Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Inflation: What's the Problem?

Some time ago, I remember being able to find a delicious bottle of French wine for six dollars. Now the same wine, from the same winery, costs $20. Is it really over three times better than it was back then? Obviously not! It is just more expensive. Welcome to inflation. Rising prices erode purchasing power, making us poorer over time. Inflation becomes a huge concern for anyone who is retired or planning for retirement.

Seashell Pasta with Peas & Pancetta

When it comes to food my tendency is to want everything as
fresh as possible and made from scratch. This gets me into a lot of work! I was drawn to make this dish by convenience (ok, I was feeling really lazy.) Walking through Trader Joe’s I spotted a 10-ounce package of shucked English peas. They were consistently sized and not too big. Inspiration was at hand!