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That's New Zealand Lamb Racks

Here are some current prices from the warehouse Club. Fruit and vegetables are good, some highly priced but we expect to have the freshest produce year round ! I don’t mind paying for fresh food vs. already prepared and packaged produce, but there is a limit.

The food demonstrators set up their stations at both ends of short isles that run perpendicular to the main meat counter at the back of the store. I guess as they are close to the section of what food they are showcasing with samples. As you can guess I usually don’t stop and sample their offerings. Now that placement of the food demonstrators causes limited access to the small isles were the food is ! With their carts set at both ends, half of the width of the entrance to the isles are blocked. To me, it doesn’t make sense, if you are trying to sell more product and at the same time obstruct access to it with the people and carts that hang around grazing on the samples..I’m otta there !I have to pull the ol’ ” leave the shopping cart at the end of the isle and elbow my way in” maneuver. Usually, I just browse the area to satisfy my curiosity and price gauging of products. I realize that floor space is critical at a retail store but give us room to maneuver around, especially when the shopping carts are over sized and the crowds are thick. This is probably why I usually go shopping during off peak times and then complain that the selection is lacking. (Seeing Oxtails in the meat cooler is something I have seldom seen and a dish I’ve always wanted to make so it was worth fighting the crowds.)

We are abandoning the turkey this year for the Thanksgiving dinner. ‘Nuff said.. the decision was reached for each member to cook a dish (or two) of their preference, an entree and or side dishes and or desserts. Turkey didn’t make anyone’s list.The home chefs will be clashing in the kitchen vying for oven and burner space and time! It also gives us a chance to try different recipes other than the old standbys.

For me, we could have a turkey for Christmas, but as in the past, some of the Holiday meals have been with a crown roast of pork or beef prime rib roast. Ham is good, but tired. Hopefully I can chronicle the event with pictures, but usually most of the persons who I photograph make faces to express their displeasure with having their image plastered on the Blog !

The place of the gathering had changed from an original plan of other than here at home, at else where with a larger crowd, to back here with a smaller gathering. Usually we split the dinner and dessert times to permit those who wish to dine at one location to visit and have dessert at another.

My share for Thanksgiving Dinner will be ……..rack of lamb, fruit salad, bread.

BTW, recognize your food providers during the Holiday crush, if you don’t usually cook. The cook or chef needs time off now and then and the best gift is a meal you cooked for them.

Happy Thanksgiving in advance !

One of the best parts of going shopping is returning home and sampling the purchases……

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