A POT OF CHILI: NOTHING BETTER ON A COLD WINTER’S DAY

As the weather turns cold, a pot of hot chili is the type of comfort food that can restore the...
As the weather turns cold, a pot of hot chili is the type of comfort food that can restore the soul, as well as re-kindle the fires. But which chilis will give just the right kick to the dish?  Of course, that depends upon your flavor preference and heat tolerance. Fortunately, there are so many choices of chili peppers, much more than the red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, usually chosen to spice up a meal. In deciding which chili...
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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

 As we approach Christmas celebrations during this unusual year, one thing that we can still treasure are Christmas traditions.  Many...
 As we approach Christmas celebrations during this unusual year, one thing that we can still treasure are Christmas traditions.  Many of us have special memories of traditions that were created from a young age, and then changed as we aged and our families expanded.   And now, our traditions are evolving due to the special precautions we are taking during this pandemic. Decorations are a tradition that can be maintained no matter what is going on in the world.  This year,...
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SHARING THE JOYS OF HOLIDAY BAKING USING WARMING SPICES

Holiday baking is a tradition in many families, whether Christmas cookies or gingerbread, jelly doughnuts at Hanukkah, or benne wafers or sweet potato pie for Kwanzaa.  In this most challenging of years, Spice For Life would like to suggest baking as a way to celebrate your traditions and sharing the joy of the season.
Holiday baking is a tradition in many families, whether Christmas cookies or gingerbread, jelly doughnuts at Hanukkah, or benne wafers or sweet potato pie for Kwanzaa.  In this most challenging of years, Spice For Life would like to suggest baking as a way to celebrate your traditions and sharing the joy of the season. You could exchange cookie trays with neighbors and friends. You could package up boxes of baked treats to mail to grandparents or children who can't travel...
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The Foods of Hanukkah

Walking into a home with the delicious smell of frying potato latkes (pancakes) wafting through the house is a sure sign that Hanukkah has arrived...
Walking into a home with the delicious smell of frying potato latkes (pancakes) wafting through the house is a sure sign that Hanukkah has arrived. Though both the holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas come around the same time of the year, they are not related. Hanukkah is not a Jewish version of Christmas. And the Festival of Hanukkah has its own traditional food associated with it, a few of which we discuss below. History of Hanukkah: In 165 BCE in...
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THANKSGIVING 2020: “THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’”

Even as a little girl, the thought of Thanksgiving filled me with excitement! This was the one time of year...
Even as a little girl, the thought of Thanksgiving filled me with excitement! This was the one time of year my whole family gathered together. Our holiday tradition started over 75 years ago in my parents’ small house in New York and has continued every year since… except for this year. What started out as a gathering of around 18 people has grown to over 45 people, spanning four generations from the ages of 3 months to 92 years young....
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WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE SUMMER VEGETABLE...

Finally, your hard work in the garden is coming to fruition. The vegetables and herbs are growing and about ready...
Finally, your hard work in the garden is coming to fruition. The vegetables and herbs are growing and about ready to be picked! But now what do you do with this abundant crop of summer vegetables? Spice For Life has two recommendations for you of some of our favorite and easy vegetable recipes. One suggestion is a Greek tomato, cucumber, and feta cheese salad; and the other is grilled vegetable skewers. Greek Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Cheese Salad Tomatoes and...
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FALL AND WINTER SQUASH: OH, THE CHOICES WE HAVE!

When we think of fall, perhaps the first images that come to mind are the gorgeous changing colors of the...
When we think of fall, perhaps the first images that come to mind are the gorgeous changing colors of the leaves. It is hard to match that natural beauty. However, with the cooler weather, nature also provides us with a splendid variety of fall vegetables, especially squash, which come in all types of colors and shapes. These squash become plentiful in the early fall and last into the winter months. There is a plethora of squash varieties: spaghetti, acorn, butternut,...
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CINNAMON: A TASTE OF FALL

With fall now upon us, this time of year conjures up for many people some delectable food memories with their...
With fall now upon us, this time of year conjures up for many people some delectable food memories with their unforgettable tastes and smells. One spice that is often an integral part of those memories is cinnamon, with its warm, spicy, sweet, pungent aroma. It has a universal use, since it can be added to both sweet and savory dishes. Cinnamon is used in fall recipes such as: apple and pumpkin pies, hot apple cider, savory stews and chilis. However,...
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COOKING WITH KIDS

It is always a challenge to get kids to eat healthy meals. But one sure way to entice them is...
It is always a challenge to get kids to eat healthy meals. But one sure way to entice them is to get them involved in the preparation of the food. There are multiple benefits for involving kids in cooking. It provides them with: an opportunity to develop a sense of mastery and accomplishment; a chance to have fun working with you on a result they can share; and it can lay the groundwork for some life-long skills. To cook with...
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EVERYONE LOVES TACOS!

Tacos are a meal that you can relish in your favorite Mexican restaurant or make in your own kitchen. The...
Tacos are a meal that you can relish in your favorite Mexican restaurant or make in your own kitchen. The sky is the limit when it comes to how creative you want to be with the ingredients you use. Ingredients can be all sorts of fish, ground beef, chicken, eggs, tofu, carnitas (slow cooked pork shoulder), barbacoa (shredded beef), or always a favorite, taco al pastor (shaved roasted pork with pineapple). Americans eat more than 4.5 billion tacos a year. The...
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EASY AND FUN SUMMER COCKTAILS

Relaxing on the patio on a summer evening is always more fun when you can share a cocktail with a...
Relaxing on the patio on a summer evening is always more fun when you can share a cocktail with a friend (socially distanced, of course) or with your own partner. As the worries of the workday begin to slip away, a summer cocktail can help relieve some of the stresses of these surreal times. We at Spice For Life, have a couple of our favorite cocktails we would like to share. And of course, being a spice store, we like...
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GRILLING SUMMER FRUITS WITH A DASH OF SPICE

Summer is the time of year to enjoy all those luscious fruits that have been slowly ripening and are now...
Summer is the time of year to enjoy all those luscious fruits that have been slowly ripening and are now ready to pick. The choice of fruits is plentiful, like peaches, plums, strawberries, cantaloupes, and watermelons. This is also the time of year we are firing up our barbeques to grill meats, vegetables, and fish. However, we do not often think about grilling fruit. Grilling summer fruits enhances their taste. It helps caramelize their natural sugar and intensifies their already...
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