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Cooking with saffron

Cooking with saffron is like performing a culinary coronation. The rarest and most regal spice in the world, it turns everything it touches golden, literally. Here's what you need to know about this special spice.

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Basic Spices

Essential spices and seasonings transform recipes. These spices form the basics that both novice and expert cooks rely on.

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Cooking with Ginger

Warm yet refreshing, versatile yet distinctive, ginger’s enigmatic character often enlivens the mix.

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Practical Peppermint

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Relax with Chamomile

Chamomile is a friendly, down-to-earth sort of plant, with many applications.

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Warm Spices

You’ll often find warm spices — such as ginger, allspice, cardamom, cloves, and coriander — partnering in recipes and spice blends such as garam masala and curry powder.

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Cooking with Bay

Learn more about bay leaves and how to cook with this kitchen staple. Find out how to choose the best bay for cooking, too.

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Bulk Pantry Staples

A well-stocked pantry helps us feel secure in our homes and opens up our from-scratch cooking to more interesting and healthier possibilities.

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What is Spirulina?

Its deep emerald color is one clue that spirulina is one of nature's gems. As this ingredient grows in popularity for its nutritional benefits, more of us are asking, "What is spirulina, anyway?"

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

Learn how using different types of salt transforms your cooking skills, then check out our guide to Frontier Co-op's Gourmet Salts to learn which salts pair best with your favorite foods.

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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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Cooking with Cinnamon

Recipes, uses and other info (including the difference between cinnamon and cassia) about this popular baking spice.

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Cobblers, Crisps & Pies

Learn the difference between cobblers, crisps and pies, and find some great fruit dessert recipes!

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Homemade Herbal Sodas

Homemade Herbal Sodas

It's still possible to enjoy the natural soft drinks of yesteryear with their complex aromas, beneficial flavors and unique appeal. You can make them yourself at home while controlling the amount of sugar in the final mix.

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Chipotle Peppers

Chipotle flavor is wildly popular — in everything from burritos to barbecue sauce — but do you know what it is, exactly?

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Exotic Hibiscus

Learn about the beautiful hibiscus flower, and use it for tea, potpourri, and body care.

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Dandy Dandelion

Learn how to use dandelion in cooking and cosmetics.

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Fall’s Bounty

Summer gardens (and farmers' markets!) deliver delicious fresh produce suitable for the day's grill or canning stint -- but fall's harvest is where we look for vegetables that are "good keepers."

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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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The Popularity of Pepper

Learn about the fascinating array of peppers available -- from black pepper to pink and Sichuan peppercorns.

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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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Learn About Lavender

Learn about lavender and how to use it with other herbs to make lavender facial steams, lavender potpourris, lavender herbal baths, lavender sachets, lavender hair rinses and lavender compresses.

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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.

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Baking Flavors & Extracts 101

Whether you're a novice or experienced baker, use this guide as to when and how to incorporate the nuances of extracts and flavors in your recipes.

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