How To & DIY

How To & DIY

Flavored Butters & Oils

Spice-flavored butters and oils are the magic wands of cookery, instantly turning a simple plate of vegetables or a ho-hum grain entrée into a gourmet dish. You’d think this enchantment would be harder to come by, but delicious butters and oils are very simple to make, keep for weeks in the refrigerator, and can be whipped up with whichever of the following ingredients you happen to have on hand! Recipes You don’t need a recipe to make flavored butters and oils, but here’s a handful for inspiration: Lemony Pasta Butter Place a big dab of this flavorful butter on hot pasta, sprinkle with Parmesan and coarsely ground pepper, and you’ve created a delightful main dish! It’s also terrific on baked potatoes.

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Flavored Butters & Oils

Cooking with Chili Peppers

There are thousands of varieties of chilies, and this diversity, combined with their level of ripeness and whether they are used fresh, dried or even smoked, results in a vast array of flavors. Learn about the flavors of four varieties of dried or fresh chili peppers to take your experience beyond a simple incendiary sensation to enjoyment of a complex seasoning.

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Cooking with Chili Peppers

Homemade Hot Cocoa Bar

The simplest and most delicious way to make a true cup of hot cocoa is from a mix of cocoa powder, sweetener and milk. Every mellow and sweetly rounded sip of this classic drink imparts a magical feeling of comfort during the cold winter months.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Bar

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

How Green is Your Kitchen

Take steps -- such as buying locally and buying in bulk -- to make your food prep more ecological. Locate farmer's markets near you, consider your cookware, and run your appliances more efficiently.

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How Green is Your Kitchen

How to care for you skin with clay masks

When it comes to skin care, using clay is about as true to nature you can get. With a slightly grainy texture for exfoliation and nutrients to nourish the skin, clay makes a great ingredient for skin care.

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How to care for you skin with clay masks

How to Make Your Own Spice-Infused Oils and Vinaigrettes

Dive into a unique culinary experience and bring full-bodied flavor to your salads, pastas and more by making your own spice-infused oils and vinaigrettes. With one basic technique, you can easily make a variety of oils and dressings using your favorite herbs and spices.

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How to Make Your Own Spice-Infused Oils and Vinaigrettes

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

Learn About Lavender

Fields of purple/blue plants sway to the horizon on an English lavender farm. At home, tidy dresser drawers cradle lavender sachets amidst favorite lingerie, and aptly colored lavender soap evokes memories of grandmother.

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Learn About Lavender

Cooking with Cardamom

Warm, subtly spicy, exotically aromatic with a flavor that transforms both sweet and savory recipes into heavenly dishes. No wonder “cardamom” means “grains of Paradise.

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Cooking with Cardamom

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