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Day 76: Grocery Shopping, Chicken-Arugula Salad & Crescent Dogs

Today was my big trip to the store! I last went on April 29th so it’s been nearly a full month. We do get the same produce delivery every Tuesday (and it’s finally starting to be more than just potatoes and lettuce!), Matt did a quick shop for rolls, hot dogs, sherbet, a chicken and mayo (lol) mid-month but I’m still doing the majority of our shopping in person, at Aldi every 3-4 weeks, with my goal being as close to 4 weeks as possible. I honestly probably could have made it a little longer but Matt’s birthday is Friday and he’s taking a long weekend so we have time to make whatever. Aldi sales start on Wednesdays and I really like to get there on that morning if at all possible. The store is fully stocked with any sale items and I’ve had great luck with expiration dates. This time I didn’t end up with any meat with an expiration date closer than 6/5/20. This time part of their (already small) meat case was blocked off and they had different things than they had last time. Chicken thighs instead of breasts, stew meat was back, and some fancier cuts. Still no leaner ground beef and ground chicken was gone. Lamb chops were on sale this week so I got some of them and some strip steaks. We had thought of getting a raw meat order from Fogo de Chão for his birthday but those were two of the things we wanted so I think we will just stick what we got. Aldi was pretty well-stocked in general though. I don’t mind being flexible and I’ve been freezing meat here and there so we are in good shape variety-wise. There was no line today and the store was pretty empty. They still have the best safety procedures around. Hogan is trash and is letting every county do whatever they want so I still don’t want to go out unless we have to.

Matt will probably go to Giant or Weis to get sliced bread and anything else we realize we need that Aldi doesn’t sell on Friday and then go to Mastellone’s (local Italian market) for sandwich stuff, Parmesan and pizza toppings for his birthday lunch/weekend pizza making.

Grocery shopping is exhausting and Aldi is about 15 minutes away so it can be a long trip if there is a long line. This time though I left a not long after 9 and was back home, fully unpacked and showered by 11. Last night I made chicken salad with a huge amount of finely chopped arugula, red onion, lemon pepper and dill relish so all I had to do was put in on the last of our sliced bread and lunch was ready.

I had been thinking of crescent dogs awhile back. I don’t think I’ve had them since the ’80s but Aldi had crescent dough for 89 cents so why not? I had trouble getting the tube open (I am a failure at “convenience” foods, my Jell-O often doesn’t even set) but I managed to wrap up the leftover Berk’s hot dogs and some shredded sharp cheddar and sprinkle them with Everything seasoning from Costco. Matt made a big salad with the last of the blue cheese crumbles, some yellow cherry tomatoes from Aldi (called comets, they are the ones that were still perfect after like 10 days), red onion, beets from last week’s produce box we had pre-boiled (my trick for getting beets to last, roast or boil them and store them in the fridge, they last longer that way if they already have had their greens removed) and lettuce from this week’s box. I think I am good for crescent dogs for another 30 years.

We had some beet leftover so I made it into a quick refrigerator pickle with red onion, white cardamon pod, salt, a bay leaf, white vinegar and some fennel seed.

Non-food related activities:

Listened to more In the Dark while driving to the store, I’m starting their coronavirus episodes now.

Watched Emma. (very cute, loved the music and it was so much like Clueless which, of course, was also based on Emma) and tried to watch Uncut Gems which was so boring. Also tried Columbus which was very slow and oddly quiet. I could barely hear anyone speak. Who knew Columbus, Indiana had such beautiful architecture though?

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