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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 →

Spice Yourself Skinny with Simple Southwestern Roasted Vegetables

4 Signs of Spring:   Flowers.   Windy Days.   Spring Skiing.   Getting Ready for Bathing Suit Season!   Chilly rain one day…a wet snow shower the next followed by a surprise shot of warm sun that lasts all of… Continue Reading →

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 →

What Spice Pairs Well with Blue?

Rough summer. Stunning blue skies, time in swimming pools, relaxing in Lake Placid, happy kids. And one singular heartache of an epic proportion. About 1100 pounds worth. My beautiful, athletic, feisty off track thoroughbred became very sick. Turned out she… Continue Reading →

Enchilada Sauce for Impatient Cooks

Do you want the liveliness a bold Mexican dish made from scratch but aren’t in the mood to sacrifice half your weekend chained to the stove to make a singular sauce? Here is a sauce that gives you the aroma and flavor you want along with the flexibility… 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 →

9 Sexy Mustard Couples and 1 Threesome

Who doesn’t love a sexy couple when Valentine’s Day is lingering in the air? How about a sexy, spicy couple? Even better…a sexy, spicy, unexpected couple? Enter mustard. Mustard can be quite complex. When mustard is used in cooking there are… Continue Reading →

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