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January 01, 2010


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Mary Ann,
Our local supermarket offers a Shop From Home option. This is great to help one stick to a shopping list! As I make my list online, the site keeps a running balance of what is in my basket. Things can be removed, and I can remind them to cut my meats to my desired size. They charge $10 for the service, and many husbands willingly "go shopping." This might be less than the impulse purchases. Also, coupons can be used for items too. I began to use this when my mom came to live with me, and it saves me much time.

mary Ann Esposito


Happy New Year and thanks so much for your good tips and advice. I wish our local market had this service!

Mary Ann


Mary Ann, what kinds of greens do you enjoy and how would you prepare them? I often find myself wanting to cook chard, broccoli rabe, collards, kale and mustard but am growing tired of just sauteing them.

I really like your #8. I just recently ventured to many local markets in the Boston area and the taste and varieties of produce are so worth the drive.

#9 is great advice! I need to do this more (to save money too!).

Thanks and happy belated new year!

mary ann esposito

Hi Dan, I like all kinds of greens from kale to bokchoy. And swiss chard is a favorite that I like to stuff with ricotta cheese and bake with tomato sauce. I blanch the leaves and leave them whole; mix up some ricotta cheese and grated cheese, like parmesan or even cheddar; add some bits of ham if you want to and lay the leaves out flat; place some of the filling on each leaf and then roll the leaves up enclosing the filling. Place them in an oiled baking dish and top with tomato sauce. Bake covered for 15 minutes or just until hot. Kale is great in soup. see www.ciaoitalia for recipe for ribollita which uses cavolo nero (similar to kale) to make a great winter soup. Happy eating!
Mary Ann


That sounds amazing! Its like an Italian take on stuffed cabbage, or a low carb manicotti. I love it! It sounds so easy too. Thank you!

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