High Priced Cookery

I first read about it here. The internet is exploding with stories about it. American luxury department store, Needless Markup, oops, I mean Neiman Marcus is selling collard greens this year. Collard greens for 8-10 people. For $66. Factor in the shipping and these “perfectly seasoned” frozen collards will run you a cool $81.50! Now, you cogitate on that for a minute or two.

Neiman Marcus Picture

Neiman Marcus Picture

I can run by the Farmer’s Market and find collards. At the supermarket, I can find that leafy delicacy fresh (well, somewhat), pre-cut, cleaned, and sealed in a plastic bag. If I were desperate enough Glory puts them in cans. No matter which way I choose my collards, for $81.50 I could feed an army!

How about enough cornbread dressing to feed 4 to 6, if they aren’t too hungry. Needless Markup will send that to you for a piddling $103. “Only Here. Only Ours. Exclusively for You.”

Neiman Marcus picture

Neiman Marcus picture


Here’s the topper, though. Three dozen, handmade in Charleston, flavored biscuits can grace your holiday table for a mere $107! Are you kidding me?? So, a couple of biscuits for each of your 15 guests will run you a little over $7 per person. I’ll happily whip up a skillet of biscuits for you for that kind of cash, and mine won’t have been frozen!

Broccoli & Cheese casserole for $65 + $15.50 shipping, stuffed pork chops, peppered corned beef, green bean casserole, and dozens of other offerings can be found at their website. I surfed through, shaking my head and remembering something I heard my Dad say a hundred thousand times. “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

Neiman Marcus picture

Neiman Marcus picture




About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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2 Responses to High Priced Cookery

  1. Well, it won’t be me tasting that delicacy! Not in this lifetime anyway!


  2. Norma Wright says:

    I showed you how to make a pot of collards that are fit to eat for a lot less money. I’m sorry for those that have to pay someone to do it. I will gladly cook some for anyone for less also. any takers??


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