How to Save an Overly Salty or Spicy Dish

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today: How can you fix an overseasoned dish? Don't panic! Just follow these tips. We've all been there. You're expecting...

How to Season Meat Like a Pro

It's easy to make restaurant-style steak, chicken and pot roast when you know how to season meat. I want to be able to roast a chicken that will impress the family—who doesn’t? But every cooking show starts out with the host casually saying we’ll need to season...

The Science of Salt

The kitchen’s most popular seasoning and how it works. Salt, the only rock we eat, is more than just a seasoning—it’s an essential flavor in our food. It can intensify aromas, balance other flavors, make meat taste juicier, and preserve food for months or even...

Adding Spices and Herbs to Food

How to Add: Spices and herbs should be used to enhance the natural flavor of food--not disguise or obscure it. Many herbs and spices can complement a dish and each other; however, be selective in their combinations. Avoid using too many at one time. Use a dry spoon...

How to Cook the Perfect Steak (with Science)

A perfect steak is a tasty centerpiece to an impressive meal. Fortunately, science can help make this dinner delicious. The ideal steak is a matter of taste, but proper cooking involves balancing a high external temperature with a lower internal temperature. Getting...

The Maillard Reaction – aka Golden Brown Delicious

 Cody Ruch, Spice Science One of my favorite parts of cooking is the Maillard reaction. Although you may not have heard of it, it is something we are all familiar with. It often gets called “browning” or “the browning reaction”. Since the color change isn’t...

6 Natural Kitchen Ingredients to Preserve Food Without Using Food Additives

Did you know that using natural kitchen ingredients may also help in preserving food? Natural preservatives work just as well as compared to their synthetic counterparts and are way healthier. Highlights There are various foods that may not have a long shelf life...

Spices and Herbs That Can Help You Stay Healthy

No meal or snack should be naked. That’s what dietitian Monica Auslander Moreno tells her clients. “Herbs and spices make food tastier while boosting your health,” says Moreno, an adjunct professor of nutrition at the University of Miami and a dietitian for the...

SPICE STUFFED SANDWORM BREAD

I have an entirely irrational love of David Lynch’s 1984 science fiction epic, Dune. (This is almost unrelated to my entirely rational and well thought out love of Frank Herbert’s Dune books. These two things should never be confused.) Maybe I saw it at just the...

What Spices Go with What Meat?

Food is supposed to be enjoyed, not just consumed for fuel! A perfectly seasoned meal can become the star of the evening, or maybe even the whole week, depending on how long it takes you to stop fantasizing about leftovers. This level of food greatness isn’t easy...
How to Save an Overly Salty or Spicy Dish

How to Save an Overly Salty or Spicy Dish

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today: How can you fix an overseasoned dish? Don't panic! Just follow these tips. We've all been there. You're expecting guests...

read more
How to Season Meat Like a Pro

How to Season Meat Like a Pro

It's easy to make restaurant-style steak, chicken and pot roast when you know how to season meat. I want to be able to roast a chicken that will impress the family—who doesn’t? But every cooking show starts out with the host casually saying we’ll need to season with...

read more
The Science of Salt

The Science of Salt

The kitchen’s most popular seasoning and how it works. Salt, the only rock we eat, is more than just a seasoning—it’s an essential flavor in our food. It can intensify aromas, balance other flavors, make meat taste juicier, and preserve food for months or even years....

read more
Adding Spices and Herbs to Food

Adding Spices and Herbs to Food

How to Add: Spices and herbs should be used to enhance the natural flavor of food--not disguise or obscure it. Many herbs and spices can complement a dish and each other; however, be selective in their combinations. Avoid using too many at one time. Use a dry spoon to...

read more
How to Cook the Perfect Steak (with Science)

How to Cook the Perfect Steak (with Science)

A perfect steak is a tasty centerpiece to an impressive meal. Fortunately, science can help make this dinner delicious. The ideal steak is a matter of taste, but proper cooking involves balancing a high external temperature with a lower internal temperature. Getting...

read more
The Maillard Reaction – aka Golden Brown Delicious

The Maillard Reaction – aka Golden Brown Delicious

 Cody Ruch, Spice Science One of my favorite parts of cooking is the Maillard reaction. Although you may not have heard of it, it is something we are all familiar with. It often gets called “browning” or “the browning reaction”. Since the color change isn’t the...

read more
Spices and Herbs That Can Help You Stay Healthy

Spices and Herbs That Can Help You Stay Healthy

No meal or snack should be naked. That’s what dietitian Monica Auslander Moreno tells her clients. “Herbs and spices make food tastier while boosting your health,” says Moreno, an adjunct professor of nutrition at the University of Miami and a dietitian for the Miami...

read more
SPICE STUFFED SANDWORM BREAD

SPICE STUFFED SANDWORM BREAD

I have an entirely irrational love of David Lynch’s 1984 science fiction epic, Dune. (This is almost unrelated to my entirely rational and well thought out love of Frank Herbert’s Dune books. These two things should never be confused.) Maybe I saw it at just the right...

read more
What Spices Go with What Meat?

What Spices Go with What Meat?

Food is supposed to be enjoyed, not just consumed for fuel! A perfectly seasoned meal can become the star of the evening, or maybe even the whole week, depending on how long it takes you to stop fantasizing about leftovers. This level of food greatness isn’t easy to...

read more