In our Basics series, we tackle the simple kitchen tasks. No job is so small that it doesn’t deserve to be done perfectly. Here: We love spicy dishes, but too much heat can overwhelm the delicate flavors of grilled fish, light soups, or refreshing salsas; In this video, learn how to dice a hot pepper so your dishes have just the right amount of bite.

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