I was making Beef and Noodles the other day when I ran out of Kitchen Bouquet. I consider KB a must have for this recipe not only for the bit of flavor that it adds but for the nice brown color that it provides. The noodles just look a little anemic without it.
I asked my son to run over to the store and pick up a bottle for me. I told him that he would be able to find it in the seasoning section. Our closest grocery store is just across the street from our development so I expected this to be a quick trip and I was surprised when he phoned home almost 15 minutes later. He had searched the spice section and the barbecue sauce section and he couldn’t find it. I told him to go back to the spice section (Silly boy, it isn’t really a sauce) and look at the lower shelves again. I was sure it would be there, it was always there.
He still couldn’t find it so Recliner Man put on his shoes and headed to the grocery store a mile down the road to get me a bottle of KB. I was waiting at home with a dinner that was now done cooking and I hadn’t heard from or seen either one of them in quite a while. If I didn’t know how much they love Beef and Noodles I would have suspected that they gave up and went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner.
Recliner Man and The Boy had run into each other at the larger store down the road and had been searching all the isles for Kitchen Bouquet. Aren’t they sweet? I doubt I would have worked that hard to find them a package of #2 screws. After checking all the isles they started asking employees and no one had even heard of Kitchen Bouquet. Finally they were sent off to ask an older female employee and she knew where to find it. Can you guess where it was? Yep, near the barbecue sauce.
I guess I don’t have enough turmoil in my life because I can’t get this off my mind. I’ve used KB for as long as I can remember and always thought of it as a kitchen staple, like salt and pepper. It’s bad enough that almost no one knew what it was, but the barbecue section? Come on kids, it’s a seasoning product! Once again I find myself feeling older than dirt.
This really has me wondering, have you ever heard of Kitchen Bouquet? Do you use it? Do you know where your grocery store stocks it?
Oh, and another sign of time’s passing. It no longer comes in a glass bottle packaged in a cardboard box. It’s in a brown plastic bottle now. Older than dirt…