Hi to everyone who ventures here!
I now live in Hawaii. Yep, Hawaii.
There is not a single Aldi in Hawaii, and – given the state of the world – I am not going to get back to an Aldi for at least another year if not two.
But I’d like to say Aloha to all of you with that kindness that is intended with the word itself. It’s great that some of you peruse what I have written before, and even a few of you still comment!
Mahalo – the world for thank you – is thanking you for visiting! Thank you for caring! And hey – Aloha means hello and goodbye, but I’m not going to say goodbye now. It’s a big-ol see ya later. In fact, I’m pretty inspired during these weird and weirder and downright stupid times to say that you, too, can have a great holiday season with Aldi.
Remember – I am not Aldi and I don’t get any money from them. Also remember that I am now paying through the nose, even on a military base, for groceries that are 99.95% imported across an ocean.
I will say with confidence that you can have an excellent Thanksgiving and Christmas/Holiday meal for much cheaper than your average bill without sacrificing taste and ease.
So do a solid Aloha for me, friends. Go to Aldi for your stuff. Times are tough and money is tight, so get on over there and pick up the following:
Good-sized turkey OR a cornish-hen (for a small, zoom-friendly feast!) +
a pack of oranges, rosemary, celery, red wine vinegar
Cranberries – two bags (trust me)
Yukon gold potatoes + Kerrygold butter and heavy cream (organic – look for it just in case!)
Frozen green beans (or fresh if you want November-fresh beans), sliced or whole mushrooms (I like white, which are usually as cheap sliced as whole), garlic, onions
Large carrots + natural honey or maple syrup + cinnamon
Salad greens + organic apple cider vinegar and the good olive oil
Flour, unsalted butter (Kerrygold again!), green apples, gold apples, allspice, ginger, clove nutmeg, good sugar (white and brown)
Wine – your favorites.
and of course, salt and pepper.
**** Friends – these are all the ingredients to my favorite recipes for a complete Thanksgiving. Complete. Sure, you may want pumpkin. Sure, you may want your pie-crust pre-made. Sure, you may want some seltzer instead of imbiding in alcohol. Sure, you can make that all happen at Aldi as well.
Do your main-landers in Hawaii a favor and get your Aldi fix on our behalf! Stay healthy, stay sane (yep, sane), and enjoy these holidays for all you can.