Watermelon Mint Juice

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‘Tis the season for watermelon and I’m thrilled!  If you’re tired of watermelon triangles, I have your solution!

I LOVE to throw it in a blender and juice it.  You can do it with just watermelon or make a combo like watermelon-mint, watermelon-cucumber, watermelon-lime or my fave, watermelon-vodka.  They are all amazing!

Simply throw some chopped up watermelon and other ingredient (if you choose so) into your blender.  Once blended, pour through a strainer, add ice and enjoy.

Simply amazing,

xo

Salthouse Tour

Recently, one of my besties was in town and I took her and her family to visit the salthouse.  In their eyes, it’s something new to see, but in my eyes… free child labor!!  (Warning: Adorable children in the following pics)

The salt house is nicely protected and hidden from the road, so here we are in route, hauling filtered sea water and supplies…

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Everly helped harvest the salt crystals…

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Cortlan added more filtered sea water to the evaporation pans, careful to add the right amount.

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And like any good scientist, Everly took copious field notes.

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It was quite a success!  We harvested enough salt to supply three local restaurants!

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Between helping at the salt house and collecting shells with holes for the packaging, I sure do miss my adorbs employees!

Until next year…

xo

 

Overnight Oats

IMG_4460My absolute fave breakfast on market mornings!  Anyone who knows me, knows that I love my sleep.  Being a salt-harvester is perfect because I work on my own schedule EXCEPT for farmers markets.  Those are super early mornings when I don’t tend to operate at my best until about two hours into it.  I need all the help I can get.  As in, clothes, breakfast and coffee already laid out each morning.  Overnight oats are the perfect breakfast solution plus, not only are they super easy, filling and good for you, but you can top them with whatever you like!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • rolled oats
  • almond milk (or whatever milk you drink)
  • chia seeds
  • toppings of your choice

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What You’ll Do:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of milk and a tablespoon (or so) of chia seeds in a ball jar.
  2. Secure lid and shake for about 30 seconds.
  3. Place in fridge overnight.
  4. In the morning, remove from fridge, give a quick shake and top.  I personally love fresh fruit, coconut flakes, cacao nibs and nuts.

There you have it, the perfect on-the-go breakfast that you can make ahead of time!

Enjoy, xo

American Made Nominee

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Sea Love Sea Salt is super excited to be an 2014 American Made nominee!!  Martha Stewart hosts this competition every year to spotlight the maker, support the local, and celebrate the handmade.  The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

Sea Love is up against some stiff competition.  But I’m not looking at it as a cut throat competition.  I’m looking at American Made as an honor to be nominated and a chance to discover some other super cool products.  There are are AMAZING things happening in peoples kitchens and studios; check it out.  Seriously.

Spread the love of the Sea Love page!

xo

Sea Love Rubs Have Arrived… (well, almost)

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So, other than occasionally carry a few buckets of seawater to the house and offer encouragement, I have not done much work for the salt biz.  I know, shocking.

It’s been all Amanda and, as you can already see, she is really doing some amazing things.  I plan on getting more involved and my first assignment is to help create some rubs geared towards meat and seafood, a no fly zone for little Ms. Vegetarian.

One of my favorite restaurants in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the Pleasant Valley Inn, serves a killer coffee rubbed steak and lots of great wine to help it along.

Anyway, we spent the last few days mixing up some sea salt and local coffee from Port City Java to create a rub that would not only work on red meat, lamb and chicken, but also on the great seafood from our area.  After testing a few different mixes (along with some wine to keep my palate nice and fresh, tough being me) on really good hangar steak, chicken breasts,  jumbo shrimp and wild salmon, I think we have a winner.  The rub gives everything a deep, smoky, almost chocolate-y flavor that enhances but doesn’t overwhelm.  It’s not like you are drinking a cup of coffee with your meal, it just enhances and perfectly contrasts the sea salt.  Not quite sweet and savory, but almost.  It definitely would work on grilled veggies and as a base for a mole type stew.

Personally, I like to pan sear my steaks in an old iron skillet but this will work equally as good on a grill.   First and foremost, I like to make sure whatever I am cooking is dry, as in paper towel patted dry.  Too much moisture and the meat steams, it does not sear.  Second, make sure it is as local, organic and fresh as you can make it.  It makes a difference.   Lightly sprinkle the rub over the meat and let it sit for at least a few minutes, the longer the better.  Heat up your skillet or grill and just before throwing on, I like to spray canola or other good cooking spray all over the meat.  This seals in the rub and helps it to caramelize into the meat.  I would also rub some oil on the grill or into the pan prior to cooking.  Try not to let it catch on fire if you are grilling.  That’s it.

Expect to see this rub next week at the Farmers Markets and on Etsy!  We would also love to hear some feedback.

Enjoy!

Dave (aka, the hubs)

 

Create.

In the past few days, I have been lucky enough to carve out some time to create.  There are a few times when I feel at my best and one of those is when I’m being creative.  Here are some of my latest projects from the last two days:

Watermelon dipped in dark chocolate, sprinkled with Sea Love Sea Salt and garnished with berries.

Watermelon dipped in dark chocolate, sprinkled with Sea Love Sea Salt and garnished with berries. Perfect picnic dessert!

Thanks for Hurricane Arthur for these beauties.

Who doesn’t need a sea-shell garland for their deck?!  Thanks for Hurricane Arthur for these beauties.

Super easy and cheap craft, yet adorbs!

Sea shell candles…super easy and cheap craft, yet adorbs!

Salted shea butter soap… these bad boys will be at the market this week!

Salted shea butter soap… these bad boys will be at the market this week!

Whether it’s a version of your yourself, a craft, an idea, an opportunity… go create it!

Enjoy the weekend,

xo