So, Maren’s visiting the local European/Mediterranean grocery store near my home. I had a spice that I wanted to try, but wanted to find a spice that was similar to it. I go up to the counter, and before thinking, I say, “Is this like a bouillon but only weirder?” Thankfully, the lady’s English wasn’t the best and she wasn’t offended…she went on to inform me that it was the be-all-end-all spice, and that I should try it on everything. Whew. Glad I didn’t offend. That definitely wasn’t the intention, just came out differently than how my mind had thought it.
They have some very interesting but yummy foods there. They had me try a cheese that was to die for, as well as a mushroom salad (creamy like a chicken salad) that they ship in from Brooklyn–who knew? It was surprisingly delicious, and I’m planning to go back and order some for a fun lunch for Michael and me.
In other news, my entire married life (pretty much), to get good recipes, I’ve always gone to Allrecipes.com and found recipes by the 5 star ratings, and have been assured they were going to be good. I mean, REALLY…if 600 people say the recipe is the best thing out there, I’ll believe them. BUT…Tonight, I made a couscous (purchased at the European grocery) that was almost a flop…until I added the be-all-end-all spice (have I mentioned that it’s just like a bouillon, but weirder???) AND boy did it flavor up the bland and boring 4!?!?!?! star rating. I think 76 tastebud-less raters must have logged on for this one, folks. Seriously, for the past 5 years, that’s how I get recipes, and I always have winners. From cookies, to tilapia, to muffins to chili sauce, EVERYTHING’S ALWAYS BEEN GREAT (just made these today and they were DELICIOUS, though I finagled the recipe because I haven’t been to the grocery store in forever and don’t have eggs… so I left the egg out, added some yogurt and apple sauce to keep them moist–they were yummy)! For the couscous, I don’t know what went wrong, but I about didn’t bring the side dish to the home where we were going because of its bland-ness–that was, of course, until the “be-all-end-all” spice. I guess the lady was right. 😉 The cherry crisp I brought turned out well though and Allrecipes.com redeemed itself. People with good taste-buds must have logged in for that one.
That’s all folks…Oh, and Kelly Crothers, this post is dedicated to you–and Congrats, too by the way!!!! Since I’m old boring, and have a job with way too much time on my hands…I figured I needed to dedicate a post to you after our conversation about my xangativity! HAHAHAHAHAH!