Today is not a typical April day. It is rainy and actually quite cold. This day cried out for soup and I was in the mood for something just a bit different than a normal sort of soup. So…after a quick google search and a trip to our local organic grocery and a consultation with its owner, Art, who knows just about everything about any ingredient you might name… the soup is simmering and ready for dinner. I love going to this store…my cart contained sheets of organic seaweed from Maine, black soybeans, local organic spinach, vegetable broth, dried exotic mushrooms, tofu, miso, and daikon and scallions which were free from Art because that is the kind of thing he does…and of course a package of very special Japanese noodles. Art has tons of items in his store that are so unique…and all organic. I have been cooking groats… a more whole form of oatmeal…which is even better than Irish oatmeal…from Art’s store for the last few months and we are nearly addicted to this stuff. Nuts and seeds are hand packed by Art and his staff…and so fresh…all of the time. Japanese crackers that are totally addictive…if you love crunchy snacks. This store is just a tiny little slice of organic heaven and always full of wonderful surprises. I love having dinner ready to eat when we are ready to eat it…I hate cooking when I want to sit and watch the news or just chat with my husband…so today this is the perfect dinner and I can chill out until we are ready to eat.