If you want to preserve basil from your garden, one of the easiest ways is to freeze it. That way, even when winter draws in, you'll still be enjoying the benefits of a summer harvest.
Caraway seeds have a flavorful and interesting taste. They're a great addition to oatmeal, bread, sauerkraut, potato salad, cheese spreads, and other foods.
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.
Add protein to dishes with these 22 spices. From picky kids, to vegan friends and family adding protein is easy as can be.
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.
Candied mint is easy to make and use—as a festive garnish for desserts or a sparkly addition to floral decorations and holiday gifts.
Paprika is a ubiquitous spice made of ground bell peppers. Sometimes there are also ground chilies in the mix. You can use it as a garnish or as a dish's main flavor.
A spice pairing guide for creating delicious dishes for a healthier diet. Includes popular spices in international cuisine!
Chili flakes are a multi-purpose culinary ingredient. They are made with dry red chilies. We use this versatile item for making snacks, salads, curries, side dishes, etc. You can easily make it at home and use for months.
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.
Follow my step-by-step procedure on how to make crispy fried garlic bits. These flavorful bits enhance the aroma and the texture of many kind of dishes.
This is a quick, step-by-step guide for harvesting and storing basil, oregano, cilantro, mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, and chives with pictures.
Salt—plentiful, inexpensive, but never ordinary. Much more than black pepper's companion, salt is a vital part of our lives. At one time it was the most valuable commodity on earth.
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 tasty of your meal.
Using parsley as a simple garnish can add a lot to your plate as an eye-pleasing detail and a nutritional perk.
Watermelon jelly is delicious and very easy to make. This bright and flavorful jam cannot be found in supermarkets, and makes a unique homemade gift. Watermelon, pectin, lemon juice and sugar are the only ingredients required to make delicious watermelon jam!
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.
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.
If you want to try your hand at preparing Asian cuisine, it's a good idea to stock up on the basic seasonings. See an overview of the basic herbs and spices below!
Spicy chutney powders make a yummy side dish. You can make these powders, and they stay fresh for months. This roasted split chickpea and white lentil dry chutney is very tasty and aromatic.
This easy dry rub recipe is great for all your bbq fish and is especially good with salmon and arctic char. Get ready for summer bbq season and perfect grilled fish.
Dulse is a red seaweed that is highly prized by gourmands for its unique taste and by alternative health fans for its nutritional benefits. Learn about its benefits and uses below!
Want to dazzle your friends and family with your incredible talent for using herbs and spices? Here's how!
Are you a beginning cook, an every-day family cook, or ready to rock your inner Iron Chef? Here are guidelines to help you stock your pantry for whatever the level of your cooking expertise.
Cilantro: Most of you love it; a few abhor it. I can't promise to change your mind, but it is used in so many cuisines, isn't it worth a look? Follow me as we explore the history and use of this herb.
Native of Italy, fennel has it all—this cousin of carrots and parsley is crisp, sweet, fragrant, nutritious and easy to prepare. I will share soup, salad and main dish recipes you are sure to enjoy.
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.
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.
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!
Green coriander dry chutney/chutney powder is a tasty condiment that enhances the taste of any meal in which it is used as a side dish. It is a hot, spicy, flavorful, and tongue-tickling condiment.
Mints are hardy, versatile herbs that come in a wildly varied range of shapes and flavors. Take fresh pineapple mint. It's as different from peppermint as it is from Standard Issue Toothpaste.
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.
This homemade taco seasoning is easily made from common spices you already have in your kitchen. The recipe can also be easily adapted for spicy or non-spicy food lovers.
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.
Many times I have started preparing meals and realized I do not have all the ingredients a recipe calls for. So I have to substitute my herbs and spices with something else.
Indian cuisine incorporates a variety of aromatic spices. The spices are used in abundance in Indian curries, bringing rich flavors to the meal.
Ginger and garlic are often used in cooking, especially in South Asia. Instead of mincing a small quantity of ginger and garlic each time, make some ginger-garlic paste and refrigerate it.
Did you know that extra virgin olive oil, when used for high temperature cooking, transforms into a poisonous pool of free radicals that ravage the human body? Learn how choosing the right cooking oil can protect your health.
Make your own taco seasoning - it tastes better and this recipe calls for ingredients you probably already have in your spice rack at home!
Drying herbs with a convection oven or stove is easy and gives the most aromatic and flavourful oregano. In under 12 hours, oregano herbs from your garden are ready for your herb and spice cupboard!
You might be able to find preserved fresh walnuts in some Armenian, Greek, or Middle Eastern markets, but it's also not terribly hard to make them at home. Here are step-by-step instructions.
Roasting garlic takes only a few steps, but the results are stunning. Garlic becomes sweet, subtle, and nutty. Using it really elevates your dishes to restaurant quality. Check out how easy it is!
Today the Apple Goddess is in a whimsical mood. She has inspired me to experiment with some tart green apples instead of sweet red ones. Unlike the typical version, my homemade apple jam will be very lemony and boldly flavored.
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.
Garlic is a super food, lauded for its potential health benefits. Though it has a tendency to give bad breath, when cooked with spices, it will be fine. Use garlic chutney powder daily in your meals.
Native to Greece but hardy in much of the world, oregano is bold and pungent, but also delightfully floral. Let me show you how to grow and use this lush green herb.
Star anise is a delicious spice with a strong licorice taste. It's a wonderful flavor enhancer for both sweet and savory foods.
Every cook should be armed with his own stash of spices. Spices add flavor and excitement to dishes and when cleverly used, can bring out the best of flavors in the food. This hub details ten basic spices every cook should have on hand.
Peruse this list of 25 common edible flowers to see if any grow in your garden. This includes videos, gorgeous images, nutritional information, and recipe links.
Candy Apple Jelly is a simple apple jelly recipe, which uses only four ingredients. The jelly tastes like baked apples, and makes a wonderful Christmas or Thanksgiving gift!
The companion of the salt shaker can be used in so many exciting ways. Learn some new recipes and a bit of history about this once highly prized commodity that launched a thousand ships.
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.
Make a jelly from Queen Anne's Lace: the flower creates a beautiful, pink jelly with the flavor of honey. Making a jelly from edible flowers creates beautiful homemade gifts for friends and family alike!
This post discusses how to substitute dried rosemary for fresh, with great tips on how to dry rosemary.
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.
Cooking with essential herbs Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Chives, Coriander, including recipes and ideas for healthy meals using herbs for home cooks.
Abundant in France, tarragon has been deemed the "king of herbs." Although its robust anise taste is best used sparingly, you will love the flavor it imparts to salads, chicken, and mild fish dishes.