Just thinking about you all today and I thought I'd share some recent food thoughts and discoveries with you.
Safeway has got some good food under their "Safeway Select" brand. Their Aspen Vanilla Extreme ice cream is the best vanilla I have ever, ever had. It is so good that you will become a vanilla convert if you're not already. It doesn't even need chocolate sauce. The Much Ado about Toffee is an excellent caramel-sauce, almond and toffee candy ice cream which beats any ben&jerry's specialty ice cream. These ice creams are under the Safeway Select Great Escapes label.
The safeway brand of Oreos (Tuxedos) is better than the brand-name cookie. Their mint tuxedos are excellent (better than the mint oreo) and I have gone completely overboard with them the past two days.
At Costco: Kozy Shack rice pudding. If you like rice pudding (I know the texture bothers some people) this is an addictive little snack, with all natural ingredients. It's in the fridge/freezer section near the yogurt. The Costco Brand Kirkland yogurt is good too.
Unfortunately I had a negative discovery (does that mean my sum total of discoveries is now lower?) at Coscto, buying the Just Desserts Mint Chocolate cake. I am a complete sucker for their chocolate and especially lemon cakes, and I like mint chocolate. But this cake wasn't good. It wasn't delicate enough and the mint cream cheese frosting just wasn't right. Our saturday night guests agreed. We will be sticking with the lemon cake, which sadly is not sold at my Costco.
Cost Plus has really fabulous licorice pastels, if you like licorice you should do yourself a favor and try these.
A great dinner cheat recipe I tried on Saturday--crock pot chicken. Recipe: 1 package cream cheese, 1 envelope Good Seasons zesty italian dressing mix, one cube butter, one can cream of mushroom soup. Mix all those ingredients together in the crock pot, add 4-5 chicken breasts, scoop the sauce over the chicken, and cook on high 4 hours or low 6-7. Serve over rice, potatoes or noodles. This was actually very, very good, in spite of the fact that it sounds awful. We served it with rice and a spinach (also from Costco!) salad (I use sliced apples, craisins, chopped walnuts and poppyseed dressing). A yummy, comfortable dinner.
There you have my random food thoughts, please share your own. Thanks!