I need help with this one. Recently during my appearances in the Mid-Atlantic, I have met some really great, passionate fans of our chips, pretzels, and seasoning blends. I'm told how much they enjoy or snacks. We discuss various dishes that SOUL BLEND is used to make the dish tasty and healthy. I'm told how "flavorful" it is. I tell everyone that speaks with me, and I'm posting it here again, you have no idea how grateful I am that you are enjoying Cape Seasonings. That is important to me.
But then, just yesterday, I was told something that confuses me. A "professional" was thinking about using Cape Seasonings in a dish but was hesitant because - "It's very flavorful." Say what? You do not want to use our products because they have "flavor." I thought that was the goal.
Why would your goal be mediocrity or less? The world is overflowing with mediocrity. Why add more?
Cape Seasonings has two goals - 1) Taste Good, and 2) Be Healthy. We make our products with herbs and spices. Low sodium, no chemicals or poisons. Our blends stimulates strong, healthy metabolism; weight loss; healthy hearts, blood flow, and clean colons. AND, we did this with chips and pretzels! Hello, I'd like something that tastes great and won't kill me in the process. Any ideas?
And then to be told it has too much flavor. Well, for those who like it flat and dull, you live on the right planet. There's a plethora of products that are boring, filled with BS that give fake tastes, but are very popular. If that's what you seek, have at it - somewhere else. Food Musak.
Speaking of which, professional rapper B.o.B. (Full Disclosure: I've never heard his stuff) has gotten into a Twitter battle with preeminent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (Full Disclosure: I've seen his stuff) regarding an issue that I thought was settled hundreds of years ago. B.o.B. sez that the world is flat. And while that is amusing in itself, the kicker is that - "he has pictures to prove it." Bahahahahaha.....
I have been laughing for days since that story broke. When those people "floating in a tin can" about 270 miles above Earth's surface at 17,100 miles per hour look out their windows and see a big, round, blue and white planet, just what are they looking at? As Steve Martin said on Saturday Night Live many years ago while looking directly into the camera, "What the hell is that? What the HELL is THAT!?"
But then again, B.o.B. sez it's flat...and has pictures to prove it.
I Heard the News Today, Oh Boy...Messages from God...The Best EVOO in the World - On Sale - From Greece
The very first thing I did this morning was get the news that an old friend had passed away. We had not seen each other in a long, long time. So long ago that he may have not have even remembered me. But I remember him from Sunday mornings past. I might have been four or five years old at the time, maybe even three. On select Sunday mornings, he'd skip church to entertain me. We'd play board games; Candy Land (my favorite because of the bright colors); Cootie; Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head; Mouse Trap; and other card games that I can not remember. But I remember Bill. We lived in the downstairs apartment, he lived with his wife in the upstairs apartment. I don't know how it all started, but I'd walk into the outer hallway and yell up the staircase, "Beeelll! Beeelll!" Somehow, he knew (I wonder how THAT could be???) that I'd be calling and would be ready for games. Looking back, it was just a great, great hour. He later became a father of his own. His daughter let me know he was gone. A husband; father; U.S. Veteran; a pal to a very little boy. Beeelll, you were/are a very good man.
Australian-born photographer Donna Stevens has released a series of photos called, Idiot Box. Having been in the Mass Media world for nearly twenty-five years, two things always fascinated me about consumers and advertising - 1) Everyone sez that they don't watch TV because they are too busy - but somehow knows all of the latest commercials and hottest TV shows; very mysterious how they could accomplish this; and 2) Many people watch television just like the little boy on the stool - mesmerized: as if he were getting messages from God. Be very careful.
This week at the Rehoboth Beach Farmer's Market I met a young lady from San Francisco who has a home on the Isle of Lesvos in Greece. And she knows something that you may not: Greek oil is the FINEST oil in all the world. And we have it! It is organic, cold pressed from rare Kolovi and Adramytiani olives. As my very first EVOO customer, a Greek native, said many years ago when she drank a cup full of oil with her eyes closed, "That's the land. It tastes like the land. It's the real thing."
Now, in honor of our young lady friend with her home in Greece, we are selling our EVOO at a 12% discount at $16.99 from $19.99. Save $3 per bottle for the light, smooth and tasty extra virgin olive oil. You WILL NOT find anything like this at your supermarket. Order right now. and tasty extra virgin
A few weeks ago we wrote about gut bacteria (Probiotics) and it's effects on our mental health. Now we read that sauerkraut may be the answer to an anxiety-free world. "Everybody's beautiful, in their own way..." (Ray Stevens; Everything Is Beautiful; 1970). Could that explain why the Amish are so calm, no matter what? We know that "you are what you eat", but fermented foods foods are the key to better mental health? We definitely know about fermented grapes and grains (alcohol) but I'm having trouble getting my hands around sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi. Studies from The College of William & Mary, as well as UCLA seem to point in this direction. The study will be released in August issue of Psychiatry Research.
Other than by itself on New Year's Day with smashed potatoes and pork, and on a hot dog in the summer, I really do not have any recipes of interest for sauerkraut. If YOU do, I'm open to them. You know my name; you know my email address. withw
Do you enjoy tasty fresh bread? Easy to Make? Under three hours? Great googly moogly, this is it. For a recipe for Calzone that I saw this past weekend, it said to buy store-bought pizza dough. Ixnay on the orestay oughday. It does not get any simpler than this:
1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 oz.)
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsl. extra virgin olive oil
1 cup warm water (110 - 120 degrees)
3 cups. all purpose flour/bread flour
1 tsp. sea salt
- Mix yeast, sugar, EVOO, and water in large mixing bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until mixture foams.
- Add 1 1/2 cups flour and the salt; mix until smooth. Add 1/4 cup of flour at a time and continue mixing until all flour is used and dough is slightly tacky. Knead dough on lightly floured surface until slightly tacky, about 3-5 minutes.
- In lightly oiled bowl, place dough and roll around until oiled, tightly cover and allow to rise for 2 hours.
- Use in recipe for pizza, calzone, or any baked, hot "pocket" sandwich.
HERE - we made Calzone: inside we used Ricotta cheese; mozzarella cheese; pepperoni slices; smoked turkey slices; pastrami; red and white onions; minced garlic; Soul Blend Seasoning.
- We baked at 425 degrees 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
It's soo guten, ain't!
Attention Dificit Disorder (ADD), forgetfulness, inattention, pick your poison. If you have this "disorder" and have yet to successfully navigate through/around it, Lisa Bennett, an author and communications strategist has three "simple" steps to help you focus which leads to one big concept.
- New is not neccesarily better. We are inundated with information at all times - TV; radio; internet on phones and pads; flashing billboards while driving; etc. Old may be better. Here's an example for you "OMG! I GOTTA have that tile floor!!!" Two ceramic tiles on one wooden slab that "snaps" together with other slabs to create and entire floor. Sounds good on paper, but really, really sucks in reality. Especially when they stop making repair parts because the floor really, really sucks.
- Living other people's lives as your own (as in their expectations of you) are like putting tile floors that snap together - it really, really sucks.
- Be yourself. Hokey smoke Bullwinkle, what a piece of advice. Some people do this better than others. We may tend to drift "away" from our true self in order to impressive others, but it never works in the long run. Shakespeare - Be true to thine self.
Imagine that. Keep it simple and be true to your own self. So why is it a life-long pursuit and so easy to veer off the path? Be a dog - they appear pretty comfortable in their own skin. Woof woof.
A Message from our Chairman: You can't always get what you want; but you just might find, you get what you need. Please do not throw anything or anyone into fish ponds. No swimming allowed during pool parties.
Have a nice day.
OK. This is a story about a little cutie pie. Early in one of our recent personal appearances, a very young lady riding in a shopping cart asked me, "Do you remember me?" She had a huge smile and seemed very excitied to see me. Aye yi yi, I have met thousands of people all across the country in my various roles of entertainment and business, many of which have asked this question. But this adorable little bundle of joy was very excitied about meeting once again. Turns out that she remembers me from a year ago (!) doing the same schtick selling pretzels. Go figure.
Thankfully, flanking her were two Mother's who were a bit concerned that an old white haired guy would know their moppet. The young lady gleefully told me that she had just graduated from preschool. Being "old school" and not knowing, I learned that this "pre" school is pre-kindergarten. So we are talking a real youngin' here.
Nevertheless, I spoke with the two women about permission in taking the young lady's picture and posting it on our website under our "Happy People" section. Unfortunately, I have apparently inherited my father's questionable photography skills. Seriously, every picture he ever took was way off-center, blurred to the point of legal blindness, as well as beheading nearly everyone photographically. As you can clearly see above, I have done the same. What a great talent to inherit.
So my sincere apologies to R. I hope that she is not too disappointed in not seeing her smiling face posted online. But thanks for stopping by to say hello - again.
The T-shirt was black with cut-off sleeves. The pictures and writing were white. The front of the shirt depicted a hanky-head skull with the name of '80's band from LA, "Suicidal Tendencies". Admittedly, never heard of 'em. After doing a little research, they are some kind of white rap-heavy metal-grunge-post punk variation to a theme. Whatever turns you on.
The young lady wearing the shirt was a "free spirit" in her public presentation. Multi-colored hair (pinks, reds, black), fishnet stocking with holes, skirt, boots, and lots and lots of piercings and tats. I'm guessing she was neither associated with any Conservative Movement nor watched Pat Robertson for inspiration. Pure speculation on my part. Rightly or wrongly, I asked if Suicidal Tendencies was the name of a band. "Yes," she said.
I then queried, "I'm guessing they do not do any Sinatra tunes." This is where I sent the conversation into a flaming wreckage of indignation.
Replying a tad coldly, "I have an 'Old Blue Eyes' tatoo on my thigh."
"YES I do. And YOU should not judge a book by it's cover!" And with that, she gave me a, "I hope you have a long and painful death" look and departed.
I will admit that you can not, indeed, judge a book by it's cover. But you can get a fairly good idea of the general direction of one's attitudes and demeanor by simple observation. Musically, this does not mean that a modern-day "punker" is myopic in their musical tastes. Nor does it mean that a Certified Public Account only listens to Muzak. But hey, if the London Philharmonic Orchestra can record and release "Kashmir: The Symphonic Led Zepplin", anything can happen. But it doesn't mean that it should.
Dogs sleep, on average, 17-18 hours a day. That's a lot of quiet time. Each week we read a new study or article about our Human need for quiet time. This week the Brooklyn Urban Garden School in New York City was featured in an article about daily meditation before and after classes. Students claim that they have improved their grades while their stress levels drop practicing Quiet Time for 15 minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Oprah, the sage of all that is life affirming, actually inquires about how potential employees calm themselves during the interview process. The problem, of course, is that it is very difficult to shut the mind up. It simply never stops jabber-jawing. So taking advice from so many corners about quiet time/meditation, the best advice I've ever read came from an individual who practises daily. I read this many years ago, so I can not give you his name. But, he said that quieting the mind will take practice - years of practice. Years? That's a lot of quiet time. Ommmmm....
A Message from the Chairman: Do not sit under coconut trees. Do not feed the animals. You could be a winner! Or not.
Have a nice day.
- Cape Seasonings has always employed a fairly strict rule of No PR - No Politics and No Religion. Both subjects tend to be very volatile and polarizing. What fun. But here, we are pointing out something that can not avoid involving politics because that is all these people do.
Last week, Rush Limbaugh, who makes north of $30 Million a year in income because he can attract listeners (rating points) so that advertisers can sell food and drugs for the infirm, criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry for riding a bicycle at age 71. In France. And breaking his leg while riding said bike. Rush Limbaugh, the visual poster child for excessive caloric intake and being a less-than-active chunk, negatively judged a Septuagenarian for exercizing? Really? I thought that's what we're suppossed to do. And it's ju
Lest we forget, The Honorable Senator Al Franken, Saturday Night Live alum, enjoyed a 1996 New York Times #1 best seller making jokes about "Slim Limb" and other notable politicians. Franken put the obvious in the TITLE. Of course, this was before body shaming was not PC, even for old white guys.
- On Sunday while surfing, someone posted on Facebook a picture of a potato with the headline - Better than Fries. They baked it at 425 degrees for 40 minutes, sliced as shown with salt, pepper and EVOO. May I suggest a variation: you cut down the sodium intake and add some flavor. We baked for 50 minutes at 450 and then broiled for 3-4 minutes. We could not duplicate the "fried" look or texture, but we did create a very nice side dish.
As an FYI, this also how we bake potatoes on the grill. Clean your spud and place on aluminum foil. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil, a pat or two of butter, and coat with about a 1/4 teaspoon of Soul Blend Seasoning. Wrap tight and bake for 60 minutes. Delicioso.
- "And then I'd get a cup of cawfee." Frank Zappa; lyrics from Montana.
In yet another list of things we can do, Dan Buettner of Health.com writes about how we can all live longer. He enumerates 15 foods and beverages that we should consume to be a better you - and hey, isn't that what we all want to be? Not a better me but a better YOU? I'm focusing on #14 - getting caffeine from coffee. Besides the inperative pick-me-up for Americans and much of the world (Starbuck's: SBUX on NASDAQ), he reports that research finds caffeine helps fight dementia and Parkinson's Disease.
This ties in fortuitously with the idea of living longer. If you (the BETTER you) have any desire whatsoever of living longer, you really need to do some homework. Pick a date and visit your local neighborhood assisted care living home. Walk the hallways. Breathe in the aroma. Be mindful and take mental snapshots for further mature reflection. If you have any desires for a long life at all that features quality of life, you'll be drinking coffee while riding a bike on the way home.
A message from The Chairman:
Please eat and drink responsibly. No chewing gum. No talking with your mouth full. Do not pass on the right. Objects in mirror are bigger than they appear.
A sandwich and a cup of soup go into a bar.
The Bartender says, "Sorry, we don't serve lunch."
(Alan, thank you for this polite discrimination joke.)
Have a nice day.//
- Just because. Catherine Hiller* writes that she's been smoking weed for many, many moons. Some U.S. Presidents have admitted to trying a little cannabis sativa. Bill Clinton ("I did NOT have sex...") said he tried it but did not inhale. Say what? See quote for validity of "inhale" statement. Our first foreign President (see The Donald for other political laughs), Mr. Obama claims to have smoked it when he was younger. The Donald has published that he never drinks alcohol or other mind enhancements - maybe THAT'S the problem; he's all blocked up; needs a mental enema.
I truly believe that if everyone in Congress sat down with a couple of doobies, beer and pizza, followed by delicious, thick and rich chocolate brownies, well, we could be solving some of our most pressing issues right quick. But that's just me. The only reason I'm even talking about this is because I love her promotional picture. But how does she stay so thin? Smoking without the munchies? I don't think so.
- Let's talk some new health and food findings. Bacteria live throughout and on our bodies by a nine-to-one margin vs. body cells. Smithsonian Magazine says (similiar to National Public Radio, if they say it, it MUST be true) that we have 37.2 trillion living cells. That's with a T. (That's a lot of handwashing. The US Government sez that we should wash our hands for "10 - 15 seconds vigorously" to kill bacteria.) A simple calculation then illustrates that we have 334.8 trillion microbiome living in/on us. We are just teeming with bugs.
John F. Cryan, Phd., a neuropharmacologist and microbiome expert from the University of Cork in Ireland, reports that most of these bugs live in your gut (as well as your colon), including 80% of your immune cells. Recent studies have brought to our attention that these microbiome help regulate our digestion; fight disease; losing/gaining weight; and our general health. But even more importantly, they help determine our mental health.
That means depression and anxiety start in our belly. The phrase, you are what you eat, was first used nearly two hundred years ago by that French fellow staring at you. "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are."*
It is more complicated than that for some of us. Example #1: a well-balanced diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, and exercise did not stem the life-long fight of depression for one person who ultimately lost their fight. Example #2: another lost fight came about due to over-medication with prescription drugs for anxiety, schizophrenia, and manic depression. Example #3: this person has gone above and beyond in self-medication with drugs and alcohol while not eating for days at a time, yet continues to live in the safety of happy delusions of reality; this too has been life-long.
The point being, it is important to take care of your "gut". If you have never walked down that deep, dark, narrow alley of depression to fully understand the insidiousness of this mental and physical condition, then good for you. However, allow me to remind you about the shock and consternation surrounding both Robin Williams and L'Wren Scott's (Mick Jagger's girlfriend) self-inflicted demise by hanging them selves - from door knobs. Everyone who knew them publicly stated that they were unaware that their friends were in such pain. But how unbearably bad can the pain be if relief is found on a door knob?
***After I wrote this piece, CNN published an article (see link below) about the benefits of gut and colon bacteria, "Fast Food and the Bateria Battle in Your Gut;" May 27, 2015. Read it for further info. But THIS got my attention. Rob Knight, professor in the pediatrics and computer science and engineering Departments at the University of California, San Diego, talks about all kinds of things to help you. But he'll take it one step further - send him $90 and a fresh stool sample and he'll write back with an analysis. I was aware of colon cancer detection through stoll swabs, but the entire stool, across country? Just lettin' you know.
- This brings us to Partie Trois. If you are ever pulled over for a breathalyzer test, ask them for diagnostic on your heart, too. The Cleveland Clinic and NASA report that your breath is expelling all kinds of health info by tissue in the vapor. Here they discovered patterns in determing if someone had heart disease by the tissue in their breath.
Makes sense to me. Have you heard about Man's Best Friend and their ability to sniff out cancer? Some dog's have forced owners/friends to get a medical check-up on specific spots on their bodies because dog's keep smelling that one area. If a dog can detect abnormalities coming through the skin, why not other health tests coming straight from the inside? Something to think about.
Here they are - The Feeser's in 1944. As seen left to right, Harry (2nd of six); John Franklin Feeser, Sr. and his wife Edna (Steick); and my father (#5), John Jr.
Harry served in the U.S. Air Force; John Jr. fought his way across Europe, landing in Marseille, France in October; the Battle of the Bulge; and then marching into Germany as part of a mortar team in the 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division.
One is missing. Their first child, Archie. Archie was wounded on Saipan in the Pacific Theater of battle on June 19th, 1944, the 4th day of fighting. Arhcie recovered and returned to the fight. The battle ended on July 9th - three days later Archie was killed; it is said that he stepped on a land mind, although it was never confirmed. A fellow soldier who knew him saw after after the fact.
So there you have it. The Feeser's serving their country. It really does make me pause and reflect. I heard all about WWII and my father's adventures - living in the trenches; attempted suicides; concentration camps; sudden death. At the end of his life, WWII is all that he remembered.
As Tom Brokaw wrote, "The Greatest Generation". Grew up in the Great Depression and then went to war; came home and built families and businesses. In this case, the family business, Feeser's Dairy. My pride and admiration grows with each passing year. To my father, his brothers, other family members who served and fought in various wars and conflicts, thank you so much.//siosioon.on.. .
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OK. It's a carp. It's in Atlanta. It's not a goldfish. But it's the only picture of a fish that I have. So there.
- Goldfish. Time magazine reported last week that a new study from Microsoft sez that the average attention span of people is now less than that of a goldfish. Goldfish have an attention span of 9 seconds. First of all, WHY would anybody want to know that? Just how many conversations has anyone ever indulged in with a goldfish. If YOU are having conversations with Goldfish on a regular basis, just a friendly piece of advice - back off the weed just a tad.
If you are still with me so far, the average human attention span in this country (America! Love or leave it! - 1970; popular phrase when yelling at hippies [I have no idea why that just crossed my mind]) is now 8 seconds. Eight. Really, I don't think it's that bad. For those of us who have spent their entire life with ADD, eight seconds can be impressive. Particularly when engaging with Goldfish who are notorius for their silent indifference.
- "And my head I'd be a scratchin', While my thoughts would be a hatchin', If I only had a brain." (If I Only Had A Brain; The Wizard of Oz; 1939.) In yet another study from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), they report that we can preserve our brains for longer by simply using them. OMG! What a concept! Using them means being active. Pumping blood through them on a regular basis. Of course this blood stimulation will also serve your heart well by managing heart disease issues like high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. While you are on your own with the latter two issues, Cape Seasonings SOUL BLEND will/shall/can help with the easier blood flow part.
Of course, we are talking about our star ingredient - Capsaicin (Kap - say - ah - sin). That little burst of "heat" that you feel from using our seasoning blend, which of course, we bake into our chips and pretzels, is simply your very own friends, YOUR veins, opening up and relaxing to allow YOUR blood to flow better. Better blood flow means better health. OMG, not THAT!
Additionally, if you stay active, and that encompasses a whole variety (Variety is the spice of life.) of things, you will be Saving Private Brain. We are not talking rocket science here. Be socially active. Get out. Talk to people. Enage in life. Learn something new. ("Butchie, when I was your age, we use to walk to school carrying a hot potato just to keep warm; and then I walked across France into Germany. I've walked enough!") I personally have known/know several people who live on either side of the active brain line.
Those who have surrendered endure multiple diseases and ailments. Not the least of which is that they basically quit living. "I'm done. I quit. Where's my Milky Way." Those who still participate regularly attend dinner with friends; concerts; clubs with music and dancing; discuss front page news; have political interests and opinions; drink alcoholic beverages; even some be smokin' that weed because it helps soothe various pains - in the head and elsewhere. All of these people are well into their 80's. As Bob Dylan wrote, you don't need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows.
- Lastly, BIG Business is starting to see the light. Heinz, Kraft Foods, Nestle, have all recently changed recipes to go with natural flavors. (Hmmmm, sounds very familiar from somewhere, Mmmmm...) And Mars is now politely advising you to back off the candy a wee bit. Please enjoy our delicious snacks, but, like those legal announcements for alcohol, Please Eat Responsibly. I really don't think this is asking too much. "Hello. My name is Butch Feeser - I am a chipaholic." BUT, even though they are my very own product, I don' eat a bag a day. I don't recommend eating a bag a day. I encourage you to buy as many as possible (I WANT that villa on Capri!) but share the wealth.
On that note, did you know that too much Kale (America's hippest food at this moment) and spinach will give you Kidney Stones if you eat too much. Kale and spinach. Our enemies? Why those subversive Commies! Sad but true. Thus, everything in moderation, although I must admit that I really dislike that phrase. A lot. ("Why do I always go to extremes?" - Billy Joel; 1989)
So there it is. And a shout out Thank You to Alan (you know who you are) for sending me a recipe to make crispy, tasty Garbanzo Beans for a snack. We'll let the rest of you know how they turn out. Later.//
Last week on South Street in Philadelphia we enjoyed ourselves with some pretty nice Cape Seasonings fans. Lots of good citizens living in the area stopped by to say hello, taste some good delicious snacks and tell me some very wonderful things. Like this: "These are the BEST pretzels in the world," as the young lady scampered past me. Another young lady gleefully announced that she loved our pretzels, but her fiance didn't like Sourdough - so she had them all to herself. She walked away giggling.
Later, another loyal fan announced for everyone to hear that, "These are the best pretzels in the Universe. The Universe!" She then came around our demo table to give me hug. While I like hearing how much our fans enjoy our snacks and seasonings, I like the hugs even better. But this last part is perplexing.
Depspite the fact that I am now officially hip (Huffington Post - 3/30/15 - Ellen Wallwork - "Granny Hair is the Hottest Trend of Spring/Summer 2015) with my gray Granny hair held back in a ponytail, I am past sixty and considered "creepy" simply by being in the room. This is both wonderful ("What is Hip? - Tower of Power) and distressingly alarming. Is there a particular age where the line is drawn for people to praise you and your products and NOT feel icky just saying hello? I'm curious because I've never been hip before and this is unchartered territory for me.
Nevertheless, I am thrilled so many people feel compelled to tell me how much they like our stuff. And that includes the "New and Improved!" "Big Boy Bags" as seen above in the grocery cart. We searched long and hard to get the bags that we wanted (all the way to California)- thick to protect the product; a sturdy stand-up pouch because it looks good on the shelf; and resealable because it drives me nuts to open a bag and then rummage around for other bags/rubber bands/clips to close it once again. So there. True, we've abandoned the brown paper bag"old fashioned" look that I so much enjoyed, but the bags just did not take retail abuse very well. Oh well.
This Saturday, we will be at Fifer Orchards, 1919 Allabands Mill Road, Camden-Wyoming, DE. from 10a - 4p at the 2015 Starwberry Festival. Mmmmm, fresh fruit. From fields. From here! Looking forward to it. This will be our first outdoor event of the year. Please stop by and say hello. But until then, go play with your food.//
What a whirlwind in the past two weeks. We visited ten different locations in the Mid--‐Atlantic
and learned a lot from you. I must admit that I really enjoy talking and learning about cooking
and health issues when you stop by our little demo stand to chat. Let me share a few
In Plymouth Meeting, PA., a young woman (I call everybody young lady or young man these
days –it makes most people smile; a handful get upset by growling at me, “’ as old as YOU
are!”So what? I’ in my sixties and I have no idea what that means to me or them –I have no
choice in the matter as long as I keep waking up day after day;) stopped by and bought six bags
of our Sourdough Pretzel Pieces. Six! Bless her heart. Turns out that her husband loves them for
their taste as well as their health benefits.
On his fiftieth birthday, he did a face plant in the driveway. “appy birthday dear”…platttt!
Well, they carted him off to the hospital where they cleaned him up and booted him out. THAT
got his attention. Since then, he’ dropped 40 pounds on a new exercise and diet regimen. Plus,
he has stopped his ten year routine of daily high blood pressure medications --‐ he no longer
needs them. Plus, he eats a handful of our delicious Soul Blend seasoned pretzels daily. They
researched the benefits of Capsaicin and learned first hand all of the good stuff it does for you.
Like naturally opening your veins so blood flows better. When blood flows better, it cleans your
system, helping lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And when you use it daily,
particularly with a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fiber, well, it WILL clean you out. It just does.
So now her dear hubby is slimmer, healthier, and we’e going out on a limb here and think he is
happier because he FEELS better. OMG! Not THAT? It IS our entire belief about Holistic Cooking
and Lifestyle. He eats what tastes good but without the chemicals or added sugars, exercises,
and enjoys fun food like snacks. WHERE do these people come up with such IDEAS?!? As we
say, if you keep running Capsaicin through your system you will be healthier, whether you like it
or not! So congratulations to both.
In Greenville, DE., home of the DuPont’ (the very people who created the State of Delaware)
and coincidentally where some guy who is a “eartbeat away”from the presidency of the
United States lives, Joe Biden, a young lady stopped by to praise our potato chips and how to
use them in crab cakes. “ just had to tell you how much I love your chips. AND, they taste great
when I crush them up and use them as filler for my crab cakes.”Well, that’ just music to my
No only do we use the chips for a part of the crunchy mixture in crab cakes, we also use
crushed pretzel pieces as Panko for crab cakes, breaded chicken and breaded white fish, if and
when we are in the mood. You can bake it or deep fry it if you desire. I tend to prefer to sauté
with extra virgin olive oil, onion and garlic for very rich flavors. Of course, depending on the
dish, I’l add wine. Other people have told me that use gin or vodka while cooking, but not in
the food. Whatever, it is all about emotion. Holistic. If you want logic, go visit your Certified
Last week in Princeton, NJ, what a great day! An international airline stewardess stopped by to
discuss how much she enjoys using our Soul Blend Seasoning on veggies. She has cut her
sodium intake to very low levels while cutting out red meats, with occasional fish or chicken
entrées. She says that she eats pretty much anything she wants if she gets the desire, but
everything is in moderation. She just feels better. There it is AGAIN! She just feels BETTER. It
was nice speaking with her.
Then, another young man (last time I saw him he was 78 –had a birthday and now enjoys the
last leg of being a Septuagenarian before hitting 80) stopped by once again for an extended
chat about all kinds of subjects. Food, cooking, education (it’ Princeton, what do you expect?),
life’ choices and poetry. My oh my was THAT fun. He even suggested some different types of
chips that we might enjoy and produce. Soooooo, our research started this past weekend.
Different styles of chips, no dip. We need to see if they taste good all by themselves before we
start adding seasoning or oils to them. Of course, they must be “lean”(no chemicals, additives,
sugars, or other accepted FDA--‐approved poisons) and we choose to soothe our taste buds with
adult beverages –it IS research after--‐all and all work and no play makes us dull. So forget that!
There is enough dullness in the world.
So we’e been enjoying ourselves. This week we’l be at Whole Foods Market on South Street in
Philadelphia, PA.; Wednesday ,May 6
th, 4--‐6:30pm. Just like the song sez, “here do all the
hippies meet? South Street. South Street.”It is our most diverse and eclectic crowd of all our
Mid--‐Atlantic locations. If you are in the area, please stop by for a chat. We love meeting you
and hearing about growth, change, food, music, art, and success. It simply makes us feel good.
Now go play with your food.//