3. Abraham Lincoln | Alsatian Gingerbread
“Once in a while my mother used to get some sorghum and ginger and make some gingerbread. It wasn’t often, and it was our biggest treat.” - Abraham Lincoln
Hopefully, your greatest gift this holiday was the magic of being surrounded by those you love and tradition you cherish, filling you with joy and delicious food. And may the New Year bring you good health, abundance and contemplation.
We all tend to make resolutions in the New Year, usually ones that change our lives for the better; better habits, better choices and bettering ourselves. At SALINITY, we decided to tackle cleaning and reorganizing our salt and spice supply. It may seem menial but we know having our “tools” neat and tidy provides a more inviting space to be creative, thereby motivating us to do more cooking. And because of the numerous infusions we make, that’s a big task. But we’re resolved!
In our effort to find the perfect solution, we discovered some great resources we’d like to share. We know some of you dedicate whole cupboards and drawers to house your spice stash. These suggestions apply to you, too.
Lemon-Ginger Yuletide Moscow Mule Recipe
A burst of effervescent citrus flavor mixed with tangy, sweet ginger awakens the palate and adds a perfect punch to the traditional Moscow Mule.
▪ 1 half lime
▪ 2 ounces vodka
▪ 6 ounces ginger beer
▪ fresh mint
▪ add pomegranate seeds for color (optional)
▪ Lemon Ginger Finishing Salt
The Rub On Traditional vs Unconventional This Holiday
We’ve heard from our salt fanatics on the best use of their favorite finishing salts. Offerings of both sweet and savory traditional standbys with an added finish are sure to liven your holiday table. So go ahead and feast on these unconventional traditions and give thanks!
Rosemary-Garlic Finishing Salt
“Before I was introduced to Rosemary-Garlic gourmet finishing salt I would use table salt and pepper to make my holiday russet roasted potatoes. When a friend of mine introduced me to Salinity’s Finishing Salts, I decided to not only upgrade to red potatoes but also sprinkle them with Rosemary-Garlic. Just three simple ingredients: red potatoes, olive oil and Salinity’s Rosemary-Garlic. They typically disappear before dinner is over and my family complains that I don’t make enough. So this holiday, I am prepared! I ordered three jars (and got a 7-oz. sel gris pouch for FREE).” ~ Jan W. (West Palm Beach, FL)
Sri Lankan Curry Finishing Salt
“We’re just cuckoo for curry! We mash yams with coconut milk and butter and then finish with Salinity’s Sri Lankan Curry for a sweet and savory potato intervention. (I still make sure my dad has the expected russet mashed potatoes). Another of my popular holiday specialties are my Curry Pecan Pie Tarts sprinkled with Sri Lankan Curry Finishing Salt, which always begs the question by guests, ‘what’s IN this!’ I also love to Sri Lankan Curry on top of mashed cauliflower after putting into individual ramekins and browning slightly in the oven. YUM!” ~ Laura E. (Williams, OR)
What better way to kick off summer than with friends, family, parades, great food and a fun and salty project for the kiddos? This one is super fun and easy and can likely be pulled off without an extra trip to the store. The best part?
We certainly don’t recommend busting out the Salinity Finishing Salts for this little gem. Save those for the neighborhood potluck. Now that you’re well versed on the differences between various salts, you probably have some extra table salt lying around. Use that instead. Your pocketbook and your dinner guests will thank you. These sweet little salt-burst fireworks will make great party decorations, place cards or fridge art. They do need to dry overnight, so best to tackle this one a day or two before your celebration.
We’ve all heard the generalized notion that salt is bad. We’ve been told to watch our sodium intake to avoid compromising our health. But if sodium is a necessary natural mineral, playing a vital role in a number of our body functions, how can it be all that bad? If it is an essential nutrient, how can we be sure we’re providing our bodies with the right kind of salt? And in the right amount?
Let’s take a look at the different types of salt, granule by granule, from worst to best:
The most commonly used salt–and the one that gives all salt a bad name–is table salt, highly refined and processed into almost pure sodium chloride. Somehow, we’ve bought into the myth that the addition of iodine makes table salt safer. Iodine was first added to salt in the 1920s as part of a government initiative adopted to combat iodine deficiency stemming from a lack of mineral rich soil and iodine enriched foods available for consumption.
“Commonly purchased iodized salts, available at super markets or sitting on the table of your favorite restaurant, have synthetic chemicals added to them. These chemicals include everything from manufactured forms of sodium solo-co-aluminate, iodide, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide and aluminium derivatives. It may come as a shock, but most table salt is not only unhealthy, but can sometimes be toxic.” (Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM)