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    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:33 pm
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    Hi mum
    Yes I was happy to see that price as well. However a lady near our cottage tol meof a place in Pennsylvania that sells chicken leg quarters for .29 lb.
    I plan to make a trip there before the winter hits.

    I wonder how far for you to come to the States. I could watch the paper and let you know when the next big meat sale is.
    I remember when we lived near Fort Erie my mom would do a once per week shopping trip to the States (Buffalo) for meat but everything else we purchased in Canada. She always said the meat prices were better and more affordable here. Of course with 9 in the family and relatives out every weekend in summer months our bills were huge. She also said the couponing was better here.

    If you like I can do that or get you all the web sites for our area stores. Not sure a once per week would do it but a monthly or quarterly trip might be worth your while.

    I am waiting for the turkey sales. I usually get them for .39-.49 per lb. with the addendum you spend $15.00-$20.00 . I do about 8 turkeys a year that way and go in and out of the store to get enough turkeys. (it usuallystates 1 turkey per order so I do many orders) LOL
    Yep it takes extra time but I find it so worth it when I can cook a turkey dinner in February, March and even smmertime for under $20.00 for 8-10 people each time and have kleftoves.
    mums the word
    Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:30 am
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    The border is 1hr 15 minutes from our house which isn't too bad, but to actually cross the border takes minimum one hour from the Peace Bridge due to the "hoops" you have to jump thru for Customs.

    Now you have me wondering though...I know that I cannot bring meat across the border into the USA but I wonder if a person is allowed to bring it back from the US into Canada. That is something I should find out.

    We just got around to getting passports this year, so it would be a possibility to cross the border for groceries, but I would have to attach that to another trip as the cost of gas, border hassles etc wouldn't be too appealing for me.

    I love that you get great deals on turkey too. Here, a deal is .99/lb. Butterball turkeys go on sale (occasionally) for $1.99 lb, so not often that I buy a butterball. Sometimes these turkey sales do have a minimum purchase of $20-25 attached to them too. If I could get chicken and turkey at the prices you pay or at the .29/lb I'd probably have an "IKEA moment" where the girl jumps in the car and says "Start the car..." (hope you know what I am talking about - this is a commercial for IKEA where the lady gets so many great deals she thinks the cashier made a mistake on the bill. It cracks me up!)

    The last two weeks I have hardly even bought meat as the prices are just too high. I am emptying my freezer at an alarming pace so I hope something goes on sale soon. icon_eek.gif
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:07 pm
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    I will keep my eyes and ears open for you. Let me know of the meat crossing. Mom used to do it weekly.Never a problem then.

    If you do come over find out your limit per person and bring a friend. LOL I will meet you at the Peace Bridge US side as passport is outdated last month. We could meet up and do a lunch right at the grocers. (or elsewhere if you prefer)

    Is the rainbow Bridge closer for you? Both are about an hour from me, PB- 40 min and Rainbow 1hr 15 min.

    Let me know and I sure will keep yu posted. I do not know if you have an Aldi's there bujt I can take you there as well. Spiral hams just came back out 1.69 lb.

    mum- I can see you with your trailor running ove rthe lawn now. Oh what a site. LMAO! icon_eek.gif
    mums the word
    Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:00 pm
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    Thanks for the offer Connie. I sent my sister an e-mail as she lives much closer to the border and crosses often to go to her trailer. I asked her if she brings back meat or not and if so if she'll watch for good deals for me too. She lives in St. Catharines so she is a good 40 minutes closer than I am. She has a Nexus card too, so less hassles for her at the border.

    The only time I ever cross the border is for vacation reasons. It's funny but when I grocery shop in the USA I find the prices really high or the same as here. I haven't "happened" on an Aldi's yet, but am definitely looking for one next time I go, as people here on this site go crazy over it. I did go to Big Lots when I was in Michigan this year, but was not really impressed with it. It was very similar to a store we have called Liquidation World.

    I did get a great deal on Oktoberfest sausage this week. It is regularly $3.99 per pkg but is on sale for $1.50/pkg all this week. I am going to stock my freezer with it for sure. icon_biggrin.gif
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:32 am
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    mum- Such a small world. My aunt lives in St Catherines. I used to go there weekly as an adult. I have family in St Catherines and Toronto, Missisauga, and arund the Ontario area.
    My uncle (cousin- called Uncle for respect t age) wasthe person who brought the Double Decker Sightseeing busses to Canada.

    What is a nexuss card? Is it like our special travel license?
    mums the word
    Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:25 pm
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    My brother and sister both live in St. Catharines. I believe you mentioned having lived in Fort Erie at one time. Well, as a teenager, I worked in a restaurant in Ridgeway (which is just on the outskirts of Fort Erie, as your probably know). My daughter's best friend just moved to Fort Erie this past June. So, we probably know people who know each other. How weird is that?

    A Nexus card is basically like an ID pass for people who cross the border on a regular basis for either work or pleasure. You have to go thru an interview process and some heavy duty screening but it allows you to basically flash your card as you pass thru a traffic lane that is for Nexus card holders only. You don't have to wait in a huge line of traffic as the lane is restricted to cardholders only. The border guards only stop cardholders on very random occasions.
    mums the word
    Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:53 pm
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    So we are back to cooler weather and looking for comfort foods once again. I just love fall, my favourite season. All those pretty colours....

    Here is a family favourite, that I made once again tonight Pork Chops With Savory Apple Stuffing

    pork chops $4.52
    margarine .30
    onions and garlic .30
    apple .50
    bread cubes .55
    assorted spices apprx .30
    chicken broth .30
    side dishes:
    potatoes .75
    broccoli .55
    Total cost $8.27 for 4 servings
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:48 am
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    Mum I just marked that to make this week. That looks perfect for our fall weather. It is 42 and rainy here. Trying to get a fire going and have the electric woodburner going as well.

    Once the fire is going hot I plan to throw some soup from the freezer in a kettle on the stove. I love this time of year.

    I have been busy making applesaauce and apple pie filling from our apples.
    Rosy Crabapple or Apple Pie Filling - (Freeze or Can)

    I also made several gallons of tomatoe sauce and chopped tomatoes for the freezer as well as beans and swiss chard. Now waiting on my taters to dig up once the snow falls. icon_biggrin.gif
    mums the word
    Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:30 pm
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    Aren't you just a busy little bee! Sounds like you had a large garden this year. Good for you that you can and freeze so much of your garden haul. That's awesome. I wish I had the space and the sunny yard to have a garden, but we are surrounded by huge trees and get very little sun.

    I hope you enjoy the pork chops as much as we do. I have to scoot over to PAC to chose a chef or two (or more). I signed up but haven't bothered to research anyone yet. I find if I do that too soon, they just get snapped up before I can get back to request them. Are you playing this time around?
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:28 am
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    Lordy I never signed up. Been doing so much around here in the gardens and orchard by the cottege I plum forgot.
    I best head over there. I LOVE PAC!
    Amanda Beth
    Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:04 pm
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    I finally have recipes and a meal I can share here! Today for lunch we had Ground Pork Sandwiches with tater tots and tangerines. Total cost for four was about $5.

    Ground pork-$2.00
    Buns (Half pack)-$.50
    Pickles-.25
    Mustard-.05
    Oil for frying-.50
    Tater tots (Half bag)-$1.00
    Tangerines(4 at .25 each)-$1.00

    This is a great recipe! WalMart in my area always has ground pork marked down and now that I have a great recipe for it, I will stock up!
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:30 pm
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    Amanda that looks really good and I just received a pound of ground pork from a friend for a switch of fresh caught perch. This looks like the perfect meal for tomororw's dinner. And I just bought a bag of tangerines 3lbs. for $1.49 at Aldi's. Perfect.
    mums the word
    Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:37 am
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    Hi Ladies - I haven't forgotten about this thread, but I've been so busy working part time, home renovations and all the holiday stuff happening, I just haven't had time to hang out on this site.

    My husband and I started the South Beach Diet about a month ago and there are some pretty good recipes I have come across that I should mention here. I'll try to do that soon. Even if you don't need to diet, the food is healthy and quite economical to make.

    It's nice to chat with you again! icon_biggrin.gif
    Chef1MOM~Connie
    Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:12 am
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    mum I would love to see what recipesyou are using and the reviews from you. DH and I are into losing some weight and getting healthier. Although I cook low fat and healthy we are still in the throes of middle age spread, leaning toward senior spread......LOL
    With the holidays all the gooey tuff comes out so am trying to figure better ways to reduce otherthings so we caneat the goodies. icon_biggrin.gif
    I will be watching.

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
    Amanda Beth
    Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:37 pm
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    Chef1MOM~Connie wrote:
    Amanda that looks really good and I just received a pound of ground pork from a friend for a switch of fresh caught perch. This looks like the perfect meal for tomororw's dinner. And I just bought a bag of tangerines 3lbs. for $1.49 at Aldi's. Perfect.


    My husband just asked me today when we were having it again. It must be a keeper!
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