Salt? No Salt? Choices, Choices, Choices

Times use to be much simpler.  Choices were simpler.

Now, don’t get me wrong, by simpler I do not mean better.  Just simpler.  Fewer choices.  Fewer decisions.  Fewer consequences.

We have all seen those emails that get passed around…yes, I am guilty as charged of doing the same.  Those that say “this generation”  or ones that show pictures of “The Beaver” then and now…(boy David Lee Roth has seen better days!)

During the summer time, when we were out of school, we had few choices to make each day.  What field to go to play ball?  OLF? Dunnegant? Vatterot? Bangert?  What kind of jelly to put on my PBJ sammich? (and sometimes you didn’t have a choice…grape was it)  If we went to “the Dairy” we could decide what kind of soda to get…Cherry coke, Dr Pepper, Root Beer?  And as far as TV was concerned, well there was Channel 2, 4 ,5 ,11 and sometimes 30.  Radio seemed to be limited to 630 AM KXOK for the Top 40 station and The Mighty ‘Mox, 1120AM KMOX for the Cardinals games.

As time went on you had “some” choices about high school, and classes, dances then dates, what kind of car, and what kind of stereo in the car.  (8 track was my preference, but many also chose the cassette tapes)  Moving forward, so did the choices…same ones and different ones.  Some you embraced, others you tried to close your eyes and “wish them away”…(about this time I realized that no matter what happens, you can not go back and change something already done. No time travels.  Too late…choice made)

Falling in love.  Buying a home.  Having children. Raising children.  Wow, there were a few times when I longed for those days when all I had to do was choose what kind of jelly to put on my PBJ!!!  A whole lotta choices and a whole lotta consequences.

And they continue…

Bought a new camera the other day.  I am really happy with it.  Pentax K-r, DSLR.  Nice.  But even this was full of choices.  Which camera?  Pentax?  Cannon?  Nikon? Which lenses?  How many?  What filters? One for each lens?  What about UV versus Polarized?  What kind of bag?  Extra battery? Card reader?  Extra memory card? 2GB? 4GB? 8GB? Standard or Class 6? STOP my brain hurts!!!  All I wanted was a camera.

I needed a trip to Margaritaville.  These days, even when you visit Margaritaville, and I do often, there are a larger number of choices to make than before.

Remember, I said “Simpler, not better”.

Trips to Margaritaville used to consist of a few key choices.  Salt?  How long should I stay?  Then there was the added conundrum of … Frozen or not?

But visit today and there is a world of choices to make with the vast number of different  Margaritas available.  Over Memorial Day week-end, I made a few choices and made a few different Margaritas…I do not mind making these kind of choices.  I made a wonderful Pineapple-Chile Margarita with just a little kick of heat and I also ventured into the unknown and made some RuRitas…Margaritas made with Rhubarb.  Yep, that pinkish stalk thing that looks similar to celery which most people have never tried…but I recommend that you try both of these drinks:


  • 8 chunks peeled pineapple
  • 4 slices red jalapeño chile with seeds
  • 5 oz 100% blue agave silver tequila
  • 3 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz  Simple Syrup
  • 2.5 oz Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • Place pineapple chunks and red jalapeño slices in a shaker tin or small mixing bowl. Muddle with a muddler or the back of wooden spoon until mashed…so the flavor and juice is released. Mix in tequila, lime juice, Simple Syrup , and Cointreau, and a little ice.   Shake well for about 15 seconds to blend.  (NOTE: when using fruit and sugars in making a cocktail, shake a while longer so the fruit is able to break down with the alcohol) Strain into glasses filled with ice.  This makes two drinks.

This drink can give you some sweet and some heat.  If you do not want to make it too spicy, cut back on the chiles.  But do not eliminate them.  They really can make a big difference in this drink.  The two sensations…sweet and heat…really mix well together.


  • 2.5 oz 100% blue agave silver tequila
  • 1.5 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz rhubarb puree (recipe below)
  • 1-2 dashes of bitters
  • In a mixing tin or shaker, combine all the ingredients with a little ice and strain into an ice filled glass.

Rhubarb Puree

  • 1/2 cup of fresh rhubarb, chopped up
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • In a saucepan combine all ingredients and cook over a medium heat until it simmers.  Stir occasionally until sugar dissolves.  Let cool.  Pour entire contents into a food processor and puree.  Strain into a container and refrigerate for about a week.

Like I said, this one is a little off-beat…but it is really a nice surprise.  The rhubarb can be a little bitter, but the puree sweetens it quite a bit and shouldn’t make it too sweet.  If this is not sweet enough, just add about a half teaspoon of simple syrup…too sweet? Cut back on the puree.

So what used to be a simple choice of Salt no Salt, has now turned into an adventure of  “name your fruit or vegetable” (yea, vegetable…I have also made one with cucumber…refreshingly good)

Choices.  They are all around us, and as history has shown us, they are not going anywhere. They will always be here.  Waiting to be made.  Just looking for that coin to be flipped.

So choose wisely.  Easier said then done, right?  We have an abundant of choices each day.  Some are enjoyable, almost fun, like Margaritaville.  Easy.  Others are a little more challenging.  Difficult, even.

But we make them.  We choose to be happy sometimes, or to be crabby.  Smile or glare.  To “thank” someone or mumble under our breath.  Be a flower or a dandelion.  Your choice.  My choice.  Our lives.

Choose well.  Laugh.  Live and Love.

Right now, I am choosing to smile…

Hmmm, wonder what the consequences are for that?  You know what they say?  It makes people wonder what you are up to….

Still choosing to smile.

Published in: on June 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

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