Tomatoes with lavender salt, pan-fried steak with smoked paprika salt, electric green matcha salt on poached eggs, tangerine salt sprinkled over a roast chicken. If any of that sounds delicious and intriguing, then we suggest you watch Eric Gower's fun and informative video on how to make and use flavored salts. While you're at it, check out his beautiful open pantry/spice shelf in the background. As an 'out-of-sight-out-of-mind' kind of person, I really appreciate Eric's open pantry. I imagine it would be very handy to just scan the shelves when I'm short on inspiration, or that I will never again lose an ingredient to the back of a cupboard, where it had lingered for years, turning to tasteless dust. And since he often cooks all three meals of his family's meals at home, Eric's pantry gets used on a daily basis, which keeps the dust down and the ingredients fresh.
Eric Gower's San Francisco rental kitchen was featured in The Kitchn a few years ago. Since then, he's moved into his own home and has started to post fun, informal videos from his new kitchen on how to sharpen knives, take care of cast iron and use fresh herbs in cooking. He's a new dad, too, so we'll maybe wait a little before asking him for a new kitchen tour!