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Stop Worrying about Sodium

Over the course of the last decade or so, there have been countless dietary myths that seem to make sense on the surface, but don’t pass the test when actual human physiology and scientific research ...

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The Right Salt for the Right Job

  I have come to realize throughout all these years of teaching and cooking that something as simple as using the right salt, in the right amount, and at the right time, can make a huge difference in ...

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Preserve Summer with Herb Salt

Now that it seems warm weather has finally taken root here in Chicago, we can enjoy all the new flavors that warmth brings. A new season of fruits and vegetables is certainly an exciting prospect, ...

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Salt 101

How on earth did salt get so complicated? I’m sure some of you have got to be thinking that! Growing up in my hometown in Iowa, there were two kinds of salt: table salt and salt for the deer… oh, and ...

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Stop Panicking in the Kitchen and Learn to Love your Mistakes

With Thanksgiving over, I, like many of you, just returned to work from spending time with my family. While our holiday meal was not at all traditional and quite small, we did roast a whole turkey. ...

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The Chopping Block's Herbs de Provence Salt

I have been growing a tremendous number of herbs in Michigan and experimenting with different preservation methods for them. It's been revelatory for me! Before I started drying my own herbs, I had ...

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A Chef's Tricks of the Trade

  One of the most frequent questions students ask is “What are the most common mistakes home cooks make?”  It's one of my favorite questions because I believe if you can resolve just two problems, ...

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Cook with This, Not That

In a perfect world, we'd all have the time and energy to cook flavorful and healthy meals morning, noon, and night. Obviously this isn't always the case, and we find ourselves reaching for shortcuts ...

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Miracle Cure For Bland Food

A few months back, I had purchased some fresh black truffles for a dinner party I catered, and I had a small piece of truffle leftover.  I, of course, was not going to let that truffle go to waste ...

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Salt and Pepper are Basic but Essential

It’s said that spice is the variety of life, and for good reason! Spices are a very important factor when it comes to your food. Not only will they enhance the flavor of your dishes, they will also ...

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