Last weekend when winter returned and it appeared I might not be able to make my weekly run
to town for provisions, I thought I'd better cook up a pot of something to have on hand for lunches.
The challenge would be to find a recipe that matched the ingredients in my pantry.
The kitchen angels were looking out for me because I found a four-ingredient recipe for
Simple Pinto Beans, and I had a bag of beans, garlic, salt, and beef bouillon cubes in my pantry. Score.
Upon closer inspection, I realized my beef bouillon cubes and I go way back. Make that wayyyyy back.
The date stamped on the cap is 11-20-94. Impressive. My beef bouillon cubes and I have been together
for at least 21 years, which is no doubt the longest relationship I've had. If they expire in 1994,
that means I bought them in 1992, maybe earlier. Which means they've traveled cross country
from Virginia, lived a few years in my cupboard in Albuquerque, moved to the other side
of the mountains and lived for another 10 years, then tagged along to the 7MSN,
where they've been waiting for another 10 years to find their life's purpose.
"Best by" dates are for sissies.