Right now is the time to stock up on nuts for holiday baking--and beyond! Kroger sells 8 oz bags of pecan pieces, 8 ounces for $2.99. $6 a pound is as cheap as I ever see pecans. Likewise, walnuts (which are almost always a cheaper alternative) are on sale for $3.29 a pound. All bags were stamped "good through October 2008". Freezing keeps nuts fresh even longer by preserving their oils. I am giving my husband's grandma a Bundt pan with four mini braided shapes. She always keeps loaves of nut bread in her freezer for breakfast and gifts. I bought two bags of nuts to go with her pan. A nice gift for under $10. By the way, if anyone knows a cheaper source for pecans, please share!
I also found some flank steaks reduced-for-quick-sale. It's funny how expensive flank steaks have become! Look at any cookbook from the 1970's or earlier, and you'll always see flank steaks listed as the top budget beef choice. Now they cost $4.00 a pound, thanks to the 1980's low fat revolution. (Same with frozen orange roughy.) Chuck eye steaks are the more consistently affordable choice. Both need slow cooking and/or marinating for tenderness. Reduced-for-quick-sale meats must be cooked or frozen that day for safety. I didn't have time to cook them, so I slipped them in Ziplocs with leftover homemade vinaigrette as a marinade.
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