Ground Spices : If your spices all smell like the wood your cupboard is made of, they probably aren't doing your cooking any favors. While they’re not harmful, ground spices will lose their potency after 1 to 2 years. Check any suspiciously old spices with a quick sniff and taste — if they’re not identifiable, it’s time to say goodbye.
Isaac Mizrahi is the award-winning international designer and Project Runway judge. He's a self-taught cook who doesn't waste time. He goes straight to the masters and has a critical eye for whose recipes to trust. In this installment of The Key 3, he shares with Lynne Rossetto Kasper his methods for preparing a basic tomato sauce, a family vinaigrette and Jacques Pepin's chocolate souffle.