DIPPING SEASONINGS FOR BREAD: QUICK AND EASY APPETIZERS

With rising health concerns about being in crowds and many people deciding to spend more time at home, entertaining a...
With rising health concerns about being in crowds and many people deciding to spend more time at home, entertaining a few friends at your house can ease those feelings of social isolation. You don’t have to be a superb chef or even prepare a full meal, sometimes just appetizers and drinks will do the trick. Besides the usual selection of cheeses and charcuterie, we at Spice For Life have found serving bread hot out of the oven with a variety...
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THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT SEASONING FOR STEAK

At Spice For Life, at least twice a week we are asked to recommend to a customer a seasoning for...
At Spice For Life, at least twice a week we are asked to recommend to a customer a seasoning for steak. People are looking for a seasoning that will not overwhelm the flavor of the steak but enhance it. For the best cuts of beef like a rib eye, NY strip, tenderloin, T-bone and porterhouse, you want the natural flavor of the steak to be the predominant taste. So, we make two recommendations to our customers. For those who are...
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A SPICY MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

This year we celebrate Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) on Tuesday February 25TH. This is the last day of...
This year we celebrate Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) on Tuesday February 25TH. This is the last day of the Carnival of Carnaval Season before the start of Lent. However, this type of celebration has been taking place since Ancient Roman Times and when Christianity took hold, the celebration was fused into the new religion. There is no place better to celebrate Mardi Gras than the “Big Easy”. New Orleans celebrates in style with costume balls, masks, parades, parties,...
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SPICE UP YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER BY COOKING AT HOME

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, Spice For Life has some suggestions for cooking a delicious, easy, and...
With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, Spice For Life has some suggestions for cooking a delicious, easy, and memorable meal. Treat that special someone in your life to a home cooked meal that will tantalize the taste buds. For this special evening, we are recommending a French themed dinner…French has been said to be “the language of love”. First start with our take on the classic French 75 Cocktail: Ingredients: 2 oz. Gin 3 oz. Champagne 1 oz. compari...
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THE EVER ENIGMATIC CURRY: WHAT EXACTLY IS CURRY?

Curry can mean so many different things. There is curry powder, curry sauce, and curried meats and vegetables. There are...
Curry can mean so many different things. There is curry powder, curry sauce, and curried meats and vegetables. There are few theories about the origin of the word “curry.” Curry could be an anglicized form of “kari,” which means sauce in Tamil, a language spoken in Sri Lanka and southern India. Or perhaps the word is derived from the curry leaves, an ingredient frequently used in Indian recipes Some think it may come from “kahari,” a wok-like pot used for...
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THE SIMPLE YET ELEGANT WHOLE ROASTED CHICKEN

As a child, one night a week we would have roasted chicken for dinner. The luscious aroma of a chicken...
As a child, one night a week we would have roasted chicken for dinner. The luscious aroma of a chicken roasting in the oven would greet you as soon you entered the house. It was often a time for the family to gather: my siblings and parents, my grandparents who lived a few blocks away, and sometimes even my aunts, uncle and cousins would join us. So, the smell and even the thought of a roasted chicken always brings back...
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IT'S CHILI TIME! WHICH CHILI PEPPERS TO USE FOR YOUR...

With winter full upon us and as I look out my window watching the snowflakes fall, the thought of a...
With winter full upon us and as I look out my window watching the snowflakes fall, the thought of a pot of hot chili cooking on the stove is upper most on my mind. But the question is, with the wide variety of chili peppers available, what chilis should I use to give my dish just the right kick? There are so many more choices than just red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper, the usual chili peppers selected to give...
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THE WARMING SPICES FOR HOLIDAY BAKING: THERE IS NO S...

Holiday baking is a tradition in many families, whether Christmas cookies or gingerbread, jelly doughnuts or rugelach at Hanukkah, or...
Holiday baking is a tradition in many families, whether Christmas cookies or gingerbread, jelly doughnuts or rugelach at Hanukkah, or benne wafers or sweet potato pie for those celebrating Kwanzaa. Early in European history, people feasted to celebrate the winter solstice. Winter solstice feasts were eventually combined with the celebration of Christmas as the Christian faith spread. Soldiers in the Crusades were one source of spices such as cinnamon, pepper, ginger, and dried fruit, like citron and dates. It is...
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THE LONE BUT MIGHTY BAY LEAF

Bay Leaves are used all year round in cooking, but during the holiday time they are elevated to new heights...
Bay Leaves are used all year round in cooking, but during the holiday time they are elevated to new heights by being used as an essential part of stuffing, brine, stews, and soups. Yet, some chefs are advocating that bay leaves add nothing worthwhile to dishes. So, what is the purpose of adding bay leaves to your holiday cooking? Bay leaves are from the laurel family and they have had a storied place in history. In ancient Greece, Olympic athletes...
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LET’S TALK TURKEY: TO BRINE OR NOT TO BRINE THAT IS ...

We at Spice For Life are in favor of brining turkeys and let us tell you why. There is nothing...
We at Spice For Life are in favor of brining turkeys and let us tell you why. There is nothing like a perfectly cooked turkey with all parts of the bird being moist. When a turkey is roasted, smoked or barbequed, in the cooking process the bird can loose up to 30% of its moisture. And it is the turkey breast, the white meat that dries out the most because it is the first part done. Brining a turkey can...
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FOUR WINTER DRINKS TO KEEP YOU WARM

Weather is getting chilly, leaves are falling, and winter is coming. Picking the right spice flavors will lift your spirits...
Weather is getting chilly, leaves are falling, and winter is coming. Picking the right spice flavors will lift your spirits when the weather is gloomy : Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, star anise, nutmeg and cacao are the backbone spices of many warm winter drinks. Mulled Wine/Cider Mulled wine, or “gluhwein” in German, is a classic winter and Christmas time drink. Simple to make and delicious to drink; there is nothing like a mulled beverage, be it wine or cider, on a...
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A VARIETY OF PEPPERCORNS – ONCE CALLED THE KING OF S...

This spice dominated the spice trade for centuries. However, despite its name, peppercorns have no relation to peppers or corn....
This spice dominated the spice trade for centuries. However, despite its name, peppercorns have no relation to peppers or corn. Peppercorns are the fruit of a tropical climbing vine native to South India. The fruits are harvested and dried. Through different processes of harvesting, drying and preserving, the peppercorns develop different colors and flavor profiles. Black peppercorns are harvested when the fruits have grown to their full-size, at this point though they are green and still unripe. They turn into...
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