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It’s Cinco de Mayo this week. This festival celebrates the 1862 battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican militia defeated a much larger French army. This not only bolstered Mexican pride and unity, but prevented the French from intervening in the American Civil War. Originally celebrated mostly in the state of Pueblo, it has become a major festival in the United States, both among those of Mexican decent and in the population at large.
Food has become a big part of the celebration (as it is of most celebrations.) There doesn’t seem to be any one favored food, so we bring you a delicious pork stew, which could be served with tortillas and a salad.
Comparing Prices this Week: Pork Roast
Fry’s: Pork Loin, $2.99/lb
Safeway: Pork Shoulder Blade, whole in bag, $1.99/lb
Albertsons: Pork Butt or Picnic (shoulder), $1.47/lb
Comparing Prices this Week: Avocados
Fry’s: $.99 each
Albertsons: $.99 each
Best Prices on Everyday Items
Milk: Safeway, store brand, $1.57/gal.
Bread: Albertsons, store brand, $1, Fry’s, Sara Lee, $1.67
Eggs: Fry’s, store brand, $.89/dz
Tortillas: Safeway, La Tortilla Factory, handmade corn, 8 count, $2.59
Albertsons: Check out the May Big Book of Savings
- Coupon $4 off a graduation cake
- Many items storewide $1 each,
Fry’s: Senior Rewards, all shoppers 55 yrs and older, get 10% off entire bill
Safeway: Big Friday Only Sale
- Coke, 20 pk, $5
- Era laundry detergent, 50 oz, 2x liquid, $2.50 each
- Anglefood cake, $2.50 each
- Rise and Shine Savings, buy 4 selected cereals and juice, save $4
Best Bargains this Week at Safeway
Meat and Seafood
- Chicken Breasts, Safeway brand, split, extreme value pack, $.99/lb
- Ground Beef, 80% lean, extreme value pack, $2.49/lb
- Hillshire Farms smoked sausage, select varieties, BOGO*
- Jennie-O ground turkey, 20 oz, $3.99/pkg
- Mangos, $.50
- Key Limes $.10/each
- Cilantro and Green onions, $.50/each
- Garlic, $.50/each
- Tomatoes on the vine, $.88/lb
- Cheerios, 8.9 oz, $1.49
- Safeway Tres Leches cake, $4.99
- Nestle Pure Life water, 24 ct, $3.49
- Mission flour tortillas, soft taco size, 10 ct, $1.29
- Many varieties and types of cheese, BOGO*
Best Bargains this Week at Albertsons
Meat and Seafood
- Chicken Breast, boneless, $1.67/lb
- Petite Sirloin Steak, Buy One Get 2 Free
- Chorizo sausage, Caicique, $1/pkg
- Salmon, whole Alaskan, $4.99/lb
- Sweet Corn, 5 for $1
- Green Onions or Cilantro, $.50
- Hass Avocados, $1/each
- Store brand frozen fruit, BOGO* (2 identical items only)
- Iceberg lettuce, $.99/each
- Ice Cream, store brand, $1.99
- Pictsweet frozen vegetables, select varieties $1
- Kinnikinnick gluten free products, 20% off regular price
- El Monterey, frozen xx lg burritos, select varieties, $1
- Dorito’s tortilla chips, BOGO*
Best Bargains this Week at Fry’s
Meat and Seafood
- Cooks Half Ham, spiral sliced $1.27/lb
- Beef roasts, selected cuts, BOGO*
- Bar S bacon, 12 oz, $1.97
- Ground beef, 93% lean, 2 lb chub, $5.76
- Onions, Vidalia sweet, $.88/lb
- Strawberries, 1 lb box, $1.25
- Cilantro, $.50/bunch
- Romaine hearts, 3 pk, organic, $2.50
- Dole or Fresh Selections Premium bagged salads, 9-12 oz, $1
- Progresso soups, select varieties, $1
- Frozen vegetables, Kroger brand, select varieties, $1
- Barilla pasta, select varieties, $1
- Rosarita refried beans, $.97
- Yogurt, 6oz cup, $.33
Slow Cooker Pork Stew
This can be done on the stovetop*, in the oven**, or in the slow cooker, but the slow cooker needs no tending and is miles cheaper, since it takes several hours to simmer to perfection.
2 large onions, cut into quarters and slice thick
3 cloves garlic, smashed
One pork roast, blade, butt or shoulder, size 4-6 lb, or proportional to your cooker
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans diced green chilies (if you want it hotter, use 1 can green and 1 can jalapenos)
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup cilantro leaves (optional)
Brown the roast on all sides. Put onions and garlic in bottom of cooker. Place roast in slow cooker. Pour over the tomatoes, chilies, cumin, coriander and salt.
Cook on low for 10-12 hours. Pork should be very tender and falling off the bone. Remove meat to a platter to cool. Skim fat from juice. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Remove big pieces of fat from meat. Cut meat into 1 ½ inch cubes. Return to juices, add liquid if necessary to cover meat, add cilantro if using. Heat through. Serve with warm flour tortillas and a salad.
* If using stovetop, cook tightly covered at a bare simmer until meat is falling off the bone.
** If baking in the oven (a good way to warm up your house in the winter) cook at 200 F for 5-6 hours, or until meat is falling off the bone.
Videos from Around the Web
Here are a few Cinco de Mayo videos for your viewing enjoyment:
Recipe Rehab - yummy food with fewer calories and less fat.
Fresh Salsa is a must, and here's a video from one of our favorite guys.
Chocolate Macaroons, beautiful and festive:
Here's a Teen Takeover Recipe - great for a party