Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Murphy's Law in the Supermarket

The most popular section of the frozen food aisle

This morning at my favorite supermarket (Food Lion in Milton) I went shopping for frozen broccoli, an important ingredient in my personal recipe for chicken/broccoli/stuffing casserole. 

I usually go shopping early to avoid the school mom crowds in the afternoon.  When I food shop, usually the only other people there are little old ladies.  

Last week when I went to the frozen food aisle a little old lady hovered over the area of the frozen food aisle where I wanted to get my frozen broccoli. Check out the photo above, the frozen food aisle is a long aisle.  Frozen pizzas, other frozen vegetables, frozen meals, etc but where does the little old lady hover?  Just where I want to get my frozen broccoli.  And I mean hover and linger, a good fifteen minutes. I roll my cart around the store and come back and she's STILL THERE, trying to make up her mind.  Finally, she left, albeit very slowly.  I got my frozen chopped up broccoli, made my casserole which Bill and I consumed.

Today was time for another Ron Chicken Broccoli Stuffing casserole.  I go to the store.  This time there is a different person blocking me.  A young man who is a store employee, scanning the prices. He's taking his time.  I roll my cart around the store to complete my shopping, planning on going back when he is done.  I go back and he is done, but now there is ANOTHER woman hovering in the exact area where I want to get my frozen broccoli.  Another good ten minutes to fifteen minutes, trying to make up her mind.  Well, that chopped up broccoli is good.  I put it in my casserole without precooking it, because the broccoli comes out crisp and tasty.  

She finally left.  And I got my broccoli.  

I made my chicken casserole tonight and it was delicious. 

I think next time I'll just bull my way in when I want to buy more frozen broccoli. "Excuse me ma'am, could you please get out of the way while you make up your mind?"  Probably what I should have done the first time I encountered this problem. 

Ron's Chicken Broccoli Stuffing Recipe:


1 pound of thin chicken cutlets
1/2 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste
1 can cream of chicken and mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
2 cups chopped frozen broccoli
1 box prepared Stove Top Chicken stuffing
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

Place raw chicken in crock pot. Sprinkle sale and pepper to taste. 

Pour in 1/2 cup white wine over chicken

Cook on low four to six hours

Remove from Crock Pot. 

Place in casserole dish. 

Cut up chicken in bite sized pieces

More salt and pepper to taste over top of cut up chicken

Sprinkle raw frozen broccoli over chicken

Pour juice remaining in Crock Pot over broccoli and chicken (this important because the liquid cooks the broccoli just enough to make it eatable but still remains crisp)

Mix milk with cream of chicken and mushroom soup

Spread soup mix over broccoli and chicken

Place prepared Stove Top Stuffing over broccoli

Sprinkle top with generous amounts of sharp cheddar cheese

Back at 400 degrees for until browned on top (approximately 30 minutes)

Remove from oven

Cool for approximately ten minutes. 

Dig in and enjoy!

Ron's Chicken Broccoli Stuffing Casserole


wcs said...

Looks mighty tasty! We have the same phenomenon in our grocery stores. Inevitably, the only other person in the aisle is standing right in front of where what you want is stocked. And they don't budge for what seems like forever!

Travel said...

I would simply say "EXCUSE ME" and reach in for what I wanted. I don't go shopping, I go buying and I don't spend a lot of time making selections.

Anonymous said...

As I was reading...I was hoping you would include the recipe - thanks! It sounds delicious, I’m going to give it a try. And there is nothing wrong in saying excuse me and reaching around the person to get the broccoli! A polite excuse me and a smile goes a long way! And if they’re offended after being in the way for 15 minutes, too bad😜 mags

Ron said...

wcs (Walt),
I often have the same experience when I'm in the meat aisle. The spot where I want to check out the chicken cutlets or beef stew meat often blocked by someone who just can't make up their mind. Linger and linger and then finally go on, often without taking anything.Get out of the way!

Ron said...

Good advice! Next time I will say "excuse me" and reach around them. I know exactly what I want to get, often they don't. I'll try that approach the next time. I doubt they will be offended.

Joel Reisteter said...

Thank you for the recipe, I'll try it. I appreciate you sharing it with us.

I would say, "Excuse me, ma'am" or Excuse me, sir" or to a store employee, I would say "Excuse me, could you please get me the (whatever item that you need to get)."
But yet, I have figured you to be a polite gentleman (almost all the time), so this little lesson in politeness from me is not really necessary.

AlexandriaVic said...

Love a good casserole...I enjoy foods that are mixed together...BUT...Can we talk about the oven...I trust it is a self-cleaning model if not PLEASE clean with gusto or we will have a house fire...XO

pat888 said...

Ron -
Wow - that looks good but I'd need some different ingredients LOL.


Ron said...

I'm thinking of adding shredded carrots the next time. The crunchy broccoli is a nice touch to the casserole though.

Ron said...

I too love a good casserole. Interestingly my Mother never made casseroles when she was raising me and my two brothers. That would have been a good family meal. Yes, my oven is self cleaning. I make sure it is always clean.