- When cooking pork, don't be afraid of pinkness. "It's OK to have medium rare cooked pork."
- Build layers of flavors. Flay seasons each aspect of a recipe. For example, though they would all be combined into the finished dish, he seasoned the pork, the glaze, and the sauce each separately with salt and pepper.
- Cook with canola oil. Flay prefers canola oil to extra virgin olive oil.
- Always use unsalted butter. "I like to control the salt content in a dish. I like to use a lot of salt, but I want to add it — not have the butter add it."
- If remodeling your kitchen, Flay recommends installing a gas stove. He dislikes electric stoves.
- A sauce should never be too thick. "I hate sauces that are gloppy. Isn't that a horrible word? I like sauces that are liquidy."
- Introducing someone to the wonderful world of chiles? Start with poblanos. They're a mild chile with no heat.
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