Our weekend at the Mycelium Mysteries Women's Mushroom Retreat was MIND BLOWING. And not because we ate the magic kind. Thank you, Midwest Women's Herbal Conference, for cultivating this incredible network of goddesses!

Below is the list of spices we used. I'll be posting my recipes here soon! 


Saturday, Sept 16, catch us in Ankeny!

Catch us at the Uptown Ankeny Farmer's Market this Saturday! I switched the dates on the last newsletter, but this is real and true! Saturday 16 = Ankeny! Saturday 23 = Des Moines! Holler if you want anything spesh (We got your lb of GGF all set to go, nice lady)!

Mushroom Mania Cooking Contest @ the Iowa State Fair

Saturday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Saltlickers, Michael and Barbara Ching
1st place - $50 and a 4 ounce gift pack of Saltlickers spices ($20 value)
2nd place - $30
3rd place - $20
Each entrant will receive a 2 ounce jar of Saltickers spices.

1. Create a dish prominently featuring mushrooms.
2. Mushrooms must be purchased from grocery store or farmer’s market.
3. Mushrooms must be cooked.
4. Entries will be judged on how well the dish showcases the unique umami flavor of mushrooms and originality.
For more info, click here.

This is an amazing way to experience Iowa culinary history. It's also a great way to meet the gals and guys who've been working the fair for a long, long time. Here are some things you should know.

) You show up with your dish at the drop-off time, and they take it away from you. Buh-bye, dish!

2) If it's a hot, hot dish, it will probably go room temp before you see it again. You can ask them to reheat it, but you'll have little control over how or how long they reheat it. So consider making a room-temp dish. This is probably why baked goods categories can have hundreds of entrants, and "Fun with Fondue" has a lot of empty seats.3) Sign up for multiple contests on a single entry fee. So on Saturday, August 19, you can sign up for Mushroom Mania, sponsored by us, as well as Best Pita Sandwich; Candy Chemistry; Fast, Healthy & Tasty; Christmas Favorites; Winning-est Cookies; Keith’s Beer Breads; Picklicious Recipes with Gedney; Beautiful Gingerbread Houses (OMG!!!!!!); Souper Soups; Spotlighting Spuds; Chicken Wings; or Critter Cupcakes! Clear off a shelf for all those trophies, champion!

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

4) See you at the craft beer tent afterwards!

Summer Savvy Smart Attack Sale!

This savvy 'Lick fan did her homework! She signed up for the Des Moines Farmers Market's "Rise & Shine Deal" text message. Our deal's buy-three-get-one-free. She also checked Facebook to get our Secret Word and got $1 off every jar. So she scored FOUR large jars for just $22!!! What the what?!?

In her honor, we're having a Summer Savvy Smart Attack Sale in our online shop. It's our biggest sale ever! 

Use the code SMARTATTACK at checkout to get four 4 oz jars for $22
or use the code SMARTATTACK2 to get four 2 oz jars for $17

Tell us in the notes what you want your free jar to be. You can get a wrapped gift box for a friend, and a jar free for you! Sale ends Tues, June 27 at midnight Iowa time.

Text "Market" to 46986 to sign up for "Rise & Shine" deals.

"Get Your Grill On" is next Tuesday, June 13!

Ahoy, Salty Dogs! The "Get Your Grill On" class at Wheatsfield Cooperative is NEXT TUESDAY, June 13, 7-8 pm. We're gonna dial up some Asian green bean pepper salad, sweet potato black bean salad, grilled mushrooms, and more! Join me and Susan. Join me and Susan NEXT TUESDAY, June 13, 7-8 pm!

Info is here. Call Wheatsfield at 515-232-4094 to sign up, or sign up when you're shopping. 

Behold: our final 2017 season farmers market calendar

Derpy helping with the calendar. Thanks, Derp!

Derpy helping with the calendar. Thanks, Derp!

We've had some changes, so here's our new newsletter with all the dates. You can always check out the calendar anytime on our website.  Along with the Downtown Des Moines Farmer Market, we'll be kicking it at the Ames Main Street Farmers Market, and visiting the Uptown Ankeny Market for the first time June, July and September. Check our website calendar to see where we'll be every week. We post the Secret Word on Facebook, Instagram and the Twitters every Saturday morning. Whenever we're in Des Moines, catch our Rise & Shine Market Deal. Just text “Market” to 46986 to receive coupons and special offers from Downtown Farmers’ Market Vendors each week! It's super fun and easy. Click here for more info.

Runzas: Our Last Fatty Pants Hurrah!

I know, I know. We're going to start eating healthy again. I promise. Right after I make these runzas. They're Nebraska meat pies (but you can make them veggie) that really hit the spot when it's like Antarctica out there. Think Hot Pockets that don't suck. We've tweaked this recipe from our friend, Barbara, who rocks a mean runza, oh you betcha.

They kinda look like little chickens!

They kinda look like little chickens!

From Tastebook's recipe for beer rocks.
2 large peeled potatoes cooked in water (save the water)
1 pkg yeast
2/3 cup of sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs well beaten
2/3 cup butter
7 - 7 1/2 cups flour
Egg yolks and water for brushing rolls 

Mash potatoes to make 1 full cup. Measure potato water to make 1 1/2 cup. Pour potato water into large bowl, add 1 pkg yeast, stir until dissolved. To the water/yeast mix, add 2/3 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 eggs well beaten. Add 2/3 cup butter and mashed potatoes to the flour. Mix the wet and dry ingredients. Add more flour to make it easy to handle. Then knead until dough is elastic.


I just made this filling up. It uses leftover pot roast, flank steak, whatever you got, plus roasted mushrooms. 
2 lbs leftover cooked beef, chopped
8 oz leftover roasted mushrooms
(I liked using the ones I stored in the freezer because those can be a little rubbery when you thaw them out, and this recipe takes care of that)
2 tablespoons salted butter
1 tbsp Whassamatterhorn
2 large Vidalia onions, diced
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for the baking sheets
8 ounces greens (spinach, kale, collards, whatever)

Put the beef and mushrooms in the food processor bowl. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Season with Whassamatterhorn until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer it to the food processor. Without cleaning the skillet, add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Sauté the greens over high heat until wilted and the excess liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Add it to the food processor bowl. Pulse till it's chopped. Taste for seasoning. Add more Whassamatterhorn or Das Bigfoot.


Roll out the dough. Flatten a dough ball on a heavily floured surface and roll out into a 3-by-5-inch rectangle. Then make wrapping flaps from the four corners of the rectangle by rolling out each corner thinly so you have a thick rectangle with four thinner triangular wings at the corners.

Spoon 1/2 cup of the filling into the center of the dough rectangle and wrap the flaps over it, pinching to close. Flip the bundle over in your hands, gently forming the runza into a fat football shape. Set the runza seam-side down on an oiled baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining filling and dough balls. Let the runzas rise about an inch, uncovered, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Whisk the remaining egg and 2 tablespoons water to make an egg wash and brush it thinly over the tops of the runzas. Dust with salt or caraway if you'd like. Bake until golden brown, 25 minutes.

Freeze baked after they firm up on baking sheet in the freezer, then store them in ziplock. Thaw for 1 hour before baking.

Lucy and the Cy Salt

"Funny story...Lucy, our 13 year old dog (who's apparently 'regressing') went under the Christmas tree, pulled out one of the cute striped boxes, unwrapped it (shredded paper everywhere!), and chewed through the box. The Cy Salt was lying on the floor next to the box when we got home. Apparently that's Lucy's favorite too 😊 Guess I'm going to have to re-wrap that one!"

We're honored. Thanks for sharing, Meredith, and happy holidays!

Recipes from the DM Winter Market

It was so great seeing old friends and meeting new folks at the DM Winter Market. I promised I'd post the oyster cracker recipe and the Herky Perky turkey recipe, so here ya go! 

1 8 oz bag oyster crackers
1/4 c oil
1 TBSP Saltlickers spice (good ones to try: Whassamatterhorn, Cy Salt, Herky Perky, Roxy, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 300. Mix oil and spice till spice is dissolved. Toss in oyster crackers and mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet and dry in the oven for about 5 minutes.

1. Make a "mud" of 6 tbsp Herky Perky and 8 tbsp olive oil for a 12 lbs turkey. Double it for a bigger bird.
2. Smear the bird inside and out with the mud.
3. Wrap the bird in plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for 6 hours to overnight.
4. Don't rinse. Roast, smoke, or grill as you normally would. Shove some lemons, onions and herbs inside there if you want to get fancy.