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Hatch Chilie Fever

Hatch Chilie Fever

It’s Hatch Chile Time! Do you have Hatch Fever like so many Chile aficionados have? you may have seen them in the specialty stores or in recipes or even used them in a special dish. When I first saw a Hatch Chile I thought “hey […]

My Diary August 2017

My Diary August 2017

I have been so busy with the harvest of my garden, creating new recipes and our new puppy Bandit. Here is an update on those items. Our garden is brimming with herbs, the German Oregano and basil gave me bumper crops; so lots of drying. […]

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes


My Diary

My Diary

My Diary

August was a busy month for us and the country; two catastrophic hurricanes and wild fires in the west. Like many of you my attention was very much on those events and the people affected.  We only felt the outer winds and rain from Irma with some flooding. Not nearly what our friends in Jacksonville had to deal with or our son and his family dealt with in Tampa. At times like these, we realize how delicate life can be.

Now we are in the clean up and recovery stages, we continue to provide all the support we can.

My recipes I plan for this month include biscotti cookies and banana nut bread, which is a very old family recipe. Another that I consider part of the heirloom collection.  I hope some of you send me some of your family recipes that you consider to be heirloom recipes, I would love to include them and give you and your family credit. Don’t forget to send a picture of your finished product to saltgirl@vintagesalts.com

Don’s pepper plants survived the storms and are producing well.

Happy Birthday to all those born in September. We celebrated my birthday with a lobster dinner at a table with a vase of two dozen long-stem white roses from Don.

Happy Cooking

Melanie

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July 2017

August 2017


Recent Articles

Sea Salt Versus Table Salt

Sea Salt Versus Table Salt

Sea Salt vs. Table Salt So, are there any benefits to switching from iodized table salt to sea salt? Well, aside from the superior taste Sea Salt, there happens to also be several additional reasons to make the switch, When I did some research the […]

Salt and Warfare

Salt and Warfare

Salt production facilities in Virginia and Louisiana were early targets of the Union Army. The North fought for 36 hours to capture Saltville, Virginia, where the salt works were considered crucial to the Rebel army. So crucial, that Confederate President Jefferson Davis offered to waive […]

Organic Versus Natural

Organic Versus Natural

While shopping recently, I noticed an increased number of products labeled “natural”; peanut butter, freeze dried fruits, snacks, meat products, etc. Next to them were organic products, prices were comparable.  So, what is the difference? A recent Consumer Reports National survey of 1,000 adults finds […]

80% of Beef comes from 4 Production Facilities

80% of Beef comes from 4 Production Facilities

I was reading Consumer Reports’ article on “Ground-Beef Product Safety Test” and I was not surprised – disappointed – but not surprised. Through consolidation, 80% of all meat found in supermarkets, big-box stores and organic food retailers is processed in one of 4 meat processing […]

Infused Sea Salt? What is it?

Infused Sea Salt? What is it?

Unfortunately, it means whatever the maker wants it to mean. Take for example infused Jalapeno Sea Salt.  I picked up 4 from the gourmet food shelf and found the following: Green Salt, this salt was green and did have the flavor of jalapeno but did […]