Coworker and environmental reporter Jennifer Smith just gave me a copy of The Cook's Garden catalog. Even though the catalog was not addressed to me, I'm going to count it as it has fallen into my hands, and therefore, is fodder for temptation. So, for official purposes:

JAN 4:

Received The Cook's Garden Catalogue 2010, with the delicious-looking forkful of half a cherry (or grape?) tomato, small ball of fresh mozzerella and basil leaf on the cover.

ORDERED:

Nothing (yet, anyway)

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Total expenditure so far this year: Still $66.60

COMMENTS:

It's a gorgeous catalogUE, containing photos that would be just as well suited for a restaurant menu. Kind of cruel to give it to me before I've eaten lunch. I'm tempted by the romanesco broccoli, organic genovese basil (though I would prefer plants to seeds, which appear to be all that's available) and tomato/food strainer and sauce maker, which I've always wanted but never got around to purchasing. Did I mention I didn't receive my own catalogUE? Not that I'm bitter. I'm sure mine is in the mail. Maybe with some special TO THE GARDEN COLUMNIST outer wrapping that's delaying its arrival.