How-To

How-To

Baking Flavors & Extracts 101

In some recipes, using a flavor extract or flavor is easier and yields a tastier, more uniform result than adding the actual ingredient itself. For example, almond flavor might be preferable to using chopped almonds in some breads, cakes or cookies.

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Baking Flavors & Extracts 101

All About Soup

Soups are nourishing, economical, and easy to make. And — whether you're using fresh produce or this week's leftovers — spices can make any soup sensational, too! Ask someone about his or her favorite food when the temperatures drop and the flurries threaten to fly, and chances are good that a lot of them are going to say soup.

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All About Soup

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

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

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

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

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