Tis the seasoning

A good friend of mine had a very productive day last week by experiencing 9, count them, 9 epiphanies. I would like to take a moment to thank him for generously sharing them with us. Thank You.

I've got to say as far as epiphanies go they were goods ones. One, however stood out to me. Number 9. His revelation that we are ushering in the "Pepper" age in the sack-food arena has changed my outlook on life. If you are not familiar with his post I suggest you take a moment and go several entries below and read his thoughts on this subject in the comments section.

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I agree with him that Pepper is on the cusp of greater acceptance, however we must not forget the proud history Pepper has. Unlike Salt, the every-man's seasoning, Pepper is the party dress of food-enhancements and saved for special occasions. You never see anyone foolishly wasting pepper by tossing it over their shoulder. Nor do you see waiters in fine restaurants asking if you would like ground salt on your Caesar salad. There is even a fine cut of meat baring this noble seasoning's name, Pepper Steak. You would gag at the tiniest bite of a salt-encrusted steak.

Even though Pepper and Salt are synonymous they couldn't be more different. Our esteemed colleague Pepper comes from fruit of a lush green plant that is found in tropical climates. Table Salt is a rock that is mined from the ground. I tend to favor eating plants over rocks. How about you?

Pepper comes in various varieties: black, green, red, and white. Salt: table and road.

Snack food enthusiasts should shout from the mountain tops that their palates will now get to tango with the bold rush of Pepper. Salt should thank it's lucky stars that Pepper decided to "slum it" down in the snack-food projects.

But be aware that your consciousness is not yet ready for full-on pepper flavor, so be content the powers that be have dumbed it down by pairing it with salt. But as the age of awakening continues Pepper will come into it's own and rest assure Pepper will become a major player on the scene.

For homework please head out to your local convenient store and pick up a few hunks of peppered jerky. For when the full onslaught of the pepper arrives you will be of the first to stand up and say "Pepper. Yes Please".

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