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Monday, December 05, 2011



This is a sore subject for me too - and I don't even have as many nice choices as you do! TJ's, Whole Foods, Giant (when I'm feeling thrifty), Costco (the bane of my existence - as a family of 5 we should live at Costco, but I just hate it so much). I went to the new Wegman's in the next county over when it opened last year, and I was in tears before I finished perusing its aisles. It was just too big and overwhelming, with too many choices, and I couldn't absorb it all. And I'm a seasoned shopper. It reminds me of when I was first pregnant and I went to Buy Buy Baby - I also left in tears. It was just too much to take in without understanding what I really needed. I like having choices, and I like having beautiful markets and farmers markets in which to indulge my food fantasies, but I too, have shopping lists that incorporate items from many different places, and it's exhausting to keep up with all the various stops (especially now that I'm working almost full time.) I've also thought a lot about how to instill the filter one needs in order to live in this world of overabundance in my kids.

In the meantime, your corn salad looks great - can't wait to try it!


Emily, I think you're on to something here. Like you and Karen, I often go to multiple markets in search of specific foods and ingredients from different stores. Plus, this year, during the spring, summer, and fall, I did a weekly pick up at a local CSA (community supported agriculture) that's not too far from my home but definitely out of the way. It does seem crazy given how busy my life is (although I admit that I don't spend much time maintaining an alluring physical physique) and how much time serial shopping eats up. I've recently adopted two strategies that do help. One is to use Giant's Peapod delivery service from time to time to stock up on basics so I don't have to run out to the store. For example, I've ordered several cases of no-salt-added diced tomatoes, which I often use in winter soups and stews, at a time. (You can also do this from Amazon and other delivery services.) I also buy products we like in bulk when I go to Trader Joe's, hence the lifetime supply of sweet and spicy pecans in my pantry. (And it does help that my husband actually enjoys Costco runs!) It does cut down on some of the shopping but I fear that my foodie instincts (and my family's strong preferences) will keep me on the run.

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