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Consumer reports article on generic store brands in food. I looked this up because my new favorite mayonnaise is Market Pantry, which is Target's brand. It's similar to Hellman's but even a little bit sweeter and I just love it.

This consumer reports article is very positive on the generic store brands saying they are mostly good quality and a lot cheaper. Hellman's is 3.99 on sale or 4 99 not on sale, and Market pantry is 1.99.

 

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Hmm. I would expect the culture working at Whole Foods to change going forward! Amazon is certainly sounding a little socialist on the labor front here.

 

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"We are standardizing our expectations for meal and rest periods across the company to maximize team member safety and productivity, and to best meet our operational needs."

Member safety. 😂

Hmm. I would expect the culture working at Whole Foods to change going forward! Amazon is certainly sounding a little socialist on the labor front here.

 

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I'm taking tonight off - it is going to be a Chic-Fil-A cobb salad for my husband me me!
I have an independent home cookin restaurant nearby that makes really good cobb salads and has really great both ranch dressing and thousand island. Now you've made me crave one, but I can't because I need to eat up my last cooking effort, chicken and herbs with pasta. And I just got back from the store, Central Market, a gourmet store 10 times better than Whole Foods and everyplace else in town, and I need to do that more often. I usually don't buy meat there because $$$$, but they had a whole sirloin marinated southwest on sale very reasonable. So got that and 3 hamburger patties with cheese and jalapeno, and got charcoal to cook out tomorrow. I'm trying my grill one more time. I keep burning things on it. I'm using a single layer of charcoal this time and a lot less soaked hickory. Other than that, I don't know what else I can do.

I'm just going to have iceberg lettuce salad with it. Not even making a side. I've been hungry for steak. In my mind's eye, it's ribeye, but usually I like sirloin better as long as it's tender and hoping it will be since it's marinated.

Meanwhile, I have blackberry lemon muffins and breakfast bread (my favorite thing from there) to snack on.
 

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Oh, no. Sorry you are migraining. Ick. Stay down, close your eyes. Let the rest of the family glut themselves while you rest. Make them clean up.
 

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I'm very blessed that my kids and my H are very capable and take care of everything while I rest. :) One of the few things I can tolerate when I have a migraine is CFA French fries and their diet coke. Something about the salt and their diet coke just tastes different than anywhere else. So that is what I am having!

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I presented a few options to my wife for dinner and she picked burritos. I was trying to get her interested in fried rice with Napa cabbage and she couldn’t get over the bag of tortillas that got delivered earlier today.

I intended to make breakfast burritos on the weekend but she has decided instead we will have dinner versions.
 

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Well come on now, cabbage versus burritos? No contest.
 
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I very seldom have fast food, but when I do, it is Chic-fil-a. I just wish they’d bring back their carrot raisin salad. I loved it
 

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Nothing special. I try not to eat tortillas so I just had mine on a plate. Wife of course had actual burrito. I am saving my tortilla for my breakfast this weekend.

Just 7% ground beef with McCormick burrito seasoning, refried beans from a can.

My toppings: pickled jalapeños, sliced olives, Pace picante hot, El Yucatán Habanero green, La Victoria taco sauce hot. Was lazy because wife didn’t want produce so I didn’t cut anything.

Her toppings: 4 cheese Mexican blend, sour cream, olives.
 

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We had left over chili and cornbread I made earlier in the week. It is cold here in Florida (for us anyway), so it makes for a nice warm dinner.

Tonight will be grilled chicken caesar salad, using up the rest of the chicken I marinated and grilled this week.
 

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I am eating my charcoaled grill right now. So never had this before. Or even heard of it. The marinated sirloin was sirloin flap, which looks similar to skirt steak but is not grisly and is very tender. They marinated this one so that may be the only reason it's tender, I don't know. Anyway, I didn't burn anything this time, but it took forever and I made a small pile of briquettes and only 4 lonely pieces of hickory soaked. I started it real high and nothing was happening, so in the end, I did have to get closer to the flame. I think next time I will do the charcoal the same way but not start it up so high off it and maybe it will be right.

The jalapeno cheddar beef patties are good and tender, too. Had trouble getting them done in the middle, but they're fine.
 
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I'm not experienced in cooking over charcoal except when we've gone camping! We've got a gas grill, but I do think charcoal makes the food taste better. Unless you've got someone manning the grill who doused the charcoal in lighter fluid lol. I'm very jealous you are out grilling! My grill has been closed and under wrap for the last couple months and it will be at least a couple more before I pull it out again. I use my grill more than my stove when the weather is nice!

I've always wanted a Traegar grill but have never been able to justify spending the money on it.

I'm still not feeling great over here but I still cooked dinner for the family. I had a leg of lamb that I had spiced and frozen in a marinade I made, and I forgot I had moved it to the fridge a couple of days ago to thaw. So that needed to be cooked before it went bad. Since I wasnt feeling well again today I told my H to throw it in the crockpot with a chopped up onion and two bottles of beer. I have no idea if that was a reasonable way to cook lamb it was just the easiest thing I could think of to instruct him to do that didn't require any teaching. Unfortunately, the whole house smelled very strongly of lamb and the garlic/cilantro marinade I had put it in a couple of hours later. Which to normal people smelled good (my son kept asking when it would be ready) but when you aren't feeling well was not good. Any strong smells when you have a migraine are just bad news.

I made a side of spanish rice and dill green beans. We had hummus, tzatziki, olives and naan on hand so I threw all of that on the table and got the heck out of the dining area while they were eating. My H and kids said it was really good so maybe I'll try that method again next time I do lamb. My H said the kids devoured it.

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I love your impromptu lamb recipe. I never keep beer on hand though. Geez, I hope you get feeling better soon.

What happened with me and grilling, which I haven't done for close to 2 years, is when I first started real young, I just had a little hibachi and it was all I needed for just me. Then I got one of those regular grills with the red lid on it that is bigger and used it until it rusted out and did fine on that. Then I went to Walmart and got a little bigger but not very expensive grill thinking I'd be making brisket more, which I never have. Anyway, I've never mastered this thing. It has a bunch of vents and the top tier, the warming area, I guess, is in the way of flipping. I did better today but hoping next time is just right because today took too much time. Before, it was all cooked in one big flaming blitz because it was too much flames, so today is the first time I was able to control that, so making progress, I guess. I am anxious to try some roasted pepper and tomato salsa one of these days.

I don't feel like it's really grilled without the charcoal. To me, the charcoal is everything. I buy the instant light type because I'm scared of the liquid. I don't even really love hamburgers unless they are charcoal grilled, which is very hard to find now. So I always put patties on.
 

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I just use the classic Weber charcoal grill. If you get the grill for the top with the fold up sides and the coal boxes for smoking you can use it as an indirect smoker which is how I do stuff like pork shoulder or salmon if I’m not cedar planking it.

Occasionally I’ll do boring stuff on it like brats but normally I’m doing larger cuts and smoking them or doing shrimp and asparagus.
 
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