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Sticker Shock

Fairly random crabbiness about the grocery store. First of all, grocery shopping in WI is far more pleasant than grocery shopping in Chicago, which is what I picture grocery shopping in a 3rd world country experiencing an apocalypse might be like. But the local store always seems to be stocking their damn shelves. It's probably a Monday morning thing.

I was trying to make sense of the chicken...I needed skinless chicken thighs for a recipe and weighing the decision of going with boneless skinless breasts versus getting regular chicken thighs and skinning them myself, and this GUY kneeling in front of the chicken cooler was all FLING-FLING-FLING flinging styrofoam trays of chicken all over, and I couldn't friggin think. It was like he was training for a chicken flinging Olympic event. Then he turns to me and says, "Can I help you find something, ma'am?"

If you want to get on my last nerve, just call me ma'am.

Anyhow, yes, it's humbling to think there are people in the world with actual problems and I just wasted how much time being annoyed over this. I'm now done.

But another thing that was weird was the price of Italian Dressing mix. Holy hell, $1.79 for a tiny packet of spices? I bought it for a new recipe I'm trying out, but I then came home and looked it up online. I'll just make my own from now on, I have everything but the parsley. I don't buy dried parsley because a parsley bush (that gets tree-sized by midsummer) pops up in my yard every year...though I think the bunnies have it well-pruned this year. I'd credit the recipe but the same one appears at multiple sites, including food.com and allrecipes.com.

And my other trick that I do with all my new recipes is to cut/paste it to my Evernote account and pull it up on my iPod touch when I'm ready to make it in the kitchen. That way I don't have to print it out.

Italian Dressing Mix

1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tbsps dried oregano
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp celery salt
2 tbsps salt

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together. Store in a container.

If you want to make Italian dressing with it, whisk together 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup canola oil, 2 tbsps water and 2 tbsps dry mix.

(Most of the people on allrecipes recommended cutting the salt in half or less, and said that the water is unnecessary if you're making dressing, but to dissolve it in the vinegar first.)

ETA: my italian beef crockpot thing came out so-so. I might make it again, but for sure I won't blow $1.79 on a dumb packet of spices.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 20th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
I could probably make that. I think I have all the ingredients.

Too funny about the chicken guy. LOL I sometimes hate shopping on Sunday because the stupid shelves are always empty and they haven't restocked. Grrrr. If you're going to be open, have enough product. Whew. As you said, the fact that there is more food in that one store than some people see in a lifetime escapes me at times. Oh well, I figure we deserve our bitchy shallow moments too.
Jun. 20th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
I only go shopping on Sunday if the Packers are playing. Then I know the whole place will be deserted.

I always make the taco seasoning packet now. And that's a lot cheaper.
Jun. 20th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
You are allowed to rant once in a while :)
Thank you for the recipe and for the lovely PsyCop short. It was fun to read how Vic and Jake met. It was just meant to be, wasn't it?
Jun. 20th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! :D
Jun. 20th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Won't you be singing a different tune when you're left all unprepared for the citywide chicken-flinging contest!? ;)

Love Evernote! It makes the Misadventures possible. :)
Jun. 20th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
LOL - really! I can't stop laughing at the thought. They have so many dumb events around here I could totally see it.

We should do a post together sometime of all the reasons Evernote rocks. I'll bet you know some things it does that I don't know.
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