Making a Difference

Many people often ask what is the difference between table salt and Kosher salt….olive oil and extra virgin olive oil..do they really make a difference in cooking?

The main difference with salts are the texture.  Table salt is a finer granular which makes it dissolve quicker, which bakers prefer.  Sea salt or Kosher salt is larger and adds a nice crunch.  It works better when cooking savory dishes and for last-minute seasoning.

Fun fact……Did you know that a teaspoon of table salt has more salt in it than a tablespoon of Kosher salt.

There are so many different oils to choose from now.  Obviously the finer the more expensive, but why?

Extra virgin olive oil is made from the first pressing of olives which makes it most expensive and less acidic.  It’s better tasting and more flavorful.  This is why it is used mostly in salad dressing and for bread dipping.

Olive oil is made from processing leftovers of virgin olive oil, making it less expensive and more useful for cooking.

Grandma’s Special Sweet Mashed Potatoes

It’s fall and you all know what that means…Comfort food! As much as I love mashed potatoes they don’t like my waistline.  Try mashing your cauliflower.  They will look and almost taste just like mashed potatoes.  My Granddaughter had dinner with us tonight and when she saw them she asked what they were.  Not wanting to tell her cauliflower I told her they were Grandma’s special sweet mashed potatoes.  She couldn’t wait to try them.  One taste and she got off the table and ran around the house.  She said they were so yummy and gave her tons of energy!

They are so simple to make:

Steam one head of cauliflower with a couple of garlic gloves in the microwave.  Add a little milk, butter and salt and pepper.  I use an immersion blender until smooth.

If they can fool a 5 year old…they can fool you.  Enjoy!