FOOD 101: The Differences Between Table Salt & Sea Salt

[1] Table salt. Functional, but not the best (photo courtesy Tablecraft)./font> [2] Fleur de sel, a favorite of chefs harvested off the Atlantic coast of France. It’s a type of sel gris, the category of gray salt (photo courtesy Saltworks). The unique pyramid-shaped crystals of Maldon River salt from England (photo © Stephen Upson). [4]…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Harissa & How To Use It

[1] Homemade harissa paste. Here’s a template to make your signature recipe, from Slow Burning Passion. [2] A classic Tunisian dish, shakshouka, punches up the tomato sauce with harissa. [3] Hot harissa ports easily to American cuisine, such as this baked squash with maple syrup and pomegranate arils (photo courtesy Cava). [4] How popular is…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Dry Rubs For Meat & Poultry

[1] Take a look at the spices and herbs you own. Look for recipes online or use your own palate to choose what to use on your meat. These are some of the ingredients used in rubs for wild game by Wide Open Spaces. [2] Pick what you want for your blend. Use smaller amounts…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Use “Everything” Bagel Topping On Everything Else

[1] At OB Surf Lodge in San Diego, the “Everything” salmon entrée, has the spice topping with a variety of sides (*below). [2] and [3] Homemade burger buns from King Arthur Flour, which sells the topping. [4] What should you top first (photo courtesy Take Two Tapas).   First there was the “everything” bagel (history…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Different Margarita Rimmers

[1] Something different: a chili powder rim instead of salt. Or, mix the two. At Richard Sandoval restaurants. [2] A cayenne rim (Tajin seasoning) on a guava Margarita at Dos Caminos restaurants. [3] Smoked salt rims a classic Margarita from Noble Tequila.   What’s your idea of the perfect margarita? With so many choices offered…
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