For my lack of athletic prowess, I have been awarded one talent. I don't necessarily consider myself a talented person. But the one talent I will proudly admit to is this: I know where they hide the good stuff. Or more appropriately, I know where to find the good stuff (it just sometimes feels like someone has hidden it). No, you aren't having an 80s flashback; nobody is talking about that sticky Humboldt County bud (I had some interesting friends in college). I'm talking about stuff stuff. Like things, that you enjoy (like as a responsible adult with a job). It totally brings me pleasure to share the good stuff with my pals so that they can enjoy it as much as I do. Some people may say I have a good stuff obsession, but I think of it as just livin' life and being willing to experiment. As you can guess, most of my good stuff is food related.

Anyway, my friends, I didn't want you to be out of the loop on my regular updates on where to find the goods. I'm a giver. So as I find stuff, I'll share it. I'm good that way. Can you imagine what my conversations with my girlfriends are like?

 

Good stuff #1: Smoked Sea Salt

 

I bought this at the PCC (for you locals), though the company has a website. I have a little bit of a salt fixation. I keep a tray of assorted salts on the counter and this is the one I reach for the most. It is exactly what you think it is, only it's better. Last night, I made beer butt chicken with it. My favorite use is on whole wheat past with pesto, chicken and roasted tomatoes.The granules are small but they add a little crunch to whatever you put them on. The best part is that aside from salt, they taste of smoked-ness; not that nasty fake smoke flavor. I swear you will impress someone, if not everyone, if you use this stuff. I'm thinking I am going to use it to rim the glass of a nice bloody mary.

I also have to admit that part of the reason I want to discuss the good stuff is I want to give props to the people that make it. They are rarely huge corporations.I love making new discoveries and think that the world would be a boring place if all we got was the packaged stuff on the shelf of the average grocery store. (I'm about to sound like a Bud Light radio commercial): Hats off to you, Spanish smoked sea salt makers.