30 Tasty Ginger Recipes to Spice up Your Life (Or at Least Your Cooking)

Jaime E. Love

You know ginger as the all-important ingredient for holiday season cookies, but this spice can do so much more. It adds warmth to curries and zing to dressings. It perks up salad bowls and gives drinks an extra oomph. Whether you’re using the ground stuff or fresh ginger root (more on that below), this delicious spice is a welcome addition to any plate (or glass). Which is why we’ve rounded up 30 tasty ginger recipes that will let this golden root shine, from breakfast to dessert.

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Here’s what you need to know about this spicy root. It’s actually a flowering plant, and is close cousins to turmeric, cardamom and galangal. People have been turning to this plant’s rhizome (i.e., the ginger root we know and love) for thousands of years—and not just for cooking. According to our

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Want to drastically improve your cooking? Get the right types of salt and use them well

Jaime E. Love
 <span class="copyright">(Hanna Carter / For The Times)</span>
(Hanna Carter / For The Times)

Salt is often the difference between a good dish and great dish. To season with it right and well, it’s helpful to understand the different types of salts and the best ways to use them.

Where does salt come from?

True “sea salt” is harvested from shallow marshes, ponds or other low-lying areas. It comes from either sunshine and wind evaporating the water and leaving behind the salt or from raking salt off the surface of still water.

Other cooking salts come from solution mining. After water dissolves salt deposits, the brine solution is evaporated and purified. The salt left behind is then dried and refined, ending up as almost entirely sodium chloride.

The harvesting and processing determine the shape, size and taste of cooking salts. Here’s a guide to the most commonly used types:

Kosher Salt

Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt: My go-to salt

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The 8 Essential Gadgets You Should Be Using in Your Kitchen

Jaime E. Love

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Equipping your kitchen with the right gadgets can open the doors to experimenting with new techniques, and save you time on prepping your meals. Counter and cabinet space are premium real estate, so getting the right tools means thinking strategically. You’ll want gadgets that can do double duty if possible but also want something that looks decent in your space.

I’ve been an avid home cook for several years, and learned the hard way which appliances are worth your time, and which will end up gathering dust. Learn from my failures, and build out your dream kitchen piece by piece with the tools below.

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Scared of shrimp? Top tips for cooking this seafood perfectly every time

Jaime E. Love

Shrimp is a seafood seen on many menus, but some home cooks are still intimated by the idea of making the popular shellfish.

Not only do these cost-effective crustaceans pack a serious protein punch, they’re also compatible with most cooking methods, making them a win-win for cooks with any level of expertise. Chef Guido Horst Jendrytzko, who has managed hundreds of cooks aboard Caribbean cruise ships, knows a thing or two about seafood. When they’re at sea, Jendrytzko and his team feed thousands of travelers each day — and there are lots of shrimp dishes served onboard.

He loves cooking with shrimp because it’s versatile (i.e. great for crowds) and it’s also quick. “A good steak, takes a minimum of 10-15 minutes to cook,” said Jendrytzko. “With shrimp, you can have a nice meal in just six to seven minutes.”

If you have 10 minutes to spare, and a source

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