Today we decided to drive up to our foodie heaven, Berkeley Bowl. As an example of the wonderful things we found, they had a 2 pound tray of French green beans from Guatemala for about $3.40, which for non-math readers is $1.70 per pound. French green beans are often offered up to $6 per pound in supermarkets in Central California. We don't buy them at such prices, but obviously some folks do.
The best part was when Merikay stepped up to their deli case and bought two slices of their house meatloaf. Sensible people don't get excited about things like this, but for dinner tonight it was the best meatloaf I've ever had!
These are good examples of why we like to go to Berkeley Bowl. For about $140, we got more than a week's worth of wonderful vegetables, some decent meat[!], and a 1.5L bottle of white wine for old backsliding me. How can we go gallivanting across the country and get thousands of miles from Berkeley Bowl?
A slow cooker ratatouille, spring vegetable soup, tabouli, and several giant salads are all on the menu this week! Meat? Just a little chicken, some ground turkey for lettuce wraps, and a couple of smoked pork chops. Aside from the meatloaf Craig mentioned for dinner tonight. (Only one slice each, with healthy sides!)
the Good Luck Ducks, I found the boxed tofu. I don't have my register slip but I think it was about $1.15 for a 12 oz. box. " Use by" date is July 2012, so it doesn't keep forever. It says "Airtight package requires no refrigeration until opened. No Preseratives. No Irradiation." I bought a couple of boxes and will try them in the coming days. It seems like a very convent product. They also had "firm."
Speaking of tofu, it has a very interesting history. Before WWII each village in Japan would make tofu as a community. The duties rotating between families and the product shared. After the war it was given over to the war widows as a way they could make a living. I had a book about it years ago and remember this little factoid..
Happy Easter everyone, or happy whatever your Spring celebration may be in honor of.
May we all have a New Beginning in the sun.