Saltlickers in Facets Magazine!

Facets is a juicy color mag published by The Ames Tribune. We’re so honored to be in it! Thank you, Marlys Barker at The Nevada Journal for all the love!

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The new newsletter with Roxy Chili-ful Chili Recipe

Plus our freshness factor, guac-off results, the last FM of the season, rad customer 'Lick picks and more!

Roxy Chili-ful Chili Recipes

Any kind of squash or sweet potatoes with a little olive oil, sprinkled with Roxy Taco, Grilla Gorilla, GGX or Bangla-dash. Bake at 425 for 40 minutes. And this just in: Bangla-dash on popcorn = OMG. If you missed our story about the importance of reading the rules at the Iowa State Fair and our customers' award winning recipes, i t's here !

Saltlickers in the Ames Tribune!

We love us some hometown love!

Salts with funky names and incredible seasoning combinations are being made in Nevada

A Nevada couple has taken salt to a whole new level.With catchy names like "Das Bigfoot," "Gorilla, Gorilla" and - you may want to just whisper this one - "French Tickler," Saltlickers has been catching the eye, and taste buds, of farmers' market shoppers in both Des Moines and Ames this summer.Owners of the business, which is run out of their commercial home-based kitchen in Nevada, Jennifer Knox, 50, and her husband Collin Switzer, 54,

Saltlickers in the Hometown News!

Hey yo! We're in the Nevada Journal! Thanks so much, Marlys E Thomas Barker for spreading the word!

Salts with funky names and incredible seasoning combinations are being made in Nevada

A Nevada couple has taken salt to a whole new level.With catchy names like "Das Bigfoot," "Gorilla, Gorilla" and - you may want to just whisper this one - "French Tickler," Saltlickers has been catching the eye, and taste buds, of farmers' market shoppers in both Des Moines and Ames this summer.Owners of the business, which is run out of their commercial home-based kitchen in Nevada, Jennifer Knox, 50, and her husband Collin Switzer, 54,

Rule Reading FAIL at the Iowa State Fair...and Winning Recipes

I hate rules. Especially reading them. Especially pages of rules in 9-pt type that run all the way to the margin. This is why I didn't read the Iowa State Fair cooking contest rules. Looking at that first very full page of nested bullets and all the pages behind it, my brain said, "Run away!" which is why I had no idea that our cooking contest entrants had to pre-register by some date in July (I still haven't read the rules) to enter a State Fair cooking contest. I thought you could just show up with a dish, which is dumb. That'd be like a speed boat contest that didn't require a boat license: you'd get a lot of yahoos showing up with dented speed boats hitched to their hoopties.

When our crew first arrived at the Elwell Family Food Center, one of the volunteers at the check-in booth looked at my Saltlickers t-shirt. I watched her eyes grow wide in terror. "Are you the Saltickers lady?" she gasped. "No, but that old bat owes me money!" is what I should've said, but instead I said, "Why?"

"Your entrants..." she muttered, so aghast, I thought one of our customers must've set themselves on fire. Suddenly the capable and awesome food contest superintendent, Karen McKilligan, was at my elbow. I wondered if the volunteer had pushed some silent emergency button under the table. Karen explained what happened. "This is totally because I didn't read the rules," I said, and Karen agreed.

This meant we could still have our contest, but it wouldn't be sanctioned by the Iowa State Fair, which meant our entrants couldn't get ribbons or their names added to the roster of winners that's kept in a radioactive-proof vault at the center of the earth, I imagine.

At first, I was really bummed. Then I had a giant plastic cup of Firetrucker's Cat in a Tree ginger cider and thought, "Sanctioned, shmanctioned! Screw ribbons! We're gonna give trophies!" I love trophies—both getting and giving them. Wanna see someone go apes*t? Give 'em a trophy with golden kid doing a karate kick on top and their name on it. It's magic.

Let's call it an auspicious coincidence that only three people entered the contest that day: my old college buddy, Lisa, who drove all the way from Iowa City (thank you/I'm so sorry), her daughter, Rachel, and Susan, who actually had read the contest rules, emailed me about it, and when I responded, "I think you just show up!" had her husband email me to triple-check! Susan, you are a great reader AND a great cook.

When it was time for me to take the mic and introduce the contest, I was ready to own my mistake. I was so nervous, I don't really remember what I said, but I could see the volunteers in their red State Fair regulation smocks beaming and people laughing. I'm pretty sure I mentioned the trophies. The next day, Collin said that I'd told everyone in the Elwell Family Food Center, "I'M TIRED OF LEARNING!!!!!" Tara's friend, Paul, corroborated this. "You did indeed. Several times."

Bottom line: we had a ball. All three dishes were wonderful and totally different. The scribes who wrote down everything judges say about the dishes said it was the best contest they'd ever scribed. Afterwards, all the volunteers got to chow down on the grub, which isn't allowed in a sanctioned contest. Next year, we'll do it right, but it was fun doing it all wrong—and it still turned out delicious!

Huge Thank Yous to judges Barbara Ching and Tara Kammel. You gals are marble jar friends, indeed.

For the recipes, click here and type STATE FAIR into the search bar.

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New Flavor Sale Ends Friday, Aug 10 at midnight!


It's your chance to try Bangla-dashCrop Duster and the French Tickler, while stocking up on your already-favorites! Buy any three jars and try ONE new flavor for free. Or get ALL THREE new flaves and pick TWO free jars of anything you want. All the jars should be the same size. There's no code. Just tell us what you want your free flavors to be in the NOTES section at check-out. The sale's on like Donkey King through Friday, August 10 at midnight, Iowa time. Check out these savvy Salty Dog testimonials!


Iowa State Fair Cooking Contest, Sat. Aug 18, 2018!

Get on board Saltlickers' first state fair cooking contest on Saturday, August 18 at 1:30! It's an amazing way to experience Iowa culinary history and meet the gals and guys who've been working this unique cultural corner for a long time. We're talking bucket list stuff, people. Here are some things you should know...

Our shelf in the Elwell Family Food Center at the Iowa State Fair Grounds

Our shelf in the Elwell Family Food Center at the Iowa State Fair Grounds

1) Show up with your dish at drop-off time, and state fair minions will take it away from you. It will go room temp before you see it again, so consider this if you're thinking about making a dish that needs to be heated or can't sit out—like Cream of Saltlickers Soup. You can ask the state fair minions to reheat it, but you'll have little control over how they reheat it. This is why the "Banana Quick Breads" category has hundreds of entrants, and "Hot Mayonnaise Magic" has a lot of empty seats.

2) You can sign up for multiple contests on a single entry fee. So on Saturday, August 18, you can sign up for "Saltlickers Grand Slam" (sponsored by us) AND "Support Your Local Mushroom Farmer," "Tailgating Treats for My Team," and "Candy Chemistry"!!!! I mean WHAT?!?!

3) See you at the craft beer tent afterwards, and clear off a shelf for all those trophies, champion!

1st place - $50 plus a four ounce gift box (3 flavors) of your choice
2nd place - Four ounce gift box (3 flavors) of your choice
3rd place - Two ounce gift box (3 flavors) of your choice
Each entrant will receive a coupon for a free 2 oz jar!

1. Present your best dish made with any Saltlickers spice blend.
2. Proof of purchase is required. Places to purchase Saltlickers products may be found at
3. Entries will be judged on Taste, Creativity and Presentation.

For info, check out this PDF or email us with questions.

Killer Cocktails TONIGHT at Cooks' Emporium

I'm so excited about this Killer Cocktail class tonight at Cooks' Emporium!


First, we'll cook up different styles of simple syrups—the cornerstone of the cocktail—some with spice blends, some with fresh herbs, then we'll practice making the perfect booze to syrup to mixer ratio. We'll put together the perfect punch for any occasion, no matter what kind of booze and ingredients you prefer. Last but not least, we're going to light some S'mores chocolate vodka Jello shots on fire with a kitchen torch and make Booz-ores! We'll practice opening up the marshmallows hands on—that's the hard part. We'll also be sampling salted homemade cider to start at 6, and that's not code, folks!

It's a spike your own drink event, so you'll need 3 bottles of airplane liquor (you could just bring a pint). One should be clear (gin or vodka). The other two can be anything. All the same kind = fine. I recommend unflavored as the flavors in flavored boozes (like cotton candy whiskey) will crush the taste of every other ingredient around it.

Walk in at 6 = OK. This is only $10, and will change your life. The last time I had my life changed for $10 was with a really bad tattoo. This will be 10,000 times better than that.

Our Rosemary's in Your Beer!

The Des Moines Farmer's Market is always doing cool stuff! Just in time for Iowa Craft Brew Festival '18, they've teamed up with Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company to release a special brew: Farmers' Market Gold. For the next month (while supplies last), $1 from every pint sold will be donated to The Market’s Meals From The Market program.

Five-and-a-half-barrels of the Belgian Strong Ale is being brewed, which is made in part with ingredients from The Market including 25 pounds of honey from Soder Apiaries and 3 pounds of rosemary from US!

Visit the Downtown Farmers' Market this Saturday and stop by CABCo at 9 a.m. for your first pint or visit the Iowa Craft Brew Festival for a tasting.


Bangla-dash is Here!

Behold our new flavor, Bangla-dash! Glenda nailed the name, but check out all the hilarious ideas you Salty Dogs sent in! It’ll be at markets and online in July. Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page for a sweet new flavor sale coming soon!

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Bali By-Golly
Holla Masala
Calling Dr. Bombay
Curry Favor
New Delhi-ious
Curry Kanpur-fect
Ganges Goodness
High Five, Mumbai!
Curry Favor
Bali Bomber
Thai High
Amazin Asian
Krishna Krush
Ganges Grind
Bengal Bomb

A Review of The Pickling poet

Some of you know that in addition to being a tornado-esque home cook, I'm also a poet. Here's a little piece I wrote about The Pickling Poet, artisanal makers of inspired homemade pickles and jams inspired by poems and poetry. Every order comes with a original poem in the box!

A Peck of Pickles and Poetry [review of "The Pickling Poet" by Jennifer L. Knox]

As a poet and cook, the pickle/poetry connection is obvious to me. A poem preserves a moment. No matter what emotion of that moment (wonder, surprise, grief, love, etc.), in its preserved poem form, we can turn it over in our hands and watch the light pass through it.

Thanks for the shout-out!

Thank you, Picnic Life Foodie, for the lovely write-up! We want a full report on the Whassamatterhorn pheasant!

The Perfect Gift for the Foodie on Your List

Do you have a "foodie" in your life? Trust me ... you have all kinds of "foodies" in your life. Whether it's the gadget-loving chef or the tailgate-grazing sports fan or the I-don't-turn-on-a-stove-but-I'll-eat-anything-you-put-in-front-of-me consumer, everyone is a "foodie" at some level. The beauty of this? It makes choosing a perfect gift simple and personal!