry Cream Pie *
Bakery Treats
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies *

Video Recipes

Lobster Mac n Cheese

Here’s how to make your own corned beef brisket.

Corned Beef Hash

I’m sure any pressure cooker would work. Obviously the best time to make corned beef hash is a day or two after cooking a brisket. Or you could buy some corned beef at the deli if you only wanted a little hash.

Classic Shrimp Scampi

Check the shrimp often to see if it is done. If it is done before the other ingredients are added, remove it for a while, then put it back in at the end. Overdone shrimp is rubbery and awful.

Apple and Onion Pork Chops

Kale Salad with Avocado and Citrus Dressing

Swiss Chard Salad

Very interesting. Maybe I’d like Kale better if I blanched it first. Try to find rainbow chard, it’s so pretty.

Roasted Vegetable Salad

Use Roasted OR Grilled Veggies

Puréed Root Vegetables

This works for all root veggies, celeriac (celery root), turnips, carrots, potatoes, beets, rutabagas, and of course, parsnips, and Jerusalem artichokes. If you want a thicker purée use less cream. Of course you can purée one type or several. Carrots and beets will affect the color.

Apple Cake

This lady is a trip. Very Amusing. I would use less sugar, some cardamom, and pecan pieces. The cheese sounds good though. Apples and cheese, especially cheddar, is a classic combo.

Strawberry Cream Pie

1 lb of Strawberries should be about 3 cups sliced berries. The recipe says 3-4 cups sliced berries are used in this pie.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I like the way they tested all the ingredients. It’s like a science project.

On Sale This Week


Pork Chops, bone in—$1.47/lb @Safeway, Loin. $1.97/lb @Fry’s, assorted. $2.97/lb @Fry’s, center cut.
Pork Shoulder Roast—$1.49/lb @Fry’s, whole in bag
Shrimp, frozen, 2 lb bag—$9.98 @Sprouts, 41-50. $13.98 @Safeway 51-60. $13.98 @Fry’s, 13-15.
Lobster Tails—$12/2 @Fry’s, frozenChicken. bone in—$97/lb @Safeway, breast, thigh, drum, quarter or whole. $1.99/lb @Sprouts, drums, thighs
Chicken, B/S breasts—$1.99/lb @Safeway. $1.99/lb @Sprouts.
Beef Roasts, boneless—$2.97/lb chuck. 3.99/lb, chuck, cross rib, sirloin. $4.99/lb @Sprouts, rump or eye of round. 

Fruits and Vegetables

Apples—$.97/lb SweeTango or Envy @ Frys. $1.98/lb Honeycrisp @Sprouts. $2.50/2 lb bag @Sprouts, Gala (O). $1.99/lb @Safeway, Honeycrisp.
Grapes—$1.99/lb @Safeway, red, green. $1.99/lb @Fry’s, Moondrops (black, seedless). $2.50/lb @Sprouts, red, green, black (O).
Yellow Peaches—$.88/lb @Sprouts. $1.99/lb @Fry’s, (O)
Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries—$1.50/box @Sprouts.
Organic berries—$3/box @Sprouts, Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries.
Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries—Buy One get 2 Free @Safeway
Oranges—$.98/lb @Sprouts, navel. $.89/lb @Fry’s, navel or minneola. $2.98/2 lb bag @Sprouts, mandarin
Avocados—$.77/each @Fry’s, lg. $1.67/each @Sprouts, lg. $1/each @Safeway, Fri only
Tomatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, roma. $.99/lb @Fry’s, roma. $.99/lb @Safeway
Cucumbers—$.50/each @Fry’s
Broccoli—$.99/lb @Safeway. $1.50/lb @Sprouts (O)
Cauliflower—$1.50/lb  @Sprouts (O)
Squash—$1.29/lb @Sprouts, Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, (O)
Pumpkins—$4/each @Fry’s

Other Good Deals

Frozen Fruit—$2.50/each @Sprouts, Sprouts Organic
Bakery Treats—$5/each @Safeway (Fri. Only) Ring Cakes, $4.99/each @Sprouts, Fruit Pies, Fresh Baked, $2.99/16 ct, Fresh baked cookies, several varieties. 
Halloween Merchandise—20% to 50% off @Fry’s
Cheese—$3.99/lb @Sprouts, sharp, random weight 
Chips—$1.67/bag @Sprouts, tortilla or potato, (O)
Eggs—1.77/12 ct @Safeway