There are two categories of people when it comes to food. Those who eat to live and those who live to eat. I'm one of those who lives to eat. I find great cuisine one of the finest pleasures in life. The aroma, the presentation, the savory taste that indulges my taste buds. But I wasn't always so appreciative of the gourmet food industry because I honestly didn't know any better.
I was raised on the typical American diet of household meatloaf, mash potatoes, and casserole dinners. It wasn't until I was out of the house and in my twenties that I began experiencing a new world of cuisine. I began to take a new approach in foods that I had never had the opportunity of eating before. I was excited to travel across country and foreign lands to see new dishes I didn't even know existed. But it wasn't until I married and moved to New Orleans that I began dabbling in spices and herbs. Now you can't get me out of the kitchen. The key in becoming a fantastic cook; know your spices and herbs. Once you know your spices and herbs you can create all sorts of favorable dishes. I'm beginning to make my own wine and white sauces at the moment. I just created my very own recipe for a rosemary pot roast and a divine Chardonnay sauce. It's one of my hubby's new favorites.
Last night I prepared a Mediterranean fish dinner that was out of this world. Anything worth cooking has to be preplanned. So, I had my fish marinating in spices and a lovely sea salt. The salt I used to prepare my fish was called, ALAEA. I mix it with my spices and use it as a rub. FANTASTIC!!! The salt really helps trap the favorable juices when baking.
I also use salts on the BBQ. My husband grilled the most delicious steaks last week. We used the truffle salt from Dean & Deluca. They also have a outstanding truffle BBQ sauce too. Ah, the wonderful world of salts. I noticed that Williams-Sonoma carries some sea salts and flavored salts as well. But I'm a huge Dean & Deluca fan myself.
Truffle Salt & BBQ Sauce