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More Gingerbread Road Show: A Perfection of Confection

Making gingerbread houses takes a certain breed of person. Creative. Patient. Methodical. Not sure about you but I always overindulge from snacking on all the candy decorations. So let’s add self-disciplined to that list. But here’s the kicker—who doesn’t absolutely looooove gingerbread… 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 →

National Earth Day: 3 Ways Spices Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  Earth Day. This is probably my 8th attempt to start this post. Why? Because despite my M.S. in Environmental Science any feeble attempt I make to stitch together the dependency of natural systems (which includes people shocker!) on a… 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 →

Giveaway: The Karma Sauce Company “Smokey” #2

What do you get when you combine a December trip to the Mayan Riviera with the holiday season in Upstate New York? You get an unexpected holiday gift (yes, you! If you win). A bottle of warmth and flavor that, like a vacation, will taste completely… Continue Reading →

Spice Coupons. Spice Samples. Spice Freebies.

With the holidays approaching and all the gifts you want to give who isn’t interested in saving a little cash? Now match that thought to the fact that I get a lot of email. Mountains of it. Announcements, offers, articles, articles, merchant updates –a lot of… Continue Reading →

Green Tomato Mincemeat: What Is It and How to Make It

This is the spice season…is it not? Today’s post spotlights a simpler, more wholesome, and frugal time. And it all starts with the cold weather. Quick 10 second diversion: if you were anticipating a Halloween spice post there are plenty here. Scroll… Continue Reading →

Spices, Horses, and the MS Society

Last week was summer’s swan song and I sent it off with a pile of fresh fruits paired up with fun spices. This week I’m buttoning up the season the same way I started it: immersed in the horse world…. Continue Reading →

7 Summer Fruits and Their BSF (Best Spice Friend)

So September is here, school has started and summer is over…not! Certainly the farmer’s markets and local growers agree. Stalls are still packed with berries, peaches, nectarines, watermelon, cucumbers, cantaloupe…all those summer goodies that are the epitome of soft, warm days and… Continue Reading →

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