Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.




ASE reader Janet W. sent us the heads up about Chili Crunch.   It is an all-natural crunchy condiment that she is putting on everything.  David Chang of Momofuko invented it, and it has ‘complex flavor and subtle heat’.

An 8 oz jar with a free metal spoon is $14.99.








Vaseline (petroleum jelly) has many uses.  I have always had a jar on hand.  I even travel with a tiny travel size tube.  It is made from mineral oils and waxes and was created in 1865 to heal dry skin.  It is safe for sensitive skin.

Here are a few of the many ways you can use it, sometimes in a pinch, other times as a primary go-to:

  • As an eye makeup remover
  • As a night cream
  • As a dry skin patch attacker, especially feet, elbows, knees
  • As a lip gloss/dry skin soother
  • As a make-up stain remover
  • As a buff-up for scuffed leather
  • It prevents razor blades from rusting
  • It prevents nail polish tops from drying shut
  • It protects pet paws in winter
  • It helps stuck rings glide easily off your finger
  • It helps heal diaper rash.     1.75 Ounce container, $1.99.


These playing cards are for animal lovers.  They are creative and entertaining. There is the Kitten Club playing cards, the Pack of Dogs playing cards and the Popinjay playing cards.  Each deck is $12.50.


Springtime = White Asparagus

Did you know that white asparagus is the same as green – just without the chlorophyll (the green in plants that helps generate oxygen in the photosynthesis process).  People find it more tender and sweeter than its green cousin.  White asparagus is picked just before it grows out of the soil, so it never gets exposed to light.  You will pay a premium for white asparagus, but it looks special on the plate.

Cooked white asparagus has about twice the vitamin C and half the vitamin A as green asparagus.

In addition to its nutritional value, all asparagus is a diuretic.  Eating asparagus produces a detox, cleansing process by activating the functions of the liver and kidneys.  Here is the information and recipes.



“Are you casting asparagus on my cooking?”  All about asparagus from ASE.

Asparagus Recipes Which Elevate those Slender Spears ASE Asparagus Recipes


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