Scrapbook Forty Nine…





It’s blustery outside and my wife has gone grocery shopping so I decided to revisit a fun time I had when I was a kid. My mom let me smell the different spices and herbs as she stirred them into recipes she was making. I enjoyed the interaction with my mom, and the wrinkles in my nose indicated to her how much I liked or disliked each aroma.

Just so you’ll know the difference, spices are dried seed, root, fruit, bark or vegetable substances. Herbs are seeds, roots, leaves, flowers, resin, and berries. OK?

So I removed my wife’s metal spice drawer from the cabinet. It was heavy so I rested it on our kitchen table. When I sat and pulled the drawer toward me something sharp on the bottom scraped a gash on the wooden tabletop. I’ll try to fix it with wax before my wife gets home. I hate those things when they happen and I can’t blame them on my dog.


There were 72 bottles in the drawer, each about 4” long and generally round. I read the labels and sniffed the contents of each jar. Then I stuck my finger in each spice to taste the flavor. It’s funny how some smells are so different from the way they taste. If you don’t believe me, just go in the pantry and smell your vanilla. You’ll love it enough to take another whiff, but don’t take a taste, and that’s fair warning.

I quickly learned that some spices smell like others so I don’t know why a cook needs so many different kinds. Most didn’t make much of an impression but here are some notes and observations about those that did.

Turkish Ground Cumin
“Use on Middle Eastern & Mexican dishes.”  They say it’s a must but it doesn’t do much for me. If I ever try any Middle Eastern dishes I probably won’t like them. I love Mexican food but I’m not going to put this stuff on my enchiladas.

ClovesIMG_0584 Smells bizarre and strong. The taste has a bite that comes with a lasting sting. It took three seconds to feel the full impact of the flavor on my tongue. It was terrible. I felt jaundiced and had to suck on an ice cube. Stay away from cloves – that’s my advice. Are you sure it’s something to eat and not some kind of disinfectant?

The label is supposed to say what it is but it doesn’t so I don’t trust it completely. I think you put it on spaghetti, but maybe not. Some herb makes spaghetti sauce good though. Oregano has a bitter taste and it numbed my tongue a little. I know it’s used on pizza. I like pizza if it has pepperoni, cheese, bell peppers, onions, anchovies and oregano on it.

Poppy Seeds
“Ancient civilizations used them to add color and texture to food.” Yeah, I know what’s made out of  poppy seeds and it doesn’t need color or texture. It might be embarrassing to have this little jar in my house if the drug enforcement guys come nosing around. I’ll speak with my wife about it.

It’s smell is stronger than it’s taste. Makes me suspicious. “Use on puddings and spinach,” it says. I think the person who wrote that may have been sniffing poppy seeds. It says mace grows on the same tree with nutmeg and it tastes warm. OK, I like things that taste warm.

Garlic Powder
When I unscrewed the lid, fine white powder spilled all over my lap. It smelled like something that might rust the lid. I don’t like garlic unless it’s on toasted bread and I’m eating spaghetti. It’s fun to grow garlic in my garden because it’s educational to watch.

Another jar. Why would anyone want two full jars of cloves?


Anise Seeds
These are cute little gray seeds but hard to bite. They taste like liquorice. The label says something about pastries but is faded and I couldn’t read more. It’s probably okay. When I was a kid people tried to give me soft sticks of liquorice. They came in black and an ugly red/maroon color. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like liquorice then. I probably still don’t.

I can’t tell if I like it or not. It’s the “Ground dried pod of the sweet chili pepper.” That’s what the label says and I really don’t care one way or the other. “Mix lemon juice, celery, crab and mayonnaise together and spoon into hollowed tomatoes, or use as a sandwich spread.” Sounds like something they serve in expensive restaurants. Not for me, but thanks anyway.

“A dash awakens dips, soups, salads, sauces and entrees.” Awakens? (maybe that’s a typo) I used to like a little cayenne pepper on Texas chili but haven’t tried it in a while. Maybe I should stop reading the labels.

Lemon Pepper
It’s made of ground lemon peel and “hardy coarse-ground pepper.” I absolutely love it on grilled steaks and hamburgers. They say it has Riboflavin in it for color. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to add color to a hamburger. Sometimes I sprinkle a little Lemon Pepper on my arm and lick it. All of my grandkids think I’m weird, except maybe little Piper.

It’s made from the berry of an evergreen tree but it smells a little like cloves. I don’t dare taste it. When the label suggested that I put it on squash that was enough for me. I screwed the green lid back on that jar and hid it on the bottom of the pile. I wonder if my neighbor would like to have it.

Ground Turmeric
“Belongs to the ginger family.” I don’t want to talk about it. The label doesn’t say what it is but something in there is dead. Google says it’s active ingredient is curcumin and it’s used to treat cancer. You probably need a prescription to buy it. I’m throwing this stuff out fast. I think I need to speak with my wife again.

Pickling Spice
“Use with boiling beets, sour beef, pickling and cabbage.” I just don’t know what to say. I’ll bet someone’s making a fortune with these things.

Ground Cardamom
This one is pungent. “You can add it to hamburgers and espresso.” I would never use it on both. I use onions when I want pungent and I don’t drink espresso. It’s a drink for girls.

You should sprinkle it on the charcoal just before you start grilling the chicken. That’s an herb? I don’t like it because it reminds me of a girl I once knew. She threw rocks at me one day when I was walking home from school and I never forgot it. Heck with her.

This one has a funny name and a routine aroma. “It is the essence of French cooking and is used as a background flavor.” Background flavor? What does that mean? “It’s good with creamed onions” I don’t like creamed onions. In fact, I don’t like French cooking and I feel better having said that. I think the French believe they invented food. “Thyme was the symbol of courage in ancient Greece.” Now I remember why I’m not a chef.

Celery Salt
Very salty and tastes like celery. I like both so I guess it’s OK. The Indians may have used it to help tan skins.

Whole Nutmegs
They look like small pecans before you take the hulls off. Not much smell. You’re supposed to grate them on top of hot chocolate and things like that. I may try it later tonight. It will impress my wife if she doesn’t look closely at her kitchen table top.

Bay Leaves
These smell good. They look like plain old leaves to me, are about 3” long and crisp to the bite. They are hand gathered from bay laurel trees and “carefully dried to insure superior quality.” I wonder why they have to be careful, they’re just leaves. You’re supposed to cook them in soups and other things but remove them before you serve the dish. I would sure hope so. They must grow near water.

Why does my wife have three bottles of cloves?

IMG_0581Arrowroot Powder
“Easily digested – may be substituted for cornstarch.” If that’s true then why would anyone buy cornstarch, which is more expensive? I think this spice company should be investigated.

My favorites are Lemon Pepper and Ground Saigon Cinnamon. I don’t remember any of these spices from when I was a kid. Maybe I’ll just stick with sea salt, black pepper and Tabasco.

I hear my wife pulling into the garage so I need to hurry and get the wax. I wonder if she bought another jar of cloves. ff





116 thoughts on “Scrapbook Forty Nine…

        • Stephanie-
          Clovis is the clove capital of the world. Last year over 267 trillion tons of clovis cloves were shipped out to 415 countries and the international space station. In spite of the fact that there is no practical use for cloves and in spite of the fact that cloves have a negative nutritional value they remain the largest trade item on the Chicago Commodities Exchange generating some 13 trillion dollars in annual taxes for Clovis. Few people realize that Clovis is the second wealthiest city in the world just behind Dubai. Three years ago the entire city was encapsulated in a large polyhedron dome that keeps the town completely free from outside weather influences. There is no snow in Clovis.

          • Does anyone else find it strikingly interesting that Dal knows so much about Cloves and Clovis NM and the Chicago Exchange(I think he’s been following me)? Things that make you go hmmmm.

          • Thanks for all that information on Clovis NM Dal. I bet they could pay off the national debt all by themselves with the profits from their clove exports! I wonder if I could get one of those polyhedron domes just big enough for my yard – that shouldn’t be too expensive should it? 🙂

          • CJ-
            I understand the company that builds the domes sells them in petite, small, medium, large and extra grande sizes. I believe the Clovis dome was medium or large…so maybe the petite would be right for you.

          • I heard that Stephen King’s novel – “Under the Dome” – was based on Clovis and its population. King changed the setting to a fictitious small town in Maine in order to avoid law suits from the many billionaires in Clovis.

          • Rofl, I am so glad to hear so much goes on in Clovis.
            Who knew? They may have to elect Dal mayor for all he is doing for their reputation.

    • I think the bronze chest might fit nicely in that drawer, based on my estimated dimensions from the numbers Forrest gives. Or is it a formula for the Golden Ratio?

  1. I have most all of these too, I use my Lemon Pepper and Chili Powder the most. I think I know why Peggy has so much cloves, ME TOO….because You don’t use them very much and they stick around. along time. I have a secret use for cloves. They are strong and can be used in Potpouri and spice things…..I am always running out of lemon pepper, but not cloves.

    • Maybe she makes oh heck how do you spell it…potpourri? Would be a scent found in it.

      I add whole cloves and cinnamon stick to boiling water that I will make tea out of for sore throats. Cloves numb, and cinnamon is an antiseptic. Just add some tea bags and some orange juice for a throat soothing drink.There you go another use for cloves.

  2. I have a suggestion for all the cloves! There is a game they used to play in the medieval re-enactors groups. You take an orange and stud it all over with the whole cloves by pushing them into the rind. In a gathering of lovely ladies and gentlemen, the fruit gets passed around. If a gentleman offers the fruit to a lady and she removes a clove from the fruit with her hand, he kisses her on the hand. If she chooses to nibble a clove free with her mouth, the gentleman gets a kiss on the mouth. See? They have a purpose after all!

  3. My mom had a spice cabinet that would blow your socks off! As kids we pretended we were mad scientists and these were our special potions and chemicals. I think we actually may have harmed ourselves with some of it.The dog always hid somewhere.The Christmas ham always had cloves stuck all over.They are even worse after incineration!

  4. My mom would use stick cloves in her hams too. I believe that she also glazed them. She probably got the recipe from her German mother. Her hams were delicious, you just had to remove the cloves before eating. I haven’t had as tasty a ham since. The hams are probably different now days than they were then. Different feed and all.

  5. Hidden in the back columns of spices is the spice that is a true clue to ff’s treasure location, and its not ground Rocky Mountain oysters.

  6. “It’s fun to grow garlic in my garden because it’s educational to watch.”
    Garlic grows underground. Is that the clue?
    The cloves are a clue that do fit into my solve, but I can’t elaborate on that yet.
    Good luck to all.

    • Garlic comes in “cloves”.

      Looking up cloves….
      the dried flower bud of a tropical tree, used as a pungent aromatic spice.

      I think the Rocky Mountains wasn’t useful and it’s really in Hawaii!!!! I figured it out, I figured it out….

  7. So, Forrest tasted spices. When he went shopping at Kaune’s, he bought horseradish, Tabasco and pepperoni (to name a few) – spicy things. Is spicy/spices the hint or am I just trying to dig too deep?

    • Hi Misty, from his comments, ff doesn’t seem to care for most spices. If you are looking for a hint, you might want to stick with his favorites, Lemon Pepper and Ground Saigon Cinnamon. As for spicy, ff seems to prefer sandwiches, which usually aren’t very spicy. Digging too deep has been the way of the Chase. I personally feel that the Chase should be kept simple, but most others don’t agree.

      • Oh Ya, keeping it simple is paramount to solving this thing. Cyphers, spices, postmarks and such will get you nowhere. As f points out repeatedly, everything you need to walk right up to the chest without any guess work is spelled out in the poem in plain and simple language that says what it means. PERIOD!
        The hardest mental thing to avoid with all this is the over thinking problem.

  8. Did anyone else notice that his two favorites are heavy-hitting aphrodesiacs? Cinnamon oil and black pepper – ancient Egypt, I think.
    Most men like things that taste warm. 😀

  9. I’m not very smart…and I’m prob The last to get It…if its even close but here It goes…I typed in….Now if I get even close here…I’ll need a hug…okay….I typed in 72 deg and 4′ and The Garium 4 inch hand held Gps gizmo appeared for 72 bucks.
    I guess The only way nine clues on a map could be Or can be precise is by using GPS.
    If this is then true and I’m not saying it is…
    Then Maybe The nine clues aren’t a map but a diagram.
    Maybe we Have been given clues to locations..landmarks…using These locations precise GPS we could triangulate thru GPS an exact location of a treasure.
    Similar to a wheel and its spokes…Or a star….Or a cross
    Yes I like The cross….
    Now saying this might be correct in theory…where Would we start…Santa Fe…Or using GPS 300 miles west of Toledo and 8.25 n of Santa Fe…Or angel fire?
    Yes we could start perhaps at The veterans monument.
    Idk…Farmington to folsom….not piles peak but somwhere to santafe….but The cross has 8 points and a center starting point…
    Also I’m thinking A. To be is equal to 110 miles…could be eleven.
    I’ll try It and come right back!

  10. Okay The rantings of a mad man!
    Using GPS to precisely find nine clues…
    as a map..from one spot to The next The distances could be anything…random.
    but to draw a star Or cross Or any diagram on a map will require an exact distance.
    If we chose a cross…and I Have no clue!!! The cross Would Have 8 points and a center point to start from. to stay in New Mexico and and north of Santa Fe… The cross’s estimated distance to each points might be michelles to far to walk Or 24 not nauticle miles…which might put one of The points in Taos which is appro 96 miles from his desert.
    True too..the cross (Just an idea) could be bigger Or smaller.
    Again All talk.
    Why 72 jars 4 inches?

    I forgot chilli spice is warm…for Christmas???
    No Monkey n atound!

    • Hey Mark, that reminds me of an earlier idea I had. was thinking that “it” would require 8 dots to connect the lines…if there are 9 clues, would leave one left over which could be the sweet spot!

      • I’m working on something new now…did you get the whole imagination is more important than knowledge…in his book? You know, it’s better to think than to allege…So, I’m applying that to his poem.

        • Something like…
          As I have gone alone in there and with my treasure bold,…
          I have gone lone n the sea air, AND
          My wit sure and heart bold…

          • All that speculation about clues is cool, but all you need to walk right up to the treasure with no guess work about it is the poem. Forrest has said this over and over again. Concentrate on the poem.

  11. I think Many of The players Have suggested spots such as The ghost ranch red river post off etc.
    Once we get a few coordinates on The map to start forming a picture The rest should fall in place…I think….who’s in aviation…I’m so dumb I should take this over to The aviation school at SIU.
    Anyhow this is as good as anything else I’ve come up with…smiles
    Mark H.

  12. dal -ff never stops to amaze me the way he is taunting us he did it with the bowl of pimiento and the sandwich and now this he is giving us a clue or clues and he is having fun with us for not grasping what he is telling us all this clues are rolled in to one thing and believe me or not this clue or clues are also in the poem

    • Frank-
      I think Forrest is just sharing fun…
      I don’t think there are any clues in any of this stuff in his scrapbook…
      And I don’t think he is sitting around at his home laughing at us either…
      He enjoys the search and he enjoys the camaraderie of the searchers..
      Every once in a while he likes to share his humor with us…
      and have a presence…
      I really think that’s all there is to it..

      • You are absolutely right. This thing where people look for a clue in everything f says is just plain silly. He has been more than generous with real additional clues
        and I am sure he does not have a taunting bone in his body. He has been extremely clear about what it takes to solve the search and folks who want to jump at all these weird threads may be enjoying a nice mental exercise but they will get nowhere with the real deal.

  13. I think there are clues in his blogs. I hope I can prove it some day! To say what the clues are, would make my solve obvious. 🙂
    Best of luck to all.

    • Perhaps I should have called them “hints” instead of clues. I found my spot with just the poem. I actually wish I had the book before I made my last search trip. There are hints all through TTOTC and his blogs that give “hints” to the spot. Just my opinion. 🙂

      • Luckydog – I read something about a dream another searcher had on Forrest’s blog about a black, hairy dog. It reminded me of a scene in the series “Da Vinci’s Demons”, where Da Vinci is discussing potential symbols with his subject, Lucretia Donati. He mentions that a black dog symbolizes loyalty. Canis Major is a dog reference too, and looking for the treasure during the dog days of summer might be best. Forrest’s birthday falls during this would be nice to bring him a present 🙂

    • Good luck Dog. I agree with you about the hints. Some are subtle. Some are outright and straightforward. That is what I believe to be the truth. So far its working for me. Always having fun *smile*

  14. Again we are tethered…we are All working hard…all ideas are worth looking at. Plz dont be telling me this is simple again unless You Have The box.
    If It Was simple my ex wife Would of already found It.

    Hi Michelle…I look forward to hearing your next solve.

    One more time…F said 72 jars 4 inches…I typed in 72 deg and 4min…..a Garium (sp) handheld 4 inch GPS gizmo pops up.
    Based on this…The schools teaching GPS…The BSA meirt badge…and f being a pilot…using GPS makes sense…

    Now I’m thinking…If its one spot to The next…how do we know The distance…(ask Toby). It could be random.
    However…If we are drawing a diagram…ie a star, an ant, a wheel on The map then The distance…Just saying is specific…precise!

    If its a picture on a map…Or a trail…then plotting The GPS COORDINATES will be key.

    And of course I could be way off…but I’m trying!

  15. I didn’t mean to get anyone upset with my comment taunting was meant in a nice way I also didn’t know that trying to help each other talking about the poem was silly but ill just take it as that and move on best of luck

  16. I can complicate It I guess…which map…how to measure a distance…an antique map is not far fetched…
    Also converting measurements is interesting…When I draw a blueprint for houses….a quarter inch equals a foot…we do this to keep The drwing on paper…an inch representing a foot Would make my blueprint huge…thus.
    A maps measurement must be reduced…an inch to milimeters Or smaller…

    I know this is confusing…
    But pilots Have to fill out flight plans…I imagine f had fun with this.

  17. Ya sha wa….ya ta hey.
    I listened to All You Have said…I’m not so smart though…I’d like to watch that show You spoke of…Maybe bring a sandwich and a flash…well You get It….smiles…..
    Could You help me out ? where Would I watch from…
    Mark H.

  18. I see several obvious clues in this story, and I haven’t seen any mention of them yet. Perhaps people are keeping to themselves on this – probably wise.

    Now that I see such important clues in this story, I need to re-read all these scrapbook entries – Fenn is definitely speaking to us with these stories IMHO.

  19. So, if Ground Saigon Cinnamon is his favorite, why didn’t he describe that one to us too? In my opinion, it confirms what I have thought all along….the treasure is not in NM or Montana. I think he may have thrown the 72 bottles/each 4″ tall in there to throw off the people that are playing the numbers game. I think the message here is that he hasn’t told us all of his favorite spots. Just my theory.

      • Cinnamon and pepper both happen to be words with double letters, just like his name.
        And his dad’s.
        And mom’s.
        And skippy.

        And his wife.

        And no less than 13 of the words in his poem …,

        Cypher enthusiasts & Code theorists: go!

        • The One that has been missing is fenn-el = get it, Fenn? Fennel is everything; herb qualities include fronds and root. Spice aspects include dried fennel seeds. It tastes like anise and is used by Italians in cooking. Stalks look like celery. Made me think of Cow Parsnip vs. Hemlock and how important it is to know the difference if you are eating them while trying to survive “alone in there” if you don’t have a compass or lost your lamp. Dollar- bill was probably thinking of using Hemlock to poison ff’s trout at his fishing hole. Didn’t the Indians use Cattails for something too? They grow at the edge of the water, don’t they? Also, evergreens seem to be an important ingredient for herb and spice production. Another reason to stop cutting down trees. I think Sea Salt is a pretty Team Pink color..especially Himalayan Sea Salt. White Bark Pine trees have good pine nuts (seeds from the cone) that are important for Grizzes and many other creatures. Are pine needles leaves? Spruce tea would then be herb tea..also good for survival. Is pine tar resin an herb? Don’t get me started..”ya know”?

          • Fennel = marathon = 42 km = 42 lbs.

            Fennel is one of the 9 herbs held sacred by Anglo-Saxons, which includes stinging nettle. That nasty stuff is abundant on Dot Island in Yellowstone Lake and will definitely raise bumps on one’s skin.

  20. Hello smitty.
    My head hurts…your taunting me is fun….
    The other day I think You said You were involved in a hunt That Was a close finish?…Was time of The essence in That hunt…a race….Or Was It slow and steady?

    • Mark, you have almost convinced me into “putting the pedal to the medal”. If you could direct me to some free downloadable historic Yellowstone maps (that would have been around during the Fenn’s summer trips to Yellowstone) it would go a long way towards my complete conversion to the “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” philosophy. Looking forward to becoming a full fledged “fast & furious” team member. My handle could be “Speedy Gonzales” if you haven’t already claimed it for yourself.

      lol, just a little “quick” humor at the end of the day, oops, beginning of a new day here. Although, I am serious about wanting links to any free historic Yellowstone maps from the 40’s and 50’s.

  21. Oh ya…I forgot to ask how You are…rude…Srry.
    The lady of The house has said I needed to practice better manners.
    I’m wondering What kind of hunt That Was map? Was It with GPS?
    Just wonder n?
    Mark H.

    • Psh: its the internet; manners don’t exist here. 😉
      I’ve been involved in a number of other treasure hunts, (though i’m much too scattered to ever claim the title ‘professional treasure hunter’ ) I prefer book-based and poem based, but I also had a team working on a contest where we were trying to find items across a city (scavenger hunt style), and picture based are dang fun too. You should look up these key words in a search engine if you want more details about real life treasure hunts (a couple of these I’ve been a hunter on, and i’ve done the last several years of the ECS). 1. Golden Eagle, 2. Scroll Quest 3. A Treasure’s Trove 4. Emerald City Search 5. Treasure : in search of the golden horse. 6. Masquerade (or the modern game based on it: Menagerie.) 7. The Clock Without A Face book. 8. CPRnation AED search
      ! 9. Then there’s Zoe & Kelly’s dad and his crazy hunt 😉

      10. while not reward based, I’ve loved the national bohemian bottlecap puzzles for 3 or 4 decades now. 🙂

      These are just a few!!

      One of my heroes is Heinrich Schliemann – the guy who took a “fictional” poem story and used it to find an entire city of rich artifacts: proving a myth was actually real history!

  22. Yes Troy is cool…The masquerade ended bad with his girlfriend Or something I thought.

    I do enjoy The stories more than The hunt.
    Sir my questions are a pain but I don’t mean to be one!

    Do You think I should be diligent in this….Or are slow and steady?

    Have You played Or hunted using GPS…could this be plausible in this case?

    Lastly (Srry), I Have looked at your FF …LL…PP…and I am reminded of how books are cataloged in lib…we no longer use The Dewey Decimal System. Is this What your suuggesting ?

    Again Srry map…redneck w/a truck…smiles.
    Mark H.

    • Tried geocaching. Several times, with enthusiastic friends a few times too. Isn’t my thing. I don’t care for GPS based hunts – they take the challenge out of it, in my opinion.

      And I think there’s a less than zero chance that FF would utilize any clue/hint/poem that would need GPS or GPS coordinates , considering he’s said in a handful of interviews that his motivation behind the hunt is to get people away from their screens/games/iPhones, unplug, and go get themselves in nature. GPS or even including long/lat lines would be counterproductive to that approach.
      Compass points / degrees, on the other hand, would be right up the correct alley, so I think they’re ‘on the table’ as far as number-based possibilities.
      Dewey is possible, but I wasn’t thinking of that. Just was noting there’s a pattern of repetition, which is itself a repetition. In one lifetime, I’d suppose a man thinks about no other word more/longer than his own name.

  23. I hear You $bill…not many folks go to The library anymore with everthing digitized…
    Thank You map.
    Hi Stephanie …The weather scares The cra§¢§₩§ out me…
    Mark H.

    • I’m not crazy enough to go into the mountains during the snow. I’ve heard three stories that could have gone real wrong during winter searching….I need to look where there’s no snow….even if I can only get 75% of the poem to work in some way…it might be worth a look if it’s sunny and warm.

  24. Hey Forrest–what’s up with the hair? I thought your cowlick was on top?……by the way, your next books just kinda righten itself, huh?…..LOL….*this is when Forrest chokes Maverick*

    • I have the theme song to “Top Gun” running through my head because of your screen name, Maverick! Was his wingman’s name Goofy? Oh no, it was Goose, right? I think of this movie when I picture Forrest’s F-100 flying in for the final approach.

  25. Forrest, that is a whole lot of seasonings. Does your wife have to have that many bottles? I like your expression holding the cloves.

  26. Maybe we searchers are missing the obvious. What if ff wants us to look at the photo and simply make observations. 1. Two bottles stand out of his composition: bottom row, lemon pepper has the only yellow/gold lid. So perhaps the gold is somewhere related to the words lemon pepper. 2. Third row “mace” is highlighted by a reflective white blaze in the shape of the cross. Perhaps the blaze is light, white, or a cross. The word ace coupled with m is important. 3. Multiple cloves (3) may indicated 3 separated solutions melded. Just some thoughts on an early scrapbook after letting my elk stew simmer for 3 years.

  27. I like my Pimento sandwitches sun warmed to add a little sweetness and covered in Cheeze-Its and lyhs when the Autumn leaves foliage isn’t quite doing the trick.

    Here’s two interesting whiffs of this piece….(I can’t put ALL the recipe cards on the table)

    spice (n.)
    c. 1200, “something added to food or drink to enhance the flavor, vegetable substance aromatic or pungent to the taste,” also “a spice used as a medication or an alchemical ingredient,” from Old French espice (Modern French épice), from Late Latin species (plural) “spices, goods, wares,” in classical Latin “kind, sort” (see species). From c. 1300 as “an aromatic spice,” also “spices as commodities;” from early 14c. as “a spice-bearing plant.” Figurative sense of “attractive or enjoyable variation” is from 13c.; that of “slight touch or trace of something” is recorded from 1530s. Meaning “specimen, sample” is from 1790. Early druggists recognized four “types” of spices: saffron, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg.

    allspice (n.)
    spice made from the berry of the Jamaican pimento, 1620s, from all + spice (n.), “so called because supposed to combine the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves” [Weekley].

    Good thing he forgot berry. He coulda mixed it up with a CAPER.

    I’d love ask what happened to the Saffron but he probably couldn’t find it since those purple and yellow flowers flourish where nobody can see them. Probably of some sterile unknown origin somewhere at least. Good thing nobody’s around…. “so they can flourish”

    It’s okay forrest…I don’t think anyone included them in their recipes anyhow. Cheeze-Its are great for that spicy golden color just as good. Those cloves just put a nail in the bad recipe couging. Unless we’re talking Cider otherwise DO NOT TOUCH

  28. Somehow I think Marvin may have known this. I was pleased to see it as well Similar to the Pimento Berry (Pimento cheese Sandwich) which is actually Allspice…..I present you another herb…the largest one in the world….which doesn’t grow on trees. (courtesy or the Chiquita Company) sure seems There’s Something About Berry…

    A common misconception is that bananas come from banana trees, when in fact the banana is closely related to ginger and ornamental plants such as birds of paradise ;), amaranths and canna lilies. The banana plant is not a tree, but the world’s largest perennial herb and grows up to 25 feet, developing massive banana leaves that may extend 9 feet in the air. Edible bananas are technically berries and do not produce mature seeds [1]. Their rhizomes, or roots, can be hundreds of years old.

    Little berries back 🙂
    (With a cheez-it sandwich to boot)

  29. …then again a kid might be confusing his Honey Locust with a banana tree, given the correct ‘season’ of course. They sure do look like banana seeds. Those and Helicopter trees were my favorite when I was a kid at least.

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