TIP OF THE DAY: Herb & Spice Grinders

Some recipes instruct you to grind herbs or spices. In our grandmother’s day, that meant using a mortar and pestle. In our mother’s day, it meant using the coffee grinder for herbs and spices. Mom, a purist, had a second grinder for that purpose. Other folks had to first grind uncooked rice in their coffee…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Your Own Flavored Salt

TOP: Flavored salts from Saltopia. Center: Trio of homemade flavored salts from Chef Eric LeVine | Steamy Kitchen. Bottom: Close-up of Szechuan Pepper Salt.   Do you use flavored salt? Is your spice cabinet as packed with different flavors as ours is? We have 10 jars of artisan* flavored salts, of which we often use…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Harvest Topping, A Fall Garnish

What’s Harvest Topping, you ask? As created by Country Crock, it’s a universal topping that can garnish anything from a baked Brie to a sundae to a crumble. Not to mention oatmeal, French toast, pancakes, waffles and yogurt. It’s also a salad topping. And we even mixed it into rice! Country Crock recommends it with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Blueberry Salt

Sea salt is produced by simple evaporation of sea water. Depending on the body of water, the salt will have different qualities: not just in flavor, based on the minerals in the local water, but also in the size and shape of the crystals. See our Salt Glossary for more on the different types of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Israeli Salad

Israeli salad (salat yerakot, vegetable salad*, in Hebrew) is a chopped salad of diced tomato and cucumber. It can also include bell pepper, onion, and parsley (that’s the way we like it). Other ingredients, such as carrot and ethnic-specific ingredients (more about that in a few paragraphs) can be added. The dressing is fresh lemon…
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