You know those moments where all seems right in the world? Where you are overwhelmed with feelings of contentment and you try to take a mental snapshot so you can refer back to it when some days are less than great? I recently experienced that. I was driving home on back roads after spending the day with my mother. It was a gorgeous day and the temperature was just right for cruising with the windows down. I had my IPod on shuffle when a song from Sam Cooke came on. Sam Cooke was one of my grandmother’s favorite singers, or so I think- she seemed to listen to his music a lot. I know most of his greatest hits and the melody that was coming out of my speakers sent me back to endless summers spent vacationing with family in Ontario, Canada. I remembered the sensation of my bare feet in the evening grass, the sound of crickets chirping throughout the night, and the smell of bacon in my grandmother’s kitchen around dinner time (my favorite time).
Of course, there was a dull ache in my stomach from the sadness of missing my grandparents; but I also had a overriding feeling of thankfulness for my wonderful childhood experiences and excitement of the memories that are still waiting to be made. I couldn’t help but smile. It was a nearly perfect blip in time.
On an unrelated note- this recipe for olive oil dipping sauce served with fresh artisan bread is a great starter for summer meals on the back porch. Fresh or dried herbs can be used and I prefer to quadruple the herb mixture and save it for use on several occasions. It’s easy and delicious.
Happy Monday, everyone!
Olive Oil Dipping Sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or according to your taste)
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1. Stir together the dry spices in a small bowl. Mix in the garlic until it’s dispersed evenly.
2. Place herb mixture on a small plate. Pour olive oil over herb mixture and serve with fresh artisan bread.
Source: My Baking Addiction