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Your favorite products to order on Amazon?

arielleeve Dec 17, 2013 06:38 PM

So I'm always looking for cheap items to add to my amazon cart so that it reaches the $35 minimum to get free shipping. I was thinking there are probably a fair amount of hard-to-find food items that might be on Amazon which would be a good way to up the cart, and also discover cool new foods. For instance, I tried Duke's mayonnaise for the first time after ordering it on Amazon.

So, what food products do you like to order on Amazon?

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: arielleeve Dec 17, 2013 09:04 PM

    Hmm, I don't order a lot of foods from Amazon, but I did bought a few cookware.

    As for food, I currently have "Custard Powder" on my list to buy. Never used it, but I have seen it in several recipes. Thus far, I have been using self made substitution, but I think I will buy it and try.


    I also love this book I bought from Amazon: An Edge in the Kitchen, but this may be more expensive than you have in mind:


    Another CHOWHOUNDER introduced me to Chore Boy Golden Fleece Scrubbing Cloth. I don't use it for everything. In fact, I don't usually use it, but it is very handle for cleaning rough and tough spots. I used it to clean my entire kitchen once. It is tough and it is effective. Unlike a typical sponge or greenpad, you can use it and clean it, use it and clean it. In other words, grease does not render it useless because you can hand wash it clean and use it immediately:


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      arielleeve RE: Chemicalkinetics Dec 18, 2013 08:32 AM

      In this particular order I ended up remembering I've been meaning to buy a kevlar glove for my mandoline, so I didn't end up needing to find something small and cheap to add on. But that said, thanks for the Chore Boy rec. I've been looking to start replacing my sponges with dish cloths for environmental and hygienic reasons, but was hoping to find more durable / scrubby cloths. Maybe this will be my solution! Not sure if I've seen them in local stores, but I'll be on the lookout.

      Custard powder I've found at Whole Foods without issue, and the last time I bought it for a recipe (Nanaimo bars), I ended up with leftover that I didn't know how to use. I ended up just making the instant custard, which was meh but edible.

      The book looks great, and the kindle version is cheaper -- but do you think it's a worthwhile purchase for a pescetarian? Without the meat applications I wonder how much there will be in there that I would appreciate.

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        Chemicalkinetics RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 09:31 AM

        <I ended up remembering I've been meaning to buy a kevlar glove for my mandoline>

        That is a great buy. It is very useful for a mandoline.

        <The book looks great, and the kindle version is cheaper -- but do you think it's a worthwhile purchase for a pescetarian?>

        I think plenty. Most of the knife books on the market talk more about cutting technique. This book talks a bit about history of the kitchen knives, construction of the knives, cutting technique and knife maintenance. It is a fairly humorous book, I think.

        Here is a sample of his writing if you want to take a look:


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      Danybear RE: arielleeve Dec 17, 2013 09:07 PM

      The Golden Fleece choreboy is cheaper at Dollarama. The custard powder is probably in every grocery store imaginable, its just cornstarch, sugar and coloring.

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        Chemicalkinetics RE: Danybear Dec 17, 2013 09:11 PM

        <The Golden Fleece choreboy is cheaper at Dollarama.>

        Probably, but so do many things in Amazon. You can always buy some of them cheaper somewhere. One can also read most of the content of "An Edge in the Kitchen" online.

        <its just cornstarch, sugar and coloring.>

        Vanilla favoring too.

        In light of helping the original poster, do you have any suggestion to help?

      2. Ttrockwood RE: arielleeve Dec 17, 2013 10:13 PM

        I often order nuts, chia seeds, and hemp seeds from amazon.
        The fig basalmic i adore is on amazon here:

        And i'm embarresed to admit i order mother's cookies sometimes- they're only on the west coast and i love their taffy cookies (crunchy caramely cookie and vanilla creme), ususally available with free shipping


        Dr kracker pumpkin seed is hard to find near me for a good price, i order those too
        The original 3 seed is also delicious

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          sedimental RE: Ttrockwood Dec 18, 2013 08:18 AM

          That price for the Dr kracker pumpkin is really good. I order the box of 6 packages ( I think) and it saves me a dollar per package! Steal of a deal!

          Like you, I order bulk seeds.

          I also have found a good selection of Moroccan argon oil for cooking, rose flower water and orange blossom water, lots of middle eastern spices, a nice selection of Spanish sherry vinegar at a good price.

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            nemo RE: Ttrockwood Dec 18, 2013 05:53 PM


            That's a really great price for the fig balsamic. Is it truly wonderful? I bought a lesser ounce bottle from Williams Sonoma once for more than twice that price, and while it was delicious now make my own with fig jam and a decent grocery store balsamic.

            Would like your input. Thanks!

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              HillJ RE: nemo Dec 18, 2013 05:57 PM

              Must be the season for fig balsamic because I was just looking at this and discussing the fig variety on another thread. http://www.pennmac.com/items/3492//bl...

              I've had this brands original Blaze Glaze and it's fantastic.

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                HillJ RE: nemo Dec 18, 2013 05:58 PM


                check out this bargain.

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                  Ttrockwood RE: HillJ Dec 19, 2013 08:34 PM

                  I'm going to track this down while i'm traveling and can hit costco with my sister- no costco near me....

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                    HillJ RE: Ttrockwood Dec 21, 2013 03:13 PM

                    T, I have never seen this set in the store, only online.

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                    HillJ RE: HillJ Dec 21, 2013 03:17 PM

                    And now this link is coming up empty. May have sold out!

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                    Ttrockwood RE: nemo Dec 19, 2013 08:33 PM

                    It is great! Its perfect for salad dressings. For the price its amazing- i used to have a fig basalmic i had paid nearly $35 for and it was only marginally different.

                    I am sure the one hill j linked to is awesome- just much thicker than the one i linked to above.

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                      HillJ RE: Ttrockwood Dec 21, 2013 03:15 PM

                      Yes, you are correct Blaze Glaze is just that, a glaze of balsamic. It is not like traditional balsamic.

                2. jadec RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 03:17 AM

                  Cocoa nibs, elderflower syrup (D'Arbo)

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                    pine time RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 08:21 AM

                    White Lily flour. Not available in SoCal, so I order 15 lbs at a time.

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                      arielleeve RE: pine time Dec 18, 2013 08:25 AM

                      I don't know about white lily flour, although I don't think I've seen it in NY. Some googling tells me it's good for biscuits, any other special applications where it would be better than regular flour?

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                        Ttrockwood RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 05:54 PM

                        My mom has always used white lily for cakes too

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                          pine time RE: arielleeve Dec 19, 2013 05:16 AM

                          I like White Lily for any all purpose flour recipes. Not for loaf bread (gluten issues), but terrific for biscuits, cookies, cakes (sometimes I'll use 1/2 W.L., 1/2 cake flour). Also nice & smooth for gravy.

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                        jbsiegel RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 12:43 PM

                        Masa Harina (since it's sometimes hard to find)
                        Heartland Granola

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                          HillJ RE: jbsiegel Dec 18, 2013 01:57 PM

                          jb, Aldi sells masa harina in 5 lb bags. Do you live near an Aldi store?

                          Vitamins, you can do better through Puritan Pride's 2 for 1 and 3 for 1 sales.

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                            jbsiegel RE: HillJ Dec 18, 2013 05:29 PM

                            Sadly nowhere near an Aldi. Like the original poster, though, sometimes I'm looking to find enough "add-on" items to make $25 for the Amazon Prime 2-day shipping (which is just about the best thing ever invented!!!). In general I don't buy much food from Amazon.

                            Now that I think about it, I bought some pastel candy corn from them because I wanted them out of season and that was the only place I could find them.

                            I buy Guittard chocolate chips in bulk, but not from amazon. I normally go through chocosphere.com because the pricing is better.

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                              HillJ RE: jbsiegel Dec 18, 2013 05:49 PM

                              I'm not that familiar with Amazon's grocery dept. They sure do carry a great many international items.

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                                Kalivs RE: jbsiegel Dec 21, 2013 06:24 PM

                                Hmmmm.... I have amazon prime andi never have to meet a minimum

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                                  Becca Porter RE: Kalivs Dec 21, 2013 06:38 PM

                                  It doesn't sound like she has yearly prime membership. I highly recommend it!

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                                    jbsiegel RE: Becca Porter Dec 21, 2013 06:49 PM

                                    Prime is just about the best thing ever! Not only can you order these ridiculously small orders and ship them "for free" (after paying the membership fee), but you can count on the fact that they show up 2 days later. I've ordered things on vacation that I forgot from home!

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                                      CindyJ RE: jbsiegel Dec 22, 2013 02:08 PM

                                      My daughter also uses my Prime membership by putting in her billing and shipping info.

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                            wayne keyser RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 02:16 PM

                            Jyoti Madras Sambar (their other products are also good) - I add nothing, just heat it and eat it, yum! http://www.amazon.com/Jaipur-Organic-...

                            Nongshim Shin Noodle Ramyun - better than domestic packaged ramen, IMO, and their whole line is good http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00778B90S/

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                              Kalivs RE: wayne keyser Dec 21, 2013 06:22 PM

                              When my aunt was houseband for awhile, I ordered many jyoti products& they wre surprisingly good!

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                              acssss RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 02:31 PM

                              I buy a ton of stuff on Amazon - I wait for coupons/special offers or I buy through their subscription orders - not only cheaper items but items I can't find in my local stores... like good Tehina.

                              to name a few... toothbrushes, soap, swiffer sheets, paper towels, garbanzo/fava beans, steel cut oatmeal, books, semolina flour, coffee...
                              Cooking utensils

                              By the way... if you order through their subscription, if you order more than 5 items at once, you get 15% off of every item your order (this is in addition to the already low price)

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                                CindyJ RE: acssss Dec 22, 2013 02:09 PM

                                How do you use coupons on Amazon?

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                                Hobbert RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 02:32 PM

                                Maldon salt!!

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                                  Ttrockwood RE: Hobbert Dec 18, 2013 05:57 PM

                                  Yes! Have you tried the smoked salt?? It's amazing.... Amazon's price for maldon is nearly $3/box less than it is near me....

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                                    Hobbert RE: Ttrockwood Dec 19, 2013 03:02 AM

                                    No, but thanks for the tip! I'll have to order some next time.

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                                      liu RE: Ttrockwood Dec 19, 2013 09:27 PM

                                      I agree, Ttrockwood and Hobbert!

                                      Maldon smoked salt flakes are good on everything. It has no bitter chemical taste and the flakes add a nice crunch. I especially love these flakes on heirloom tomatoes.

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                                    ferret RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 02:42 PM

                                    Amazon's good for things like Bob's Red Mill products, where you can get multiple units at a healthy discount. You can also find very high quality carnaroli rice at a very good price as well as a variety of dry pastas.

                                    When my kids were in college I had chips, ramen and other dorm staples shipped by the caseload.

                                    1. linguafood RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 03:08 PM

                                      I regularly order Duke's mayo (I think they come in a 5-pack or something) at Amazon as it's not available where I live.

                                      1. mcf RE: arielleeve Dec 18, 2013 03:21 PM

                                        Golden Soybean spaghetti and Mung bean fettucini. I have a subscription order for Kind nuts and spice dark chocolate nut bars with salt and Lara UBER sweet and spicy nut bars. I used to order canned cat food, but am getting much better deals elsewhere. Other cheapie add ons might be my long wearing lip color, Plackers flossers, too.

                                        1. Becca Porter RE: arielleeve Dec 19, 2013 06:03 AM

                                          Savora Dijon, Valrhona cocoa (not cheap), perciatelli

                                          1. monavano RE: arielleeve Dec 19, 2013 06:17 AM

                                            Low sodium miso:

                                            I can't tell you how in love I am with this miso! I've found so many uses for it.

                                            Pommery mustard:

                                            The undisputed King of mustards ;-) Since ordering my first crock from Amazon, I have found it locally, but it's still relatively hard to find.

                                            1. monavano RE: arielleeve Dec 19, 2013 06:19 AM

                                              Just remembered, I'm subscribed to Pacific Organic chicken stock and Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes.

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                                                Just Visiting RE: arielleeve Dec 20, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                Anything that I can't find reliably in my huge metro area without having to go to multiple stores. I haven't got the time or patience for that. So Mrs. Balls Extra-hot Chutney. Ginger People sauces. Powdered soy milk (for camping). Imagine Organic Lentil soup. Much else, including Kallari Chocolate.
                                                I just get so tired of the grocery stores being like winning the lottery.

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                                                  ferret RE: Just Visiting Dec 20, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                  With the average grocery carrying upwards of 40,000 products that are battling for display space with sushi, pizza and sandwich stalls, reaching a saturation point on products is not that hard. Also bear in mind that heavy hitters like Coca-Cola and Lays keep bringing out new products and strong-arm retailers to get more shelf space. So something's gotta give.

                                                2. Bossa_Nova RE: arielleeve Dec 21, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                  I get chestnut honey which I can't find locally.


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                                                    Chemicalkinetics RE: Bossa_Nova Dec 21, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                    What does it taste like? I bought some lychee honey once, and surprisingly the honey tastes like a bit of lychee. I wonder if chestnut honey tastes a bit like chestnut.

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                                                      Becca Porter RE: Chemicalkinetics Dec 21, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                      I just bought some to make torrone with. I can't wait to try it.

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                                                      pine time RE: Bossa_Nova Dec 22, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                      Never thought to look, but will now: bourbon honey. Bought it in KY last year, and it was a great glaze for grilled meats. Off to the Amazon site...

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                                                      rich in stl RE: arielleeve Dec 21, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                      I order canned cat food - good price and they deliver it to my door, a great convenience. I also like the great variety of stuff I can get - if I like one of the weird brands of Siracha Chili Sauce that I am getting, I'll search for it locally

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                                                        mr99203 RE: arielleeve Dec 21, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                        For some reason I can't get dried bucatini for less than 4.99/lb in my small, northwestern city. So I order that from Amazon in giant packages at about $1.50/lb and share it with my friends.

                                                        I also sometimes buy San Marzano tomatoes (same issue, high price here), tahini, duck fat, whatever I can find a great price on...

                                                        1. team_cake RE: arielleeve Dec 22, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                          I recently bought fennel pollen on Amazon when I couldn't find it locally. When I had Prime, I'd order things like vanilla beans and ClearGel in bulk for baking from a company I trust via Amazon. With Prime, it was def worth it. I've recently let my Prime lapse, and without Prime, I might be buying these things as add-on items because they're still better quality and deals than from local stores.

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                                                            pine time RE: team_cake Dec 22, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                            Can you take a minute to please explain the "add on" option--my eyes have been glazing over, trying to read/understand how that works. Gracias in advance.

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                                                              arielleeve RE: pine time Dec 22, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                              It's not an option, per se. Just referring to being in a situation where your amazon order is just slightly below the minimum requirement to get free shipping (used to be $25, now is $35), and having to seek out small, cheap items to make it to that cut-off. Since shipping can be like $8 or more, it usually makes sense to just add a cheap item onto your order rather than pay for shipping.

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                                                                pine time RE: arielleeve Dec 23, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                                Gotcha. Thanks.

                                                                As much as I love Amazon, and we use them a whole bunch, I've gotten leary of some products that don't ship directly from Amazon. Ordered a gift item at least 3 weeks ahead of gift-occasion, from, say, Smith Gifts, Inc. Took nearly 6 weeks for it to arrive. Wasn't a happy camper, since there was no indication that shipment would take that long.

                                                                We used to sell books, CDs, DVDs on Amazon, and sheesh, we shipped within hours of receiving an order (we winnowed down our inventory and have since closed). Still love Amazon, though.

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                                                                nokitchen RE: pine time Dec 22, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                It's similar for Prime members. In that case, Add-on items are items that themselves do not qualify for Prime shipping (free, two days) but will be included for free if you order things that *are* Prime eligible in the sum of $25 at the same time.

                                                                My answer to the OP is OxiClean Versatile Free. I can never find the Free (unscented) stuff at my local stores and I much prefer that for cleaning my brewing equipment.

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                                                                MplsM ary RE: team_cake Mar 15, 2014 08:09 PM

                                                                Sorry to resurrect this, but I am actually curious which fennel pollen you purchased. Were you happy with it? And, can you supply a link to the product?

                                                                With Amazon Prime going to $99 I am looking for food options to make it (seem) worth the price. I buy most of my books for my Nexus 7 now. The thing is, that with most relatives far away, it actually might be a wash with Christmas and birthday presents alone. Of course I want better than a wash - I wanna clean up!

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                                                                  pine time RE: MplsM ary Mar 16, 2014 04:51 AM

                                                                  Yeah, we've decided to re-up for Prime, even with the increase. We order so much from Amazon (and Mr. Pine is a Vine reviewer) that we still save over shipping costs.

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                                                                    Becca Porter RE: pine time Mar 16, 2014 07:49 AM

                                                                    I had 102 orders in 2013. That breaks it down to .77 cents at the old price. .99 cents at the new price... and that doesn't include all the other perks. I'm reupping.

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                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: Becca Porter Mar 16, 2014 08:15 AM

                                                                      Wow 102 orders, that's impressive.

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                                                                        mcf RE: fldhkybnva Mar 16, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                                        Beats my 94!

                                                              4. CindyJ RE: arielleeve Dec 22, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                I order Ensure for my mom and have it delivered right to her house. Other "food" items -- I USED to order Friskies canned cat food, but the kitty just passed away (he was nearly 20 years old!). I often buy bird seed on Amazon, too.

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                                                                  pine time RE: CindyJ Dec 23, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                  My condolences for the loss of your kitty. It's been over 7 years since the death of our last one (we had 2 brothers), and we still keep their cremains. They, too, were near 20 years old. We miss their furry little selves, so I understand your loss.

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                                                                    CindyJ RE: pine time Feb 3, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                    (Belated) thanks for your kind words.

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                                                                  bitchincook RE: arielleeve Dec 26, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                  I buy Douwe Egberts coffee on Amazon. My husband loves the stuff, and I have yet to find it anywhere else.

                                                                  1. NonnieMuss RE: arielleeve Dec 27, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                    "00" flour - impossible to find in my city. I can always use cheesecloth, which isn't always easy to find. Or I'll find a fun hot-sauce for the husband for $3 or $4.

                                                                    1. fldhkybnva RE: arielleeve Mar 16, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                      Here's a nice widget to help you decide if Prime is worth it for you. http://www.slate.com/articles/busines...

                                                                      1. Caroline1 RE: arielleeve Mar 16, 2014 05:59 PM

                                                                        Just in case any of you love your Prime membership but haven't thought about ducking the higher rates for another year, there are 1 or 2 days left at this writing when you can still buy gift cards at the old $79.00 rate. To add an additional year to your current membership, you can simply give yourself a gift membership at the old rate and enjoy free shipping and all the rest of the Prime goodies for an additional year.

                                                                        1. CindyJ RE: arielleeve Mar 18, 2014 06:09 AM

                                                                          I recently ordered a jar of Piment d'Espelette, a red chile powder imported from the Basque region of France.

                                                                          I also order Ensure for my mom and bird seed for my outdoor feeders.

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