Category Archives: Herbs and Spices

Fennel

Fennel is a garden plant, which is related to the carrot and is from the parsley family. It is available from autumn through the spring season. Its bulb, stem, leaves and seeds are all used in culinary preparations. The white … Continue reading

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The Feathery Fresh Dill

The feathery fresh leaves of dill and its delicate flavor complements cottage cheese, cold beets and cucumbers, eggs, fish dishes and most garden salads. Fresh dill added to mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt makes a nice dressing for many items. … Continue reading

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Parsley – More than a Garnish!

Parsley has either a flat or curly leaves. It is a delicate herb that is widely used in the restaurant field for garnishing or flavoring of food. Its bright green color adds contrast to white fish, potatoes, and many light … Continue reading

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The Controversial Garlic

Raw or cooked, garlic can and will add flavor to a dish. It is a controversial food as some people don’t like the garlicky breath that sometimes comes from eating it. It is the strongest and most pungent member of … Continue reading

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Ginger – A Popular Spice

Ginger is one spice that has been popular for hundreds of years. It is available all year long and it can be found in the produce section of a market in its whole form, which is fresh rhizome ginger. This … Continue reading

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Wine – Not Just for Drinking

Why should we experiment with wine in our cooking process? The answer is easy: it’s the same reason we use herbs and spices. They add flavor, interest and variety to a meal. Flavors are developed by combining good quality ingredients. … Continue reading

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Capers – A Little Added Touch

Capers are olive green in color and are the unopened flower buds of the caper bush, which is grown in the Mediterranean. The small buds are dried then added to some type acetic acid based solution (vinegar) with salt. In … Continue reading

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Thyme

Thyme is a perennial plant from the mint family. Although it has numerous varieties, including wild, it’s two most popular ones are lemon thyme and garden thyme. It can grow as high as sixteen inches or creep along the ground. … Continue reading

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Parsley – A Very Decorative Herb

Parsley is used more than any other herb as a garnish, especially the curly variety. Its bright green color and cluster of fresh leaves increases the desirability of any dish. The presentation of food is an important part of cooking … Continue reading

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Rosemary – A Pungent Herb

Rosemary is a perennial herb from the mint family that can grow as high as fifty inches. The older, more mature plants can survive most cold winters, but the younger plants should be removed from the garden, potted and taken … Continue reading

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