Category Archives: Herbs & Spices

How to use herbs and spices in cooking.

Infuse Olive Oil ~ Homemade Seasonings

Herbed oil are a boon in the kitchen if you want to make your own oil for dipping bread, marinate, brown meats and braise, baste, make fried rice, cook in oil and make salad dressings. They can also be used and made in a slightly different way, in beauty preparations. Read more

Herbs Native to North America

It's easy to take common foods and herbs for granted. The row of multicolored chili peppers are a good example. Europe didn't know about many foods. Tomatoes, potatoes and chilis were unknown. In fact, tomatoes were considered poisonous when first introduced. I could imagine viewing peppers in that light... Read more

Sea Salt Vs Table Salt

The importance of salt in human life can be gauged by the fact that the Romans paid their soldiers salt as their wage. It is from this practice that the word ‘salary' had its origin. Almost 75% of our body is made up of water. However, this water is not in its pure form. It...
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Spices for Your Organic Spice Rack

One of the questions that we get from kitchen cooks who are setting up is about what they need to buy for their spice rack to be sure they have the basic spices and herbs on hand. Seems like a fair question, but is really difficult to answer without leaving something out of the equation....
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Of Empires and Nostrils: A History of Pepper

We tend to forget that once pepper was not so easily available, in fact it was worth more than gold – famous kings were buried with it, it inspired the exploration of the New World and when Rome fell one of the ransoms the people had to pay was pepper. In the past it was...
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How to Make a Scrumptious Rub for a Beef Roast

Many of us grew up enjoying the fragrance of Mom’s pot roasts in the oven on Sunday afternoons. It was a weekly routine. I myself even carried the tradition on with my own kids. But guess what? One day, my son came to me and pleaded, “Mom, can we pleeeeeeeease have something different for dinner...
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Ways to Preserve and Use Garden Sage

I can feel Fall in the air, so I’ve been trimming back the herbs and harvesting their goodness before they die back for the winter. The last couple of days I’ve been working on the sage. I have tons of it. I don’t want any of it to go to waste, so here are some...
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