Grown in the joyful yam-colored foothills of Oregon. Shout its name,
in the manner of the early colonists, and see if it comes back to you.
As a flavoring, it has no equal. It has been to clam dip and back.
A little goes a long way, gathers itself, and then comes home.
As old as the tides, as valuable as those, and as sharply aromatic.
Sprinkle pepper at your next masquerade ball to undress your guests.
Put one under your tongue and your most prosaic speech becomes
a bouquet garni Whisper to me your story of cooking water and bouillon.
It lists to one side and then the other, a sizzling dream of casserole
and potpourri, a con carne applesauce that talks and talks and talks.
Not the hot dog kind in the sunny yellow barrel but the dry, powdery kind
to sprinkle on steaks or add to cookies and be better than the rest of us.
OK, that’s all the Kroger spice descriptions people sent me. Does anyone have others? (If you’re new to this, I saw a very impressive description from a Kroger brand oregano label, so I asked people to send me photos of other Kroger spice labels or let me know what they say.) If you have Kroger in your area and have spices other than these, please let me know!