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Oldie but a Goodie

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Courtesy of The Maldon Crystal Salt Company

Courtesy of The Maldon Crystal Salt Company

F&W Executive Food Editor Tina Ujlaki applies her incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

I have a few kinds of salts in my pantry, and I actually use them all. But my favorite finishing salt—the one I sprinkle on sunny-side up eggs, on avocado toasts, on simple sautéed sugar snap peas or asparagus, and on caramel sauce or fudge sauce over ice cream—is Maldon salt.

Unlike table salt and kosher salt, Maldon has large, irregular, ultralight flakes that have a fantastic crunch and a mild, clean flavor that lingers in the best possible way. I have never used it to season a soup or a stew, and it would get lost in a pasta sauce. Even though it’s superpopular with chefs today, the company is more than 125 years old. Maldon salt is available at supermarkets and specialty food shops nationwide. If you want to learn more, check out the company here.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes featuring this pantry must-have: 
Crunchy Baked Potatoes with Maldon Salt
Chocolate Wafers with Ginger, Fennel and Sea Salt
Salted Fudge Brownies


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The Crunchiest Gluten-Free and Multi-Grain Crisps

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F&W Executive Food Editor Tina Ujlaki applies her incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

I was a work-study student at cooking school in France with Lesley Stowe way back when. I knew that she returned to Vancouver and started a very successful catering business. One day I was nibbling on these fantastic crackers, and found out that Leslie actually made them. Small world!

What makes Raincoast crisps so incredibly delicious is that they're not only as grainy and as light and crunchy as their name implies, but that they’re supertasty as well. I sometimes forget about the cheese or charcuterie altogether, they’re really that good on their own. My favorite flavors are the grainy Original, Cranberry Hazelnut and Rosemary Raisin Pecan, though there are three other varieties as well.

They also have a brand new gluten-free line coming out that we sampled today in the F&W Test Kitchen, and those also have the same satisfying crunch. The crisps are available at specialty food shops coast to coast. They're great with this pimento-goat cheese spread and creamy pistachio dip.

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3 Tasty Ways to Flavor Edamame

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Indian-Spiced Edamame // © James Baigrie

Give healthy, protein-packed edamame a flavor
boost with different sauces and spices.
© James Baigrie

F&W Executive Food Editor Tina Ujlaki applies her incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

A little light went off the first time I tried Daniel Orr’s olive-oil-and-spice–tossed edamame recipe, and I haven’t eaten a plain pod since. The genius lies in the fact that to get to the beans, you have to sort of bite them out of the pods anyway, so why not add flavor to suit your mood. Some of my favorite iterations include olive oil and curry powder, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, and cumin, roasted pumpkin seed oil and lime.

 

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Fantastic and Quick Indian Sauces

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Courtesy of William Sonoma

Courtesy of William Sonoma

F&W Executive Food Editor Tina Ujlaki applies her incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

I’ve been a huge fan of Maya Kaimal’s ever since we featured her recipes years ago (one of my favorites: is her Black Pepper Chicken Curry). Luckily for me, she started a sauce company, and now, when I want an Indian quick-fix, I just grab a jar of her Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce from the fridge or the Butter Masala Sauce from my pantry. Sometimes I add chicken or shrimp, and sometimes just vegetables with or without cubes of firm tofu (as a stand-in for paneer). I warm up naan, set out plain yogurt and mango or tomato chutney and dinner is ready in less time than it would take to wait for takeout. The full line of sauces is available at supermarkets and health food stores and online at mayakaimal.com.

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