Great ingredients make for great meals. Whenever you can, use the highest quality supplies for your recipes. The flavor difference will always come through in your finished dish.
If there is an ingredient that you are not familiar with, check our Ingredient section. There are pages and pages of information about the ingredients used in my recipes.
I love cooking with beer. I use a splash of beer in a lot of Mexican / Southwestern dishes. It adds a yeasty, savory flavor that nothing else can. I generally add it early in the cooking so that the liquid reduces to intensify the flavor and so that the alcohol evaporates.