HuzBen was up early this morning making brine for a pork loin. When I see him putting the brine together I always yell, "Use lots of bay leaves!" Not that I have a special fondness for bay leaves, I don't. It's because I have no concept of weight and I purchased a 1 lb bag of bay leaves awhile back from the San Francisco Herb Co.
Imagine my shock when a giant bag the size of a couch pillow showed up with the rest of my order. "Good grief" I thought- "what IS this?" It was a lifetime supply of bay leaves - for my whole neighborhood! We started portioning out the contents into smaller bags and giving bay leaves away to friends and family like they were an end summer, over abundance of zucchini. We started leaving bay leaves as tips in restaurants and we opened up a bay leaf and lemonade stand in front of of our house. Okay, it didn't quite get that far - but almost.
So, if you're in the neighborhood and find youself with a lack a bay leaves, call me. And if you drop by to borrow a cup of sugar, you must take a bag of bay leaves too!