Spices & Seasonings
How to Dry and Store Fresh Hara Dhania (Cilantro) for a Year
Learn how to dry and store hara dhaniya (fresh cilantro) so that it keeps well for a year. Recipe video included.
Green vs. Black vs. White Peppercorns (Plus a Green Peppercorn Sauce Recipe)
You can make a spectacular tasting green peppercorn sauce by reading this recipe. Learn about the differences between the different colors of peppercorns derived from the same plant and how it is grown, plus health benefits. The history of the spice trade is also fascinating.
Season With Dill for Tangy Flavor and an Immunity Boost
In addition to adding flavor to fish dishes and pickles, dill boosts our bone health and immunity. Learn more about this versatile herb that's essential to have in your herb garden or on your spice rack.
Periodic Table of Asian Seasonings: A Guide for Home Cooks
The foods of Japan, Thailand, China, and India are redolent with bold, exotic seasonings. Do you know how to use them?
Top 15 Important Masala Powders of Indian Cuisine
Indian cuisine makes frequent use of different types of masala powders. "Masala" simply means "blend of spices," and a masala powder is the ground powder of a whole spice mixture. Let's take a look at the top 15 most important masala powders in Indian cuisine.
Condiments, Herbs, Spices & Seasonings: What's the Difference?
Even many good cooks don't know the differences between condiments, herbs, spices, and seasonings. Do you know the differences?
All About Cajun Seasoning: Brands, Uses, and DIY Recipe
Cajun seasoning originated in Louisiana where delicious Cajun cuisine is popular. In this article, I'll tell you how to use it, what some of the best brands are, and how to whip up your own homemade blend.
Penzeys: Spicing Up Life in Houston and Around the United States
For the freshest herbs and spices, I go at Penzeys, a Wisconsin-based shop with locations in 30 states in the U.S. If you are not in one of the states in which they operate, check out their catalog sales.
Exploring Vanilla: An Amazing History and Innovative Recipes
When did vanilla become synonymous with bland and boring? Let's learn its history and how to use it in innovative ways (no cupcakes).
4 Undiscovered Spices to Add to Your Everyday Cooking Toolkit
Furloughed chef? Working from home? If you're a foodie at home with a lot more time on your hands, why not take the opportunity to incorporate some new flavors into your cooking? These four rare, exotic spices have a lot to offer, and I guarantee you'll be the only person you know who uses them.
Exploring Turmeric: The Ancient Golden Spice of Meals and Medication
Turmeric tantalizes our taste buds but can it heal our bodies, as well? Let’s examine the history of this golden spice, its medicinal uses, and how to include it in our diets.
Cool Mint's Uses and Benefits, With Iced Sun Tea Recipe
Mint spreads out and graces our gardens all summer long. From mint juleps to garnishing iced sun tea and salads, mint helps us celebrate these longer days and sultry nights by adding a cooling touch to all the foods and drinks we set out on our tables.
Exploring Saffron: The World's Most Expensive Spice
In this world, there is no other aroma, flavor, or color like saffron, but what sets it apart from all other spices is how it is harvested. Learn the history of this “red gold” and how to use it in your kitchen.
Thyme for Inspiring Courage and Saving Lives (Plus Recipe)
Thyme has been a symbol of courage since ancient history, carried into battle by Roman soldiers. It was also used to heal people touched by the Black Plague. Included in this article is a recipe for a tasty side dish of mushrooms sauteed with butter, thyme, and lemon juice.
How to Make Your Own Onion Powder at Home
Making your own onion powder at home is a great way to save yourself time, money, and the headache of having to wait to go to the store and buy some more when you run out. It's much healthier, too, as you know exactly what's going into the product you are making, without any chemicals and fillers.
Making Homemade Corn Silk Spice
This recipe is about making your own homemade corn silk spice. Corn silk is an amazing food item that is generally overlooked and tossed in the trash. It is the long, silky fibers found inside an ear of corn's husk. It is packed with tons of nutrients and used to treat a variety of maladies.
Making Your Own Dried Parsley at Home
This article will give you the information you need for making your own dried parsley at home. Homemade items are always better, healthier, and cheaper than the grocery store. With a simple dehydrator, you can do so much for your family and their diet, including drying your own herbs.
Making Your Own Spice Mixes
Making your own spice mixes is a quick and easy way to stock your home with your favorite spices without all of the extra ingredients you'll find at the store. I love either growing or buying my own fresh veggies and dehydrating them at home for fresh spices in my cupboard when I need them.
The Real Reason Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap
If you think cilantro (coriander) tastes bad, then you are part of the 20% of the population that is genetically offended by the herb. These people have a variation of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to detect aldehydes—a compound found in cilantro that is also a by-product of soap.
Exploring Paprika: How to Use the "New World" Spice
Paprika wasn't an exotic spice of the Far East. It originated in the New World, was introduced to Europe and then spread to Asia. More than a pretty garnish, it's used in many dishes. Recipes here!
How to Make Garlic Chutney Powder (Dry Garlic Chutney)
Garlic chutney powder (dry chutney) is one of the best condiments you can think of. It is delicious as well as nutrient-rich. This spicy, pungent side dish enhances the taste of your meal.
Make Your Own Mixes for Soup, Seasoning, Dressing, & Dry Rubs
Pre-packaged soup, seasoning, salad, and dry-rub mixes are certainly convenient, but they are expensive and loaded with salt. You can make your own for mere pennies. And they make great gifts, too.
Salt Savvy: How to Beat Bloat and Better Blood Pressure
Everyone knows a low-sodium diet is healthy, but no one wants to eat bland, flat-tasting foods. Here's the secret to halving your sodium intake, while enjoying salt in your recipes, and at your table.
How to Easily Create Your Own Fresh or Dried Bouquet Garni
If you've never used a bouquet garni, you're in for a treat. Rather than one herb, these are a collection of herbs. Here's an easy recipe on how you make it and use it.
Substitute Dried Rosemary for Fresh: How to Dry Rosemary
This post discusses how to substitute dried rosemary for fresh, with great tips on how to dry rosemary.
Flavors of the World: Cayenne Pepper of the New World
Does a shaker of cayenne pepper linger in your pantry? Cayenne—a fiery red spice feared by many…until now. With a bit of history and a few recipes I can help you warm up to cayenne.
How to Make KFC Seasoning Salt/Chicken Salt for Hot Chips
In this article, I will show you how I make my version of the KFC chicken salt/seasoning salt.
Flavors of the World: Dill of Europe and Western Asia
This native of southern Russia, the Mediterranean, and western Africa is sweet, fragrant, versatile, and easy to grow. Join me for hints on how to cultivate and use dill in a variety of dishes.
Exploring the Exotic Flavor of Cumin (Plus Recipes)
Curries and couscous, tagines and tacos—foods with very distinct flavors. But they all share one common element—cumin. Learn how this fragrant herb has become central to cooking throughout the world.