Photo by Salt Water New England

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Winter Food Shopping

Photos by Salt Water New England
Eating well is always more of a challenge this time of year.  We tend to eat the same things each day and so my list doesn't vary all that much.  (We seldom eat out.)  I shop for food three times a week, and with the exception of citrus and the occasional lack of availability, all of the produce (fresh and frozen)  I buy is organic, but unfortunately seldom local given the season.  Most of the non-perishables are also organic if possible.

Most every time my list includes:
  • Oranges 
  • Grapefruit
  • Bananas
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots  (with tops when they look good)
  • Red and Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Butternut Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Kashi "Shredded Wheat" 
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown Rice
  • Stonyfield Farm Whole Yogurt
  • Whole Milk
  • Half and Half for Coffee
  • Eggs (to augment what is available locally)
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Frozen Broccoli 
  • Frozen Blueberries (wild for baking muffins and organic for putting on yogurt)
  • Frozen Cauliflower
  • Frozen Peas
  • Breyer's Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Periodic Baking Ingredients and Misc. (whole wheat flour; less bleached sugar, etc.; Newman's Own Oil and Vinegar Dressing; Kraft Parmesan Cheese for my salads, which are big; pecans and walnuts for yogurt.)
(Gevalia Coffee we order, and Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea is given to us by a truly lovely friend.)


  1. Those are some sturdy shopping bags - LL Bean tote bags, it appears. For whatever it is worth, Trader Joe's sells inexpensive cotton canvas bags that aren't nearly as stiff - you can crumple them up and place multiple bags in one. basically larger versions of the smaller canvas bags the New York Times gives as promotions. I can't say we are fully organic, but we have moved in that direction with milk, poultry, and several kinds of fruit and vegetables.

  2. After the various overindulgences (sp?) of Advent and the Christmas season, I remarked to my wife a few days ago, it is nice to get back to a more usual array of daily foods/meals and NOT feeling like one is going to burst at the seams. My wife made us a very nice veggie Persian dish (a koresh) over the weekend consisting of squash, carrots, potatoes, and onions plus various spices used in Persian cooking. Like you, she prefers to buy organic whenever possible, but availability is a problem for some things in the winter months as you note.

    Best Regards,


    1. Heinz-Ulrich, that sounds delicious. I too love Persian cooking and I've had great success with recipes on My Persian Kitchen:
      When we are not that hungry, I will make the Borani Bademjan ( roasted eggplant and yogurt dip)and serve with lightly steamed veggies and pita chips. It's so easy to make and so delicious! I don't grill my eggplants though- I just roast them in the oven.

  3. Kraft Parm? Like in the cardboard tube? I'm amazed! My husband shops 3-4 times a week, he likes to cook with fresh ingredients. We do eat out about 3 times a week - we have such great local restaurants, both in MA & NH.

    1. I was shocked at the Kraft Parm as well, lol.

    2. I have snooty cheese friends who would shame me for keeping a tube of the Kraft Parm/Romano in my frig as well. While I prefer to shave or grate fresh cheese, I love the convenience and flavor of the Kraft for salads and more.
      Last year, I did a little research on the prepared grated cheeses and discovered that all of them contain wood pulp. It doesn't matter if you purchase Kraft or some other expensive brand.
      To calm and reassure my friends, I promised I would never purchase Velveeta.

    3. Oh, no shame! We make a ski house fav of fish sticks and spaghetti that HAS to have Kraft Parm.

    4. Somehow, saying fresh cheese sounds like saying fresh wine. But if it contains wood pulp, it can still be organic, can't it?

  4. All proven winners! Thanks so very much. Cheers!

  5. I love this post. After watching the Forks over Knives documentary and signing up for their emails and emails from Dr. John McDougall, I am vegan (plant-based, no fats/oil, little sugar except for fruit, and no dairy/fish/meat). I feel better.

    And intermittent fasting worked for me (lower blood pressure and some weight loss).

    N from VA

  6. Kraft Parmesan is something of an oxymoron but to each his own. I live nowhere near New England and today's turn around the produce section resulted in broccoli rabe, kale, lemons and limes, Garnet sweet potatoes, Delicata squash, and broccoli crowns. All local, which perhaps suggests my locale. (Oops, got some bananas too, definitely not from around these parts.) Noting the comment by the person mentioning the plant-based diet, consider watching The Game Changers on Netflix which is pretty interesting.

  7. Judging from your list it's no surprise why you always look great. The only change I would make would be to substitute almond milk for regular milk.

  8. The problem with kraft grated cheese is that it takes so much more to get the same flavor of a smaller amount of freshly grated. I think its probably more expensive than the real thing and never quite as good.

  9. I absolutely LOVE the LL Bean totes for shopping. Mine go everywhere with me. They are a must when making a large Target or Costco trip. Do you do any home canning? I can peaches during the summer months, so that I can make peach pie all year round (I still use your recipe from The Daily Prep)