I use Diamond Krystal Kosher Salt in all of my cooking. Some people use gray salt, pink salt, etc. When cooking, what is of greater importance is that you remain consistent with your type of salt unless your recipe requires specific reasons to deviate. Different brands of salt have different weights per grain and thus vary in the saltiness they impart on a recipe. If you are baking, try to get in the habit of weighing the dry ingredients so that your recipes come out precise each time. Learning to salt your food is one of the best ways to “learn” to season and flavor. Add a pinch of salt, taste. Could it use a little more? Add another small pinch and taste again. Salting your food as you prepare it is how to build flavor. Salting your food at the end tastes exactly like it is – bland food with salt on top.
Absolutely. Pick a date; we can get a test, quarantine until the results arrive, and go!
I plan to do an entire article on this next week as it is the question I receive the most and want to give it the time and input it deserves. A perfectly roasted chicken is in the running for last meal material. In the meantime, have you perfected chicken thighs yet? I would start there as a jumping-off point.
It is a beast that is never sated. It is always demanding of time. Regardless if you are tired, understaffed, sick, equipment is down, have missed deliveries, or are in the middle of a pandemic. The show must go on as if everything is perfect – the magic of hospitality.
You will laugh, but I like to make breakfast tacos for dinner. Eggs, black beans, avocado, salsa (make it or buy it), and any extra veggies or toppings I want to use up in the fridge. If you don’t have tortillas, breakfast nachos work. No chips? Use crunchy veggies. It’s the best.
I eat and cook a lot of eggs. I would argue they are a damn near perfect food. Want to start to understand the versatility of an egg? Make lemon curd or fresh Cesar dressing. Understanding eggs will change your cooking for the better.
I approach all cooking and entertaining, either at home or at the restaurants, the same. The more work you do in advance, the better and easier it is when the big day comes around. Enter eye roll here. If I haven’t done a great job planning, which happens more often than not, I am an advocate of sourcing the best ingredients I can afford and then doing as little to them as possible.
For example, this time of year, I like to buy fresh tomatoes and peaches and slice them all in the same shape. Top with high quality, pungent cheese, and something crunchy (I like sunflower seeds). Top with salt, olive oil, and seasonal herbs or microgreens (which are so fun and worth the extra money if you have it). They pack so much flavor, are nutritionally dense, and create a very composed dish. Pair with whatever protein you have perfected (roast chicken)? and a loaf of crusty, high-quality bread with European Cultured Butter (yes, really, just do it). Fast, easy, and impressive.
This is a fun time to bring out “exotic” ingredients that you don’t have to do very much with, but that will have a big impact. For example, if they are in season, I like to slice fresh figs, drizzle them with honey, add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, and crumbled crispy bacon. Easy, beautiful, and delicious.
Another fun example is to serve something like “Crab Remoulade,” which is a really impressive way to say “crab dip.” And it is so simple. Just mix up the following ingredients.
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If you wander down Del Ray’s, “The Avenue,” you won’t miss the farm-red building with a rustic fence bordering the patio. Stomping Ground opened two years ago and quickly became popular for its made-from-scratch biscuits and its neighborhood vibe. On weekends, excited guests line up before Stomping Ground opens hoping to be the first to get a just-out-of-the-oven biscuit or a fresh salad. Stomping Ground is mostly known for its fast casual breakfast and lunch but on Thursdays and Fridays they provide a full dinner service after 5:00pm. All meals are built from local, seasonal food that is organic whenever possible.
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