I decided to try out a new grocery delivery service this week. Not sure why, my regular guys have always served me just fine; I guess I just need variety in my life. Actually, I do remember why... I hadn't ordered from my regular place for a while because their delivery time options haven't gelled particularly well with my schedule in the past few months.

Anyway, I decided to give a competing store a crack at my business for the first time this week.
For those of you who do not have groceries delivered, I understand. I too, was once a Grocery Delivery Virgin who had never before ventured into this wonderful world. But then The Dormouse was born and I couldn't count on getting out of the house for awhile, so I decided to try it for a few weeks while on maternity leave. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is the delivery fee waved when you order a reasonable dollar amount (something we always do when making grocery runs anyway), but you also get better produce than can be found in the store of the same name (at least in my area) and can put stuff in your online cart one item at a time as you think of it rather than going through the useless task of making a list which I always leave something off of or lose by the time I make it to the store. I'm also much less likely to buy impulse items like nine boxes of mac and cheese because I know all the ingredients are right there in the box and more likely to pull out a cookbook, and put all the ingredients in for something that I actually might have a chance at convincing my mother would be part of a healthy, well balanced meal. (Who am I kidding? My mother eats popcorn for dinner.)

But I digress. The new service delivered yesterday and despite the fact that they have a lot more delivery times to choose from, I'm not so so impressed my experience. I'll let the fact that they came a half hour late go and get right to the real issue: How is it possible that a major grocery store chain that everyone in the country has heard of is OUT OF DIET COKE!!? What do they expect me to drink? Water? I'm thirsty, not dirty.

When I started to put everything away after the delivery guy apologized profusely about the lateness and lack of DIET COKE!! and I pretended not to think it was a big deal and sent him on his way, I started to notice some inconsistencies in what I thought I had ordered and what I was putting in the cupboards. At first, I just thought I was drunk when I filled out my order on line and I really did order two dozen apples for two people and a child by mistake. But going through the rest of the bags, I started to notice first, things that I didn't think I ordered and then later, things that I would never intentionally purchase myself.

So I took out the receipt to compare. I did receive everything I ordered (with the notable exception of the DIET COKE!!), but either there were a lot of Buy One, Get One Totally Unrelated Item Free Specials in the store at the time, or the nice delivery guy dropped off a couple of bags for the next person on his route along with mine. So... can someone please be so kind as to send me a recipe that I can make with:
  • 1/2 dozen limes
  • 1/4 lb. ginger root
  • 14 containers plain yogurt
  • 2 containers strawberry yogurt
  • 2 zucchini(s)
  • 3 packages of mushrooms
  • 1/2 lb. red, seeded grapes
  • 2 pints sour cream

Sorry, person who was planning on making Ginger Lime Zucchini Mushroom Goulash today. Guess you'll be having Mac and Cheese for dinner tonight.