I have to admit, I do like salt. As a chef, salt is something you are constantly using, tweaking dishes with it, adjusting levels of it. In my many years in professional kitchens, I have learned about and used many different types of salts. I have had the experience of harvesting sea salt and watching it dry out. It's a beautiful process! Sea Salts, maybe you have seen in your daily grocery shopping, have become very mainstream. I am thrilled about this! Having grown up next to salt water, I can tell you that sea salt is decidedly different than kosher salt, and certainly a completely different product than iodized salt. So now we have all this fancy salt. My next experiments with it started sort of by mistake. One busy night in a kitchen somewhere far, far away (not really, but it sounded fun) a container of Turkish Aleppo pepper I had on my station for adding to one of my dishes that night tipped over into my "finishing" sea salt container. Ooops. A happy mistake that turned out to be! I mixed them up and haven't looked back! The fruity spicy flavor of the Aleppo made me think some citrus zest would elevate it's flavor even more. And it did! This became a go to for me (and for some of my co-workers who would try to steal my jar of it....) It adorns my husband's breakfast eggs and avocado (almost) every morning.


photo: Jody Hunter

This happy mistake made the creative juices start to churn, and I developed a few other combinations over the years that have become my sort of "ride or die" seasonings. The Mediterranean Herb Sea Salt is based on one of my favorite combinations known as Za'atar, hailing from the Middle East. I have a great affinity for Middle Eastern flavors -- earthy, herby, fruity and tangy. The mix I have settled on includes lemony sumac and toasty sesame seeds, which I have mixed with a variety of dried herbs and beautiful flaky Maldon sea salt from England. This combination is delightful on anything from olives, to soft cheeses (make your goat cheese fancy!), to a seasoning for turkey burgers.... It's great mixed with some olive oil and drizzled on flatbreads or pizza.



Another combination that has become a staple is the Savory Himalayan blend. Pink Himalayan sea salt is just so beautiful! It has a velvety texture, which I love. I have combined this with some of my favorite dried herbs and spices, such as coriander, rosemary and smoked paprika, to name a few. It has become a great kitchen companion as a dry rub for meats, or for seasoning soups and stews! It is especially good with earthy flavors and textures such as mushrooms, root vegetables and hearty grains like Farro.


Top: Aleppo Citrus/Left: Mediterranean Herb/Right: Savory Himalayan



Now for a little vacation.... Here is beautiful Salt Pond on Saint John in the US Virgin Islands, where you can see the salt "bloom" in action! My parents happen to live nearby this (lucky me, I know!) and harvest a little when the bloom happens, which they then dry in a sunny spot. It's delicious and very special to me.

I hope you, too, can become inspired by my sea salt combinations! Think of them as an elevation of your home cooking, a little tweak of flavor that is exciting and new!


As always, I look forward to seeing you at the Market! This weekend in Hastings, I will be bringing some very comforting soup varieties, which you can find on my site www.jodys-kitchen.com/shop along with all of the sea salts and some other goodies!




New year, clean start. Soup is such a good and delicious way to eat healthfully! All of my soups are made by hand and from scratch by yours truly. Pick up a beautiful loaf of bread and some vegetables from the market to serve on the side, and dinner is served! Or, stock up to have some around for those days when working from home would be made a little nicer with a decent lunch. I use only fresh produce and meats in all of my soups, locally sourced as much as possible, so you can guarantee they will make you feel as good as they taste!

SOUPS THIS WEEK will include:


Chicken with Farro and Vegetables

New this week! A warming and hearty combination of shredded chicken thighs, nutty farro and a blend of carrots, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, leeks and kale. This soup is sure to bring a smile to your face on a cold day!

Chicken Legs and Thighs, Shiitake Mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms, Carrots, Leeks, Garlic, Kale, Farro, Homemade Chicken Stock

Dairy Free

Cod + Clam Chowder

A Hastings favorite! Chock full of cod and clams, my chowder is never thickened with flour or cornstarch. Growing up on Cape Cod, you just learn to make good "chowdah". (Or at least be picky about it!)

Cod, Clams, Onions, Garlic, Celery, Potatoes, Butter, Cream, Milk, Parsley, Sea Salt

Gluten Free

White Bean, Escarole + Parmesan

Just like my Nana used to make! This is a comforting and hearty bowl of bean and green goodness, with an added depth from the Parmesan cheese rinds cooked right along with the beans. Fills you up without weighing you down. White Beans, Onion, Garlic, Escarole, Sweet Italian Sausage, Thyme, Sage, Bay Leaf, Sea Salt, Vegetable Stock

Vegetarian, Gluten Free


Butternut Squash, Apple + Sage

I have had so many requests to bring this one again. I was lucky to get a beautiful bushel of butternut squash from Sun Sprout Farm last weekend, so your wishes have come true!

Butternut Squash, Apples, Onion, Sage, Olive Oil, Sea Salt

Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Immunity Booster Broth

I hope you are all enjoying this as much as I am. Many people have asked for it, and have told me such kind stories of bringing it to friends who are under the weather, or if they are feeling a little under the weather themselves. It is a truly healing broth, and delicious to sip, too.

Japanese Yams, Dried Kelp, Ginger, Turmeric, Carrots, Onions, Leeks, Fennel, Garlic, Parsley, Burdock Root, Bay Leaf, Black Peppercorns, Coriander Seed, Sea Salt

Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free



Also this week I will have my new Nut and Seed Soup Crackers! Made of almond flour, seeds and spices, these dairy and gluten free crackers go so well with all of my soups. It has been fun experimenting with them, and I hope you like them! I'm experimenting with other soup toppers... if I have some success, I will bring them as well!

Looking for some pizzazz for your own cooking?

I have several items of interest!


My Aleppo Citrus Sea Salt (left) is great to add to roasted meats or vegetables, and is delicious on just about anything, really.... eggs and avocado toast, anyone? Another spice blend I am bringing is my Savory Himalayan Sea Salt Spice Rub (middle), meant for roasted meats or protein alternatives. A lot of great flavor to add a little kick to that next roasted chicken...! New this week is a Mediterranean Herb Sea Salt (right). Reminiscent of the classic Za'atar spice of Persian cuisine, I have combined beautiful Maldon Sea Salt with dried herbs, sesame seed and lemony sumac. It is a great addition to olives, for topping pizzas, or seasoning fish or other meats, as well as sprinkling over roasted veggies! I love having this simple trick up my sleeve to make my cooking at home sing!


As always, I am incredibly grateful for your support! Here's to your health in the the New Year!


As we close out Christmas 2020 and we start to think about what feels like a new beginning in 2021, we also look back on what has been probably the craziest year any of us have experienced. It has not been easy, but I am going to remember this past year in part for the amazing support I have found for my new business adventure. After over 20 years in restaurants, finding myself in a newly envisioned world without a restaurant job, and a completely changed restaurant industry, was frightening. Add to that a family at home and needing me more than ever, I went out on a limb to rethink the way I work. I am so thankful for your continued support of my warming and nutritious soups, and hope they have been comforting to you. I am looking forward to developing more products to share in the New Year, and am excited to have you along for the ride!

This week I will be making my first appearance at the Irvington Farmers Market on Sunday 12/27 from 9:30 am - 1 pm. I will be bringing the following goods with me, and look forward to seeing some familiar faces, and meeting some new ones!

HASTINGS FRIENDS -- If you see something you just have to have, I can arrange for a local pick up location on Sunday or Monday!!

SOUPS THIS WEEK will include:

Coconut Red Lentil

A favorite in my house for sure, there is so much good flavor and comfort in this simple but delicious vegan curried soup. Dress it up with some greens and cilantro, or serve over rice or quinoa for a bigger meal!

Red Lentils, Yellow Lentils, Scallions, Ginger, Cilantro, Coconut Milk,

Madras Curry Powder, Tomato Paste, Sea Salt

Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Pinto Bean Posole

Another hearty and zippy vegan soup, full of Pinto beans, hominy, tomatillos, cilantro and lime. It's a South American comfort soup at its best! Add some sliced avocado, radishes or scallions to garnish!

Onions, Garlic, Tomatillos, Pinto Beans, Cumin, Coriander, Hominy, Serrano Chiles, Homemade Vegetable Stock, Cilantro, Lime Juice, Sea Salt

Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Cod + Clam Chowder

It has been a while since I have had this one available, and it seems like a perfect week for something a little decadent! Chock full of cod and clams, my chowder is never thickened with flour or cornstarch. Growing up on Cape Cod, you just learn to make good "chowdah". (Or at least be picky about it!)

Cod, Clams, Onions, Garlic, Celery, Potatoes, Butter, Cream, Milk, Parsley, Sea Salt

Gluten Free

Basque Chicken

Many people have asked to have this one again, and I'm so thrilled! This chicken soup is inspired by the Basque cooking of Spain. Shredded chicken in a broth full of peppers, olives, tomato and spices, this soup is sure to transport you to sunnier climes.

Shredded Chicken Dark Meat, Onions, Garlic, Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Orange Pepper, Tomatoes, Green Olives, Smoked Paprika, Oregano, Homemade Chicken Stock, Sea Salt

Dairy Free, Gluten Free

All soups are $12, 32 oz, easily freezable, and keep well in the fridge for about 10 days.



Also this week I will have my new Nut and Seed Soup Crackers! Made of almond flour, seeds and spices, these dairy and gluten free crackers go so well with all of my soups. It has been fun experimenting with them, and I hope you like them!




Looking for a special cocktail to go with your holiday celebrations? Allow me to tempt you with a delicious garnish that will inspire your inner mixologist! Our TIPSY CHERRIES can elevate any number of cocktails, from the standard Old Fashioned or Manhattan, to any sparkling wine cocktails that need a little zing!

(Just a note, they are fantastic, also, on ice cream... )









Looking for some pizzazz for your own cooking?

I have several items of interest!


My Aleppo Citrus Sea Salt is great to add to roasted meats or vegetables, and is delicious on just about anything, really.... eggs and avocado toast, anyone? Another spice blend I am bringing is my Savory Himalayan Sea Salt Spice Rub, meant

for roasted meats or protein alternatives. A lot of great flavor to add a little kick to that next roasted chicken...! NEW this week is my Mediterranean Herb Sea Salt. Inspired by the Za'atar herb and spice mix that is near and dear to my heart, this combines Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Sesame Seeds, Sumac and Flaky Maldon Sea Salt for a lovely addition to olives, pizzas, soft cheeses, or roasted or grilled vegetables or meat!

Bundle up, and I look forward to seeing you at the market!!


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