Sometimes it's the little things in life that give you pleasure. Yesterday I went to the grocery store and one of the items on my list was pine nuts. I don't know what they cost in other parts of the country, but out here they can run as high as $15 a pound! Naturally that limits me to recipes that call for only a few tablespoons. It was just such a recipe that led me to the store, where I discovered the bulk item bins had been seriously downsized. The bin for pine nuts no longer existed. Instead, critical items like gummy bears, chocolate malt balls, and yogurt covered pretzels were all that remained in my space challenged grocery store's bulk item section. Just as I was facing the fact that I would have to drive to a bigger store or use another kind of nut, I suddenly saw plastic containers stacked on a rack. And there it was--nearly 3/4 lb. of pine nuts, for $1.13! I stared at the container dumbfounded. Then I opened the lid and sniffed. They didn't smell rancid. Should I taste one? I didn't. I wondered if they had been mislabeled, and since I know all the clerks at the store I wouldn't want to take advantage of a mistake. (Yes, I actually thought that.) Then I decided they were the remains from the discontinued pine nut bin, and the store just wanted them gone. For $1.13 I took the gamble that they weren't rancid. To my delight, they were perfectly fine when I ate some of them at home. I've never had this many pine nuts at one time! I feel rich. Maybe I'll make biscotti.