How To & DIY

How To & DIY

Types of Salt: Why to add complex flavors and minerals to your food

Yakima™ Applewood Smoked Salt on barbecued meat. Himalayan Pink Salt on roasted chicken.

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Types of Salt: Why to add complex flavors and minerals to your food

Grilling Guide

More than eight out of ten households, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, now 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

How To Make Curry

Curry is much more than a single bottled spice blend. Explore how to make curry, what it is and where it comes from in this basic guide.

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How To Make Curry

Cajun & Creole Cuisine

The mosaic of Louisiana culture shimmers with jazz, big band, blues and zydeco; colorful and boisterous Mardi Gras celebrations and quaint cottages with secret gardens; French, Spanish, English, German, Italian, African and native American ancestry; and two of the most exciting cuisines in the world: Creole and Cajun. Creole and Cajun cookery are often thought of in tandem -- and for good reason -- though there are distinct differences.

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Cajun & Creole Cuisine

5 Must-Try Floral Cocktails

Learn how to bloom fantastic flavor in your drinks with 5 must-try floral cocktails. We’ll show you the techniques and the flowers to use with these mixologist-worthy recipes.

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5 Must-Try Floral Cocktails

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

Caribbean Cuisine

Where else but a place considered the quintessential paradise would you expect to find the perfect cuisine? In Caribbean cooking, warm spices like ginger and anise play with the cool freshness of native fruits like pineapple, lime and papaya. The flavors and colors of earthy chilies, cumin, and annatto enliven white grains, black beans and tropical seafood like shrimp and lobster.

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Caribbean Cuisine

Basic Spices

With more and more of us cooking for ourselves to save money these days, it makes sense to assemble an assortment of basic herbs and spices. It's an easy, economical way to add fun to your cooking and flavor to your food.

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Basic Spices

Cooking with Bay

The noble bay laurel (Laurus nobilis, in fact) harkens back to ancient Greece, when kings were crowned with wreaths of bay and Olympic champions were awarded bay garlands. No less renowned today, bay laurel has been named The International Herb Association’s Herb of the year for 2009.

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Cooking with Bay

Cinco de Mayo

Full of vibrant color, lively flavors, and spirited music — there's little wonder that more and more of us (no matter our heritage) are celebrating the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo! The day commemorates the 1862 victory of Mexican peasants over the French army. While you may not want to reenact the battle (as the people of Puebla, Mexico do), go ahead and celebrate Mexican culture with a party, big or small.

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Cinco de Mayo

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