Saturday, February 26, 2011

Managers' Specials Do Not Need To Be Scary - King Kullen

I just put up a new photo album onto my FaceBook called 'Food Porn - End of February', and there was a theme that made me want to blog.  I noticed that I kept bringing up that the food I ate this week was a bunch of managers' specials. 

At this point, I need to point out that I am writing this post on my own.  King Kullen, where I enjoy shopping, does not know that I am writing this.  I just want my friends to know that they should look in local supermarkets for deals and specials.

I tend to spend whatever I want on food and then occassionally make up for it by purchasing managers' specials.  I usually shop at my local King Kullen.  I find the people are friendly and helpful and I have a few special people that I look forward to seeing.  The Fishmonger and the Produce Lady are my particular favorites.  The butchers will cut me a special piece when I need one, but usually there are many cuts to choose from in the meat section.  Managers' specials are deep discounts on food that will be expiring in the next few days.  I tackle this by either freezing immediately or using as dinner on the same day as the purchase.  Sometimes I cook, but mostly its my husband Andrew who does the cooking.
This lovely 3 pound roast leg of lamb - spiced with Rosemary, Garlic and EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil).  It was only $9.

This turkey breast cutlet, breaded in whole wheat panko was beautiful with very spicy veggies and black beans.  It was only $2 for the pound of turkey.

These were lovely and spicy organic chicken wings.  Andrew has a way with wings and anything BBQd or smoked.  It was a great deal at $0.99 for this plate.

This fresh ham, which I talked about in a previous post, flavored with prunes and apricots, was also a managers' special.  I believe it was $3 a pound.

Andrew made a nice BBQ with these organic chicken legs.  $2.  I usually don't go for legs but I do enjoy the organic legs.  There is a big difference to me and the organic meat helps to regulate my hormones.

We even tried turkey wings.  Andrew spiced them up and they were even pretty good.  Not my cup of tea, but good. $0.99 for 2 huge wings.

Another cache at $0.99 a pound. Nice organic legs and thighs.  BBQ's by the master - Andrew.

This may be the biggest example of trying something just because it was totally affordable.  I am always disappointed by veal because it is so expensive and so hyped as a dish in restaurants.  This veal was on sale for (I think that I remember) $2 a pound.  This was too good to pass up.  I wanted to give veal another chance with Andrew cooking it, he usually can do any food justice.  This was cooked to perfection and I enjoyed it.  I may never order veal again in a restaurant, but if this deal comes up again I will ask Andrew to cook it again. 
I looked through many pictures of the wonderful food that I ate over this past year and cannot remember any more managers' specials.  I have been enjoying specials and sales over the years and look forward to many more.  I write this to remind you that there are still ways to make your budget work - even in these trying times.

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