Easy persimmon appetizer (recipe)

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on December 22, 2014

Easy Permisson Appetizer -- A simple way to prepare and enjoy persimmons. An easy recipe to whip up for a party or to just switch up your winter produce rotation!

Easy Persimmon Appetizer (recipe)

Persimmons are one of those out-of-the-ordinary fruits that pop up in grocery stores this time of year, but usually get overlooked by those of us in the bananas-apples-oranges crowd. It’s like telling your spouse, “Hey, would you pick up some milk, bread, and star fruit on your way home from work?” Persimmons aren’t really on the radar. I have always been intrigued by these glossy bright fruits, though, and the holidays are the perfect time to let them shine.

My sister served this beautiful persimmon salad last year during the holidays, and I was hooked. While they look like orange tomatoes, persimmons taste like a cross between pears and dates. They are sweet and firm; you can eat them like an apple or serve them in slices or wedges. As they ripen (2-3 weeks at room temperature), persimmons sweeten and turn an even brighter shade of orange. When fully ripe, the fruit will feel just barely soft when squeezed gently.

There are two main varieties of persimmons: Hachiya and Fuyu. Fuyus, those squatty pumpkin-orange guys, are the most common grocery store variety, as they are more firm and non-astringent (the presence of tannins that gives your mouth a dry, sandpapery feel). The astringent variety, Hachiya, will make your mouth pucker unless absolutely ripe. Many recipes will advise peeling persimmons, as the skin has some tannins that can make the fruit taste slightly bitter. With a really ripe Fuyu, I didn’t bother peeling them. I liked the added texture of the skins and didn’t notice a bitter taste.

Fuyu persimmons are available at Winco right now for .98/each, but the best deal is found at Costco for $6.49/3 pounds. Jump on these soon, as the persimmon season is short and sweet.

Simple Persimmon Appetizer/Salad (recipe)

Appetizers are a beautiful invention. I would eat them for every meal, if possible. Small plates with little bites of fun food? Sounds like my idea of a good time. This recipe is simple and delicious. Other than slicing the persimmons and cheese, you are just scattering ingredients over the top. The fresh flavors are bright and happy, fun to look at and better to eat.

This is actually one of those fake recipes, with just a smattering of ingredients that can be swapped out to your heart’s content. Because of this, I simply listed ingredients without amounts. For the nuts, you could use pistachios, almonds, or cashews. I used Chevre (goat cheese) with honey the first time around, but it’s actually a bit too sweet with ripe persimmons. Regular Chevre, Homemade Ricotta, or salty Parmesan would be perfect. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley for a festive red-and-green vibe and you are done.

Serve it as a salad with some crusty bread or place on a platter for a beautiful appetizer (you could cut the persimmon rounds into wedges for a smaller option). Either way, this is a unique, fresh flavor combination, perfect for those holiday parties or blah winter days.

Simple Persimmon Appetizer or Salad (recipe)

Easy Persimmon Appetizer
inspired by this Food52 salad

Ripe Fuyu persimmons
Parmesan, Chevre, or Homemade Ricotta cheese
Nuts, roughly chopped (pistachios, almonds, cashews)
Pomegranate seeds
Parsley, chopped
Olive oil

  1. Using a serrated knife, thinly slice the persimmons into 1/4″ rounds. Place on a serving platter.
  2. Top the persimmon slices with scoops of Chevre or Ricotta or shavings of Parmesan cheese.
  3. Sprinkle with nuts, seeds, and chopped parsley. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  4. Serve as rounds or cut into quarters.

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Target Deals for December 21-24

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on December 22, 2014

Here are the best deals at Target this week. Target prices vary by store and region. Some deals are unadvertised and may or may not be found in your store. Find the full list of this week’s Target deals, including a printable list feature, here.

There are several ways to maximize your savings at Target:

  • Combine a Target store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon. You can find Target coupons here.
  • You can sign up for Target Mobile coupons which are delivered to your smart phone. These coupons are Target store coupons, so you can stack a manufacturer’s coupon with them. To use your mobile coupons, you pull them up on your phone at checkout and have the cashier scan the bar code. To start receiving the coupons simply text OFFERS to 827438.
  • Cartwheel by Target (Target’s smartphone app)
  • Sign up for the TargetRED Debit Card to save 5% off every purchase.

GROCERY

Simply Balanced Coconut Water on sale $2.49
Use 50% off Cartwheel offer
$1.25 after Cartwheel

Butterball Turkey (13 lb) on sale $15.47 (through 12/24)
Use $3 off $15 meat purchase coupon
Use 20% off Cartwheel offer
$9.38 after coupon & Cartwheel 

Dentyne Gum (3 pk) on sale $1.99
Use 50% off Cartwheel offer
$1 after Cartwheel ($.33 per pack)

PERSONAL USE

Axe Peace Gift Set on sale $6.98 (clearance price)
Buy 2
Use (2) $2/1 coupon from 12/7 RP insert
Use FREE $5 Target gift card purchase coupon from 12/14 RP insert
Pay $9.96, get $5 gift card
$2.48 each after coupon when you buy 2
*Clearance may not be available in all stores. 

OTHER

Disney Sofia Toddler Sleep Gown on sale $16.99
Use 50% off Cartwheel offer
$8.50 after Cartwheel 

Rio 2 DVD on sale $9.99 (through 12/24)
Use $5/1 coupon
$4.99 after coupon 

Rio 2 Blu-ray DVD Combo on sale $14.99 (through 12/24)
Use $5/1 coupon
Use 10% off Cartwheel offer
$8.49 after coupon & Cartwheel 

New to couponing?  Check out the Ultimate Guide to Couponing here.

Sign up for a Target RedCard to save 5% on top of all other discounts plus get FREE shipping on online purchase and easy returns. I love my Target RedCard.

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Walmart: Lithium Batteries FREE plus overage

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on December 22, 2014

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Look for Energizer batteries with tags for a $10 gift card on the front. If you find the lithium batteries with the tags on them you can score this deal.

Energizer Lithium Batteries (4 pack) on sale $6.97
Buy 2
Buy 2, Submit for $10 Walmart Gift Card
Use (2) $2.50/1 coupons - direct link
Pay $8.94, Get $10 Walmart Gift Card (limit 4 rebates, however you can do 4 of these and 4 rebates from Winco)
FREE plus $1.06 overage after coupons & Gift Card

See the post here for other ways of getting free batteries at Winco or Walmart.

Prices vary at different Walmart Stores. This deal may or may not be available in your local store.

Find more Walmart deals here. Get the exhaustive list of Walmart coupon match-ups with a printable list feature here.

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Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is the 30% Off the Fire HDX 8.9″. There are a lot of different Fire HDX 8.9 Tablets available with this deal prices as low as $299.99.

Fire HDX 8.9, 8.9″ HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers on sale $299 — BEST price!

Fire HDX 8.9, 8.9″ HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 64 GB – Includes Special Offers on sale $334 — BEST price!

Fire HDX 8.9, 8.9″ HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB on sale $309 — BEST price!

More Kindles to choose from here.

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. This deal is available today only through 11:59 pm Pacific.

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Amazon Toy Lightning Deals

Here are Amazon’s Holiday Toy List Daily Lightning Deals for December 22 (times listed are Pacific). Remember, many of these deals open 30 minutes early for Amazon Prime members (these items are marked with an *). Note this post is updated every evening with the next day’s Amazon Toy Lightning Deals, so you can bookmark or pin it for future reference!

7:30 am
Cars U-Com Lightning McQueen*

10:00 am
Cars 6″ Light Control

1:00 pm
Cars 6″ Light Control Tow Mater

4:30 pm
Despicable Me 2 Gru The Talking Genius Action Figure*

Find all of these deals on the Amazon Holiday Toy Lightning Deals page.

New to Amazon’s Lightning Deals? These are items at amazingly low prices, but the stock is extremely limited. The price will increase after the allotted items at the special price have sold. If an item is sold out, you can typically join the waitlist. Amazon will email you if it becomes available.

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. These deals are offered in limited quantities and for a limited time. We won’t know the specific prices until the specified launch time.

More ways to save at Amazon:

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax on DVD for $3.99

by Angela Davis on December 21, 2014

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Amazon has the Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax for $3.99 right now. I’m actually seeing quite a few price drops on kid movies with tons at $5 or less!

If you have Amazon Prime, you will get these movies on Christmas Eve!

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Make sure you check out our other DVD deals:

Movies on DVD for $5 or less

Movies on Blu-ray for $10 or less

Christmas Movies for $5 or less

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

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Need some last-minute gift ideas? Check out our Christmas Gift Guides

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on December 21, 2014

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