TIP OF THE DAY: Salts For Grilling: Kosher Salt Vs. Sea Salt & Table Salt

[1] Blending salt with spices before salting a steak (first four photos courtesy Morton). [2] Patting the blend onto the steak. [3] Morton Coarse Kosher Salt. [4] Morton Fine Sea Salt. [5] Grilling to perfection (photo courtesy Aldi).   Most people are not aware that the type of salt used when cooking can make all…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Flaky Salt (Or Flake Salt)

[1] Cypress flake salt from the Mediterranean (photo courtesy SaltWorks). Angsley salt from the sea around Wales (photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE). [3] Maldon River salt from England. It forms unique pyramid-shape crystals (photo courtesy Stephen Upson). [4] Kosher salt, from underground mines (photo courtesy WiseGeek).   Do you have a container of…
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FOOD 101: Mahlepi or Mahleb, A Middle Eastern Spice

We would never have heard of mahlepi or mahleb*, a Middle Eastern spice, were it not for Greek tsoureki (photo #1), one of our favorite Easter breads. Tsoureki, a soft, sweet and buttery braided yeast loaf, is famous for its embedded Easter eggs. We’ve never made it because it’s a two-day process, and we never…
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FOOD 101: Chile Or Chili or Chilli or…Pepper?

[1] Assorted chiles that are popular in U.S. kitchens (photo courtesy Melissa’s). [2] Cayenne chiles (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   Wild chiles have been a part of the diet in the Americas since about 7500 B.C.E. While the first chile may have been domesticated in Bolivia, the oldest known traces of have been found in…
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