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Healthy Sausage Seasonings for Clean Eating

Near the end of October, the food and health sector on the Internet was sizzling louder than a cast iron pan loaded with breakfast meat. Why? The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an independent agency under the auspices of the World… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Fantastic 5: Antioxidant Spice Heroes or How to Keep That Pesky “Eat Healthy” Resolution!

Okay, let’s see a show of hands. How many of us included the perennial “eat healthier” in our New Year’s resolutions? Yeah, my hand is up too. How many of us are still going strong in that category? Hmmm…thought so.  We need help!… Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Spice Merchant’s Daughter: Recipes & Simple Spice Blends for the American Kitchen

“It was the aroma. The exotic scent of spices: rich, alluring, and almost magical. A scent that would sometimes overpower the freshness in the air and sometimes subtly mingle with it to create a tantalizing bouquet. A scent that would… Continue Reading →

Candy Corn Cookies With Natural Coloring

About a week ago Food News Journal posted a link to the most adorable cookie recipe on the blog by Baked Bree. I knew immediately that I’d be making the recipe.  But as I scrolled through the comments, one in particular… Continue Reading →

3 Spices for Beautiful Skin

Beauty may only be skin deep but don’t underestimate the importance of that top layer.  Did you realize your skin is your largest organ? As such it has a tremendous responsibility; it protects you from the environment, helps regulate your internal… Continue Reading →

Vanilla Villains: Your Guide to The Bad Guys

In my last post, I shared how to make authentic, homemade vanilla extract. What ensued was a lively discussion over the confusion about the color of vanilla (check out the comments and chime in). People were surprised that vanilla was steeped in vodka… Continue Reading →

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