Arguably the most polarizing of herbs, cilantro is the leaf of the coriander plant and has recently seen increased popularity in the US. Cilantro is controversial because a minority percentage of people are unable to taste all of its flavor compounds and claim the herb tastes like soap or metal. Love it or hate it, here's all you need to know about the world's most widely consumed fresh herb.
Buying olive oil can be overwhelming to a new cook, there are seemingly endless choices and widely disparate prices. We'll let you know what the different grades, prices, regions and extraction methods are all about. As a bonus we'll give you the inside track on the best way to store and purchase this essential kitchen staple.
Salt is one of the most important ingredients in any kitchen and it's worth some time to talk about. While sodium is a vital nutrient, it's one that is all too often over-consumed by Americans. You'll be happy to know though that most of your sodium intake isn't from home-cooked meals, it's from processed foods. So don't feel bad about salting your pasta water--you'll be getting way less salt that way than from a frozen TV dinner. The FDA notes that adults should consume less than 2.3g of sodium per day, the photo in this article is of the amount of kosher salt that would be (and yes, it's more than you'd think).