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Old 09-07-2009, 02:01 PM   #11
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I have to agree with Msmofet.
As wal-marts are limited in what they stock, they cater to a certain clientel, I'd look around for a more..cook friendly grocer.
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:33 PM   #12
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Sorry, but in reality you can't just write off all WalMarts as being "limited in what they stock". Limitations in stock vary from store to store. Our WalMart here in Culpeper nearly always has fennel bulbs - along with other "cook friendly" produce & other ingredients in stock. In fact, I'm more likely to find fennel at my local WalMart than I am at the other pricier grocers in town.

I'm also more likely to find a large variety of fresh peppers (Poblanos, Anaheims, Cubanelles), yucca, horseradish, daikon radish, dried peppers (at least half a dozen different types), eggroll/wonton/potsticker skins, lots of tofu selections, a larger variety of chicken & turkey parts - actually the list is endless as to what our local WalMart carries that other local markets don't. And at much better prices to boot.

Sorry, but my "cooking friendly" choices would be a lot poorer if not for our local WalMart.
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:37 PM   #13
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Good for you. Guess it depends on where you live and the clientel as I said.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:07 PM   #14
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Yeah, we have 3 Super-Walmarts within 10 miles of us and none of the 3 are very good at having anything like those things in stock, and neither did the dozen or so Walmarts we went to in Texas. So with our experience just in the past year with 15+ Walmart's and their stock, I believe we can honestly say a good amount of Walmarts do not in fact carry good variety "cook friendly" foods. We have better luck with our regular groceries like Publix in Florida and Tom Thumb in Texas, so in reality, we can rule out many Walmarts as having "cook quality" foods since we've been to such a wide geological variety in the past year and have seen nearly identical stores everywhere we go. Culpepper must be the mecca for Walmarts.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:28 PM   #15
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I'm sure I'm being repetitive, but any herb with that anise/licorice flavor would do for the seeds or greens, especially tarragon if you're a newbie to the flavor and want to start mild. The bulb ... if you can get celeriac it would be a good sub, but if you, like me, are limited in your shopping options, I'd think celery would give a good texture. The bulb has only the lightest of licorice flavor.

It was one of my favorite cooking stories. A friend was making us dinner, and he called because my neighborhood Publix had a rep for being more gourmet than the grocery stores in his. "Would you swing by and see if they have any fennel?" My husband and I started laughing. I'd never had it before, but had picked up some dying plants at the local nursery and they were beautiful. We were looking at them, wondering what to do with them just that morning! He cracked up. So we harvested, he cooked (I believe he braised slices in white wine and lemon). I really didn't know what to do with them because my husband isn't crazy about licorice flavor, but it is very mild and I've done it a few times since (although I've never been able to grow it again!).
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:40 PM   #16
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Culpepper must be the mecca for Walmarts.
Must be. And I'm very thankful for it every shopping day.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:05 PM   #17
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like i said if there is a large amount of italians in the area go to a market any market in that area and check it out. store owners don't want to lose money so they stock what the people in the area want and use the most.
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