A Pumpkin Bread that You Will Crave all Season Long

A Pumpkin Bread that You Will Crave all Season Long

It is a wind whipping 27 degrees here in Newport, Rhode Island - in November! Oh man, I am not ready to brave the cold temperatures outside so I will stay cozy right here sitting at our farm table with my hot cup of coffee and my winter blanket scarf wrapped around me while I write about this ah-mazing pumpkin bread I can’t stop eating! I know I just posted another pumpkin recipe in cookie form, but seriously while we were stationed in Italy we did not get around to too many pumpkin items and I am now catching up! But just wait, this pumpkin bread is different.  It is moist, it is dark and pumpkin pie spicy and it is topped with, drumroll please… rosemary sea salt! I know what you are thinking - rosemary sea salt on traditional pumpkin bread??? This recipe is to add a twist for those that want to throw caution to the windy day out there and make a traditional recipe ‘POP’ with sea salt and fresh fragrant rosemary. It brings out all the fall flavors! You will want to make it for your neighbors, friends, and loaves just for yourself to enjoy on cold fall weekend mornings curled up on the couch. 

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Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with a Maple Sea Salt Glaze

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with a Maple Sea Salt Glaze

I realize I bake during times of stress and lately I am baking a lot. it is a good thing that it is fall time as we need to get our winter ‘coats’ on. ;) The news is a constant reminder of ‘ugh’ in our world…I can’t believe I used ‘ugh” as an adjective?! When I feel overwhelmed by life’s woes, I love to bake and take pictures and just find the pretty. So with that being said, I woke up super early on a rainy Saturday morning that I could have slept in and decided to get out a few baking bowls and a can of pumpkin while the coffee maker percolated our Custom House coffee blend and created the scent of fall in the air before all my boys woke up. I come from the school of thought that cookies should be part of every meal….breakfast cookies, why not? Life is short, enjoy the moment. 

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Post Apple Picking Extravaganza….Apple Pie Bars! 

Post Apple Picking Extravaganza….Apple Pie Bars! 

“And all at once Summer collapsed into Fall.”

Oscar Wilde

I am ready for…fall leaves, cooler nights, pumpkin patches…heck, pumpkin beer and most of all apple picking. When I was little, my parents would take my brother and I to an apple orchard in East Lyme, Connecticut. We would cruise along on the Merritt Parkway bopping along to my parent’s favorite 50’s music station watching the colors of the trees change the more north we drove. I remember arriving to the orchard with the smell of apple cider donuts wafting in the air and the promise of apple cider at the end of our apple picking. Annually, I would gorge myself on fresh picked apples. I loved to pluck a little red and golden yellow Cortland or Gala gem off the tree branch and bite into the crisp skin and discover juicy fall in that apple. A full bag of fresh picked apples promised to become an apple pie that my dad would later bake….his only claim to fame in the kitchen. He would bake a juicy apple pie and slice up cheddar cheese to place on top after it came out of the oven wafting the cinnamon and apple aroma throughout our home. 

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September is Here and with that comes...Comfort Food!

September is Here and with that comes...Comfort Food!

Welcome September! Can you believe it that the summer is coming rapidly to a close?! Did you get all your BBQ’s, summer parties, beach visits, and summer reading checked off your ‘How to Spend your Summer Days’ list? It has been such a phenomenal summer of good activity for us. We did have some lows with our kiddos sick with a summer flu while at their grandparent’s house in CT, and a bout of poison ivy before sail camp was to start, and topped off with a dog bite, but other than those incidents we had a beautiful summer being back in New England with our family and friends.  Our boys learned to sail and crab, and we enjoyed our summer living in Fort Adams to the full extent with these amazing coastal views.

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In the Kitchen with David Lebovitz and I

In the Kitchen with David Lebovitz and I

Oh hello, so glad you stopped by!  Did you want to see the final pictures from the chocolate mousse I attempted to make? I have unstuck myself from the hardened caramelized spoons and cleaned up the floor of sticky golden caramel to now sit down and write about David Lebovitz’s dreamy ‘Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse’. I love reading cookbooks, and thinking if I ever have all the ingredients I need I would love to make recipes like this one. Well, this week the lovely Butter Cuisine’s Brian and Lori collaborated with us and made a Sea Salted Butter. It is fantastic! They were kind to stock our market table to share with customers and I was able to bring a butter roll home. Normally, I would buy a baguette and marry the 2 up and perhaps, maybe make a salad on the side. But, not this time. I took out my David Lebovitz cookbook and started to flip through the gorgeous matte pages until my eyes fell upon the perfect recipe to use with Butter Cuisine’s Sea Salt Butter and our flaky Newport Sea Salt - this heavenly chocolate mousse that would use both of our ingredients and use up our heavy cream in the fridge and make for a nice solo dinner for me…I mean ahem, dessert to share with Matt and our boys. 

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Newport Sea Salt Co.'s New Flavor - Rosemary and Thyme!

 Newport Sea Salt Co.'s New Flavor - Rosemary and Thyme!

When we started thinking about the idea of making sea salt, we automatically thought of all the flavors we could make once we got the sea salt process down: a spicy red pepper blend, a citrus sea salt, garlic herb, an espresso blend; we couldn't wait to get started! But as they say in Italian, piano, piano…slow, slow. Even as I write this, Matt is in our home kitchen tinkering away with different blends and asking our boys what flavors they taste. He is definitely having fun with it! 

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Stay Salty with this Summer Salad Recipe

Stay Salty with this Summer Salad Recipe

Whew, it has been a jam packed summer thus far! Are you enjoying all your BBQ’s, summer parties, and hopefully some summer relaxation? We have been so fortunate to see so many friends this summer here in Newport. Friends from Italy, Virginia Beach, Pennsylvania and Colorado have made their visit to us in the awesome city by the sea. Just last night, my soon to be turning 80 year old dad (bday tomorrow) and my spring chicken mom of a few years younger have arrived from South Carolina and are ready to spoil our boys with lots of love and attention. Grandparents are the best! Our schedule is packed with fun things to do together and to start we may just take my dad on the Craft Brew Race and end the day at the Polo fields. With that being said, it is going to be a crazy day. Matt and I love food and like to prepare some fun sides and main dishes to bring to events like the Polo gathering and so we are preparing…

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Sea Salt Rosemary Shortbread

Sea Salt Rosemary Shortbread

Hello to you on this sunny Friday afternoon. Yes, I am writing to you with a recipe for Rosemary Shortbread. Did you catch the hint that I love to bake? Oh yes, I do! My baking habits don’t do this girl’s hips any good when I have had a cast on my foot for the last 2 months! But, baked goods make me so happy and even happier when I have delivered little bundles of buttery goodness to someone and they bite into them and their smiles brighten right up! These Rosemary Shortbread nibbles did just that and friends, family and customers at the Aquidneck Grower’s Market wanted the recipe. The recipe came courtesy of the New York Times Cooking section. I loved the recipe so much that I have started a habit of an extra butter purchase while at the market. It is such an awesome dessert to bring to your next summer BBQ. Now I sound like Paula Deen! Time to lace up my sneakers! Cheers! 

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Summer is here and that Means Watermelons!

Summer is here and that Means Watermelons!

Watermelon is to summer like pumpkin lattes are to fall. Watermelons have become synonymous with summer time picnics for their cool and refreshing quality and for their low maintenance idea for a dessert or BBQ side. 

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Let's Talk Salt...

Let's Talk Salt...

Most people only know the salt they buy in their local store - kosher and table salt. Heck, before becoming a food lover that is all I knew too. Kosher and table salt both such common ingredients and housed in everyone’s kitchens and table shakers….well almost everyone, BUT my in-laws. Shaken INTO our food preparation and perhaps, if you grew up like I did….shaken on top to give those canned veggies some flavor. (Blech…I didn’t become a food lover until my mid 20’s when I started dating my now husband. I digress....) 

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Rosemary Sea Salt Cookies

Rosemary Sea Salt Cookies

A cookie without chocolate chips?! That just doesn't happen in my house but, last night I was in a mood to try something different. We all need to try different things, right? Go crazy every once in a while. Forgoing chocolate chips was my idea of crazy? Hmmm….I need to get out more! I was definitely questioning the savory idea of an herbal cookie, but I love rosemary and of course, sea salt. I thought I would give it a try and I am so happy I did. Thank you, Pinterest and Chrissy Carter! 

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Memorial Day Weekend and the Kickoff to Summer Parties!

Memorial Day Weekend and the Kickoff to Summer Parties!

As we cruise into Memorial Day weekend, we here at Newport Sea Salt Co. wish you a wonderful weekend ahead and are most thankful for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and fought for our country’s freedom. 

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Start Your Day with Homemade Granola and a Sprinkle of Sea Salt

Start Your Day with Homemade Granola and a Sprinkle of Sea Salt

I love the Smitten Kitchen cookbook so much that I have post-it notes tagged on most of the 300 pages as reminders to get in the kitchen and try them out. Most of the recipes from Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen cookbook uses simple ingredients and yields amazing results. Once you make a few dishes from her cookbook, you feel like a kitchen success. Well, I will speak for myself. (P.S. Deb Perleman has her second cookbook coming out soon! I can't wait!) Read on to hear about her amazing granola recipe....with our addition of sea salt!

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Don't Just Dream About It, Make it Happen!

Don't Just Dream About It, Make it Happen!

Newport Sea Salt Company is set to launch this week at our inaugural Farmer’s Market in Newport, Rhode Island. We could not have gotten to this point without the small business support from local resources and of course the enthusiasm from our family, friends and new acquaintances. Read on to learn about our path to creating our small business. 

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A SEA of FLAVOR

A SEA of FLAVOR

"James Beard, the father of American Cookery, once asked, "Where would we be without salt?" I know the answer: adrift in a sea of blandness. Salt has a greater impact on flavor than any other ingredient. Learn to use it well, and food will taste good."

I just finished reading a lovely New York Times article my mother-in-law sent along called The Single Most Important Ingredient by Samin Nosrat. The author, Ms. Nosrat, eloquently tells the story of her first impression of salt starting from her childhood days spent at the beach.

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ANCHORS AWEIGH!

ANCHORS AWEIGH!

Newport Sea Salt Co. has just launched! We will be proudly producing small batches of hand harvested sea salt from the beautiful Brenton Point Reef in Newport, Rhode Island as we have just cleared our last hurdle to operate our small business! 

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