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Vera Jane Cook

When I’m Not Writing I’m Shopping

Do you love to cook as much as I do? If so, you must make an opportunity to shop at Whole Foods if you don’t already. What an exceptional culinary experience……Fresh organic bread, rosemary thyme, flax seed, Italian, sour dough, all absolutely delicious. Those are just a few of the many choices you have to choose from, there are other breads, lots of pastry and a wonderful cheese department. The organic fruit is unbelievable and the selections are vast, the vegetables are also delicious and you’ll certainly have fun in the produce and fish department. The meat; grass fed, organic, and without a doubt, the best I have ever had. I didn’t realize until I started shopping at Whole Foods that the meat I had been buying was terrible. The flavor was not natural, the texture was all wrong, the consistency not right. Whole Foods has so perfected the food shopping experience for me, I actually love to shop there. You can literally put together a bulk order of cereal, fruit, nuts, pasta. You just put what you want in a bag, take it to the weight machine, punch in the code; voila! you have your price and net weight tag to put on your order. How fun is that? They have little computers all over the store, if an item you want is not priced, again voila! just take it to the computer and scan it. Like magic, there is your price. The staff is professional, friendly and helpful, they actually help carry your bags to the car, and get this, they don’t expect a tip. Am I still on planet earth???? I tend to get carried away, so be aware of everything you are purchasing. I saw a beautiful bag of the biggest reddest cherries I have ever seen. I tried one right from the bag. OMG, the most delicious cherry I had ever tasted. When I got to the checkout line and the clerk rang them up Ouch! $17.00 for that bag of cherry’s? But, I have to say they were well worth it. I took them to a dinner party that weekend and they were a big hit and I was in the country, up in Sullivan County where the markets offer fabulous vegetables and fruits. The Whole Food cherries stood their ground. I must warn you though, healthy shopping is expensive shopping so keep awake.
Marybeth, Hollister & Jane is Vera Jane’s sixth novel published with Musa Publishing. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater was Vera Jane’s second southern fiction novel and was a finalist in the ForeWord book of the Year Awards for 2012 and received a five star ForeWord Clarion review, as well as an Eric Hoffer honorable mention award for ebook fiction in 2013. Dancing Backward in Paradise also received a 5 Star Clarion ForeWord review and an Eric Hoffer notable new fiction award in 2006, as well as the Indie Excellence Award in 2006. Also by Vera Jane Cook: Lies a River Deep, Where the Wildflowers Grow and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem. Her next novel, Pleasant Day will be published in 2015 by Moonshine Cove Press and Pharaoh’s Star, published by Triplicity Publishing due out October 1, 2014