As avid supporters of carefree summer meals and simple, seasonal food, we at EyeSwoon have certainly found a kindred spirit in Sarah Ashley Schiear, chef and founder of online kitchen and home goods store Salt House Market. If there’s anyone who understands easy yet elevated eating, it might just be Sarah. A former contest on ABC’s competitive cooking show The Taste, Sarah went on to co-run Abode, a pop-up in New York City’s Old Bowery Station specializing in refined homestyle meals, before creating Salt House. Here she shares a recipe that not only fits the laid-back bill, but also makes use of those juicy baby heirloom tomatoes currently in peak season. Read all about it, and learn about everything from her favorite food to her midnight snack, right here.
NAME: Sarah Ashley Schiear
PROFESSION: Founder of Salt House Market, an e-commerce site for kitchen and home goods.
PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD? Food is nourishment, and it should be enjoyed. Putting thought and care into the meals you feed your body is so important. Also, keep it simple. Start with the best ingredients and allow them to shine.
COOKING MAKES ME FEEL… Calm and happy. Creative and inspired.
ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOL? Vitamix, hands down. I use it daily for smoothies and whole green juices, and I’ve recently started making healthy green soups with it. It’s also great for purées. In the summer I love a good corn purée with seared scallops and chives.
THREE INGREDIENTS YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? A good olive oil, flaky sea salt, and organic lemons. These three simple ingredients have the power to transform so many things.
SOUNDTRACK IN YOUR KITCHEN? Fetty Wap or Stevie Nicks Radio on Pandora, or the Lapsley album.
MIDNIGHT SNACK? Stovetop popcorn with olive oil, sea salt, and dark chocolate.
TRIED-AND-TRUE ENTERTAINING TIP? Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You don’t want to be that manic bride who’s not even enjoying her own wedding. It’s not a good look and your guests will feel the energy. Stay calm, be easy, and laugh as much as possible — enjoy yourself!
I CAN NEVER RESIST… Anything rich and chocolate-y.
MOST SWOON-WORTHY RESTAURANT? Reynard at the Wythe Hotel is my go-to. It’s just two blocks away, the space is absolutely gorgeous, the menu changes daily and the execution is always perfect.
THEY SAY YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT — WHAT ARE YOU? The best baguette, butter, and sea salt. For no other reason than it’s my favorite thing on the planet.