Grocery Deals and Recipes: Sep. 2 – Sep. 8

This week’s grocery deals are big, since they are tying in with Labor Day Weekend. Think of it as a final farewell to Summer 2009. And if you are like most part of the country, it still feels like summer outside! So get out this weekend and light up the grill. It’s still barbecue season everyone!

Now, you can easily go the cheap route this weekend with burgers and dogs. Most grocery stores are selling at least one brand of dogs for cheap (Albertsons 79¢/ea., Vons/Safeway 99¢/ea., Ralphs/Kroger 88¢/ea.). Want burgers instead? Get 85% lean ground bee at Albertsons for $1.79/lb or go to Ralphs/Kroger for ground sirloin for $1.99/lb. If you want already made patties, Ralphs/Kroger has 3lb. bags of 80% lean ground beef patties for $5.97/ea. Add some brats to the grill available at all three stores for $3.99/ea. For buns head to Vons/Safeway and get both hot dog and hamburger buns for 89¢/ea. This is a great time to stock up on condiments, too. Mustard, ketchup, may and pickles are also on sale at each store.

If you want a more sophisticated barbecue this weekend, load up on steaks. Bone-in ribeyes are on sale (Albertson’s $3.77/lb, Vons/Safeway $3.97/lb). Get a tri-tip roast at Ralphs/Kroger for only $2.49/lb. Or really impress your guests with a beef tenderloin ($9.99/lb at Alberstons and Vons/Safeway) or filet mignons ($9.99/lb at Albertsons). Got ribs on your mind? Pork shoulder country style ribs are on sale at Vons/Safeway for $1.99/lb. You can also get pork spareribs for 97¢/lb at Albertsons (frozen) or at Vons/Safeway for $1.77/lb (fresh).

Want something lighter? Vons/Safeway and Ralphs/Kroger have chicken legs and thighs for 99¢/lb. You can also get Foster Farms whole chickens for 99¢/lb at Vons/Safeway.

For veggies, try corn on the cob (4/$1 at Ralphs/Kroger), russet potatoes for 2lbs/$1 (Ralphs/Kroger and Vons/Safeway), while broccoli and cauliflower is on sale at Ralphs/Kroger for 99¢/lb. Fresh Express salad blends aren’t as cheap as a few weeks ago, but you can get them at Ralphs/Kroger 2 for $4. Also at Ralphs/Kroger, Roma tomatoes for 99¢/lb. Albertsons has hot house cucumbers for $1.69/ea and red bell peppers for 89¢/ea.

Need butter for your corn or for your baking? Challenge butter is on sale at Alberstons 2 for $5. Got cheese? Cream cheese is on sale at Ralphs/Kroger 2 for $3.

Don’t forget the fruit! Ralphs/Kroger is really smokin’ this week with the best fruit deals: pineapple 79¢/lb, green seedless grapes 49¢/lb, peaches 79¢/lb, nectarines 79¢/lb, mini seedless watermelons $1.47/ea. Get a 1lb. bag of lemons, limes or key limes for 99¢ each.

Plus, check your local bakery for those last-minute-I-didn’t-have-time-to-bake desserts!

Have a great labor day weekend, and for those of you with kiddos starting school next week: GOOD LUCK!

NY Strip Steak with Worcestershire-Chive Butter

This is great on ANY cut of meat, and is so easy to prepare. Quickly sauté some shallots/onions with garlic, them combine with 1 stick of softened butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and some chopped chives. Scrape butter onto the center of a piece of parchment paper and roll it into a log. Refrigerate for an hour or until ready to use. After grilling your steak, top each steak with a slice of this heavenly butter! For the full recipe, click here.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Because you have such a GREAT cut of meat, you only need to coat it with olive oil and season your tenderloin with salt and pepper. The key is grilling it until it reaches 135º-140ºF for medium-rare, or 140º-145ºF for medium. So, so delicious. For great grilling tips, click here. And for the full recipe, click here.

Avocado Shirazi Salad

Light and healthy, this salad will remind you that summer is still here. Combine chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, cauliflower, onions and avocado with parsley, olive and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Easy and delicious. For the full recipe, click here.

Lemon Bars

This lemon bar recipe is easy to prepare, and is a refreshing dessert, especially after filling up on great barbecue. First, prepare the crust with flour, butter and little sugar. Press into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan and bake for about 15 mins. Then mix flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest for the filling. Pour it over the baked crust and bake again for 20 mins. Top with powdered sugar. This is also great with fresh limes, too! For the full recipe, click here.

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