Salty's Blogs

Pucker Up Butter Cup!

Pucker Up Butter Cup!

You will ALWAYS find one ingredient in my professional and home kitchen; the god of the citrus world, the amazing, tart and delicious lemon. I use lemons in almost all my cooking and cocktails. Sometimes I overuse it in a gin and tonic and then give a little spritz or zest to brighten up soup.
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When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you lemons, I say do the happy dance. Because to me, it’s the sassiest, sunniest, food in your kitchen.  Being dealt the attributes of acid and sour, lemons have the pluck to proudly rise above. These yellow orbs know that they bring balance to life. For instance, how would you know that
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Mighty Microgreens

Mighty Microgreens

You’ve heard the saying “big things come in small packages” right? Well, true that is, when it comes to microgreens. These little bits of vegetable confetti may be pint sized, but they pack a powerful punch. What exactly are microgreens? They’re a vegetable, a teensy-eensy vegetable. In the “line up according to your height” veggie
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Finish Your Dish with Delish

Finish Your Dish with Delish

This month we are talking about those little greens that fancy chefs finish their dishes with. These greens are packed with flavor and nutrition according to my cohort Kathy Kingen. So what actually is a micro green? It is a sprout of lettuce, herb or even vegetable. The flavor that comes off these micro greens
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Plank You Salmon

Plank You Salmon

Cedar Planked Salmon No, planks are not an exercise for salmon at the gym, frankly they don’t need the workout. Although salmon are, shall we say… pleasingly plump, they got all the muscling up they needed, on their marathon migration home. We now gratefully stand at the finish line to honor and congratulate. Welcome back
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Smoke Before Fire: Cooking With Wood

Smoke Before Fire: Cooking With Wood

I have been cooking with wood for a large part of my career. Over the past 7 years I have really gone into the nuances of smoking meat with our partner restaurant Pecos Pit.  Smoke is an ancient technique that was used for preservation, tenderizing and flavor. Smoking is also a regional sport using local
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Halibut But But

Halibut But But

Halibut has to be my all time favorite white fish and is great for the not-so-fish-friendly person you are entertaining. I call halibut a “beginner fish” because it’s not oily and does not have an overpowering fish quality like most.  I always ask the non-fish eaters out there if they like chicken strips. When they
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