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Beau Monde July 20, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — multihyphenatedme @ 10:38 pm
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I had a good day.

Nothing exciting happened.  I escaped my house cleaning chores to go to the grocery store.

As I walked past an elderly woman muttering to herself in the baking and spice aisle, I heard her say that she couldn’t read the spice jar labels.  I stopped and asked if she needed any help.  She stared at me and asked if I worked at the store.  “No, I don’t work here, I’m just offering to help you find the spice you’re looking for”, I told her.  She was wearing a slate blue sweat suit.  Today the temperatures were 97 degrees in Spokane.  Her eyes were the exact same color as her outfit.  Her white hair was brushed back over the top of her head which reminded me of the way my Grandma, Eula Mae, wore her hair.

Without missing a beat she told me she was looking for dried minced onion.  I gave her a couple of size options for the minced onion.  She then needed dill which I found for her quickly.  She then said she needed Beau Monde seasoning.  What?  I have never heard of Beau Monde seasoning.  Sure enough, it was there on the shelf.  She told me that she used these three ingredients, and because she appreciated my help, she told me the recipe that she said “would make the best dip you ever tasted”.

All the basic ingredients for dip – mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper, plus the three herbs and spicesshe just purchased:  dill, minced onion and beau monde seasoning.  She stressed that you should not whip the ingredients together but slowly stir until combined.  She recommended eating the dip with carrots or other vegetables.  She always keeps the dip in her fridge in case company comes over.

I wanted to hang out with her all day eating dip and swapping recipes.

It is not unusual for me to help people in grocery stores.  There are plenty of short people that can’t reach the top shelf and need my height and long arms.  I offer to help almost every time I’m in the store. This was the first time I learned about a new product and got a recipe out of the deal too!  Good trade!

I should say it isn’t unusal for me to eat dip either.  I didn’t buy any Beau Monde seasoning but I will have to check it out.  Have you tried it?  How do you use it?

I found this online recipe to make your own Beau Monde Seasoning Salt:

Beau Monde Seasoning Salt:

1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon ground bay leaf
1 tablespoon ground allspice
2 tablespoons ground pepper
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon celery seed

Sounds interesting. Salty for sure.  I love trying new things.  I should have bought some today while I was there.  Maybe I’ll make some dip and have some company over.


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