Plan your New Year’s Eve dinner with the Mobile Chef

Rack of Lamb is a great choice for a traditional New Year's Eve dinner.

The latest Summit County grocery deals

By Tom Castrigno

Here we stand once again, perched on the edge of another new year. This is a time to reflect back on the year past as well as look forward to the year about to unfold. This week’s specials include ingredients to prepare some old favorites along with a few specials to help ring in the new year.

At City Market you’ll find pork tenderloin, fantastic marinated and grilled, for only $3.99 per pound. Another favorite of mine, tilapia, is on sale $9.97 for a 2.5 pound bag of frozen fillets. You’ll find blackberries only one dollar each for a 6-ounce container. Private Selection organic salads are on sale $2.99 each.

At Safeway, sabra hummus is on sale for the stock-up price of $2.99 each. Note the expiration date, it should keep for 2 to 3 weeks unopened. Whole roasted chickens, perfect for making authentic enchiladas, are $5.99 each. Add Rosarita refried beans $1 each, and you have the makings of a Mexican fiesta. If you’re ready to make some French onion soup, sweet onions are on sale for $.99 per pound.

To help ring in the new year in style look for King crab legs at $13.99 per pound at city market. Brie cheese, great with blackberries on top, is $3.99 for 8 ounces. Private Selection shrimp rings are 20% off. The mighty T-bone steak is only $6.99 per pound.

Safeway joins the party with pistachios, buy one get two free in the 8 ounce size. Frenched lamb racks are $16.99 per pound. Perrier mineral water is $1.50 per liter. And on Friday only, and Artisan new year bistro cake is priced at just $5.00.

If you need help with your hangover on January 1, try sweet cherries, $4.99 per pound at Safeway. Texas Rio Star grapefruit $3.99 for a 10 pound bag at city market. Emergency supplements are $7.99 for a 30 count package, and Traditional Medicinal’s detox tea is $3.99, also at city market.

I’ll be celebrating my successes and setting my intentions with a menu that includes a spring mix salad, a surf and turf combo of King crab legs and rack of lamb, and finishes with a bistro cake. How will you be celebrating? Tell us in the comment box below. Happy New Year!

Tom Castrigno lives in Frisco, CO where he is known as The Mobile Chef. Learn some of his secrets for healthy eating and find great recipes on his blog at


One thought on “Plan your New Year’s Eve dinner with the Mobile Chef

  1. Goodness Tom, $16.99 lb for rack of Lamb! All things considered, back in my youth, during W.W.II, they couldn’t give Lamb away cheap enough, now, well, hope your diner is a success. I think I’ll figure out how to use re-fried beans & yogurt spread with blackberries on top. Oh yes, the “Whey Gimlet” too. Happy New You to you & yours.

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