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GOOD morning, Mr. Phelps…

TODAY’S TIP:  Lemon (not our local limón) is a neglected condiment. I always keep some on hand. Squeeze 6 or 8 into an ice cube tray, freeze, and pop out to store in a zip lock bag in the freezer —’cause ya never know. You might want to whip up a hollandaise sauce for your broccoli — if you have a stick blender, it only takes a couple of minutes.
Now, I’m sure this happens to you. You make yourself a salad, and somehow it’s just bland. More salt? No. More spices? No. Vinegar? No, would make it too intense. Try adding a shot of lemon juice. Brightens up flavors.  I added some to my last batch of coleslaw, and it was magic. Citrus, whether lemon or orange (or tangerine!) is a nice refreshing substitute for the vinegar element in salad dressing.
SPEAKING of oranges, it’s still soup weather.  Here’s a really simple and quick soup recipe that you will think “really? sounds weird”. But you should try it, surprisingly tasty ( and cheap to make).
4C chicken stock
4T butter
2C chopped onion
12 carrots peeled and rough chopped. (Not those baby’s arms they sell at the mercado)  Medium to smallish.
1C fresh orange juice
1T orange zest
Sauté vegetables in the butter, fairly low heat (no browning). Add vegetables and chicken stock to a saucepan, add zest, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Blend with a blender or blend stick. Pass through a sieve if desired, return to stock pot, add O.J. and bring back up to serving temp. Do not boil. If it’s too thick for your taste, add some stock or water. Easy enough to cut the recipe in half.
BECAUSE of so many inquiries, —
MY favorite animal: Pygmy Marmoset
MY favorite fish: MudSkipper
MY favorite song lyric: “Gonna try to do the things we never had”
MY FATHER had a million sayings which he used frequently. About half were insulting, such as “If you had twice the brains you do now, you’d still be a moron” ( in retrospect, it makes me chuckle every time I think of it). But my favorite was his analysis of any device that was not working properly, he would always say “It’s weak in the pooper”. I’m still laughing 60 years later. Unforgettable. Pooper.
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Good luck, Jim.

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