back to the warehouse club… since the local warehouse club closed for reconstruction I haven’t been frequenting the the club. But I ran low on yeast, I have been baking bread yeast less with a starter ,but it is a slow processing getting the sponge to form a light and airy sourdough loaf. More refining and experience to the process is needed.

So now we have to go all the way to Seekonk, just over the border and a short jaunt from the freeway where many retail big box stores are located similar to the local strip of retailers. It really isn’t a long journey, but in RI. it is customary to complain if you have to go any further than your local neighborhood to procure items. Maybe it’s the fact that many like to keep it local and in the family, but living in a state as small as ours it has at least a miniature version of just about all retail stores and everything else it can cram in  with in it’s borders, the higher concentrations being in the major metropolis regions.

But when it comes to going there, OMG ! if it’s more than 10 minutes away, even the commute to work, start telling a horrifying story about the route getting there and back, throw in some awesome pothole stories for good measure, narrow side mirror scraping streets, and of course you should be the only one on the road, any type of traffic warrants cursing, Sunday drivers beware! What ! you have to use your brakes, insulting!

Enough for openers, here’s the latest hit list, the good, pork chops  a bit on the thin side, $1.88 /lb, so that’s a buy , the gallon of milk, high at $2.78, bad! maybe I haven’t been shopping lately but rice is high too , I didn’t get any (not because of the recent scandal) ,memories of rice at 25 cents a pound persist ! Cheese isn’t too bad if you want decent cheese other than the processed stuff. Things like vanilla extract, the real deal , cocoa, vinegar, and flour are staple items that I have run low on and the warehouse sells large versions for stocking the pantry. I grabbed some beef short ribs, not often seen at the club close to home, expensive in my opinion, at $4.98 per lb. but I’m getting user to meat sticker shock.  Most beef bears the ANGUS sticker now a days. By the way the yeast is $2.34/lb., 2, 1lb packs, that’ll last  …….sams ….

the wife, now formerly a baker,(don’t tell her I wrote that), from one of the big box boulangeries (maybe not French but it sounds good, even though they are more like commercial bakeries) ,bought the requisite items for comparison and inspection, like cheese filled croissants and breads, baugettes and focaccia, even though I bake a lot of bread, dutifully commenting on even the way the packaging is sealed, plus if it’s warm from the oven it’s a must buy. She has honed her eagle eyes, (actually ironic in a sense) to comment even on the demo ladies in the store, now it’s second nature to her due to her experience and the fact that we all comparison shop and critique most food items.

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