My favorite most-frequented supermarket is my local Harris Teeter, though I do occasionally wander into the Kroger. I’m a pretty frequent shopper since I don’t do well at meal planning.
Right after the holidays I always seem to find some goodies in those end-of-holiday-season, reduced-price carts that I wouldn’t purchase otherwise. Last year it was black truffle oil which has been put to good use this past year, and even recently when I was trying to do some wine-food pairing. (It’s been drizzled on baked potatoes too–my serious, decadent comfort food.)
A couple years ago, I was planning to do a roast goose (obviously requires friends in attendance). When I got to the checkout, the price of the goose was SO low that I got a second one. Good thing because we had snow and ice on the day I’d planned the dinner. You really can’t undo the thawed goose, so I toured the neighborhood within walking distance with impromptu invitations to eat goose–and found willing neighbors. (These who missed that got to help eat the second goose when the weather permitted.) So the freezer case has become a place that I also skulk through at this time of the year as well as those “manager’s special” carts.
This year so far my “find” is pheasants on sale. I’m planning a pheasant dinner with friends shortly.
I get the pleasure of planning the meal, picking a wine, and then eating and drinking with good company. It’s in the planning stages now–braise or roast? Maybe the Romertopf since I do have a very large one?
Perusing recipes and thinking about wine is pleasurable activity. I’m leaning toward a bottle of the Ravenswood “Besieged”, but I might have to check with my favorite wine store before I make a final decision, and after I’ve decided what seasoning these birds will get.