Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,
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Supermarket Food

As much as I love food, I’m surprised I don’t write about it more often. But let’s remedy that by talking about a couple of things that are currently commanding a great deal of my palate’s attention:

A few weeks ago, my local Jewel supermarket began selling a new item at their deli counter. They call it “Olive Salad,” but to be specific, it contains 3 different kinds of olives as well as generous chunks of feta cheese. It’s all swimming in an oil dressing with herbs & spices. Set me up with a tub of that and some fresh bread and I am all set! The stuff’s not cheap – $7.99 a pound – so I can’t afford to live on the stuff. Sure, I could purchase the separate ingredients and make it myself – but I don’t, so there it is. At this time, it is the single most decadent indulgence in my life. Okay, I take that back. But it is the newest decadent indulgence in my life, and the only one I feel comfortable discussing in a public forum. So get out to your local Jewel deli counter today!

The other food item I want to discuss is one I’ve been into for over a year now. It’s a collection of products from the fine folks at Amy’s Frozen Foods. You can check it out for yourself at www.amyskitchen.com.

Amy’s isn’t just another company stamping out frozen dinners. Their entire product line is vegetarian – no meat, poultry, fish, or eggs. Cheeses are made from hormone-free milk. Ingredients are all organic and pesticide-free. But here’s what sets them apart for me – their stuff is delicious! I had actually become a big fan of several of their products before I realized that their entire product line was vegetarian. I was just buying it because it was yummy. It has only been recently that I’ve learned of their distinct identity.

Now when I say “delicious,” please understand the context. It’s delicious for frozen food. It’s no substitute for a genuine home-cooked meal, but if, like me, you subsist a lot on frozen dinners, you’ve got to check them out. My regular purchases from Amy’s include their Broccoli Pot Pie, Mexican Casserole Bowl, and Indian Palak Paneer. Frankly, their stuff puts the big boys like Stouffer’s and Healthy Choice TO SHAME! And I don’t have to go to some specialty store to find it – it’s right there at my local Jewel.
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