When I was growing up I was taught that a secret is a secret and you never share it, pinky-swear. When my best friend told me she had a crush on the boy down the street and made me triple-promise not to say anything to anyone, to this day I have never broken that promise.
But growing older I learned that it’s okay to share a secret once in awhile. When you get blamed for eating the last cookie and it was your brother who took the last cookie from the cookie jar, or who sipped the milk right out of the carton.
I run the Test Kitchen here at Mr. Food, and think it’s okay to share some of our kitchen secrets. Secrets like, how to tell if your baking powder is still fresh before you use it, so that you don’t have to throw out your cake when it doesn’t rise. Secrets like that are meant to be shared.
One ingredient that I feel is my secret weapon in a lot of what I cook has to be…