All salt comes, or came from the sea. But do you know where your salt is from or how it has been harvested? Do you know what has been done to it since it's been scraped from the ground and landed on your table? I actually thought about this recently while at a vacation rental. Every vacation rental has about 17 containers of salt because it's the one thing we absolutely want if we are going to cook. It's also the one thing most people will leave in a cabinet because it has no expiration date. But as I salted my food with the plastic brown shaker simply labeled 'Salt', I started to wonder. Hmmm...what exactly am I putting on my food? Read more about Salt - Why Care Where It's From?
Summer is winding down which means heirloom tomatoes are ripe and ready! Take advantage of the beautiful tomato bounty that is available right now and make an Heirloom Tomato Pie! I modified this recipe from Garden & Gun, one of my most favorite Southern Style & Food mags.
This recipe below calls for a topping of bread crumbs which is delicious, but I've made it with a pie crust top as well and it is equally loved and cherished! Read more about Heirloom Tomato Pie
We signed up for a local organic farm CSA several months ago and hands down, it's the best decision we have ever made. Not only do we get fresh organic fruits and vegetables do our door, but we also get a bouquet of flowers. Although the farm will email us a few days in advance to let us know what to expect in our weekly shipment, I almost hate looking because it's always different and always fun. Eating 'seasonally' can be challenging if you're used to a dietary 'routine'. Read more about Why Support a CSA?
When I go on a beach vacation, I bring home some sand. Yep, annoying piles of sand in my suitcase, clothing and shoes. However, I actually started collecting sand from vacations about 12 years ago and now I have a pretty cool collection. It's free and is a great way to remember all of the places I have been over the years. I've had friends bring me sand over the years, and as thoughtful as that is, I only collect sand that I have actually stepped on! I'm not a rock nerd. Geez. Read more about Endless Summer Sand Collection
Mango chutney is pretty easy to make and can, and as it's summer, you should be able to find lots of mangos at a reasonable price in the stores. Mango chutney may be served with cheeses, crackers, breads, fish, chicken & as a glaze for veggies. However, I must say that this chutney on a grilled cheese sandwich is probably the most delicious thing I've had in a long time! Super addicting!! Make lots of grilled cheese with mango chutney and cut up into quarters & serve as an easy summer appetizer! Read more about Spicy Mango Chutney
This vegetarian 'Neat Loaf' is so tasty that my daughter will often beg me to make it. It's super easy to make and has less than 8 grams of saturated fat in the entire thing! A great option for those trying to keep things lean, but high protein. (Hey, that rhymed!)
It's a mixture of cereal, walnuts, cottage cheese, eggs & onion mix that comes together into something that is so addicting, even meat lovers will be having seconds and thirds.
Here's the nitty gritty:
Get out a large mixing bowl and mix: Read more about Vegetarian Neat Loaf