How To & DIY

How To & DIY

The Many Cosmetic Uses of Matcha

What is Matcha? Matcha is high-quality green tea that’s been ground to a fine powder. It is traditionally prepared by whisking the powder with hot water in a small bowl until frothy.

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The Many Cosmetic Uses of Matcha

Your Guide to Homemade Pickles

Without herbs and spices, a pickle would be a bland shadow of the fresh cucumber it started out to be. The myriad nuances and complexities provided by the herbs and spices used in the pickling process are what give pickles their signature flavors.

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Your Guide to Homemade Pickles

Grilling Guide

More than eight out of ten households, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, own an outdoor barbeque grill or smoker. And, while we tend to view the start of summer as the start of the grilling season, the truth is that over half of grill owners now use their grills year-round, and not just at home.

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Grilling Guide

Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

If you're decorating eggs in celebration this Easter, engage nature in the process this year and avoid synthetic dyes. Ingredients like herbs and spices offer an endless variety of hues for dyeing eggs -- from the soft purple shades of hibiscus to the rich gold tones of turmeric.

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Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

Top Beauty Benefits of Cosmetic Clays

Cosmetic clay powders are a key ingredient for many kinds of skin-care preparations. With so many clay powders available, how do you know which one to choose? Which is best for your skin, or for a particular type of recipe? Here’s our guide to help you pick the perfect clay powder for your needs.

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Top Beauty Benefits of Cosmetic Clays

How to make herbal salves

It might look tricky, and — depending on the method you use — it can take some time, but making herbal salves is actually very simple. Here are step-by-step directions, as well as some tips that might come in handy.

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How to make herbal salves

Exotic Hibiscus

Exotic and delicately beautiful, the hibiscus plant is a tall, erect annual cultivated in the tropics and subtropics. There are over 300 species of hibiscus, including Hibiscus abelmoschus (musk-mallow), H.

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Exotic Hibiscus

Indian Cuisine

"If there is a common denominator in all Indian foods," says renowned Indian chef Madhur Jaffrey, "it is, perhaps, the imaginative use of spices." Indian cooks use an array of seasonings — for color, aroma, and flavor — in virtually every dish.

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Indian Cuisine

Turmeric: Not Just A Pretty Color

Turmeric, sometimes called Indian saffron, is most widely known as the spice that gives curry powder its distinctive color. The gingery/peppery, deep yellow spice is a cooking staple throughout Asia.

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Turmeric: Not Just A Pretty Color

All About Vanilla

Vanilla is perhaps the most indispensible flavoring in any kitchen! Learn how vanilla beans are grown and pollinated and how to choose and store vanilla beans. Remarkably aromatic, delightfully sensuous.

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All About Vanilla

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