We thought we had found a good gift for our recent anniversary celebration. Williams-Sonoma was selling mesh grilling pans: open-weave metal pots you put food inside and place over a barbecue.
They were kind of expensive, though. Eep.
Ah. What the heck. It was our anniversary. Splurge a little.
First, though, we had to stop at Ross, the discount clothing/housewares store. We were searching for throw pillows for our new blue-suede love seat (OK, fake suede, but true blue). I just about never buy clothes there, but the pillow selection has, on occasion, sizzled. Not this time, though.
Then, we walked by a sale display. Marked-down BBQ junk, cheaper than usual.
Look! See that pan in the picture? Eight bucks. And if you buy it on Geezer Day (in my neighborhood, it's Tuesdays for those of us above a certain age), you get 10% off.
Well, there were too many people in line; we didn't want to wait. Besides, it was Monday.
So we drove over to a local upscale grocery store. It's the only place around that carries a brand of buttermilk I adore. (I know. I'll tell you about it someday.) We walked up one aisle, past some cool kitchen hardware, and there was that Ross pan, for $25 — at least. I can't remember perfectly; it was too shocking.
Needless to say, a return visit to Ross first thing Tuesday morning occurred. Eight bucks, with 80 cents off. Chortle.
Two lessons here: If you don't shop at Ross for kitchenware (Marshall's is good too), you should. If you can. And, this is a really cool tool for cooking vegetables on the grill — you don't lose them down into the coals, you get a little smoky heat, and you can stir them with a spatula.
We never did get over to Williams-Sonoma.