The Salt and Stone is a nod not just to the essence of cooking, but to the lovely little desert town I call home nestled below the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. An agricultural hub with an abundance of fresh local produce available throughout the year provide endless inspiration in my kitchen.
The food I love is rarely fancy, but it’s hearty and fresh. I read a great article in Bon Apetit about healthyish food; essentially nutrient dense real food. The recipes you’ll find here don’t adhere to a specific diet or eating plan but everyday I’m looking for ways to feed myself and the people I love fresh, flavorful, homemade food.
All that to say, let me be honest, I’m not afraid of butter and salt (it’s all about moderation!), I make huge messes in my kitchen (and I hate unloading the dishwasher) and I almost always have a ‘helper’ or two. The three kids who sit at my kitchen table every night are my frequent recipe testers.
I think I’ve had a love affair with food and cooking since I was a kid. I remember begging my mother to let me do the grocery shopping, slowly walking the aisles looking at every option. I still love to grocery shop to this day. I had a grandmother and an aunt who were exceptional home cooks and I think of them often as I putter around my own kitchen.
The rhythm of cooking; the chopping and stirring, tasting and salting brings such pleasure to my life. But gathering the people I love around the table, no matter how simple or elaborate, is my favorite part of cooking.
Join me here, at my virtual table. I’ll pour you a glass of wine and turn on some Mumford and Sons and we can make some food together. It will be good for both of us.