If you cook much at all in the South and have on your shelf an old family cookbook, you've likely read a recipe that calls for a dash, a pinch or even a smidgen of something or another. Now, while in cooking mistaking a dash for a pinch probably won't make a huge difference, in baking the difference could account for a big flop of one of your favorite family recipes. Last weekend I came across the cutest Mother's Day gifts! A set of three measuring spoons - a dash, a pinch and a smidgen. Such a fun idea for the Mom that has everything... and only really needs a little bit more love in the kitchen!
A pinch would be the second of the group. A pinch is considered the amount in which you can "pinch" between your thumb and forefinger - or the exact measurement would be 1/16 teaspoon.
The final measure - a Smidgen - is the least popular, and also the smallest measurement you can have. It accounts to 1/32 of a teaspoon. Now, most people won't even notice this small of an ingredient missing, but foodies will - so don't forget the smidgen!
I found these at the Charleston open-air market, but The Weed Patch also has a great selection online.
Now you can enjoy your Southern recipes with a smidgen of sass.. just like grandma made them!