1Using a clean coffee grinder or mortar and pestle, grind or crush black (and/or white) peppercorns to a fine powder. Mix 1 part pepper with 12 parts kosher salt or 8 parts fine or flake sea salt. Store in a metal spice can or glass jar away from the light. Transfer a small amount to a ramekin or small bowl and keep on the countertop for seasoning, using your fingers to measure.
Don't saw your celery. Don't stab at your sprouts. Cut the way Jeffrey Elliot (who literally wrote the book on knife skills) shows you in this video.
Mixing dry ingredients can cause a dusty mess in the kitchen. But don't waste your money on a prefab splash guard. Instead, next time you're getting ready to bake, try this trick from Jenny Stewart of CHOW.com—it's the cleanest way to combine in the kitchen!