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Put Down the Pepper Grinder, Ma'am

Published February 9, 2023

Because black pepper should be treated like cloves or cinnamon

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A recent Google search returned more than 468 million hits for the phrase “salt and pepper.” Even accounting for references to hair color, it suggests the two ingredients enjoy a cozy relationship. Too cozy, I’d say: Over the years, I’ve moved away from robotically adding salt and pepper to every savory dish I cook.