There's a list for that! Rather than stressing over every last ingredient, from kitchen staples to farmers market favorites, these eight pads will save time and keep you organized. Take your pick from the kitschy to the cute; now you have no excuse to forget an essential item.
Although I thoroughly enjoy grocery shopping, I like to make my trips to the store quick and efficient. It's my philosophy to get in, get the goods, and get out. To ensure that my market experiences are smooth, I always put together a detailed list on a large, blank sheet of paper that's organized by section of the store.
The produce goes on one side of the paper, the dairy items on another, the dried goods on another, etc. All of the ingredients are grouped together in order of where they come in the store. Since I enter my grocer near the veggies, I start with produce. It takes a few more seconds to compile my list, but the extra time is worth it because I don't zigzag (or wander aimlessly!) through the market.
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- What to do when a recipe goes wrong.
- What to do when a recipe goes wrong. — The Kitchn
- Quickly catch up on Slow Food Nation. — Chow
- Meet the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world. — Serious Eats
- The latest news of the food crisis: the number of food scientists is on the decline. — Slashfood
- How to travel on a doddering dollar. — The Epi-Log
- A crazy coincidence: Smitten Kitchen makes Yum's key lime meltaways on the exact same day. — Smitten Kitchen
- Does your grocery list say something about your personality? — SavvySugar
- Looking for a decadent dessert? How about raspberry chocolate bundt cake? — Baking Bites
- How cute are these Pucco cupcakes?! — Hostess With the Mostess
You can almost hear the attempt at health straining to break through the desire to pickle the liver. Will "frozen healthy shit" win out over wine and tonic? My guess is no.
I don't know about you guys, but I love making lists - mostly so I can cross things off of them. One of my favorite lists to whip up is a grocery list. Milk. Eggs. Butter. Candy. More Candy.
When I'm done with the list, I usually just toss it out in the recycling. However one or two may have accidentally been left in the shopping cart. Luckily for author Bill Keaggy, I'm not the only one who ever left a shopping list behind. In his new book Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found Keaggy has compiled hundreds of found shopping lists for your viewing enjoyment. The book, which is divided into 20 different types of lists (just plain funny, "badd spellrs", organized lists, etc.) is a fun look into other people's lives and will make for a great coffee table book or gift.
And if an entire book full of other people's shopping lists wasn't enough for you, then be sure to check out his website, grocerylists.org. There's over 1500 lists to choose from. I chose the one on the right because of the line "Bubble Gum if Alexis is good."