There I was, picking up a few items we needed – the milk and bread and butter of life – perusing the sales, looking for staples to stock up on. Do you “stock up”? Canned goods, cereal, baking supplies? Here in the midwest, we are always waiting for the next big snowfall, the power to go out, the creek to overflow and will we have enough toilet paper to see us through?
Back to the checkout lane.
With my purchases on the belt and Gloria, the checker, scanning my items and myself rooting in my purse for my wallet. Suddenly, Gloria held up a small round bottle of Homade Chili Sauce and proclaimed “are you making sloppy joes?” . “I am,” said I. “How did you know?”.
I almost always use this little bottle of sauce, not for chili, but, for sloppy joes. It is what I remember my mother using – this little round jar of sauce. I use it in my barbecue sauce, as well, and I stock up on it because it is sometimes hard to find.
It was a day for stocking up. Ooops. Back to the check out lane.
I asked Gloria, my favorite checker, how she surmised what I would be making. She replied that her husband was a fireman and this was what they used at his station whenever they made sloppy joe’s. It is what she uses as well. She asked me how I came to use Homade Chili Sauce. I told her about my mom and how I remembered the jar and always keep at least one on hand. Through this lively conversation, another shopper, her own cart full, was listening. She asked us for the recipe. Gloria and I just looked at each other. “What recipe? ” It ends up that Gloria and Penny make their joes in just about the same way; this and that and then the other – and Homade Chili Sauce. Taste and stir and just know when its right. Moms and firefighters. The best cooks around.
Shopper #2 left her cart and rushed over to the sauce aisle as I completed my purchase. It seems we had convinced her to give this a try. So it goes in this simple life here on the Cutoff (and in the checkout aisle).
Do you have a secret sauce in a jar?