Cooking with lard is the secret to good taste.
(Forget what they once said about lard.. It's very healthy}

1 Lard makes the best fried chicken and Pork Chops. ...
2 It's an extremely versatile fat. ...
3 Mexican tamales just wouldn't be the same without it. ...
4 It has less saturated fat than butter. ...
5 It makes for the flakiest of pie crusts. ...
6 Despite what you may think, it does not impart a pork flavor.
7. A southern lard biscuit recipe will make you wonder why you mess with anything else.
8. Vegetables roasted in lard come out crisper than you thought possible.

The Lost Art of Cooking With Lard:
Baking and frying with Lard to achieve the authenticity of old-fashioned recipes

Many old-fashioned recipes require cooking with lard. Despite its demonized reputation, lard is actually better for your health than fake, processed vegetable oils. Lard is lower in saturated fat than other animal fats like butter and tallow, and higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat—the type that gives olive oil its health halo. ... Plus, in its natural form, lard has none of the trans fats that we know are bad for you.

Cooking Terms

How much is a pinch of something? 
What is the difference between a pinch and small pinch of something? 
How much is a Dash?

A Pinch:
To add a pinch of something as a cooking ingredient. Use your thumb, index finger and middle finger to grab the spice.

Small Pinch:
To add a small pinch. Use your thumb and index finger only to grab some spice, then add it.

A Dash:
Is at least 1/16 but less than 1/8 teaspoon

Heaping Teaspoon:
Some recipes call for heaping spoon measures. Such a heaping/heaped teaspoon, refers to an inexact volume of the required ingredient, obtained by scooping it up with a teaspoon and not leveling it off. 

Tad - 2 shakes of a spice shaker
Dash - 4 shakes of a spice shaker

So you don’t keep, expensive to buy, buttermilk in the house because no one drinks it and it goes bad and now you have a recipe that calls for some buttermilk. Here’s what to do.. Measure 1 cup of regular milk. Stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Let it set five minutes.

How Much Is A Pinch Of 
Something In Cooking?

Make A Buttermilk Substitute
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