From the Kitchen Recipe Box: Sometimes You Need to Spice it Up

Published: August 28, 2019

Last night, I made salmon patties. We have this amazing canned Alaskan wild salmon and it makes some extremely delicious salmon patties, let me tell you. As I was making them last night, one thought kept crossing my mind: I was not in the mood for a basic, plain, old salmon patty. You know what a regular salmon patty is? It is boring, that’s what.

You know what else can feel a little monotonous? Reviewing energy statistics! The U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released its Monthly Energy Review, which can be found here. As interesting as this data is, it can still taste a little bland.

Sometimes you need to spice it up! In salmon patties and in reviewing data, a little flavor goes a long way.

I added a little Sriracha to my salmon patties last night, whipped up a Sriracha aioli sauce, diced up scallions and celery to add in to my patties and also topped them with dill and sea salt. Just like that, the flavor profile was no longer boring. It was totally new and exciting! 

To add a little spice to reviewing energy statistics, one must change the flavor profile by looking at the data with fresh eyes. 

The EIA’s Monthly Energy Review may look like just a bunch of charts and graphs, but a close review reveals patterns and trends. I specifically like to look at production, consumption and energy prices.

For example, in the Crude Oil Price Summary, which can be found here, a comparison of the yearly average prices tends to show an overall upward trend. 

On a more micro-level, oil prices today are also moving upward. According to Bloomberg Energy, WTI Crude Oil is at $55.95 per barrel at the time of the posting of this blog and Brent Crude is at $60.61 per barrel. Both of these prices are on the rise!

What is the spice to add when thinking about energy prices? Projections and forecasts, of course. Both of these considerations add the flavor.

According to the EIA’s Short Term Energy Outlook (“STEO”) released earlier this month:

Thus, the flavor profile on oil prices is starting to heat up and is projected to get spicier.

TAKEAWAY:  Don’t be afraid to spice things up or look at things with fresh eyes to see a new flavor profile!

Stay informed. Sign up for our mailing lists.

Stay Informed

All of our news and resources are shared electronically. Select your preferred list(s) below.(Required)