Pickled Cranberries with Rosemary + Orange

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I’m probably among a small, strange group of folks who have “visit a cranberry bog” on their bucket lists.

Possibly some kind of territorial predisposition having grown up in Wisconsin, I dream of an early autumn road trip to experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes + feels (read: wade into) the picturesque seas of floating crimson red berries scattered across the state’s central and northern landscape offer during harvest.

Until that day, we’ll continue to amass a small freezer cache each November, happily snacking on, cooking + baking with, and creating new recipes to spread love about this traditionally winter-holidays-only fruit until the next season.

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Salt-Baking a Whole Fish

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As with many topics of culinary history, the origin of cooking foods encased in salt is up for debate. Several cultures lay claim to the invention — from the Iberian Spaniards and Portuguese, to the Mediterranean Italians and Greeks, and further east to the ancient Persians and Chinese.

Whatever the truth, salt-baking, or salt-roasting, has stood the test of time. Similar to tagines and clay pots, this centuries-old method traps steam heat to infuse moisture, amplify flavor and retain nutrients. So remarkably tender and succulent are the foods cooked inside these paradoxical salt igloos, that this otherwise humble technique has even been likened to the light-years-more-high-tech magic of sous vide.

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Herb + Onion All-Meatballs (Grain-Free + Egg-Free)

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Back in the Midwest our supper table saw its fair share of ground beef: sloppy joes and tacos, meatloaf, Hamburger Helper. In the round, however, our exposure was limited to Grandma’s occasional porcupine meatballs — beef and rice balls cooked and served in a seasoned tomato sauce. I want to think the secret ingredient was love, but have a sneaking suspicion it was condensed tomato soup. Regardless, wonderful, and a fun little glimpse into my late 80s and early 90s upbringing.

Then, a ways down the road, palates slightly more mature, came the introduction to Totero’s. It was a veritable step out of southeastern Wisconsin and into southern Italy, with as few frills as possible, in the best way imaginable. Sadly shuttered in 2014 after 75 years, this priceless gem and its family’s infallible, no-nonsense red sauce and cue ball-sized meatballs live on in memory to inspire great recipes.

Like this!

herby grain-free meatballs

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Herbes de Provence Salt

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Herbes de Provence is a blend of dried herbs from the Provençal countryside in southern France. Thyme, rosemary and oregano are musts. Savory and marjoram typically find their way in as well. Maybe basil, fennel, chervil, sage, bay or dill. These are the foundation of herbes de Provence, but what makes it truly unique is the mild floral sweetness of dried lavender buds.

Combining a handful of these signature flavors with your best salt adds up to a versatile seasoning that can transform dishes in the kitchen or at the table. And it’s brilliant with so many things.

In the kitchen use it on meats, poultry and seafood, mixed with pasta or grains, veg or eggs, or in place of salt in vinaigrettes or sauces. It can also be the final flourish to salads or soups, and goes superbly with other staples of these regions like roasted potatoes, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, grilled lamb and chicken, chickpeas, and soft fresh goat and sheep milk cheeses.

Herbes de Provence Salt ingredients

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