Saturday, December 11, 2010
I'm frugal, not cheap
Conscious of the carbon imprint of shipping foreign goods here, I have given up foreign wines, Nutella, avocados from Chile when they're out of season here, Bonne Maman Preserves and any number of other AMAZING products.
Though I still crave it like mad, knowing Nutella contains palm oil, the production of which is decimating rainforests, makes it easier to give up. Abstaining from avocados in the off season just makes them that much more coveted when I can get them from here in the states. And I now make my own preserves, without high fructose corn syrup, that are pretty durned good (but not as good as Bonne Maman...sigh). Aside from an occasional bottle of liqueur, the Parmigiano Reggiano pictured here is my last holdout.
I will use every little smidgen of this block of cheese--even the rinds, which will help to flavor soups. And I will doggedly continue to search for high quality US products, preferably made right here in ole Kentucky. Regardless of the price.
When it comes to food, quality outweighs expense with me. BUT I've found that the expense of quality foodstuffs is sometimes comparable to the cheap stuff, because one little scoop of DELICIOUSNESS is far more satisfying than a whole heaping bowlful of MEH. Know what I mean?