Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Above is an image of a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving. It reminds me of what family and friends mean to me. Laden with food and special adornment, this family appears to be exceptionally happy and content.
We are living in a time when uncertainty is the norm. Unemployment, homelessness, hunger and sadness plague more Americans than ever. Our concerns for our children's future are real.
Today we celebrate Thanksgiving -- a day for family and friends to be together. For many, it is the only time during the year that everyone will be together -- for many others, there is no Thanksgiving.
Enjoy the day with those close to you and pray for those less fortunate. Look around and make sure that those around you have a place to go for Thanksgiving. This day is all about togetherness and sharing.
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.
Follow me into Salt Succulence!
Black Truffle Salt
Capturing the seductive, earthy character of black truffles, this specialty salt will soon become one of your most frequently used ingredients. Its richly nuanced truffle flavor is derived from generous amounts of Italy's fresh black summer truffles from Abruzzi. Mixed with Italian sea salt, the crushed truffles create an aromatic condiment that enhances a variety of foods. Sprinkle a little on everything from grilled meats and vegetables to roasted potatoes and scrambled eggs. Or for a luxurious snack, try it with hot, buttered popcorn.
Fleur de Sel
I so much enjoy browsing through the Sur La Table catalog and believe these items are worth a try.
Italian White-Truffle Oil and Salt
Fusion Black Truffle Sea Salt
Sea salts are combined with pure, natural flavor to create new and interesting seasonings for food and cooking. Fresh ingredients are infused without compromising the purity of the sea salt. A genuine treasure imported from Italy, Black Truffle utilizes the salt to intensify the aroma and complex flavors of this exquisite mushroom. Ideal with egg dishes, pasta, mashed potatoes, red meat and even on buttered popcorn. A product of the USA.
Harvesting in the world-famous natural-reserve salt pans of Trapani, Sicily, Academia Barilla uses only the purest salt that is rich with essential minerals, iodine and magnesium, and a lower sodium content. Natural sea salt is blended by hand with the most fragrant Italian olives. By taking great detail into the harvesting process, the salt has a more intense flavor that goes perfectly with heavier fare. Pair with pastas, sauces, red meats, game and fish. Only a small amount is needed for a truly delicious, full-bodied dish. Store at room temperature. Stays fresh for up to three years. Made in Italy.
Dean and Deluca. What else do I need to say? The sea salt products they carry are beautiful.
Salt Plates and Salt Bricks
Mined from ancient salt deposits buried beneath the Himalayas for millions of years, these natural salt plates and bricks are perfect for serving sushi, salads and appetizers, or for cooking thinly sliced Wagyu beef or seafood right at the table. Varying pink hues come from natural minerals, and no two pieces will be the same.
DEAN & DELUCA Salt Essentials
We've selected six remarkable artisanal salts from around the world, each picked for its unique texture, flavor and character. Murray River is a mild, salmon colored flaky salt that adds flavor and texture to your meat and chops. Himalayan Pink is harvested from the beds of ancient sea salt with a mild flavor and pale pink color. Alaea has natural purified Alaea clay that imparts a mild earthiness. Mix with herbs to coat meats or fish that seals in moisture while roasting. Fleur de sel is known as the caviar of salts with a delicate flavor and moist texture. Fumee de sel has a savory oak flavor with a hint of sweetness. Cyprus flake is an extremely mild salt used for cooking, baking and garnishing.
SINCE TOMORROW IS THANKSGIVING I thought I would add a checklist that Bon Appetit has on their page. While we are within a day of Thanksgiving, I found this just as helpful for a Christmas meal. BON APPETIT!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends. I hope that your day is filled with good memories, food and family!
See you Friday.