ROAST LAMB FOR EASTER DINNER

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to consider what should be the piece de resistance of this year’s...
With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to consider what should be the piece de resistance of this year’s Easter dinner. There are many options: ham, prime rib, salmon, pork loin, Cornish game hens, but our favorite is roast lamb. There is nothing like the smell of lamb roasting in the oven, as your family gathers (virtually or physically) to share this holiday meal. The trick is to pick the right cut of lamb to roast, that being either...
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MATZAH (MATZO) BALLS: A PASSOVER TRADITION THAT CAN ...

With the return of spring each year also comes the Festival of Passover, and the time for many Jewish families...
With the return of spring each year also comes the Festival of Passover, and the time for many Jewish families to pull out their “tried and true” Matzah ball recipes. For there could not be a Passover Seder (dinner), without Matzah ball soup. Matzah balls are Jewish soup dumplings that originated in Eastern and Central Europe. It became popular in the United States in the 19th century with the automated mass production of Matzah. Passover is the festival of freedom...
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HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK: THE QUINTESSENTIAL COMFORT FOOD

With the presence of serious health issues, food is often sought out as a source of solace providing comfort during...
With the presence of serious health issues, food is often sought out as a source of solace providing comfort during times of uncertainty. Nothing provides more comfort and warmth than a bowl of hot soup. The basis of so many good soups is homemade stock, vegetable, beef, but by far the most versatile stock for soup is chicken. Once you have this chicken stock made all sorts of ingredients can be added: diced or shredded chicken, vegetables, rice, beans, noodles,...
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WHAT WOULD ST. PATRICK’S DAY BE WITHOUT CORNED BEEF?

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? The Smithsonian provides a detailed historical explanation for corned beef and its popularity with the...
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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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