An interesting side effect of having two blogs is that my friends and family are very aware of my likes, dislikes, and what is going on in my life. They know about my culinary disasters and ask me serious questions about butter.
It still surprised me, though, when my mom arrived at my door one day bearing gifts of salt. She had read about my fleur de sel wishes and celtic salt dreams, so she decided to get me an early birthday gift -- a Cole & Mason salt mill, light grey celtic sea salt, and fleur de sel.
Apparently, Cole & Mason is the go-to brand for salt and pepper mills. I can see why, since the "award winning" mechanism on the thing works great. The salts are delicious -- salty, but without the sharp bite of regular table salt and kosher salt. I feel like food cooked with the sea salt or finished with fleur de sel just tastes better. I'm getting very spoiled.