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Who Else wants a Remedy for March 2020

My view from the back porch at 8 a.m., March 2, 2020,


March and the snow and chill hangs with us


March  tortures  us  who  live in the wind with hands in the soil.  December, January, and February offer the gleaming, icy wonders of cold.   Snow camouflages  the broken, brown landscape of too much winter in Nebraska.  March melting exposes winter’s  damage and adds its own annoyance – abrupt and senseless variations in temperature, precipitation, wind speed and cloud cover.


We watch the sky because it stages a daily drama often breathtaking in its intent to challenge us.     I’m weary of it by March and anxious for  blue sky and peaceful days in the sun and definitely a change of wardrobe.  I want out of corduroy pants and my stretched-out, faded long sleeves t’s and into linen and sandals.


The “soothing remedy” for me in March needs to be low-lift – simple food preparation – and nourishing and a bit salty and creamy with a crunch.  See The March Cauliflower Mash recipe below:

Taste the Back Alley Bakery chef’s original and savory recipe at the Back Alley Bakery in Hastings, NE where you may also pick-up jars of Spicy Beery Mustard and Buzz Savories Honey Mustard

My soothing remedy for the “vagaries” of March – The March Cauliflower Mash


cauliflower, start at the beginning




 I gather sweet, ripe grapefruit, lemons, oranges and limes and avocados, and peel and slice, plate with avocado slices and spritz a section of fresh lime overall then a grind fresh black pepper.


orange, grapefruit and avocado salad

The March Cauliflower Mash Soup with croutons and a Grapefruit/Orange/Avocado salad – A Feast to deter March Madness!


Soup for March - The Cauliflower Mash

Low-Lift (15 minutes) soothing, satisfying and delicious soup
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Cooking, Light Dinner Meal
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

What You'll Need:

  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 7 Tb. whipping cream
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 Tb. (scant) Buzz Savories Spicy Beer Mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 10 grinds fresh black pepper
  • 40 croutons make or buy croutons as toppings for the soup saute bread cubs in olive oil (?) extra time but quite fine flavor and crunch
  • 4 springs fresh rosemary, chives, thyme (optional) for appearances

How To Prepare:

  • Break the cauliflower into small flowerets and boil in salted water or steam for 10 minutes until soft
  • Drain and let sit for ten minutes to allow any excess water to drain
  • Add the cauliflower back into the pot, add the cream, olive oil and mustard and puree with a stick blender until the desired smoothness has been achieved. Place the pot on medium heat. Scant Tablespoon of Buzz Savories Spicy Beer Mustard means less than a full Tb. and more than 2 tsp. Important flavor additive. Adds depth and interest to this soup.
  • Slowly add the chicken broth until the puree reaches a desired consistency for a rich, smooth soup.
  • SEASON the SOUP - you will need more salt and pepper
  • Heat to simmer, serve and toss in the croutons. See a spring of fresh Rosemary in the photo. Any fresh tender herb will support the coming of Spring, I think.

Cauliflower Mash–Simple eating, low-lift , satisfying soup


I will redeem March for staging the miracle days of the crane and snow geese migration!  The experience of tilting my face to the skies  to watch wave after wave of shining snows on the their journey to the grain cupboards in Central Nebraska  thrills me every spring in Central Nebraska.  The patterns they weave in the sky knit and unravel with no beginnings and no ends.

Come see and hear and marvel at hundreds of thousands of this brilliant white goose crowding the skies of Central Nebraska.  And listen!

 March Drama

Dancers flash and whirl across a stormy stage

Like white feather fans they fold and drop

With a gusty roar,  North wind whirls into the scene

And tosses the shining sky-divers against a purple sky

In the eternal drama between light and dark

The hardy actors slide in the powerful currents,

 Defying winter, each bird rolls, flaps, and touches earth

The  stage empties, and clouds drift in a pale sky

Buy your Buzz Savories mustard at these businesses:

GROW Nebraska

Spicy Beer Mustard

Fritzs’ Meat Market

1304 4th Ave, Holdrege, NE 68949

Oxford Locker at Kearney
105 West 11th St., Kearney, NE 68847

Elwood Co-op
304 Smith Ave., Elwood, NE 68937

H&J Grocery & Beverage
101 N Main St., Eustis, NE 69028

Rustic & Red
139 8th St., Cozad, NE 69130

Knowlen & Yates
315 Norris Ave., McCook 69001

Fareway Meats
3033 S 84th St., Lincoln, NE 68506

Leon’s Gourmet Grocer
2200 Winthrop Rd., Lincoln, NE 68502

Gifts & Things
505 West Ave., Holdrege, NE 68949

Corner Store
8080 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

From Nebraska Gift Shop
803 Q St., Lincoln, NE 68508

Backalley Bakery
609 West 2nd Street, Hastings, NE 68901


Lexington Regional Health Center Gift Store
1201 N Erie Street, Lexington, NE 68850

GROW Nebraska’s Buy Nebraska Store
421 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE 68845

Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery & Deli
3253 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68131

See recipes and “comments from the field” at

GROW Nebraska Store

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Nebraska® in 1998 our vision and mission has never wavered: to create viable economic development through business training, technical assistance, promotion, and access to

markets. We create impactful opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to live in “Anywhere

GROW Nebraska in Kearney, Nebraska

Buzz Savories benefits from our membership in  GROW Nebraska, and may I introduce the Buzz Savories Mustard Mavens to the GROWNebraska rich and accessible shopping experiences either at the store front in Kearney and/or their handy website

I shop for made-in-Nebraska gift items, specialty foods like Buzz Savories Mustard and t-shirts and jewels and the curious and exotic.  Stop in the storefront or visit the GROWNebraska e-commerce site.

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