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Herbal Extracts are Easy to Make in Your Kitchen

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Herbal extracts are made from herbs and alcohol. Alcohol has the effect of removing essential oils from the plant material and releasing them into a liquid solution. Essential oils are the substances that give herbs their characteristic aroma and flavor. Extracts are used in the kitchen for flavoring foods and beverages.

Cooking With Lavender – Beyond Aromatherapy

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While many people think that aromatherapy is the only option for lavender, you will actually find that you can cook with this herb as well. Edible flowers are becoming more popular in some of the upscale restaurants around the world today. Not only will it help to enhance the flavor, but it also enhances the appearance of many dishes as well. Here is a closer look at cooking with lavender and an easy recipe you can make with this great herb as well.

Spices Every Cook Must Have in Their Kitchen from The Start

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When I was just married, many moons ago, I had really no idea which spices I needed to have to start up my healthy, tasty, nutritious cooking. Over the years, I have learned cooking with healthy recipes and this is what I have come up with as most necessary to start healthy cooking.

Oregano Uses and Recipes

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Use Oregano For Authentic Italian Dishes

If your homemade pasta, spaghetti, or pizza seems to be missing that certain something, be sure to try Oregano to see if that is the missing ingredient. Oregano is not only a prominent spice for Italian-American cuisine, but is also used extensively in Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Philippine dishes.

Freezing and Drying Techniques to Preserve Fresh Herbs

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Fresh herbs grown in the kitchen or garden can help to inject a variety of flavors to any dish. Garden herbs are possible to use year-round by relying on the drying and freezing techniques. This helps to preserve the herbs for later use. Here are the best options for preserving the garden-fresh herbs:

Cumin – A Spice Or Healing Drug?

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Cumin is a great tasting spice that has been used since ancient times as a healing and health protecting agent. It has been used around the world mainly for digestion. Taken after a meal in pill form or a soothing tea made from the seeds, it has been known to also control flatulence, ease stomach pain, and combat various causes of nausea. I’ve seen recommended recipes suggesting boiling 1 tsp cumin in water, steep and sip slowly for best effect.

Lambs Quarters

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I told the new apprentice we were having lamb’s quarters for dinner.

“I won’t have any. I’m a vegetarian,” she replied.

With a smile, I corrected myself. “Some people call it fat hen.”

Culinary Herbs and Edible Landscapes, Growing and Using Them in Your Kitchen

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If you are a foodie, professional cook or experienced Chef you know how important your herbs are to creating dishes that stand out from the crowd. I am pretty sure that if you have ever used fresh culinary herbs you know the difference they can make also!

How To Make Vanilla Extract

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It is always great when you find an ingredient that you really love cooking with and with me, that ingredient is vanilla. Having a really good quality vanilla to use in your kitchen, whether it is in the form of vanilla powder or in the form of pure vanilla extract, is essential; unfortunately, it can also be very expensive.

Infuse Olive Oil ~ Homemade Seasonings

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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.

Sea Salt Vs Table Salt

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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 has salts dissolved in it that help in a number of functions of the body. Salts present in the cells and tissues of our body help in muscle contraction, proper conduction of nerve impulses and transport of nutrients into the cells.

27 Uses for Mint: The Best Growing Herb in Your Garden

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Mint is one the most versatile herbs to have around. It is easy to grow indoors or outdoors. There are over 40 varieties of mint and just as many uses for this fantastic herb.

To preserve this herb you can dry for later use or lay the flat dry leaves on a cookie sheet, flash freeze and seal in containers for later use.

Listed below are 27 uses for mint for medicinal purposes, in your kitchen and other uses.

Spices for your Organic Spice Rack

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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. The other question, which is a close second, is “How much should I buy”?

Using and Storing Herbs and Spices

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Add some flavor to your favorite dishes with fresh herbs.

Of Empires and Nostrils: A History of Pepper

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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 used as currency, the once priceless commodity has a fascinating history and it is no wonder really that it remains the King of Spices, ranked as the third most popular ingredient added to recipes due to its unique, irresistible pungency.

How to Make a Scrumptious Rub for a Beef Roast

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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 on Sunday?” Yep, my kids had grown a bit weary of the same boring roast, surrounded by pieces of carrots, onions, and potatoes. I needed a new plan of attack. But what other way is there to prepare a pot roast? I gave the kids a break for a few weeks, and then literally spiced up a tired meal. Enter the rubbed beef roast.

Sixty Uses of Salt

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Although you may not realize it, simple table salt has a great number of uses other than simply seasoning your food. The following list will give you sixty uses of salt, many of which you probably didn’t realize:

Ways to Preserve and Use Garden Sage

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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 ways I am preserving it.

The Power of Garlic

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Some yearn for its robust aroma and savory, often creamy taste; others look to it as a cure for ailments. Garlic has long been shrouded in mystery. Whether it is used for medicinal purposes, to lure love interests or as an enhancement to any dish, it plays a significant role in dining, cooking and culture. Appropriately, the world’s largest Chinese restaurant chain, Panda Express, is offering a special garlic menu promotion this summer.

A Look at Three Special Uses for My Home Grown Culinary Herbs

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Have you planted your herbs from seedlings or seed and then, to your delight, watched them grow? You may be wondering about the different ways to use your herbs, so let’s get down to the details.

How to Use Fresh Herbs and Spices Appropriately in Cooking?

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Herbs and spices are not only useful for adding flavor and depth to food, but are also being researched for their uses in promoting good health.

Top Five Spices to Add Zing to Winter Holiday Baking

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It’s hard to imagine a festive winter holiday without the aroma of baking wafting through our homes. Certain spices — such as allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla — claim the holidays as their own.

Use Your Toaster Oven to Preserve Your Garden’s Bounty

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I plant a big garden every year and I always try to utilize as much of the produce as I can. A big part of that involves preserving things for use throughout the winter. It is very rewarding to look at my dinner table in the middle of December and still seeing food from my garden. I keep an extra toaster oven in my garage just for this purpose. Here are a few ways I use my toaster oven to help.

FREE Paleo Diet Recipe Cooking with Herbs

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Herbs are plants used for food and medicine. Paleo diet recipes includes nutritious herbs.

How to Make Curry Powder

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In most supermarkets you can buy mild, medium or hot curry powder and these are quite adequate for making a curry dip or a dish such as Coronation Chicken but no self-respecting Indian housewife would ever use premade curry powder. Many Indian curry powder recipes are regional and most Indian families will have their own recipes for curry powder which have been handed down through the generations.

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

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Italian parsley (sometimes known as flat-leaf parsley) is a green herb with serrated leaves and a clean, slightly peppery taste.

How to Make Herbal Oils, Vinegars, Cheeses and Breads

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Mint and Cranberry Vinegar

Harvest And Dry Your Parsley!

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  1. I am not picky in how I harvest my parsley. I simply grab a clump of it and snip it near the base with a sharp pair of garden scissors. The parsley will grow right back and fill in the clump that I just cut.

Cooking info: Use of Thyme and Sage Leaves

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In cooking, it is all in regards to the substances you employ. This is why you have to discover the top herbs so as to add far more style and flavor for your dish. Many people use thyme or sage leaves to their recipe.

Top Health Benefits of Black Pepper

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The health benefits of black pepper (Piper nigrum) are substantial and still being investigated.

Making Herb Vinegar from Your Herbal Garden

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A way to use your amble herb crop from your herbal garden is to make flavored vinegars.

The Protective Power of Garlic

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Garlic provides more than a warm, rich taste in pastas and pizzas. Mounting evidence consistently links this plant to lower cancer risk. In one of the latest studies, men who ate less than a clove of garlic a day cut their risk of prostate cancer in half compared to men who ate none.