My favorite news story of the week is, of course, garlic related. During one of President Obama’s White House to Main Street tours (don’t ask, just google), he stopped to talk to Frances Asher, who was celebrating her 107th birthday at a Jerry’s Family Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
When Mr. Obama asked about her youthful longevity, Frances revealed that her secret was eating a spoonful of garlic every night! That bit of information from the Today show made me shriek (that’s what comes out at 7 a.m.) with delight as I pictured the throngs of people taking that info and running with it – right to the supermarket to buy garlic. I wish Frances had said California garlic, but you can’t have everything.
The Prez even said he was willing to try her garlic secret but added that Michelle probably wouldn’t kiss him if he did. Sounds like a cop out, maybe, because that situation is an easy fix – just step up to the plate, Lady Uno, and share a clove or ten with your man. As one of our staff is fond of saying, “ if everyone eats garlic, it smells good on you!
Unlike George Bush Senior’s broccoli bashing, at least President O put a favorable spin on our beloved herb/vegetable. If garlic fever spreads from Pennsylvania Avenue to the House and Senate, could we then call it the Garlic Capitol (that’s the building, don’t ya know, not the Capital as in Gilroy Garlic)? Besides, garlic has a way of calming the heart and clearing the mind – could be the perfect panacea for our governing body. I’m picturing the dome of the Capitol building in the shape of a giant garlic bulb. What a delicious notion…
Jerry’s Restaurant should also follow Ms. Asher’s lead and make fresh, chopped garlic a constant condiment so patrons can have a spoonful with every meal (it’d probably double business.) A lovely photo of her holding a garlic bulb could grace the entry and greet customers with the maxim: “a spoonful a day, keeps eternity at bay”. This Garlic Grande Dame is an inspiration and should be acknowledged. Here’s to you, Frances, and another 107. It could happen – never, ever underestimate the power of garlic.