How To & DIY

How To & DIY

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

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

Introduction to Fermentation

Fermentation transforms and preserves food through the action of microbes. People started fermenting food thousands of years ago, motivated by a need to have food to eat beyond the growing season.

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Introduction to Fermentation

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

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

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

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

The Popularity of Pepper

If we had to select just one spice to flavor our food, pepper, “the master spice,” would be a wise choice. Always the world’s most important spice—at one time worth its weight in gold—pepper accounts for about 35% of the total world trade in spices today.

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The Popularity of Pepper

Spice Up Your Morning

Want to enhance your day from the get go? Take the time to eat a breakfast that nourishes your health and indulges your senses. No more plain toast, unadorned oats or simple salt and peppered eggs.

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Spice Up Your Morning

Relax with Chamomile

German v. Roman Chamomile German chamomile has been classified by botanists as Matricaria recutital, M.

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Relax with Chamomile

Practical Peppermint

A hardy perennial—watch out or it’ll take over the garden! — peppermint is a cross between spearmint and watermint. Its botanical name is Mentha x piperita, after a Greek nymph who was transformed into a plant, but you’ve most likely heard it called simply “mint.

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Practical Peppermint

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