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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-23-2020

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26 AT HOME / ENTERTAINMENT JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION Providence, and then vote online for your favorite. A People's Choice and a Judges' Choice winner will be announced at the end of the competition. In August, at least 20 ice cream shops across the state will participate in the search for the best scoop shop. Participants will receive one free cup or cone at each location. Tickets cost $25 but are a $100 value. Restaurants are nominated by the public and then invit- ed to participate, Nellis said, adding that all of the events are family-friendly. The res- taurants benefit because the competition drives new busi- ness to them, he added. "It's an interesting way for folks to get to new spots that they literally drive by but have never been to," Nellis said. Many people say they live right down the street from a restaurant but haven't been until they take part in the competition. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.rifoodfights.com . eaten the last banana the day before, and the cherries from last week's food run were also long gone, so I headed up to Dave's Marketplace in Cumberland. Mask firmly in place and careful to maintain safe dis- tancing, I began my trek through the store. Starting at the produce section and then briskly winding my way up and down the arrow-marked one-way aisles, just on the off chance that I might need something else, virtuously averting my gaze as I passed the ice cream section and then grabbing a jug of Pine-Sol from one aisle over before heading to the checkout. Yikes! I was just the tiniest bit shocked at the total as it rang up on the register, and was taken even further aback as the bags of groceries filled the basket of the small cart and then overflowed to also fill the rack below. Silently saying my mea culpas (my father used to say, "Par ma faute, par ma faute, par ma maudite faute!") I left the store, and loaded it all into the car. It wasn't until I did a seri- ous mental tally on the drive home, however, that the full realization hit. Who in the heck did I think I was shop- ping for? My old family of six? How in the world was I supposed to eat it all before it went bad? What did I wind up with? Let's start with the fresh pro- duce. There were two different kinds of tomatoes, grape tomatoes and plum tomatoes. Not a problem. I love oven roasting grape tomatoes with olive oil, minced garlic, and maybe some oil cured black olives to toss with pasta ... or as topping on pizza ... or maybe both. And sliced toma- toes go nicely with bacon and eggs or on sandwiches, so we're OK there. Two big baking potatoes (I never buy by the bag because I can't eat them all before they go bad), again, not a problem. They keep for a long time and are perfect for baking or one cut into french fries for a snack. Two ears of locally grown corn that looked pretty nice and a bag of local green beans. Maybe I'll have the corn for breakfast this morn- ing before it turns too tough to eat. Or maybe I'll make a corn chowder so I can use one of the potatoes, too. And I can cook the green beans to go with something for dinner tonight, maybe. But wait. I can't do that. First I need to use the 2 pounds of ground beef and the two big green peppers and the giant can of crushed toma- toes I bought to make dyna- mites ... to go with the nice bag of fresh rolls I picked up. There's also the bananas, the bag of cherries, the head of lettuce, and the giant hunk 'o watermelon that weighs almost as much as I do. It occurs to me that maybe I should have also bought a bunch of fresh cheese while I was at it to help counteract all the fresh fruit and veggies I'm going to be needing to eat really fast, but I digress. And then we have the bread. Fact is, I normally buy one loaf of bread per week, never quite finishing it before it starts to go stale, and then feeding it to the birds when I buy my next loaf. However, what I came home with after losing my head yesterday was four ... count them, four ... dif- ferent bread products: a loaf of white (and a giant loaf at that, since it was conveniently located on an endcap as I cruised by), the aforemen- tioned bag of dynamite rolls, a package of English muffins (bought on a whim instead of a frozen pizza so I could make little pizzas for snacks), and a package of hot dog buns to go with the six Saugy franks (because there were six rolls, duh!) that I got because I was so hungry by then and they just sounded so good. Oh, and on top of it all, I still have three lasagna roll- ups from day-before-yesterday to finish up, and the container of leftover pork filling for Chinese dumplings that fell out of the freezer and broke when I was putting stuff away last night. I'm eating as fast as I can, but the groceries are gaining on me as we speak. And I'm wondering why my pants are getting too tight again! Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. FOOD FIGHTS From Page 25 RHEA From Page 25 You can place a Classified Ad anytime at valleybreeze.com Click on 'Classifieds' do you know? ACROSS 1. One-time world power 5. Central Florida city 10. Winged nut 12. Elevate spiritu- ally 14. Creative 16. It cools your home 18. Woman (French) 19. "60 Minutes" network 20. Old World lizard 22. Swiss river 23. Ethnic group of Cambodians 25. Abba __, Israeli politician 26. Tire measure- ment 27. Affirmative 28. Thrust horse power (abbr.) 30. One point north of due east 31. A type of "pet" 33. Tech giant 35. European nation 37. Fencing swords 38. Acquired 40. Origin 41. Cashless pay- ment interface (abbr.) 42. Pouch 44. Peter's last name 45. Inclined 48. Palestinian terri- tory __ Strip 50. A type of syrup 52. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! 53. 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