I’m so excited to join Mark and his team at Tastefully Inspired! What a visual feast they have crafted and I am truly honored to be a part of it. I write a green lifestyle blog called, deepgreenlove.com where I write about my ventures in healthy cooking, creating projects from upcycled materials and even making my own organic beauty products. I look forward to sharing some of my escapades with the Tastefully Inspired readers and I hope you’ll enjoy the ride!
Lately in my spare time, you can find me one of two places; outside in the vegetable garden picking off the last tender tomatoes of the season, or in the non-fiction stacks at the library reading about homesteading. If homesteading is a new word to your vocabulary, it’s not quite as daunting or “farmy” as you might think. The actual Wikipedia definition of homesteading is:
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.
Sitting in my suburban home with a postage stamp sized yard, I’m here to tell you that you don’t need a farm or a craft studio to make beautiful things and bring that freshness of homemade goods to your life. Be it a patio tomato plant on your sunny balcony or ordering soap-making supplies on Etsy to make your own homemade organic goats milk soap, it’s all possible even in the heart of the city.
While I have frequented big box stores and Starbucks a lot in my life, I prefer things homemade or as natural as possible. So, here’s a great little recipe I got out of a beautiful book called, Preserving by the Pint by Marisa McClellan. Don’t let the word “preserving” scare you off. This recipe is truly something anyone can do with things you might already have in the pantry or are growing in your kitchen herb garden.
So here it is. Flavored salt. Yes, I know it sounds boring, but if you put this salt out on the table at your next dinner get together, I guarantee people will rave about it for weeks. Please try to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
- Lemon, Parsley and Garlic Salt
- Zest from 4 to 5 lemons
- 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, washed and de-stemmed
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 tb coarse sea salt
- Chop the parsley roughly. Add in the lemon zest and garlic. Chop well until combined.
- Next, add the salt and continue chopping until finely chopped and blended together.
- Spread mixture onto a plate and let it dry for 48 hours at room temperature.
At this point, your nasal cavity will be filled with a gorgeous aroma. When it is dry, scrape into a pretty jar.
A word of caution; this is going to smell so good that when you finally have some, you might have the impulse to apply too liberally. Remember, it’s salt. I wanted to eat spoonfuls of it after smelling it in the house for 2 days, so let’s just say I over-applied on my dinner which resulted in coughing and lots of water to dilute. But darn, it was good!