TFTag: culinary recipes with pictures
TFTag: culinary recipes with pictures

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How to choose the best salt for cooking, according to chefs

“Salt is easily the most important thing chefs keep in the kitchen,” says Robert Hartman, chef de cuisine at Saint Theo’s restaurant in New York City. It helps bring out the natural flavors in food, and was once considered incredibly valuable thousands of years ago. In fact, salt was so treasured that Roman soldiers were often paid in it — the term “salary” is derived from this very practice, says Hartman.

There are many types of salt on the market, and each offers a unique composition, flavor profile and texture that will indicate when and how to use it best, though ultimately, your taste buds are the final decision maker, experts told us. We spoke to chefs to learn more about how to cook and bake with different types of salt, as well as how to identify your favorites and where to buy them.

SKIP AHEAD Table salt | Kosher salt | Sea salt | Maldon salt | Fleur de Sel | Pink Himalayan salt | Smoked salt | Flavored salt | How to properly season with salt

What is salt?

Salt is a crystallized condiment composed of sodium and chloride minerals. It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s either mined

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Watch Douglass Williams cook sustainably in ‘Tomorrow’s Menu’

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Award-winning Boston chef Douglass Williams explores solutions to more sustainable food systems, from plant-based meats to shipping container farms, then cooks with them in “Tomorrow’s Menu.”

A still from the series "Tomorrow's Menu" with chef Douglass Williams, right.

The Museum of Science is launching a cooking series called “Tomorrow’s Menu,” which features chef Douglass Williams of MIDA and explores ways to make our food systems more sustainable. Courtesy of the Museum of Science

In the fight against climate change, how we get food and what we eat both exacerbates the problem and threatens what’s available to put on our tables, pushing scientists to urgently find sustainable solutions for our food systems.

The Museum of Science aims to celebrate those solutions through a new cooking show, “Tomorrow’s Menu.” The series, which comes out this week, features the very scientists and innovators helping to change the ways we think about food, but Boston foodies will certainly recognize the show’s award-winning host.

Chef Douglass Williams goes on a journey in “Tomorrow’s Menu,” asking questions about the challenges our food systems face due to climate change, but more importantly, the options that are already available in order to cook more sustainably: for example, plant-based meats, shipping container-grown vegetables, and under-fished catch.

“It was a very

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Smoke from cooking carries health risks | News

Ethiopian woman cooking injera bread indoors over a wood fire

February 21, 2024 – In sub-Saharan Africa, cooking indoors with air polluting fuels may lead to higher risks of cancer and lung disease, particularly for women and children, according to experts.

Women breathe in unhealthy smoke when they cook indoors with biomass fuels such as wood, charcoal, and kerosene, according to a February 9 Cancerworld article. If they are pregnant, the fetus is exposed to the smoke as well. Exposure is linked to higher risks of esophageal and gastric cancers, as well as lung diseases such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

To reduce the impact of unhealthy fuels, governments should increase the affordability and accessibility of cleaner fuels such as electricity and ethanol, said Matt Shupler, postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, who was quoted in the article.

Shupler noted that policies should also aim to reduce outdoor air pollution. “Providing households with clean cooking fuels might not, by itself, lead to meaningful health benefits, if they are exposed to high PM2.5 levels when spending time outdoors,” he said.

Read the Cancerworld article: Not just a climate issue: cutting cancer rates through cleaner cooking fuels in Africa

Photo: iStock/Josep Maria Barres


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To feed a crowd for Easter brunch, bake your eggs. Two chefs offer their recipes

By ALBERT STUMM (For the Associated Press)

As anyone who has ever made breakfast for a crowd can attest, it’s no fun stressing over how people like their eggs, or churning out pancakes until everyone but the cook has eaten enough.

Instead, for Easter brunch this year, bake your eggs. That way, you can feed a large group all at once and maximize time with your guests.

Two chefs offer recipes:

In her book “Sheet Pan Suppers,” Molly Gilbert adapted several breakfast recipes to serve up to eight people, including the whimsically titled “Greens and Eggs and Ham” and a doubled-up version of Israeli shakshuka.

Traditionally prepared in a skillet, shakshuka has a base of sautéed peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Depending on the size of the skillet, five or six eggs are cracked into divots made in the sauce with the back of a spoon, and the dish finishes cooking in the oven or covered on the stovetop. Chopped parsley freshens it and crumbled feta adds creamy, briny notes.

Gilbert, on the other hand, uses a larger rimmed baking sheet and straight head for the oven. She tosses the chopped vegetables with oil and cumin directly on the sheet

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‘Cooking With Lynja’ TikTok Star Dies at 67

Lynn Yamada Davis, a TikTok creator who entertained millions of people with her zany style and cooking tips on her account, Cooking With Lynja, died on Jan. 1 in Red Bank, NJ She was 67.

The cause of death, at Riverview Medical Center, was esophageal cancer, her daughter Hannah Mariko Shofet said. Ms. Davis lived in Holmdel, NJ

Ms. Davis began creating the wholesome Cooking With Lynja videos in 2020 with her youngest child, Tim Davis, to help keep up his cinematography skills during the pandemic lockdown.

Her social media accounts have remained active after her death, because she had asked her son to post videos that had already been edited. One such video shows the two of them looking for truffles in Italy.

“My mom was like my partner in crime,” Mr. Davis, 27, who edited the TikTok account, said in a phone interview.

Something else she requested, Mr. Davis said, was that he posted a few older videos that they had made together about a decade ago.

Those early versions of what would later become an international TikTok sensation known for their lightheartedness were a way for Mr. Davis to learn how to make the food his mother