Working in retail during the holidays means working extra days and more hours and I need to be organized and prepared for all the cooking and baking I like to do. I've already reviewed this week's sales flyers for prices for holiday baking.
All the items, with the exception of the chocolate chips, are store brands purchased at Wegmans. I've tried and like their products and their prices for the holidays are terrific. I stock up on flour and sugar for any post-holiday baking. I did a comparison for those of you also bake for the holidays. The prices are interesting. The attached spreadsheet compares prices for Costco, Wegmans and ShopRite. The brands for the price comparison for Costco and ShopRite are listed at the bottom of the sheet.
My holiday baking this year will consist of mostly a variety of biscotti such as Italian anise seed, Almond Biscotti, Biscotti di Prato, chocolate biscotti, cappuccino, as well as peanut blossoms, Italian sesame seed cookies, butter cookies and of course, chocolate chip.
By the way, the price of real vanilla has skyrocketed. Did you know that you can make your own vanilla extract? All you need are a few vanilla beans, a bottle of vodka and you're set. Wegmans has 2 count Nielsen-Massey vanilla beans for $16.99. Purchase an inexpensive bottle of vodka and you'll have plenty of vanilla for the holidays and after.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.