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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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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ALL ABOUT SALT

What is salt? Salt is a mineral. Thus, unlike most spices and herbs, salt does not come from any plant....
What is salt? 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 and it is found in geological deposits in mines (rock salt). Or it is from the present ocean and it is harvested by the evaporation process (sea salt). Salt is one of the most fundamental seasonings in cooking, used to enhance the flavors of any dish. There are quite a large...
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