Are you sometimes at the intersection of “want to” and “have to”, and “have to” is the road you must take? That has been our path for the past couple of weeks. While new, interesting gourmet foods have beckoned at every turn, more pressing issues have presented themselves. However, in spite of having too much to do with too little time, there were moments where artisan foods could not have fit into our lives more perfectly.
We were so happy to find Grandad’s Gravy on the shelves of our local Dallas area grocer, Market Street. It made a great lasagna for a weekend family dinner, then when the work week got crazy hectic, we had some pretty delicious “rerun” meals. I’m determined to try it in a skillet lasagna recipe that will be tasty, yet quick enough for weeknight preparation. Allen is definitely all in for that program, as lasagna is his favorite Italian dish. If your local grocer doesn’t carry Grandad’s Gravy, you can order it online.
A family member was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease (gluten intolerance) last week, which reminded me of Mary’s Gone Crackers, and her great line of sweet and savory gluten-free treats. Care package in the works!
We made a trip East Texas over the weekend to visit family, and I got to spend a couple of hours with my BFF, Karen, while she was in town visiting her parents. Yea! Unfortunately, in our haste to leave home and get on the road, I forgot to pack her “Tex-Mex Package” , so I need to mail the Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa, the Mateo’s Gourmet Red Enchilada Sauce, and the Primizie New Mexican Chimayo Chile & Lime Crispbreads I had bought for her. I was thrilled to find Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa at a market in East Texas, so I introduced my extended family to the only salsa we ever have in our refrigerator!
We have continuously followed RoRo’s Baking Company’s efforts to raise $35,000 for their new facility. Their Kickstarter project is a win/win. Send RoRo’s delicious Cinn-A-Rolls to the troops in Afghanistan for only $10, or savor some delicious Cinn-A-Rolls or Dinn-A-Rolls for yourself, while at the same time you help a fledgling artisan business expand. You will not have to fulfill your pledge unless RoRo’s fund-raising goal is achieved. Time is short for RoRo’s to make their February 28th deadline, so don’t delay!
Here’s hoping the new week will bring more time for savoring good foods, catching up with good friends, and delighting in precious family time.