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Sage Toffee

“This tastes like the bomb!” “I have to have that recipe.” “WHAT did you add? This is dangerous!” “Please send more!!” Welcome to the world of my sage toffee. I make it every year through the holiday season. It’s a… Continue Reading →

Cooking with Fresh Herbs: 3 Ideas

The green gateway to freshness; that’s spring for you. Enter herbs. What’s unique about spring is that cooking with herbs works with what’s fresh growing now…asparagus, strawberries or rhubarb anyone?…as well as adding a refreshing shot of flavor to the stalwart staples… Continue Reading →

Food Fraud: A Quick Guide to Sneaky Spices

Here’s the scene: you want to bake. Your cookie recipe calls for the distinct taste of nutmeg. You open your nutmeg jar and carefully measure out your tablespoon of…coffee husks. WTF? Welcome to food fraud. Ok, so the above example is a bit… Continue Reading →

How to Conquer Grocery Prices…with Spices

Grocery prices are back on the climb, thanks to yet another record setting drought and heat wave this summer. This reality coupled with, which for many is the back-to-school season and the result is a nation of households with some pretty tightly… Continue Reading →

Homemade Easter Egg Dye

  You don’t have to go far on the web to find recipes on how to make natural food coloring. I’m simply taking it one step further. Instead of the usual beets and onion skins let’s open the spice cupboard. Making homemade… Continue Reading →

Basil: 5 Things You’ve Never Heard Of

So you know that part in Alice in Wonderland when Alice sees what appears to be a common rabbit hole? She peers in, then falls and discovers a deep world filled with amazing, wondrous, unpredictable surprises? Basil is like the rabbit… Continue Reading →

Grilling Healthy with Summer BBQ Spices

June is upon us and the weather forecast is sending us days of sunshine. Memorial Day, Father’s Day and summertime — the outdoor grill is the icon of good times. Where there’s a grill there’s fire and coals. And those delivers… Continue Reading →

How to Get Fresh with A Bartender

Boing! Spring’s here. Judging by all the desperate antics I’ve seen for the sun to come out (umm, sorry dude…but wearing shorts when it’s 23 degrees outside isn’t going to change the weather)…we’re ready. With spring comes the earliest of edible harvests: fresh… Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Butter Sauce Recipe for Herbs

It’s a weeknight. You’re tired. Spouse is fried. Kids are getting cranky. Grocery shopping didn’t happen. And there it is…the daily question that never goes away.  What’s for dinner tonight?   Cooking with herbs and spices, even at the most basic level, can really save your… Continue Reading →

Gift Idea: What To Put in A Spice Starter Kit

The art of gift-giving. It’s got to be creative, unexpected, appreciated, and useful. Consider a homemade spice kit. A box full of spices is a package full of flavor and possibilities and an expression food, culture and friendship. There are hundreds… Continue Reading →

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