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Finally!

Okay, I know I am writing about a very first world problem. I’ll say that right up front. But it is what I know and what I can write about……………….

BUTTER

Yes, butter. We eat butter. We have eaten it for years, years. Like Julia Childs I try to use it in moderation. That said, I appreciate good butter. Butter in Italy was CRAP! The only way I can describe it, waxy. It just wasn’t good. No matter what brand. And that is because there is such good olive oil, that many folks produced them selves. So why bother with butter.

When Ben and I visited Ireland with his sister in 2004, we rented a house. First thing, I bought several different kinds of butter. So we could taste test. (And several different types of cider too) There were some good butters there. When we used to stay in France, again, all different types of butter. Then we landed in Italy. Butter, a small disappointment. Really not good.

When you live in Italy it is easy to vacation in France. We drove. Heh, six hours away to the south of France. It dawned on me that we could buy French butter and bring it back to Italy. So for a number of years I did that. I was happy with a commercially mass produced brand, President. President made basic salted and unsalted butter and they also made a ‘sea salt’ version. That is butter with sea salt crystals incorporated in it. Discrete, taste them on your tongue salt crystals. I like salt. I will choose something salty over something sweet any day. So this butter was just the best.

After two years back in the US, I had actually forgotten about my favorite butter. Then I was reading a French blog online and reminded of it all over again. I thought longingly of that butter. Looked on the President web site to see if it was sold anywhere nearby. Well, basic butter is the sea salt crystal, no. So it was pushed to the forgotten corners of my mind. Then….

I was in the Harris-Teeter looking for President butter. IT WAS GONE! DISAPPEARED off the shelf. Of course I had to discuss this with the dairy products guy. He seemed to think it was a warehouse issue, not a discontinued forever issue. (Good for him, because my reply will soon be ‘Well, you might well just drive me to Wegmans’ which will be open in the fall) Anyway, I found Vermont Creamery Cultured Butter. Heh, give it a try. It sat in the fridge for two days before it occurred to me to try it.

OH MY!!!!!!

BUTTER WITH SEA SALT CRYSTALS IN IT!

DISCRETE, SEA SALT CRYSTALS THAT DANCE ON YOUR TONGUE

I almost cried. Really, I am so happy I have found this butter. This is the butter to put on a warm croissant. To put in hot baked potato. To melt and pour over popcorn. And the best of all, a hot ear of corn on the cob.

So tonight, we watch the ACC final and eat baked potatoes, I’ll have mine with the Vermont Creamery Sea Salt Butter thank you.

 

 

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Hmmm, getting excited

Well excitment is building…..

Hiring has started for Wegmans. The excitment is building. Our Harris-Teeter is going to be remodeled. I guess they think they might have some serious competition. I’m telling you, Raleigh will soon be a great place to grocery shop. Now, if we could just get decent wine at a decent price….

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Changes

The best…..Wegmans

Wegmans Rising

We found out before we moved back from Italy that Wegmans would be expanding in to North Carolina. I was so excited then and even more excited now that I see it rising from the ground.

The Post Office in Cameron Village is closing. HORRORS!!!! We heard about this last fall and thought that closing was supposed to happen after the first of the year. I asked the other day and it seems that a loophole was found in the contract and the post office can remain until another location in the nearby area can be found. This was the post office where, a number of years ago, a postal employee was fired for talking like Donald Duck. Of course, I thought this was wonderful and always chatted with him in Daisy Duck’s voice. I am sure he was warned before he was let go. And he did not use that voice all the time. I guess it was one time too many. I think his dismissal made the paper. Still, I was crushed.

In recent years, a number of buildings in the Cameron Village have been torn down and replaced with a larger, taller buildings. But the plan is for the building to be renovated inside while the 1960s facade will be updated but essentialy remain the same. A medical facility will go in there.

Post Office on Oberlin Road

I think I have written about the Baskin-Robbins in Cameron Village becoming a ‘Kale Me Crazy’. I don’t know what to say about that.

And as sad as the Post Office closing is, Little Art Gallery is closing. I have been going to the Little Art Gallery since I moved to the area in 1971. I have numerous pieces from there. The founder, Ruth Green, was a beautiful, elegant, knowledgable woman who knew her art, what the public wanted and how to run a business. I always admired her. And I admire her daughter, Roseanne, for becoming a part of the business. While I am so sad to see it close, I am happy for Roseanne to be able to retire. Good for her!

Otherwise, our building is getting a new roof and larger gutters. We finally got all of the old, ill-fitting wooden windows replaced in our unit and I have gotten fancy made to order shades. So we are a little warmer. The mistake we made in renovating was to not put in under floor heating. The cold rises from the floor. I might still go back and insulate under the floor. Such terrible problems we have…. just kidding. I know they are very ‘first world’ problems and I am privigled to have them.

Lastly I apologize for my mis-spellings. I am using a new ‘editor’ program to write these posts. I can’t find spell check…..

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