Taking it with a grain of …

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”  — Stephen King

© Mary Garner-Mitchell for Media General, "Balancing Act"

© Mary Garner-Mitchell for Media General, “Balancing Act”

How many of us start the new year vowing to eat healthy? Yet, two weeks later those good intentions have likely become stirred into the indecipherable, lumpy, day-to-day mush of work and life. Before you know it, meals are dining out, grab-and-go, or the standard fare at home that may or may not be exactly “good-for-you.”

For someone who really enjoys food and enjoys cooking for someone who loves food even more, being told to eliminate salt is like taking away a surgeon’s scalpel. Oh, sure there are herbs and seasonings that can ramp up flavor, but those options are like handing the skilled doctor a pair of dull scissors!  It just doesn’t cut it.  Nevertheless, the Mitchell diet will be sans sel for the foreseeable future.  I’m not exactly happy about it, but one’s health, of course is paramount.

Balance, be it in life or whatever, it seems, boils down simply to one’s ability and willingness to practice good habits.

It’s a lot of hard work staying healthy.  (And it ain’t cheap either!)

 

“… In Hanover, it’s an art.”

Hanover County, Virginia is famous for its tomatoes. This year, if the weather keeps up, we’re expecting a bumper crop. The anticipation of these beauties coming in is almost more than I can bear at times, especially when my vines are just up and coming. Some hot days and warm nights will bring them along soon enough though. Then bring on the mayonnaise, bread and lettuce! (Bacon is optional … actually so is the mayo, lettuce and bread.)

“Botanically, it’s a berry. In Hanover, it’s an art.”