Last week I was having that “I-can’t-believe-it’s-almost-December” conversation with one of our salt sales gurus, Becky. As that conversation usually goes, I lamented about being unprepared for the holidays and she wholeheartedly agreed, explaining that Hanukkah begins quite early this year: November 28. And then our conversation moved to food, naturally, which ultimately inspired this blog post.
Beyond just an ingredient, salt is a powerful cultural metaphor reflected in Jewish holiday tradition… thus… it makes a great gift! Okay, okay, this isn’t just shameless salt-promotion. Let’s consider it “mutually beneficial” gift advising, and as I’ve already mentioned: the evening of November 27th is just around the corner!
We’ve partnered with the Orthodox Union (OU) to certify all of our SaltWorks gourmet salts and smoked salts (with the exception of the Fusion® line). So, whether for Challah on Shabbat, to complement the fried foods of Hanukkah, tucked into a Shalach Manot on Purim, or to add a little flavor to your Passover matzah, we have a flavorful variety of kosher certified gourmet salt gift options to get you through the year. We’ve recommended a few great kosher certified gift sets below.
Most of the population would look at you sideways if you mentioned eating boiled peanuts. But, if you’re from the southeastern US, it’s a staple snack sold at nearly every roadside stop. If you’re not from the southeastern US, it’s time to expand your peanut horizons.
I had Cajun boiled peanuts for the first time in Fort Myers, Florida and I became shamelessly addicted after my first heaping Styrofoam cup full.
This quintessential salty snack is typically offered as either “regular” or “Cajun” style. Since I have an almost masochistic craving for spicy, I prefer the Cajun. It’s a great snack paired with a cold beer, friends, and maybe a little football.
When you hear the exclamation “I’m never eating burgers any other way!” you know you have an amazing (and likely prize-winning!) burger recipe on your hands. And that’s exactly what we received from contest participant Karl Busse — his Vermont Maple Smoky Apple Cheddar Harvest Burgers recipe is our 2013 SaltWorks Fall Recipe Contest Grand Prize Winner!
Maple syrup, shredded apple and Vermont Maple Sea Salt may be unlikely burger ingredients, but they combine — along with Salish-seasoned smoky kale chips, spicy mayonnaise and sharp cheddar cheese — to create a perfectly flavored recipe that won over all of our taste-testers. A huge thank you and congratulations to Karl, and another thank you to everyone who participated in the contest this year!
Who doesn’t like the sound of Bonfire Bacon Popovers? These are great when warm, and have such rich, smoky flavor from both the bacon and our Bonfire® Extra Bold Smoked Sea Salt — just don’t peek while they’re in the oven!
Enjoy another of our four SaltWorks Fall Recipe Contest runners-up: Bonfire® Bacon Popovers by Harvey Morris
This panini sandwich is a must-try if you love a great savory/sweet combination! Start with bacon, Havarti cheese, fresh spinach and ripe pear for the makings of the sandwich, smother it with a smoky butter spread, then let things get all melty and delicious. As if that isn’t tasty enough, the panini is paired with a caramel dip sprinkled with our crisp and flaky Snowflake® Sea Salt to add a perfectly sweet touch to each bite. Enjoy!
Another one of our four SaltWorks Fall Recipe Contest runners-up: Chardonnay Oak-Butter, Bacon, Havarti & Pear Panini with Snowflake® Salted Caramel by Naylet LaRochelle