Bourbon Tonic

Bourbon Tonic // Not Without Salt

We have a sweet little neighbor boy who learned to walk this summer. I’ve watched him progress from timidly taking a few steps while holding onto his mom’s hand to now, where he is practically running trying to keep up with my big boys. He’s tenacious that one, bonking his tender head on the very not-tender pavement, letting out a few cries just before he’s up and going again.

Last week I felt like that eager, wobbly little toddler. I launched the cookie mix business with great excitement, a bit of fear and a lot of unknowns. Moments after launching I felt my first bump but far from my last. There were shipping issues to work through which led us to changing our online storefront just two days after launching. Then we had some rogue flour that resisted staying in its pouch and never had I prayed so hard for chocolate not to melt while being shipped across the country. All of this made for a few bruises, mostly on my ego but each time I got back up again, still wobbling but standing.

I forgot for a moment that even in cookie mix its all about the journey. Getting from point A to point B. Refining, improving and growing without letting the bumps keep you from moving.

Bourbon Tonic // Not Without Salt

 

Bourbon Tonic // Not Without Salt

No journey is complete without others who are willing to walk the path with you. So many times this past week I reached out for a hand to help pull me up and there were several there to choose from. We’d brush off the dust, iron out the kinks and eagerly watch our little cookie mix get better and better (thank you Julie and Gabe and my mom and aunt who drove several hours to come help restock the mix).

I’m still a bit wobbly and bruised but just like our little neighbor, I won’t let a few bumps keep me from running, in fact I’ll just use them to grow, learn and become better.

So, after all of that we’re celebrating with a cocktail.

This simple cocktail has been our Summer ’14 go-to and as we ease into Fall it’s turning into our Fall ’14 go-to.

It comes together quickly with just a few ingredients but like all things done simply, quality is key. Go for the good bourbon (doesn’t have to be THE best but does have to be good), spring for the good tonic and whatever you do use these Luxardo Maraschino Cherries. I feel a bit badly every time I urge people to try these cherries because once you taste them you are ruined for all other maraschino cherry. So start saving your pennies because a jar of these is a pretty one but oh so worth it.

A few more things to add before we cocktail. Thank you, thank you to all who ordered last week. We sold out of our stock two days! But don’t worry there is plenty more mix where that came from and now it’s new and improved. The flour is staying put, the chocolate resisted melting, shipping has more options and the label is now in color!!

If you want to get your mix shipped this week just be sure to place your order by Tuesday at 12 am (PST). We ship out every Wednesday so even if we sell out this week there will be more by next week.

Thanks again for all the support. I read every single comment on the last post and they were like bandaids to the little bumps.

Congratulations to those who won the mix! And to the rest of you, now you are free to buy your own here! ;)

Now, cocktail. CHEERS!

Bourbon Tonic // Not Without Salt

 

Bourbon Tonic // Not Without Salt

Bourbon Tonic

Makes 1 cocktail

 

1 1/2 ounces Bourbon

3 ounces Tonic

Slice of lemon

1 Maraschino Cherry

 

In a rocks glass with ice add the bourbon and tonic. Give a gentle stir then finish with lemon (I like to squeeze it first, Gabe prefers to just drop it in) and a cherry.

 

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Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix + Giveaway (and ice cream)

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix // Not Without Salt

Whew. It took me awhile to write out that title. It’s a doozy and I think it accurately shows the doozy of a day we are having around here.

First of all my baby turns 4 today. Seriously, my baby is 4. Remember when she was just a sweet little pudgy puff of sleek black hair?! Now she’s a full on big girl. She prances around in my high heels, wrestles with the boys, spends most of her life pretending she’s a cat and still sneaks into bed with us almost nightly.

We’re celebrating our Ivy Jane with a towering Hello Kitty cake and a new business venture. Because we’re crazy in the best possible way and Ivy and I both agree that the world needs more salted chocolate chip cookies. She’s wise, that one.

Starting today you can order the NWS Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie in mix form! Wait, that needs a few more of these: !!!

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix // Not Without Salt

 

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix // Not Without Salt

Everything is hand packed and ready for 1 stick of soft butter and 1 egg. We’re using Shepherd’s Grain organic flour, three types of sugar (white, dark brown, and raw Turbinado), ground whole dried vanilla beans, Guittard 72% bittersweet chocolate, and Maldon flaky sea salt. If you haven’t had these cookies before, they are quite special and easily THE most made recipe in our house.

Here’s the deal, I LOVE this blog and all of you who visit this space. It’s been one of those orange round life saver things that dangle at the back of a boat (we were just on a ferry today so the reference is fresh) in a season where I often felt as if I was drowning. This blog has led me to a career that I never knew I wanted and yet now I see that all the pieces of my life up to this point have led me here. The comments, the inspiration, and the community has been a gift that often leaves me overwhelmed by its sweetness. But what I don’t get to do with the blog is actually feed you. I mean like have you sit at my table while I stand in the kitchen mixing up a batch of whatever is inspiring me in that moment. Because as much as I love this space and am so incredibly grateful for it, it’s no replacement for the satisfaction I get from feeding people. I know, I know cookie mix doesn’t put us at the same table but it is something made from my hands and then put in yours. It’s tangible, it’s real and it’s freaking delicious.

As my dear friend, Julie and I packed each tube I thought so often of the trays of warm cookies that will fill the homes of those who purchase and my goodness it got me excited (please send pictures, I’m totally serious).

But wait, there’s more (as if I didn’t sound like a commercial already)! I haven’t even told you about what I think is the very best part.

We’ve teamed up with our good friends at First Aid Arts (site launching very soon) to help cookies bring even more sweetness into this world. A little bit about them:

 

First Aid Arts trains counselors and trauma care providers how to use the arts in a healing capacity with survivors of trauma. We serve victims of human trafficking, natural disasters, war, abuse and violence, as well as the brave and beautiful who care for them.

 

How amazing is that? So we’re eating warm chocolate chip cookies AND knowing that part of every purchase goes directly to that cause. I’ll be talking more about them as we continue in this new venture. I’m really hoping to be able bake these cookies with some of the victims because we all could benefit from a cookie every now and again.

There’s still a couple more things to mention in this jam-packed post. First, bookmark this page because when your cookie mix arrives you can jump back here and watch the handy video below to know how to easily mix your mix. I think my brother did a damn fine job with it.

 

 

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Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream // Not Without Salt

Also, ICE CREAM. I went and made ice cream with some of these here cookies. Gabe’s favorite flavor is Cookies and Cream so I combined my favorite cookie with his favorite ice cream and we created magic. I’ve sandwiched these cookies in between ice cream before but this, this is a new favorite.

This new business idea is a whole new world for us and as such there will most likely be a few kinks in the process. Please let us know if you come across any of those kinks and bare with us as we’ll probably be making some changes along the way. Also, get excited about HOLIDAY FLAVORS!!!

ADDED: Speaking of kinks, we’ve changed our online marketplace. It’s a good change. Click here to order! Thanks.

As always, thanks for being here, for supporting me in this crazy journey, for cheering me on and for being big fans of salted chocolate chip cookies. I wish I could bake you all cookies but that’d be a little crazy. What I can do is give three of you one of the very first tubes of the NWS Cookie Mix. Leave a comment below and I’ll choose the winners at random next Monday (9/15)

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream // Not Without Salt

Now let’s go make some cookies.

 

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

base recipe from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

 

2 cups milk

4 tsp. cornstarch

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

2/3 cup sugar

2 tbsp. light corn syrup

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

3 tbsp. cream cheese, softened

8 Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies (order the mix here!), chopped

Grab two large bowls and fill one with ice water. Set aside.

In a bowl, stir together 1/4 cup milk and the cornstarch; set slurry aside.

In a 4-qt. saucepan, whisk together remaining milk and the cream, sugar, syrup, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 4 minutes; stir in slurry.

Return to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Place cream cheese in a bowl and pour in 1/4 cup hot milk mixture; whisk until smooth.

Then whisk in remaining milk mixture.

Pour mixture into the empty bowl and nestle in the bowl of ice water until chilled, about 20 minutes.

Pour mixture into an ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer’s instructions.

When the ice cream base is the consistency of soft serve add the chopped cookie bits. Let the machine continue to churn until all the pieces have been added the combined well.

Transfer ice cream to a storage container and freeze until set.

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