Picking the right checkout line at the grocery store is always gamble, but one thing is certain: if you have a small number of items, the express checkout line is the best choice, right? Well, maybe not. When you do the math, it turns out the shortest line might be the fastest, even if the shoppers ahead of you have full carts.
I had a pretty sheltered upbringing, culinarily-speaking. I didn't know what phở was until I was in my late 20s. I thought tacos were always made with ground beef. I'm a bit more worldly now, but I am still prone to panic when I walk into an unfamiliar grocery store and see 40 different kinds of fish sauce.
Folks, I have a problem. It's called Withdrawal from Kansas City. Six month ago I moved away from my central Midwestern home, and I didn't plan on missing the condiment aisle at my local grocery store. I now call Chicago home, and while I'm hard pressed to find a "good" bottle of barbeque sauce, I'm learning to like new things instead (albeit begrudgingly).
Every shopper who clips coupons and scours supermarket circulars has access to the same deals, right? Not these days. Grocery stores are starting to experiment with personalized pricing, offering shoppers better deals on certain products based on their buying history. Is it a smart way to score deals or an unfair invasion of privacy?
I'm not a fan of cute crafty things, but I love a good DIY project, especially when it has a practical purpose. This menu board is a helpful way to plan your grocery needs for the week, and to get the family involved in the process.
Trying to eat and buy local is all well and good until I can purchase a giant tub of cottage cheese from my local Costco for $5. Writing for a food blog leaves me with a little guilt about that, but this new website helped me discover that my tasty breakfast snack comes from a dairy farm right here in Illinois! Want to see where your dairy comes from?
I've been in Chicago since March, but it's only recently that I've had transportation to make it up to the blue and yellow giant known as IKEA. I've lived near them before so I'm not unfamiliar, but the IKEA Food section has changed over recent years, and with three trips in the last 12 days (it's a problem, I know) I keep finding new things that make their way into my cart!
With our recent focus on American farmers and growers it seems like this land we love has more than enough food to go around. If we took all the food harvested from American soil and distributed it evenly to all our citizens, would it be enough to go around?
There's a well-known bakery in NYC famous for its cupcakes. And they just happen to be vegan. Oh, and gluten-free as well. How do they do it? BabyCakes bakery relies on agave nectar, canola and coconut oil, as well as other natural ingredients. One taste of their cupcakes and you'd never know they were anything other than delicious. But did you know the following five store-bought cookies are naturally vegan as well?
I was fortunate to grow up regularly visiting the original Spice House in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. (The Spice House was owned by the parents of the people who went on to create Penzey's.) At a tender and impressionable age, I was imprinted with the sensual, magical experience of walking through their door and immediately being surrounded by a cacophony of smells and the promise of new discoveries. So needless to say, there's no way the Internet or a grocery store, no matter how convenient and practical, is going to be my go-to when it comes time to purchase my spices.