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Troll the aisles of the specialty food stores and supermarkets in your community. You’ll find a high percentage of the makers of pickles, sauces and relishes depict their grandma or great aunt in the role of matriarch or great originator of the product. I’d like to see some data on this. How strongly does the implied sentimental connection to a maternal-type unit translate into sales? Surely it must be very high. My Grannies, bless ‘em both, were food lovers for sure, but they never put their personal stamp on a particular pickle. A shame for me, as “Grandma’s Secret Recipe” seems to carry almost as much weight in the marketplace as “Organic” or “Fat-Free”.
Newsflash: Rick’s Picks is featured in the current issue of MTV Magazine. See page 18… there we are next to a featurette on the resurgent popularity of the ducktail and a bit about the lusty thespian Michael Pitt. Britney Spears is on the cover. According to the New York Times, Spears engages in seven costume changes in her show, which debuted the other day in San Diego. We, on the other hand, are no chameleons. At Rick’s Picks, we strive for consistency.
Welcome to your homebase for gherkin punditry, The Daily Brine. Why pickles, you ask? Well, friends, in these fickle and unpredictable times we find ourselves in, pickles are one thing we can preserve. And that’s worth something.
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