Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cardamom ascending

A news site from India reported that prices of Cardamom were rising. Meanwhile, Lucila, from Mexico discovered that Laleh's Iranian Cardamom tea settled her upset stomach. Intrigued, I checked it out on Wikipedia and learned that cardamom is known for its digestive properties even in China.

For a perfect holiday drink then, new HUM Botanical Spirits based on rum infused with hibiscus, cardamom and ginger is sure to get and keep you in the Christmas spirit.

It's beautiful red and richly delicious--and your stuffing-stuffed tummy will thank you for the healing properties of cardamom and ginger.

Monday, August 24, 2009


My prediction (and recommendation) for this year's holiday gift is a sturdy Le Creuset pot, thanks to "Julie and Julia." My first one was a wedding present 34 years ago, still one of my three favorites, I use it every week.

Proof? I went to screen-grab a pic for you, and found that the model I chose was already sold out.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Chris writes about his plot in northern Illinois, "Well, not all is gone to ruin, as the picture shows. That represents perhaps the first tenth of the fruit on our vines. Whereas we did very well with cherry tomatoes last year, whatever inscrutable weather pattern variations that favor one plant over another have given us a bounty of cucumbers and heavenly big, rich, complex heirloom tomatoes. Cool and wet this year."

Notice the book. The family will be "eating local" all winter, this week they're making preserves.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


When in Germany on Nestle biz, I watched Aldi squish Wal-mart's bananas. Aldi had its own wine label, cheeses from local farmers, gorgeous produce and stunning low prices. Wal-mart finally left the market. Now I'm watching Aldi expand in the US.

What a terrific competitor for Wal-mart in grocery. Target can't prevail here, they come from dept store roots--Aldi is the same family as Trader Joe's.

Could Aldi US, based in Batavia, join McD and Kraft as Illinois's next great food company?