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"Gourmet" salt and pepper

I always use kosher salt when grilling, but wonder what results others have had with the sea salts. Also, any peppercorns worth buying beyond the grocery store variet?

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  1. I have an alder smoked sea salt that i love. i'm a big fan of smoked flavours.

    I also have a sea salt blend with herbs and a bit of lemon peel, which i like to use with fish dishes.

    pink peppercorns can be very nice. I keep meaning to try something like this
    http://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipede...

    1. So funny that this post is here. I just took a 3 hour cooking class called "it's not just salt and pepper" where we used all different kinds of salts and peppers that made the food amazing. There is a tahitian salt that infuses vanilla into it that we seared scallops with and a very smoky pepper that we crusted onto pork before searing it. Go into a specialty store....they are worth experimenting with.

      1. I prefer Maldon sea salt. It's not puffed up like kosher, of course, so you'll use less of it. It's an excellent quality sea salt, in my opinion, and you can get it at higher-quality stores and groceries.

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        1. re: foodiesf

          As we all know everything tastes better with bacon, one of the basic food groups.
          http://www.baconsalt.com/

        2. I never knew pepper actually had taste (I thought it just gave off heat) until I bought Penzey's India Tellicherry peppercorns and a grinder. I was absolutely amazed that it had a taste and is a spice! By all means, go try the good stuff.