By Sharon Ng
I love farmer's markets. I love the fresh air, the fresh produce, the creative crafts, the delicious desserts, and if you are lucky there might just be a great band playing. We are lucky in our hometown to have a weekly market all year, on our awesome, revamped boulevard. It's also a great place to go and people-watch, or dog-watch since lots of pooches make it out too.
I like trying new things too and the farmer's market is full of them. The market here has these AMAZING lemon flavored pita chips with hummus, potent but delicious. Sometimes a new ingredient can take my cooking from humdrum to hip!
One of those humdrum solutions that can be found at the Farmer's market is flavored salt. Sometimes these flavored salts are referred to as finishing salt. It comes in many different flavors and it is something you can definitely get creative with food wise. Flavored salts can include spices, herbs, citrus, mushroom, really the flavors are very vast. I have heard of vanilla salt, chipotle salt, orange rosemary salt, and many others. These salts are great for use in cooking and have a salt base of either sea salt or kosher salt. (Kosher is usually cheaper). If you don't have a year round market, here is a cheat for you to make it yourself, great for adding to a roast chicken or fish. This might also be a great gift for a foodie friend!
What are your favorite farmer's market finds?
An interesting way to liven up your dishes!
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup kosher or sea salt
juice from one lemon
Recipe formatted with the Cook'n Recipe Software from DVO Enterprises.
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