Meet the Farm and Art Market Vendors: Salt + Butter Co.

I met Mundi Ross, owner of Salt + Butter Co. at Urban Steam for coffee.  I was excited about interviewing her after tasting her cookies and reading her card.  ”Not your Grandma’s cookies,” it says.

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It’s true. My grandmother never made cookies like this!

Urban Steam, a shop for people who are serious about good coffee, turned out to be just the right sort of shop for this meeting.  Mundi has a persistent interest in food as an art form.  She spent the past few years traveling all over the country and the world with a theater company and she has eaten in creative restaurants everywhere.

Those restaurants and their creative ways of combining flavors inspire her cookies.

Those restaurants and their creative ways of combining flavors inspire her cookies.

The first thing I noticed in my first bite was the … well, the salt and butter.  Every cookie is moist and buttery.  Then she combines flavors you wouldn’t expect to make a whole new kind of cookie!

They aren’t called the “Bonnie and Clyde of Cookie Making” for nothing!

I would tell you about the first one I tried, the Chocolate Anise with Gingered Pear, except I only got one bite before it disappeared.  Luckily, I had others.

Clockwise from the top, we have a Kitchen Sink cookie with bacon, a Whiskey Cherries and Chocolate cookie and a Lemongrass with ginger and vanilla.

Clockwise from the top, we have a Kitchen Sink cookie with bacon, the remains of a Whiskey Cherries and Chocolate cookie and a Lemongrass with ginger and vanilla.

You have to try this lemongrass cookie!  It’s not lemon, it’s lemongrass, like you might find in Thai food.  Break off a bit and breathe some air through it, as if you were going to smoke it, before taking a bite.  The spicy ginger and lemongrass flavor come right through!

The Kitchen Sink cookie is very popular and though she brings a different selection to the farmers’ markets each week, Mundi usually has them available.  She makes the caramel in the center herself!

A member of my household took a bite and we had this conversation.

“What do you taste?”, I asked.

“Caramel, chocolate, nuts and bacon,” she replied.  ”And something else…”

That something else is popcorn!

Mundi didn't want to compete with ordinary cookies ... and her cookies are anything but ordinary!

Mundi didn’t want to compete with ordinary cookies … and her cookies are anything but ordinary!

Finally, I got to the one I had been waiting for.  I made a special trip to get a Whiskey Cherries and Chocolate cookie, and let me tell you, it was worth it!  Mundi dries her own fruit for these cookies and she does a beautiful job.  I could taste the whiskey, but it didn’t overwhelm the cherry flavor.  It had just the right amount of chocolate to compliment the fruit.

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Keep an eye on this creative, active young woman.  She is working on opening a “Colorado Crafted Beer Bar” to support Colorado Springs culture and American made goods.  She wants to bring the love of Americana she developed in her travels and its creative products to the people in her adopted town.

“I really want to be active in my community and create a little culture,” says Mundi.

And in the meantime, visit her at the Ivywild Market on Wednesdays or at Old Colorado City on Saturdays and pick up a cookie!

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Please note that the fancy pictures in this post were taken by somebody else (the ordinary ones were taken by me).  Mundi knows a great photographer!  His name is Anthony Delao Adams.

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Click here to go to the previous Meet the Farm and Art Market Vendor article: Frost Family Farm

Click here to go to the next Meet the Farm and Art Market Vendor article: Anna’s Apothecary

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