Grocery Life December 11, 2014

Grocery Life December 11, 2014lauren tyson cookies

By Tom Butler

Good morning from Butler and Bailey Market. I hope everyone is having a good week. The sun came out today which has put me in a better frame of mind.

Well Christmas is two weeks from today. That’s kind of hard to believe. It seems like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are about a week apart now.

Our Christmas ad will be out this Sunday and will run to the twenty-seventh of December. It has a lot of your Christmas favorites in it.

One thing that’s not in it is a goat. We order a goat for a friend of mine every year at this time. He has some friends from Ethiopia and that is their favorite meal so he buys them one for Christmas.

Ashley came up to tell me that the goat had arrived and two customers standing close by started talking about how good goats are to eat. I have never eaten goat that I know of and never thought I would want to. Now I am thinking about trying it. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than beef and I can just lie to Erica and the kids about what they are eating. Maybe if it turns out good I will put it in next year’s Christmas ad.

Argentine red shrimp will be in the Christmas ad. We had these for supper last night. A friend of ours gave us an easy way to prepare them. All you do is peel and devein them, toss them in olive oil, season them with salt and pepper and lay them on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for about five minutes. I usually try to turn them over at about three minutes but I am not sure it matters.

We serve them on pasta which is usually tossed in olive oil also. We like whole grain angel hair pasta but any kind will work. We typically will have a green salad with it.

shrimp and pasta 2

It is a fast, easy to prepare meal that is pretty healthy so you may want to give it a try.

Last week I gave you a Christmas idea for the man that has everything. It was a Yeti cooler full of meat. I think I counted five Yeti’s stacked up in the back so there are going to be five happy men. I bet more people will want them as Christmas nears.

Yeti coolers

Another good idea would be a gift certificate to one of Barbara Tenney’s cooking classes. I give these as gifts myself.  People love her cooking classes here at the store so you can’t go wrong choosing this as a gift. You can purchase these in the store.


Everyone is still talking about the Christmas parade. People cannot wait until next year. I think that it went so well I am now wondering if we could put together some kind of Rocky Hill block party for the spring or summer. What do you think?

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler


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