Tuesday morning and what has been around the corner

It certainly has been a refreshing (if not somewhat chilly) couple weeks since the last note. The weather has been delightful, frightful, warm, cold, snow, sunshine you name it and we have had it. My poor herbs are so confused they don’t know if they should stick their little heads up or burrow back under the leaves again. But lets try this again, it’s spring in Missouri, so it is time for all the lovely green plants to be brave and hang in there. Actually, this last snow we received doesn’t appear to have harmed anything, but I certainly was surprised, and so were the plants.

When you think of ketchup I bet it isn’t the most exciting thing on your grocery list. I know it didn’t used to be on mine, that is until I met Bruce Steinberg. Bruce is the inventor/brains behind the new condiment (I feel bad calling it a mere condiment it is so much more). There are several flavors, which lend themselves to different types of foods. I have a couple favorites, one being the Black Truffle Ketchup….OK, now if that isn’t special, tell me what is. I mean, does the name just make you think of a hot sizzling steak fresh off the grill, drizzled with wonderful Black Truffle Ketchup. And the best part is, all the work is done, the flavor is there, all I have to do is just pour it on. Two others flavors I really like are the Roasterie Coffee flavor and the Alderwood flavor (salmon anyone, that’s what jumped into my mind the instant I say the Alderwood flavor). But the other 9 flavors bring instant pictures to mind also. What does Lemon Twist or Thai Ginger or Habanero Heat make you think of? Yeah, me too. Makes me hungry just to think of it. Well, they are showing up on store shelves all over the metro, and soon nationwide. Here is the website http://www.finevinesketchup.com. I wish you could taste what the Truffle Ketchup did for my humble T-Bone steak. It was amazing.

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Spring Herbs and Mother Nature

No matter that Mother Nature is trying her best to give us one more snow “fit”, my herbs have had enough of winter. They have officially peeked through the leaves and poked through the ground. A close look in their resting places three days ago showed wonderful things to come. Thyme was green and robust already, rosemary was standing tall and reaching for the sun, the chives were peeking through the leaves, as were the fuzzy spearmint leaves (oh how they make me think of dessert crepes stuffed with yogurt, fresh berries, warm chocolate sauce, and the star — spearmint leaves). The peppermint leaves were winding around their little plot (aways looking for a way to escape – lol). The sage is greening up, needing a pruning to remove last years dead branches. But something just told me not to remove the protective leaves yet, and sure enough, Mother Nature seems to have just one more cold spell for us.

For those of you how are having a tough week, know I love you and am thinking good thoughts for you. Spring is a healing time of the year. It is a renewing of freshness and new beginnings. Cook something that makes you happy and that reminds you of the freshness our earth and the purity of the way Mother Nature intended for our lives to be…kind and gentle to each other, and to all living things. Simplicity is the best taste that there is.

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