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Old 06-16-2012, 04:06 PM   #41
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I haven't read it, but will be going to the library soon, and will put it on my list to request; thanks!

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Have you ever read Richard Ford's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Independence Day? If you haven't, its worth reading if only for the part where the realtor protagonist is showing houses to one particular couple. It's also a very good read generally, but your comment put me in mind of that particular episode.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:11 PM   #42
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That is another way of putting what I meant. Probably the people at both ends of the conversation are picky about every little thing, and that is why they are spending time on the phone fussing over Greek yogurt.

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This is funny. I just threw out a whole container of Trader Joe "European Yogurt". I bought it because it is less than half the price of the greek yogurt that I usually buy, and I don't have so walk so far to get it. But there is pretend Greek yogurt, and Greek yogurt, this was pretend.

I started my yogurt eating days in Boston in the 60s. I bought it from a Lebanese guy who ran a little market in my neighborhood. It came in glass wide mouth bottles with a paper press-on cap, like old fashioned milk bottles that the dairy guy delivered, but with a mouth you could get a spoon into. It was called Yahourt. I am not picky at all about wine and would only pay up for anything beyond a say a Chilean Malbec for a very special occasion, but my yogurt better be thick and creamy and highly acidic, and it better not have any fruit or sweetener in it.

Actually, I am glad people are getting more picky about food. For too many years non-ethnic whites would eat anything, they knew nothing about food or what fresh was or even what part of the cow they were buying.

Asians are still the pickiest, and Euro Americans who retain their ethnicity. But yuppies are catching up, and it puts pressure on the stores and fish and meat markets to do a better job.

One thing clear, the average retailer will sell you crap if you will accept it.

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My idea of an outstandingly helpful spouse would be someone who could (without help, reminders, or direction) think of a nutritious meal plan that would be liked or acceptable to the family, determine what ingredients are needed, go and buy them at decent prices within a budget, cook, clean up the dishes and kitchen all by himself, and figure out how to incorporate the leftovers into future meals. And he/she would do this for at least half of the meals. Some men do this and I think they are treasures, but some others don't. Luckily I have no dog in this fight (as they say in Texas), because I am happily unmarried and living alone.

I seriously doubt that this guy exists but if he does have him PM me !
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My idea of an outstandingly helpful spouse would be someone who could (without help, reminders, or direction) think of a nutritious meal plan that would be liked or acceptable to the family, determine what ingredients are needed, go and buy them at decent prices within a budget, cook, clean up the dishes and kitchen all by himself, and figure out how to incorporate the leftovers into future meals. And he/she would do this for at least half of the meals. Some men do this and I think they are treasures, but some others don't. Luckily I have no dog in this fight (as they say in Texas), because I am happily unmarried and living alone.
DH asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day and I asked if he would plan and implement a dinner. It was excellent and very appreciated.
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It might also be because these guys have picky wives, and they know better than to displease the boss. It has happened.
Spoken like a pro!

Last night I took a picture of the particular kind of chili paste I bought for the DW. It was getting late, and the asian grocery was about to close, so I found her in the store next door, showed her the picture of the chili paste to verify it was the right kind before the asian grocery closed. Hell hath no fury like a woman who's husband buys the wrong kind of chili paste. I have learned that lesson before.
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I seriously doubt that this guy exists but if he does have him PM me !
That describes me, but I also love to eat good food and love to spend as little money as possible.
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Oh dear. And here I never realized, and no one ever told me, how patient and forbearing I was not to get upset about those Harvard beets!

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Since I have lived on my own most of my life, I have done the shopping myself. And yes, beer, chips and wine are sometimes on the menu :-)
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Since I have lived on my own most of my life, I have done the shopping myself. And yes, beer, chips and wine are sometimes on the menu :-)
Beer = grain group
Wine = fruit group
Chips = vegetable group (OK, I am stretching matters here)
So, for a perfectly balanced diet, you just need dairy (ice cream) and meat (Vienna sausages) and you're all set. Well, maybe some salsa for vegetables. I'm just not sure those chips qualify

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I do the vast majority of the grocery shopping.....I prefer to be early, first into our local store, ("Gettouta my way.."), grab the 'bargoons', check off the list, load the cart...and gone.

My lady puts the stuff in the fridge/cupboards upon my return.
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I get a bit upset when I go and see how much the cost is. Oh, she does the shopping. Mike
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I am the one who does 99.9% of the grocery shopping. I have time to go shopping, she does not. Now that we live in the big city, shopping for anything including groceries has become quite a time-consuming challenge.
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I do our shopping at Costco. If my husband comes along he's too busy hitting up the sample ladies (our local costco has more free food samples than most)... so I actually have to call him when it's time to check out.

Like Midpack - I avoid weekends like the plague. And I get very annoyed by "amateurs" at costco who block the aisles with their carts. I guess I'm like Amethyst's husband... get in, get the list filled, and get out.

We go together to the local farmers market... But that's less about shopping, and more about dining.
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One time when I was grocery shopping pre-cell phone era, I was paged by the service desk. DH had called to ask the manager to tell me not to forget to pick up coffee.
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I just got back from the grocery store, and realized that I forgot an important part of grocery shopping so I will add it in blue:
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My idea of an outstandingly helpful spouse would be someone who could (without help, reminders, or direction) think of a nutritious meal plan that would be liked or acceptable to the family, determine what ingredients are needed, go and buy them at decent prices within a budget, bring them in from the car, cut up and prepare the proper sized portions to freeze, clean up after doing that, put everything away in the freezer, refrigerator, or cupboard, cook, clean up the dishes and kitchen all by himself, and figure out how to incorporate the leftovers into future meals. And he/she would do this for at least half of the meals. Some men do this and I think they are treasures, but some others don't. Luckily I have no dog in this fight (as they say in Texas), because I am happily unmarried and living alone.
After spending some time cutting up my meat, chicken, and fish into individual portions to freeze, and bagging said portions in freezer bags, I realized that this is another chore that is really part of "getting the groceries" as well. A tiring one, too! I'm ready to relax for a bit.

Sorry to add one more task for all of you outstandingly helpful spouses out there!
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I just got back from the grocery store, and realized that I forgot an important part of grocery shopping so I will add it in blue:

After spending some time cutting up my meat, chicken, and fish into individual portions to freeze, and bagging said portions in freezer bags, I realized that this is another chore that is really part of "getting the groceries" as well. A tiring one, too! I'm ready to relax for a bit.

Sorry to add one more task for all of you outstandingly helpful spouses out there!
I have never done any of these things, and I eat pretty well. My refigerator is usually 2/3 empty, I get what I can carry in my pack or less and bring it home and put it in the frig. Usually a little later I prepare some of it and eat. I will never be Martha, but my kitchen is looking more ship shape all the time.

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I have never done any of these things, and I eat pretty well. My refigerator is usually 2/3 empty, I get what I can carry in my pack or less and bring it home and put it in the frig. Usually a little later I prepare some of it and eat. I will never be Martha, but my kitchen is looking more ship shape all the time.

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Well, perhaps I should add "only if you freeze large portions of food". I used to shop like that too, Haha, back when I was in college. I would stop off at the grocery every afternoon on my way back from classes, and pick up just what I would eat that evening and possibly the following day.
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Well, perhaps I should add "only if you freeze large portions of food". I used to shop like that too, Haha, back when I was in college. I would stop off at the grocery every afternoon on my way back from classes, and pick up just what I would eat that evening and possibly the following day.
That's how I shop nowadays. Can't buy much more than a few days worth of food at a time when I have to carry it home.
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We mostly share it -- both of us go together. Of the remaining times, DH probably goes a little more often but not always. He does want a very specific list when he goes by himself.
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Although I do all the cooking and baking, Mr. A. does cut up, wrap, [attempt to] label,* and freeze large portions of meat, chicken, etc. purchased during his shopping raids. We go through food pretty quickly, so bulk buying makes sense for us.

*We have tried every system known to man, to keep labels on food in the deep-freeze. But we still end up with mystery packages sometimes.

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