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Sometimes, I remind myself that I’m lucky to have a job that takes me places on my bucket list, and this past Monday I joined a number of guests at Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef: Nashville event.
You guys, Nashville! The legendary country music city of the US. Alright, this trip was less about music than it was about the unique experience of converting someone’s home into an actual restaurant for a day. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to become a chef for a day?
Well, my hosts Travis and Claire had their backyard turned into a restaurant, and Travis learned how to make a remarkable meal using different types of salt when he paired up with a professional chef (which I can’t wait to reveal in March).
The thing that I learned at the event, through tasting some pretty amazing dishes, is that making restaurant style food at home has less to do with the actual recipe but how well one seasons the food in the cooking process.
This was Morton Salt’s second Next Door Chef event. I was thrilled they chose Nashville since it’s always been a place I had on my to-visit list. Nashville is known for some cutting-edge cuisine, and a quick tour downtown verified the rumors of it being a booming town for food and business.
At the first event in Chicago, Next Door Chef focused on holiday cooking, something we all work hard to cook our meals and recipes for our friends our families. If you need holiday cooking inspiration, I encourage you to view their tips and recipes at mortonsalt.com/nextdoorchef to inspire you this holiday season.
At the event, I learned more about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt, versus the standard table salt when cooking. I know a lot of you email me regularly about the difference between Kosher vs. Sea Salt and it turns out, that a lot of us are using table salt for almost all cooking purposes, which is a huge miss in the kitchen.
A few key tips for salt as you prepare your holiday meals:
Morton Kosher Salt adds a gourmet touch to the dish. It is the preferred salt of so many chefs because it is easy to control for perfectly seasoned food.
Morton Coarse Sea Salt adds an artistic “pop” you and your dinner guests can see and taste. The crystals are larger than table salt, and they provide contrasting texture.
Morton Fine Sea Salt adds a “pop” while still being fine enough for blending in all cooking. The fine salt crystals dissolve quickly making them perfect for marinades, soups, sauces and dressings.
The food that our hosts prepared was pretty amazing, and I was able to taste how the salt transformed each dish. We also created some pretty amazing moments that were captured on video by the camera crew so I can’t wait to share with you the final result when that is ready.
If you want to host your very own Next Door Chef event, head over to Morton Salt’s webpage where you can download recipes and how-to steps. And if you do host your “Next Door Chef” party or have a recipe idea for using Morton Kosher or sea salt, post your photos using #NextDoorChef.