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Old 10-18-2004, 02:33 PM   #11
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I don't usually write out a list for groceries unless it is for something in perticular that I don't buy very often and we are out of. Otherwise I just go through every isle of the grocery store and if I see something that appeals to me I pick it up and the meal planning turns out ok.

As for household supplies, that is a whole different ball game. I usually shop at Walmart for that stuff and I have to have a list made out because as soon as I get into the store I have a tendency to get side tracked, looking around at other things and forget what I went there for.
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:33 PM   #12
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Re: Standing in the supermarket...

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...with nothing but a blank slate, surrounded by fresh produce, premium fresh-butchered meats, fruits and grains to die for...

I find myself in Fresh Market about twice a pay period with nothing resembling a shopping list, planning a 3-4 course meal off of the top of my head, wandering from aisle to aisle thinking, "DUDE, that spice would kick a veal marsala out of this world! Ok, veal cutlets and what else? I need a starch, some veggies and a dessert..."

Does anyone else do this, or am I alone in this strange habit? I find I can only afford to do it once or twice a paycheck, as I tend to spend around $50 total when you add in the wine for the meal. This is completely aside from the trips (about once a week) to pick up fresh veal bones from their butchers' department for veal stock. I go in there so often they know me by name. ;)
I have been asked to leave the store becuse I would pick up some stuff and then change my mind and put it back...then do it again.while I am "cooking in my head". I have a lot of trouble selecting my meat products. I am always looking for the best I can get at the lowest price. This can be very time consuming. I hate it when I find everything exceot that one must have ingreient. When that happens I just leave my basket and walk out.
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:37 PM   #13
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Bang, don't come into Tarjay, please. I have to put away all that stuff that you leave in your basket. That particular activity is quaintly called "re-shop" in Tarjay-ese. We all hate it.
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:38 PM   #14
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i browse and browse, mull over which brand is better, search for the best steak with the most marbling...
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:43 PM   #15
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Heh, I window-shop until I've visually verified all the ingredients I need, then I go on a wild spree picking them up and grinning to myself.

I'm so wierd.
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:43 PM   #16
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Bang, don't come into Tarjay, please. I have to put away all that stuff that you leave in your basket. That particular activity is quaintly called "re-shop" in Tarjay-ese. We all hate it.
I don't do it very often but when I am in a major grocery store and they don't have something like peppercorns or fresh lemons or Gala Apples...I get pissed off. I have been vey disappointed recently because I can not find whole dried peas. Ughhhhh :!:
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Bang, don't come into Tarjay, please. I have to put away all that stuff that you leave in your basket. That particular activity is quaintly called "re-shop" in Tarjay-ese. We all hate it.
I don't do it very often but when I am in a major grocery store and they don't have something like peppercorns or fresh lemons or Gala Apples...I get pissed off. I have been vey disappointed recently because I can not find whole dried peas. Ughhhhh :!:
Then complain to the manager. Don't make some poor underpaid stock person have to put it away!

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thanks, BarbaraL, from a poor, underpaid stock person!
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Any time mudbug! I don't have a problem with someone being justifiably angry, but we need to watch who we take it out on!

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Old 10-18-2004, 06:24 PM   #20
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I am a mood cooker meaning I decide at around 4 in the afternoon what I want for dinner and take it out of the freezer and then decide what to do with it. I shop about once a month for meat and buy steaks (I grind my own burger), chops, chicken breasts, fish and what ever other meats look good that day. I buy fresh produce usually twice a week and match with the protein I am making. If I make a shopping list, it is on the fridge door when I am at the store. THe only stuff I really put on the shopping list is staples that I am low on or out of completely. I have never liked meal planning, I guess when it is a last minute decision I am pretending I am dining out, and I am the greeter, server, diner, chef and cashier.
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