SAFFRON: THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE SPICE. IS IT WOR...

YES! Without a doubt Saffron is worth it, for there is no flavor substitute, though cheap imitations will try. Saffron...
YES! Without a doubt Saffron is worth it, for there is no flavor substitute, though cheap imitations will try. Saffron has a distinct rich, floral, musky honey-like earthy flavor with a slight bitter edge. The smell and taste are wonderful and unmistakable. And all you need in a dish are a few threads of it, so a gram of saffron will go a long way. But I get ahead of myself, let me explain why saffron is so expensive and...
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EASY RECIPES FOR THOSE PLENTIFUL SUMMER VEGETABLES I...

The summer vegetable growing season is full upon us and it is now time to reap the benefits of your...
The summer vegetable growing season is full upon us and it is now time to reap the benefits of your labor. But sometimes that abundance of luscious vegetables can be overwhelming. Spice For Life has two recommendations for some of our favorite and easy vegetable recipes. One suggestion is a cucumber grape gazpacho; and the other is grilled eggplant with fresh basil. Cucumber Grape Gazpacho with Cajun Shrimp This is a take-off on the traditional tomato gazpacho that graces the...
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SALT: ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL SEASONINGS

Salt is a mineral. Thus, unlike most spices and herbs, salt does not come from any plant. Salt is from...
Salt is a mineral. Thus, unlike most spices and herbs, salt does not come from any plant. Salt is from the ocean, either the pre-historic ocean, found in geological deposits in mines (rock salt). Matter of fact, salt is the only rock we eat. Or salt is from the present ocean and it is harvested by the evaporation process (sea salt). There are quite a large variety of salts with different characteristics and uses, from the delicate Fleur De Sel...
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A BRUNCH MENU FOR MOTHER’S DAY

With Mother’s Day a week away and your favorite restaurant for brunch not open, Spice For Life has a suggestion....
With Mother’s Day a week away and your favorite restaurant for brunch not open, Spice For Life has a suggestion. Why not prepare a simple yet elegant brunch to honor her? You can let your mother or wife have breakfast in bed. What a wonderful way for her to start off the day! Our Mother’s Day brunch menu includes a cocktail, three choices of entrees, and a choice of desserts. Cocktail:Our brunch menu starts with our special Spice For Life...
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SALT-FREE BLENDS: NO SALT BUT SUCH FLAVORS!

With everyone trying to be more health conscious, watching salt intake has become “the norm”. People are reading packaging labels...
With everyone trying to be more health conscious, watching salt intake has become “the norm”. People are reading packaging labels and checking for the sodium content before purchasing food products. However, salt is a universal spice, used to enhance the flavors of any dish. So, how can we enjoy delicious meals and still be healthy? The answer is by using Salt-Free Blends. Spice For Life has 16 Salt-Free Blends ready for you to use. A World Without Salt The beauty...
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A SPICED UP CORNED BEEF FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

The classic meal for a St. Paddy’s day celebration in the United States almost always includes some form of corned...
The classic meal for a St. Paddy’s day celebration in the United States almost always includes some form of corned beef, which can be cooked in a slow cooker, pressure cooker, or in the oven. However, this is an Irish American tradition, not so in Ireland where a more traditional St. Paddy’s day meal includes lamb or pork. So, how did this American tradition come about? And what can we do this year to change it up a little? The...
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MARDI GRAS 2021: NO PARADE, BUT OH THE FOOD!

This year we celebrate Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) on Tuesday February 16TH. This is the last day of the Carnival Season before the start of Lent. There is no place better to celebrate Mardi Gras then the “Big Easy”. New Orleans celebrates in style with parades, costume balls, and parties.
This year we celebrate Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) on Tuesday February 16TH. This is the last day of the Carnival Season before the start of Lent. There is no place better to celebrate Mardi Gras then the “Big Easy”. New Orleans celebrates in style with parades, costume balls, and parties. However, this year there will be no parades in New Orleans. Parades have been an integral part of the Mardi Gras festivities since 1857. There have been only...
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CARDAMOM: THAT AROMATIC YET ELUSIVE SPICE

Nothing can compare to taking that first sip of coffee in the morning to get the body moving and the...
Nothing can compare to taking that first sip of coffee in the morning to get the body moving and the brain activated. Just smelling the coffee brewing is enough to pull you out of that warm bed. Now just imagine adding the aromatic flavor of green cardamom to that brew and that aroma is hypnotic. And for you tea drinkers, what would chai tea be without cardamom? It is a spice that can be used in savory and sweet dishes,...
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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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