I am having one of those perfect days. (This is going to get a little corny) I woke up and could hear the birds singing. Most days my coffee leaves a little bit to be desired, but not today. Today I woke up to a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. I sat down at my computer and was happy about the many nice people that I am meeting through blogging. That is one of the best parts about blogging. You are exposed to people who your path would never cross.
Another great part of blogging is coming in contact with all this really great food information. There are recipes, traditions, gadgets and food products that you might not ever have had the chance to know about. For instance, I read http://girlichef.blogspot.com/2009/04/this-week-at-farmers-marketsea-salt.html from Dar and once again became intrigued with sea salts and the many flavors that they come in. Per Dar, I went to http://www.charmanesgourmetseasonings.com/joomla/ and placed an order for some unbelievable flavored sea salts. I ordered Habanero Heat, Lime Fresco, Roasted Garlic and Toasted Onion. I have done quite a bit of cooking with Smoked Sea Salts, so I am excited to add these flavors to my spice cabinet. FYI, Dar is hosting her first giveaway, the prize being a bag of sea salt, so head on over and try your luck.
On with my wonderful day. I was browsing a local market and came across a shelf of Gourmet Dipping Oils. My culinary inquisitiveness was peaked as a stood there studying these dipping oils from a company called Little Dipper Company. Their line includes six different types of fresh gourmet dipping oils. The color of the oils are so bright and crisp. There are such an abundance of herbs in each bottle, that I started to think of all the other uses besides dipping. After much deliberation I purchased Parmesan with roasted garlic. I would have bought more, but honey (my husband) has brought to my attention the amount of money that I spend at the grocery store. So, I will gradually add the entire line to my pantry. They also have really interesting flavored pastas and bread mixes. This is a small company owned by Susan Jonas. Their oils are made individually by hand, with only the freshest, finest ingredients. I can personally attest to that. I am not sure if she grows her own herbs and dries them by hand, but that is what my oil taste like. The oil I bought has the PERFECT mix of spices. I put a call in to Mrs. Jonas to see if she would help me host my first giveaway! No word yet, but I have high hopes. In the meantime, head on over to Little Dipper Company and let me know what you think. I love supporting small companies like the Little Dipper. These people start these companies because of their love of food and cooking. It is great to buy from people that you have something in common with.
I have high hopes for the rest of my day. I am roasting a chicken and fresh asparagus. I have a loaf of sour dough bread and my bottle of Parmesan with roasted garlic gourmet flavored dipping oil. It is nice out, so we will be taking Kramer (my boxador) to the park for a walk. There is only one possible glitch to my perfect day and his name is Luke (my seventeen year old son.) Recently, dealing with my teenager is hit or miss, a labor of love so to speak. STAY TUNED!