THAT, my friend, is a perfect manhattan. She's a beauty, isn't she? This is what my husband had waiting for me when I got home after a long weekend of talking about writing at the Philadelphia Stories Conference. Yes, I had a glass of wine at the final cocktail party, which was cold and good - but coming home to a super icy one of these babies is exactly what the doctor ordered. (Mixed cocktails = mixed metaphors - everyone knows that)
It's so perfectly shaken you can't even see the lovely little maraschino cherry nestled at the bottom.
Do you want to know what goes great with a perfectly shaken manhattan with a lovely little maraschino cherry nestled at the bottom?
That's right - Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt. You know what I love about this stuff? They got the apostrophe right, yet still went with the "K" instead of the "C" in "KRAZY" If that doesn't scream 1970s I don't know what does.
That's because it's retro man! Just like my perfect little manhattan served in my wee cocktail glass I bought last year at the flea market.
Right now we are having a Jane's renaissance in our household. I didn't realized how much I missed this seasoning until I started using it again. Mixed-up salt was our go-to seasoning in the 1970s when I was a (extremely little, seriously, very young) kid. We called it Krazy-Janes and it had pride of place on the avocado green lazy-Susan in the middle of the dinner table. I have no idea why we stopped using it. There's nothing at all in it that offends: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and "herbs". Recently I found it on the spice shelf at Acme - and now we put it on everything. Forget that $14 jar of fleur- de - sel! Krazy-Jane's is about $1.99 and lasts forever!
And can I tell you something else about Krazy-Jane's? It hales from Overbrook PA - Is that the same Overbrook that is less than a mile from my home? I don't know, but I hope so. Click on "Overbrook" to see the most charming picture of Krazy-Jane's creator Jane Semans.
Jane's is good on everything - scrambled eggs, lasagne, roasted chicken, bacon. (Of course, bacon!) - but this is what I consumed when I got home, a little parched, a little peckish from a weekend talking about writing:
Perfect manhattan, heirloom tomato, goat cheese, water cracker and a sprinkling of Krazy Jane's. Comfort, man, that's what it's all about.