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Salt: Kosher, Table, or Sea?

Posted in Food
on January 22, 2019

Salt: A basic mineral component of land, sea, and cooking. What else is there to know? I get asked so often about the (more...)

Shopping Smart

Posted in Fixes & Tips
on April 14, 2019

For the first half of the 20th century, grocery shopping required stops at several specialty shops: Meat from the butcher, bread from the (more...)

So What Does “Extra Virgin” MEAN? And What Should I Do About It?

Posted in Food
on April 9, 2019

A bottle of “really good” extra-virgin olive oil is a badge of honor in the kitchen. Once you reach the milestone of having (more...)

Spring Is Coming! Time to Take Charge of Your Herbs!

Posted in Food
on March 7, 2019

Sure, you can use dried herbs. They’re there all year ‘round. And you know what you’re getting. But... I feel a cheap thrill (more...)

Strategic Eating: The Right Food at the Right Time

Posted in Fixes & Tips, Food
on April 20, 2019

You may have heard people say that warm milk can help you sleep. You've probably experienced the difficulty of staying alert after having (more...)

Thanksgiving Dinner: How Much Stuff Do I Buy?

Posted in Fixes & Tips
on October 31, 2018

Okay, so you volunteered to host Thanksgiving dinner, and now you’re trying to figure out how much of everything you need to get. (more...)

The Hidden Ingredients in Every Recipe, Part 1 of 3

Posted in Announcements, Fixes & Tips
on April 9, 2020

When you were first learning to cook, did anyone encourage you to read all the way through the recipe before you started the (more...)

The Hidden Ingredients in Every Recipe, Part 2 of 3

Posted in Announcements, Fixes & Tips
on April 10, 2020

We talked yesterday about the fact that the need for special tools is almost never called out at the beginning of a recipe. (more...)