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Why is saving at Target so unnecessarily confusing?

I just got their weekly ad emailed to my inbox. Fine, and thanks (no, really - I signed up for it).

What I don't understand: there are many ways to save money, but they don't seem to interact with one another.

"More ways to save
Target app"

Walgreens makes it easy. You can "clip" coupons online and they are redeemed at the register.

I've given up on Cartwheel. Finding the deals I want is difficult and I gotta say I worry about handing my phone off to the cashier at checkout. If they drop it... buhbye phone.

Does anyone have an organized way to deal with the hoops for saving at Target?

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Chains

i am not planning to replace the dishwasher when it dies.

Wait, you don't make your own hand-crafted lard soap to use with your monogrammed Williams-Sonoma lava washer rock? Sheesh.

May 23, 2015
MplsM ary in Cookware

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

This will be my first e-book purchase for a cookbook (or a book used in the kitchen, bar or pantry), and neither has many reviews for the Kindle edition. This kinda concerns me as a major cheapskate. Most of the books I buy are under $4 or free, from Gutenberg (though lately, Amazon has been screwing with the ability to read the Gutenberg books).

I see my library has both books, all copies checked out. I will have to take a chisel to my wallet. Also, from reading the reviews, the ingredients will be expensive. I admit, my previous enthusiasm is waning.

May 23, 2015
MplsM ary in Home Cooking

United Noodles revamped website has no product lists

They've done away with the online store. It probably makes financial sense, but I miss it.

Thanks to this post: I wanted to see if they carried this ground chilli(sic) garlic oil.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Just a reminder for Rob - MN liquor stores are closed on Sundays, so don't wait until you're heading home to do your booze shopping.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Your itinerary sounds grand. I've learned a lot reading this thread. As a native I now have new places to explore.

I hope you have a marvelous time.

Have you heard? Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month!

May 20, 2015
MplsM ary in Spirits

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

I'm gonna go tout this over on the Spirits board. I may actually participate in a (C)COTM. Neat-o!

COLD VEGETABLE & PASTA/GRAIN SALAD! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2015)

Made a Greek salad. It's even better the second day. After marinating for a bit one can serve it over lettuce, since the cheese and liquid combine to make a good dressing. When the temperatures climb, Greek salad is a staple no-brainer for me. Since our weather has gone crazy cold, I wound up having soup and salad for dinner this week.

May 20, 2015
MplsM ary in Home Cooking

Sunday growler sales in Minneapolis expected to go into effect on June 14

Chipping away at the Sunday blue laws. "The Legislature again defeated a provision to allow liquor stores in Minnesota to be open on Sunday." I still don't understand why, but at least this is a step in the right direction.

Why can't Q&A's be converted to discussion format if the OP asks?

A simple SQL stored procedure should do the trick.

May 19, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

St. Paul restaurants win Twin Cities Burger Battle- MSPBJ

St. Paul restaurants win Twin Cities Burger Battle- MSPBJ

Try to ignore the crazy page formatting and banner popping on the site.

I always read the burger discussions on this board. Anyone have thoughts on the winners and/or the event?

Long Pig pricey but tasty

Or Kuru.

May 19, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

McDonald's Destroyed the Gut Bacteria of a College Kid in 10 Days

We have a chicken and egg McMuffin conundrum: which came first, McDonalds food or the grey aliens? This could explain so much!

Favorite cookbooks for parents and kids

I had no idea it was that old. It's possible (ok, probable) that's the cookbook I used.

Favorite cookbooks for parents and kids

The only kids cookbook I had when I was young was the Peanuts Cook Book. Like the 1st reviewer in the following link, I remember making Lucy's Luscious Lemon Bars. The recipes are dead easy and have few ingredients and preparation.

The cookbook I used most often when I was a kid was Better Homes and Gardens. The pages laid flat and the instructions were clear. I see they now publish a "junior" cookbook.

As for cooking with preschool age kids, I still feel indebted to the folks who ran my preschool and had us all make hamentashen. We didn't mix ingredients (this is all still SO clear in my head). Rather we just cut out the circles, spooned apricot or prune filling into them, folded them and waited for one of the helpers to bring a sheet tray on which we placed our precious parcels. Then we went mental while they baked. 15 minutes is an ETERNITY when you are 4. So yeah, with forethought you can cook with kids. You just have to be mindful of what needs pre-prep so kids don't get bored.

May 17, 2015
MplsM ary in Home Cooking

NYT Cooking Digest

I never responded to this thread but wanted to thank you. I signed up, probably July 20th (maybe the 21st, since I do celebrate National Moon Day every July 20th, which keeps me busy).

I was wondering, do others still subscribe and if so, do they enjoy it as much as I do? The random stuff that hits my inbox thanks to this newsletter is quirky in the extreme. This week: mushroom lasagna, miso soup, fried chicken and grilling.

Thanks to G-mail automatically putting all this stuff in the Social folder, my primary e-mail does not get clogged. If I had subscribed using my other email, I'd probably get irritated by the volume of newsletters they send.

So, anyone else still getting the newsletters?

May 17, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Scientific Methods Misapplied to the Evaluation of Cuisine

In your examples, only the last can be applied to food. Knowing "The exact quantity (as a percentage!) of ochre in a Starry Night?," is one of the many steps in being able to replicate that masterpiece. Replication is at the heart of recipes and cooking.

As for how the results are individually interpreted? We don't yet know the how or why.

May 16, 2015
MplsM ary in General Topics

V+V Diners Spring into Summer!

I made my new favorite stirfry, I've named Green Genie: broccoli, celery, zucchini and peas. Of course, ginger, garlic and a big honkin' blob of sambal. So glad I like it, since I'll be eating it for a week.

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Because it won?

Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

Here are a couple ideas:

Lentil-Pecan Pâté

I think homemade stirfries can be beautiful and fancy especially if accompanied by homemade eggrolls, potstickers sesame noodles, etc. I like to mix cuisines and serve tempura alongside eggrolls. If you are bothering to break out the deep fryer, I say go whole hog(less).

Asparagus & Parmesan pastries - it's asparagus season after all:

You're not a foodie if you............

... are exclusive, rather than inclusive.

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

I don't want to alarm anyone but, there've been no Peanutters cookies at my local TJ's for a few weeks now.

May 14, 2015
MplsM ary in Chains

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Where is the Venn diagram? Did I miss it?

May 13, 2015
MplsM ary in General Topics

Whole Foods and "donations"

Since the dime comes out of Whole Foods' pocket, I am just fine with the "forced" donation.

May 12, 2015
MplsM ary in Chains

McDonald's Has Revived the Hamburglar Because Nostalgia

It's funny, 'cause McDonald's seems to excel in scaring the crap out of people when their goal is getting people to eat crappy food.

I'd forgotten that the original Ronald McDonald was so damned creepy and am attaching a copy to share the horror. Who needs scary movies?

The one upside I see to this Hamburglar incarnation: hopefully the unshaven look goes out of style for a few years.

May 12, 2015
MplsM ary in Chains

the Soy- Free thread

Using this search I found a few recipes:


Quick & Easy Vegan Alfredo :

Soy Free, Dairy Free, but still Decadent Cheesy Spinach Lasagna :

That last recipe sounds interesting but mind-bogglingly expensive: 1 CUP of pignoli? Yikes.

May 09, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

A Mother’s Cookbook Shares More Than Recipes

I actually feel inspired to FINALLY go through Mom's recipe cards and cookbooks. Perhaps if I photographed them I wouldn't feel like such a traitor when I finally let them go.

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

I actually started work on an app a long time ago that did just that. I called it "The Price of Beans," and it was a giant database of food prices. Part of it worked a lot like the gas price apps, but easier... people could share prices they find by scanning items (though I was informed shop owners would not look kindly on that). The other half was screen scrapers, scanning local grocery prices and updating the database. It soon became apparent that the database would grow too huge in nothing flat, and a revenue stream was not quite there, so I abandoned the project.

May 08, 2015
MplsM ary in Chains