my mom’s spice cabinet is the source of some friendly familial joking. but yesterday she bestowed upon me the title of “ridder of all expired spices.” i jumped at the chance to organize and use the spice websites’ “fresh tester” programs – enter the code from your spice jar into the appropriate field and voila, the date that your spice was packaged pops up. that pumpkin pie spice? 1982. evidently it made the moves with us to italy, florida, alaska, and north carolina. perhaps we should save it for nostalgia’s sake. the chervil? the company that produced those glass jars of spices was sold years ago and now you can find those bottles on ebay.
the spice islands site also has cool video showing their artists making “spice art” that perhaps you’ve seen in some print ads. the “curry heat” one is my favorite.
we’re also working on clearing out the ice cream stash. we introduced my mom to haagen-dazs’ new line of ice creams and the coffee ice cream has now been a staple around here. the two best flavors are ginger and passion fruit. unfortunately, north carolina supermarkets must think there isn’t a market for ginger ice cream eaters. such a shame. perhaps i can add “stocks ginger ice cream” to the pro “move back to florida” list.