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  • 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.

    How to Freeze Fresh Basil

    How to Freeze Fresh Basil

    by Mary Wickison18

  • 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.

    Thyme for Inspiring Courage and Saving Lives (Plus Recipe)

    Thyme for Inspiring Courage and Saving Lives (Plus Recipe)

    by Karen A Szklany2

  • Add protein to dishes with these 22 spices. From picky kids, to vegan friends and family adding protein is easy as can be.

    22 Kitchen Spices That Add Protein

    22 Kitchen Spices That Add Protein

    by Cynthia Hoover0

  • 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 Homemade Corn Silk Spice

    Making Homemade Corn Silk Spice

    by Victoria Van Ness3

  • Candied mint is easy to make and use—as a festive garnish for desserts or a sparkly addition to floral decorations and holiday gifts.

    Candied Mint Leaves Recipe

    Candied Mint Leaves Recipe

    by Jill Spencer15

  • 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.

    How to Make Chili Flakes at Home

    How to Make Chili Flakes at Home

    by ShailaSheshadri0

  • 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.

    Making Your Own Spice Mixes

    Making Your Own Spice Mixes

    by Victoria Van Ness9

  • 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.

    How to Make Crispy Fried Garlic Bits

    How to Make Crispy Fried Garlic Bits

    by Dred Cuan11

  • Using parsley as a simple garnish can add a lot to your plate as an eye-pleasing detail and a nutritional perk.

    Using Fresh Parsley as a Garnish

    Using Fresh Parsley as a Garnish

    by Rochelle Frank17

  • 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!

    How to Make Watermelon Jelly with Four Simple Ingredients

    How to Make Watermelon Jelly with Four Simple Ingredients

    by Leah Lefler10

  • 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!

    22 Common Herbs and Spices in Asian Cuisine

    22 Common Herbs and Spices in Asian Cuisine

    by BkCreative28

  • 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.

    Split Chickpea and Lentil Chutney Powder

    Split Chickpea and Lentil Chutney Powder

    by ShailaSheshadri0

  • 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.

    Best Dry Rub Recipe for BBQ Fish

    Best Dry Rub Recipe for BBQ Fish

    by Kaili Bisson7

  • Want to dazzle your friends and family with your incredible talent for using herbs and spices? Here's how!

    How to Use Herbs and Spices

    How to Use Herbs and Spices

    by Kymberly Fergusson5

  • 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.

    Exploring Cilantro: The "Love It or Hate It" Herb

    Exploring Cilantro: The "Love It or Hate It" Herb

    by Linda Lum16

  • 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.

    Flavors of the World: Fennel of Italy

    Flavors of the World: Fennel of Italy

    by Linda Lum14

  • 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 Your Own Onion Powder at Home

    Making Your Own Onion Powder at Home

    by Victoria Van Ness2

  • 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.

    The Real Reason Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap

    The Real Reason Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap

    by Michelle Nguyen1

  • 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!

    Exploring Paprika: How to Use the "New World" Spice

    Exploring Paprika: How to Use the "New World" Spice

    by Linda Lum14

  • 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.

    Green Coriander Chutney Powder/Dry Coriander Chutney

    Green Coriander Chutney Powder/Dry Coriander Chutney

    by ShailaSheshadri0

  • 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.

    Mint Varieties: From Chocolate Mint To Peppermint

    Mint Varieties: From Chocolate Mint To Peppermint

    by E. A. Wright7

  • 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.

    Homemade Taco Seasoning for Beef or Chicken

    Homemade Taco Seasoning for Beef or Chicken

    by Preston and Kate4

  • 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.

    How to Make Ginger-Garlic Paste at Home

    How to Make Ginger-Garlic Paste at Home

    by ShailaSheshadri6

  • 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.

    How to Choose Healthy & Tasty Cooking Oils

    How to Choose Healthy & Tasty Cooking Oils

    by vespawoolf41

  • Make your own taco seasoning - it tastes better and this recipe calls for ingredients you probably already have in your spice rack at home!

    Taco Seasoning Recipe (Great for Pork)

    Taco Seasoning Recipe (Great for Pork)

    by John D Lee1

  • 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!

    Tips & Tricks for Drying Herbs in a Convection Oven

    Tips & Tricks for Drying Herbs in a Convection Oven

    by Skeffling8

  • 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.

    Green Walnut Preserves Recipe (with Pictures)

    Green Walnut Preserves Recipe (with Pictures)

    by Jason Menayan44

  • 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!

    How to Easily Roast Garlic

    How to Easily Roast Garlic

    by Jan Charles5

  • 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.

    How to Make Lemony Apple Jam - Step by Step with Pictures

    How to Make Lemony Apple Jam - Step by Step with Pictures

    by Om Paramapoonya54

  • 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.

    Exploring Saffron: The World's Most Expensive Spice

    Exploring Saffron: The World's Most Expensive Spice

    by Linda Lum30

  • 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.

    Garlic Chutney Powder Recipe

    Garlic Chutney Powder Recipe

    by ShailaSheshadri2

  • 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.

    Flavors of the World: Oregano of Greece

    Flavors of the World: Oregano of Greece

    by Linda Lum7

  • 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.

    Ten Basic Spices Every Cook Should Have on Hand

    Ten Basic Spices Every Cook Should Have on Hand

    by anglnwu102

  • 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.

    25 Flowers You Can Eat

    25 Flowers You Can Eat

    by Kate P36

  • 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 Dried Parsley at Home

    Making Your Own Dried Parsley at Home

    by Victoria Van Ness2

  • 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!

    Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly Recipe

    Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly Recipe

    by Leah Lefler14

  • Cooking with essential herbs Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Chives, Coriander, including recipes and ideas for healthy meals using herbs for home cooks.

    Five Essential Herbs in the Kitchen

    Five Essential Herbs in the Kitchen

    by Lyn0

  • 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.

    Flavors of the World: Tarragon of France

    Flavors of the World: Tarragon of France

    by Linda Lum14

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