Ivy is a cookbook author, cooking instructor, and freelance travel writer based in Portland, Oregon.
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I’m not a big fan of artificial anything, and catchy absolutist mottos are next in line on my “not” list. So when I heard the catchphrase used by a new product called Bacon Salt — “Everything should taste like bacon” — I wasn’t racing out to buy the stuff.
I like cured pork as much as the next gal; in fact, on a recent trip to Italy, I made my vegetarian husband drive 200 miles out of our way so I could visit San Daniele, the home of Italy’s best prosciutto. But even though my love of pork goodness runs deep, I certainly don’t need everything to taste like bacon.
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Garden educator Marc Boucher-Colbert recently explained to me the importance of taste in our memory banks. He posited that some of our most vivid sensory memories are formed when we are children, and they often have to do with food. Being in the field or backyard garden plot and actually plucking a fruit or vegetable with our plump little hands directly from the plant and stuffing it into our mouths cements the experience in our heads like little else can.
Coming from a household where gardening meant fuchsia baskets and geraniums, I met his gaze with a blank stare. Just as I was about to confess that I am a late bloomer when it comes to vegetable gardening, a garbled, faded film reel played in my head from the mists of my childhood:
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