Chef Jodi’s tips for spicing up those grill skills with Latin flavors!
Time to get fired up for Grill Season! Put away the ground beef and hotdog buns, Chef Jodi has some tips to spice up your grilling skills. Read through these and you’ll be grilling la vida loca!
The Spice of Life
Cumin seeds, despite their small size and fine texture when ground, certainly pack a punch! Cumin is an absolute staple in Latin American cuisine, making a great addition to chili powders and adding flavor in marinades. A fun fact about Cumin: it is believed to be a natural aid for digestive troubles.
If you don’t have them now, you need them NOW: Tongs
Tongs are an absolute must during grill season. If you don’t own them already, it’s time to step up your kitchen utensil game!
Chef Jodi says, “tongs are far more effective than any spatula when it comes to grilling. And they’re great tools for sautéing, too! They’re a must-have in any kitchen.”
Secret Ingredient(s) of the Month: Cilantro and Lime Juice
Chef Jodi has dished out not one, but TWO secret ingredients this the month: cilantro and lime juice.
If you’re going to go with Latin cuisine, you simply can not forget the fresh cilantro and lime juice! Chef Jodi can’t not stress the importance of these two ingredients enough. With a focus on Californian cuisine (with a Latin influence), Cilantro is a key ingredient in so many of Chef Jodi’s recipes–it’s practically a staple.
“Cilantro and lime juice are crucial ingredients in marinades, salsas, chimichurri sauces, and guacamole–to name a handful. They’re both used in a large number of Latin American recipes!”