Wednesday, May 23, 2007
a cheesy tale
Have you ever had a vision for a really great meal? You can picture it perfectly in your mind--what ingredients you'll need, how to prepare them, how it will look on the plate. My husband, Jared, often has such visions and last night was no different. We are still house-sitting and enjoying all the delectable foodstuffs in the pantry at our disposal, and the other day Jared found organic capellini pasta made in Italy. The creative culinary juices began flowing. His vision was this: fresh sauce made with tomatoes and spinach accented with fresh mozzarella.
Last night on our way home, we stopped in Whole Foods Market to get a few needed items, including the aforementioned fresh mozzarella. Jared found a 16 oz. package with a sign marked $3.99. Although, there were a few types of mozzarella in the area, there was only the one sign. But at the check-out, the cheese rang up as $7.99. Quite the difference! Jared questioned this, and the check-out lady made him go get proof of the $3.99 price. Well, it turned out that the $3.99 was for 8 oz. packages. On principle, we did not purchase the cheese. Why wasn't it properly labeled in the first place? And secondly, why did the check-out lady have to be so contrary? It seems to me that in these circumstances, they usually just change the price since there was confusing placement of the cheese and prices. We left Whole Foods, usually a place of pleasantness, with a bad taste in our mouths.
Jared's vision for his Italian dinner was steadfast, so we decided to stop at Target to pick up the cheese and a couple other things. We found the fresh mozzarella in the "gourmet" foods section and to our utter dismay it was $5.99 for 8 oz.!!! Oh, the irony! We had to laugh as we made our way to the back of the store where the regular dairy stuff is located, despite our disappointment. We really thought we'd be stuck with normal mozzarella. But then, to our utter joy, we found a different brand of fresh mozzarella for just $2.89 for 8 oz.!!! Vindication was ours! We bought two packages and enjoyed it immensely with our capellini and delicious whole wheat Italian bread.