Wednesday, December 17, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

5 Flavors: Guarnaschelli’s 5 things you should try

By
From page B6 | August 06, 2014 |

Alex Guarnaschelli

In this Feb. 21, 2014, file photo, Food Network chef Alex Guarnaschelli smiles during an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. Guarnaschelli, said home cooks have started looking for new sources to heighten flavors. To help them out, she recently shared the five ingredients she thinks Americans should use more often. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Salt and acid. Americans want more of those flavors in their foods, and Alex Guarnaschelli is ready to deliver.

When it comes to developing big, bold flavors, salty and acidic ingredients are among the most basic of building blocks. It’s why salt and vinegars are such go-to items in the American kitchen; a small amount of either can heighten the flavors – and particularly the natural sweetness – of all the other ingredients.

But Guarnaschelli – a regular on Food Network’s Chopped and Iron Chef America and author of “Old School Comfort Food” – says home cooks have started looking for new sources. And to help them out, she recently shared the five ingredients she thinks Americans should use more often. (The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.)

PICKLE JUICE

“Particularly cornichons, you know, the little pickles. The liquid in there really makes a great vinaigrette. And it really adds a lot when you have a mayonnaise-based sauce or an aioli or a tartar sauce or a spicy mayo. Just throw in a splash of that. It’s sort of like adding some salt and some vinegar at the same time and I find it has a way of really rounding flavors out.”

LEMON MARMALADE

“That is another underground flavor helper. If I make something spicy, it adds both a touch of sweetness and a bitter note. I’m always looking for jars of things that I can just add a tiny dot of to round flavors out and make them more complex, and I find marmalade does that. Sometimes when I’m making a salad dressing, like a lemon vinaigrette, I add a little bit of lemon marmalade to that. It adds body to the dressing, but it also adds a little bit of pleasant bitterness. My grandmother used to make chicken with marmalade on it, she used to brush the chicken with it to glaze it.”

MUSTARD SEEDS

“If I am making a spice rub or a spice mix for a braise or even just to crust a piece of fish, I’ll use mustard seeds. If you soak them in a little bit of vinegar and let them get plumped and soft and then you puree them, they’re delicious. And there’s just a touch of heat to them. The texture, the taste, the pop, I love that. Add them to a vinaigrette or a sauce. It’s an ingredient that doesn’t just add body, it really can be transformed by a little hydration, a little spa treatment.”

DRY MARSALA

“I find that it’s good in anything, especially a marinade for a chicken or a steak. Mix it with a little bit of mustard to make a delicious marinade. I can pretty much add a splash of it to almost any soup under the sun with good results. Any fish stews, fish soup, even meat stews, I just find a splash of that at the end takes things to the next level. It’s like adding the fortified wine version of vinegar. I’ve also cooked it down, cooked that raw boozy taste out of it, and used that to make a vinaigrette. It’s delicious.”

TURNIPS

“People think of them as this misshapen lonely, lumpy overstewed kind of bland vegetable. First of all, they’re delicious chopped up raw. I love to slice them thin and lay them out over a plate and then lay some slices of apple over it with olive oil. They’re really a lot more like radishes than one might think. They’re also delicious roasted. Toss them with a little olive oil and throw them in a really hot oven with nothing, and then I just toss them with a vinaigrette when they come out and they’re dynamite. They’re really good roasted with fruits. I love roasting them with pears and putting them underneath chicken. You can also peel them and cook them down and puree them and use that puree to thicken a vegetable soup instead of flour. There’s got to be more nobility for the turnip in 2014.”

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Menorah on Main begins celebration of Hanukkah

By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Haynes, Travis district part company

By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 12 Comments

 
Optimist Club welcomes student essays

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

Police arrest 5 on DUI allegations

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 4 Comments

 
Free new home heater warms Solano family

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
 
Crash blocks part of Air Base Parkway

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Police arrest 4 for suspected marijuana sales

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
 
‘Hobbit’ story ends on big screen

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

 
 
Council delays decision on anti-smoking ordinance

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A8

 
Police arrest man caught driving stolen car

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A8

 
Fairfield police log: Dec. 14, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Faifield police log: Dec. 12, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Dec. 14, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Dec. 12, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

 
.

US / World

Quotes from around the world on Pakistan attack

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
A look at the Pakistani Taliban militant group

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 2 Comments

 
State retiree health care gap reaches $72 billion

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9, 4 Comments

Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
End game: No immigration deal, just divisions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Jeb Bush to ‘actively explore’ run for president

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 3 Comments

 
Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 2 Comments

Gay vets can march in Boston St. Patrick’s parade

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

 
Sydney siege victims lauded for courage, kindness

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Horror over deadly Sydney siege turns to anger

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Aussie leader: System failed to track siege gunman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Islamic State recruits broadly, not just fighters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Filipino mayor expresses support for Guam statue

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Employees arrested for baby theft in Guatemala

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Israel arrests members of Jewish extremist group

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Ireland plans May vote on legalizing gay marriage

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

.

Opinion

 
LA looks to election shift to boost turnout

By Dan Walters | From Page: A11

 
What is Hanukkah’s significance?

By The Rev. Dan Molyneux | From Page: A11, 9 Comments

.

Living

Community Calendar: Dec. 17, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Dec. 17, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Dec. 17, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

 
My teenage daughter seems to be cutting me out of her life

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B6

A chocolatey rich coconut cream pie for Christmas

By Elizabeth Karmel | From Page: B7

 
Go Italian this Christmas with lobster manicotti

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Dressing up a simple hash for Christmas brunch

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
.

Entertainment

Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A5

Green Day, Reed, Starr into rock hall

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Fixes planned for clinic that treated Joan Rivers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Chris Borland’s rookie 49ers season likely over

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Some Raiders players want Sparano in 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Fairfield grad Bishop signs with 49ers

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Memphis stops Golden State’s 16-game win streak

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

College football playoff participants stack AP All-America team

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Raiders place LB Sio Moore on IR

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Patriots regain top spot in AP Pro32 rankings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Rodriguez girls finally get win over Monte Vista

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Panthers outlast Capitals in longest NHL shootout, 20 rounds

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

AP sources: NFL employees turn over phone, email records

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Bills deliver Lions pizza, wings for hospitality

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry retires

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
USOC decides to bid for 2024; city still undecided

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Business

T-Mobile to let customers carry over unused data

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

California home prices cool in November on sluggish sales

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Apple stops sales in Russia, citing unstable ruble

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Obama backs bill imposing new sanctions on Russia

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9, 5 Comments

 
Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Russian ruble sinks sharply despite bank rate hike

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
.

Obituaries

Collie Joseph Blossom

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Calvin B. Shin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Jennie Ponce Reyes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Patricia “Pat” Anne Stringfield-Pierre

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

James Nelson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Comics

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6