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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Coarse Sea Salt
Salt as simple as it is still has its nuances. I use coarse salt for soup, cooking pasta, and long coo...
 
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Milano
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking.
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February 16, 2014
Coarse Sea Salt

Salt as simple as it is still has its nuances. I use coarse salt for soup, cooking pasta, and long cooking techniques, on large meat cuts, and whole birds that roast or braise for a long time. While fine salt I use for salads and quick cooking recipes, so it melts and seasons the food immediately. I like to use sea salt, coarse salt, or fine salt. I also like to use salt flakes called "sel de mer", sea salt crystals formed naturally in coastal flats because they are more flavorful, but a bit more expensive