YOUR CORN STARS HAVE SPOKEN!

Be right back with the winners!

9/8/15 HERBS & SPICES OF THE SOUTH: A COOKING CLASS AT THE DES MOINES SOCIAL CLUB!

What’s the difference between Creole and Cajun? On Tuesday, September 8 at the Des Moines Social Club, I'll be serving up the unique herbs and spices of the deep south. We'll compare the tastes of dehydrated, ground, roasted and frozen ingredients. On the menu: regional garlic, onions and shallots, peppers, celery, filé, bay, and more. We’ll also create a delicious southern-style spice blend to take home.

5:30-7 p.m. $30 per person. Register here

WILL THIS BE YOUR CORN STAR?

Eric (left) is the only person who's sent us a corn pic (below) for our corn star contest! Are you going to let him just walk away with the Corn Crown like that?! Send us your corn pics, people! It doesn't have to be fancy, just corny! 
1. Take a pic of your fave corn recipe that uses one of our Saltlickers spices.
2. Post it on our Facebook page, or Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #imacornstar. You can also email it to us.
3. You can include the recipe, but if your dish is simple, just a title oughta do it.
4. Do this by August 31. Winners will be crowned September 1.

Eric's sweet corn with GGX

Eric's sweet corn with GGX

COOKING CLASSES!

We're so excited to be branching out into cooking classes at the Des Moines Social Club Culinary Loft! I promise: no matter what your skill level, we're gonna stuff our faces and have a ball. We'll be focusing on drying/dehydrating, grinding, storing, freezing, and making the most of your ingredients. Our first series will explore the herbs and spices of America's most beloved cuisines. 

COOKING WITH HERBS & SPICES OF THE SOUTHWEST

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 5:30 p.m.
AT THE DES MOINES SOCIAL CLUB
CULINARY LOFT
900 Mulberry Street in DM

The flavors of the American southwest are fresh, bright and rich. Spice aficionado Jennifer Knox of Saltlickers will show us how to make the most of these herbs and spices by dehydrating, grinding, roasting and even freezing. On the menu: chilies, peppers, regional garlic and onions, cumin, cilantro, coriander, cinnamon, vanilla and more. We'll make the best darn guacamole you ever ate. And we'll grind up a delicious southwestern style spice blend to take home.

$30 per person. Register on the Des Moines Social Club website here.
Here's the FB event. Ask a question or let me know what spices you'd like to learn about!

COOKING WITH HERBS & SPICE
OF THE SOUTH

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 5:30 p.m.
AT THE DES MOINES SOCIAL CLUB
CULINARY LOFT
900 Mulberry Street in DM

What’s the real difference between Creole and Cajun? Spice aficionado Jennifer Knox of Saltlickers will show us how to make the most of the south's unique herbs and spices by dehydrating, grinding, roasting and even freezing. On the menu: regional garlic, onions and shallots, peppers, celery, filé, bay, and more. We’ll also create a delicious southern-style spice blend to take home.

Here's the FB event. Ask a question or let me know what spices you'd like to learn about!

ARE YOU AMERICA'S NEXT CORN STAR?!

Corn season grips the hearts of Iowans every summer like a sweet, yellow fist. 

To celebrate the maize-mania, we're having a Corn Star contest. Send us your pics/recipes for corn using a Saltlickers spice, we'll pick our top 3 faves, and those Corn Stars will win a 4 oz three-pack PLUS a one-of-a-kind Corn Crown*! To wear! So folks will know you're the real champion! Everyone who submits will get something cool.

Don't worry if you're not the best photographer on planet earth. We give points for effort, creativity, and just showing up. Does it need to be on the cob? No. Does it need to be cooked? Baby, we like it raw. From a can? Only if you live in a  non-corn growing state.

*Winners must take a picture of themselves wearing the Corn Crown for our amusement—er, I mean—official records.

BECAUSE A CONTEST WITHOUT RULES IS PURE ANARCHY AND WE CAN'T HAVE THAT...
1. Take a pic of your fave corn recipe that uses one of our Saltlickers spices.
2. Post it on our Facebook page, or on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #imacornstar. You can also email it to us.
3. You can include the recipe, but if your dish is simple, just a title oughta do it.
4. Do this by August 31. Winners will be crowned September 1.

BEETS & WHASSAMATTERHORN LOVE EACH OTHER

Whassamatterhorn and beets are so good together, they ought to get married. It's so easy. 

1. Remove and save the greens.
2. Wrap each beet in foil and throw it on the grill for about 45 minutes, or in the oven at 400 for about 45 minutes.
3. Rinse, peel, and slice the beets in a bowl.
4. Add washed, chopped beet greens, a splash of red wine vinegar, and Whassamatterhorn. Start with a tsp, taste, and go from there. Add black pepper if you wish.

GRILLA GORILLA, THE UNOFFICIAL GRILLING SPICE OF IOWA!

FOURTH OF JULY without Grilla Gorilla or its smokin' hot cousin, GGX?! That's like Easter without Peeps! Or Valentine's day without kisses! Arbor Day without trees! Why, it may even be downright unAmerican. It's definitely anti-Gorilla.

Smoky, deep, rich and red with a sweet hint of brown sugar, GG makes superb summer grilling and smoking a breeze. It goes great on everything: ground beef, ribs, chicken and pork. And veggies, too! Try it on grilled zucchini, cabbage, kohlrabi or in baked beans. Mix it with butter, parmesan cheese, and a few chopped onions for a sublime corn spread. 

You can grab the Gorilla from us at the Boone Farmer's Market on Thursday, July 2, or the Des Moines Downtown Farmer's Market on SATURDAY, JULY 4!!!! We vow to bring the POW!

You can also buy it when your picking up Iowa's finest meat at the Story City Locker, or Iowa's finest everything at Wheatsfield. We MAY have it in Gateway by then, but we may not. Finger's crossed! 

Don't settle for this stuff...

Don't settle for this stuff...

...when you can party like a true American hero.

...when you can party like a true American hero.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

BIG BRAG ALERT! WE'RE GONNA BE IN GATEWAY!

For those of you who've never been to Des Moines and don't know what Gateway Market is, Gateway Market keeps Des Moinesians from exploding like hand grenades of fat and chemicals. Read about it (and Hobo Packets) in our new newsletter!

GIFT BOXES TO THE RESCUE!

Dear Dad, this Father's Day I'm getting you NOTHING!

Sure, your dad's a swell guy. So if you show up to Father's Day empty-handed, he'll probably be cool about it. "You didn't have to get me anything." You know the drill. But what if he's not? What if, this time, he snaps on you, and you have to wrestle your own father. Don't risk it. Get him a super awesome Saltlickers Father's Day gift box! Any 3 flavors you want, or you can choose from one of our popular combos:

THE BLOOD TOOTH For grillin' fools
THE HIPPY DIPPY For veggie lovers
THE IOWA NICE SPICE BOX Taste the State

PERFECT HARD BOILED EGGS...

...are steamed. I just learned this, putting together egg salad for a tasting at Wheatsfield. I've tried a million tricks, but none of them have ever worked, so I thought I'd pass this tip onto you. It really works!

1. Fill a pot with 1" of water. Boil it.
2. Drop in a steamer basket and however many eggs you need.
3. Cover and steam for 12 minutes (I used a pressure cooker but didn't lock the top).
4. Take out the eggs, plunge them into a bowl of ice water, and let them cool for 15 minutes.
5. Enjoy the newfound ease in which you can peel the eggs! 
WARNING: you may become so addicted to peeling eggs that you try to reenact the hard boiled egg eating contest from Cool Hand Luke. If this happens, don't forget the Alliyum.

IOWA NICECREAM!

Both Cha-cha Lima and Iowa Nice Spice make ice cream that will blow your face off. Add 1 tbsp of either to the super simple Buzzfeed recipe in the video. You can also add 1/2 tsp chili powder to the Iowa Nicecream for a real adult kick.

WE'RE IN FIELD JOURNAL!

Well hey ho! Thanks, Susan Jasper, for this terrific write-up in Wheatsfield Cooperative's spring newsletter (download the whole thing here). And thanks for picking a photo that makes Collin look like Christopher Walken's little brother. Go, Wheatsfield! 

Market Match-up Cards!

Never be intimidated by collard greens again! At every farmers market this summer, we'll be handing out simple recipes cards featuring that week's market produce + Saltlickers flavors. Pick up a card, pick up some flavors, and cook up the season!