The Season of Giving is upon us! I love arriving home on dark December nights to find little surprises on our doorstep from friends and neighbors - be it a plate of homemade cookies, a tin of candy or a festively decorated bottle of wine. The thoughtful gesture always fills my family with the holiday spirit and reminds me what an amazing community we live in.

Each year I like to come up with a unique handmade gift that I can package up and send my little elf to deliver around the neighborhood. In years past I've made sweet treats like granola, Italian torroncini candy, and homemade peppermint marshmallows with cocoa mix.

This year I was determined to find something savory to make, figuring that everyone is overloaded with sweets. I decided on small jars of Salamoia made using herbs from my garden and sea salt.

Salamoia is a salty blend perfumed with rosemary, sage and garlic that I became obsessed with while living in Italy years ago. I shipped jars upon jars of the salt home and it quickly became a family favorite. It is an excellent seasoning for any kind of meat, makes mashed or roasted potatoes fantastic and is even delicious on popcorn. After years of having my brother ship me jars of imported Salamoia from Brooklyn, I finally found a recipe this summer to make the blend from scratch.

It is incredibly simple and fairly inexpensive to make, especially if you have rosemary and sage growing in your garden. Make a few batches to give or just to keep on hand. 

[Salamoia can be found in our Culinary Gift Box!]

[makes about 1 cup, recipe can easily be doubled or tripled]

1 cup sea salt
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp sage leaves
4 tbsp rosemary leaves

Pulse garlic with 1 tbsp salt in a food processor to finely chop. Add the herbs and pulse until the herbs are very finely chopped.

 Add the herbs and pulse until very finely chopped. Pulse the salt into the herbs and garlic.

 Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and let it sit out for a day or two until dried. Spoon into clean jars, add a label or gift tag then play Santa and deliver to friends and neighbors.

Salamoia will keep for weeks, if not months, in a jar on the counter. 

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