Herbs, Spices & Flavorings

4 Ways the Magic of Miso Can Improve Your Cooking

  Listen up–miso paste is an umami rich flavor booster that needs to take up a permanent residency in your fridge, if it hasn’t already. Go ahead and clear its place of honor–yes, even if you’re not sure what it is or how to use it. I’m about to tell you. I’ve lost count of the number of times my […]

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Go Deep On: Harissa

Move over Sriracha, this spicy North African paste is finally having its time in the limelight. Originating in Tunisia, harissa is usually composed of chiles blended with garlic and olive oil, but regional variations (such as cumin, coriander, or tomatoes) exist throughout Africa and the Middle East. The flavor and heat depends on who’s making it, but most recipes include a variety of […]

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The Best Way To Use Celery Leaves

Tired of tossing celery tops? Zero interest in starting a compost heap? We’ve got a delicious solution to keep you from wasting those leafy greens: Celery Leaf Pesto. See that gorgeous green drizzle? You almost tossed the main ingredient! To make Celery Leaf Pesto (which is amazing on this halibut, by the way), you combine the leafy tops of your […]

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Planting Herbs for Cooking

Last weekend I finally got around to planting herbs in the pots on my deck.  As always, I get a little overwhelmed when I go to buy herbs as I have fantasies of an elaborate and gorgeous herb garden in my backyard. In reality, I have 6 pots. It's just that the herbs at the garden shop are so tempting!  […]

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Get the French Fix Without Bread

  I thought I came to France to indulge in macarons, éclairs and everything sweet. Instead, I had a summer romance with herbed cheese spread. In the states, the most common brand of herbed cheese spread is Boursin, a small, soft white wheel wrapped in light, pleated foil. It’s usually near the deli and around 6 dollars. It’s branded as […]

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Salt-Free Seasonings

I was recently introduced to a line of salt-free seasoning products from a company called The Delicious Dietitian.  The owner of the company, Jen Neese, and I share a common passion for showing people with conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease or heart disease that eating well is not only possible, but easier than they think!  The prevailing myth is […]

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Ginger Jam

By Contributor Kerry Saretsky, French Revolution I remember sitting wide-eyed, watching the advertisements during Saturday Morning Cartoons, and thinking, “I have to have that.”  Whether it was Flexiblocks or Teddy Grahams or Chia Pets.  I only knew, with extreme urgency, I had to have it.  I hope that’s how this post makes you feel, because the one thing I have […]

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Spicy Chipotle Grilled Flank Steak

There's nothing quite like that time of year when the weather starts warming up and you can walk through your neighborhood and smell the the smoky flavors of the grill. I use the grill virtually year-round and I am always looking for rubs and marinades to tenderize and flavor different types of meat. Well look no further - I have created the […]

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Spice Rubs: Your 5-Minute Dinnertime Solution

By Contributor Marge Perry, A Sweet and Savory Life and Ask The Expert What do you have on hand for dinner tonight– chicken, pork, steak or salmon? A dry spice rub will turn that simple piece of something into a flavorful meal in five minutes of prep—just mix together the ingredients, pat it on your protein and bake, broil or […]

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What's New In My Pantry?

Jams…handmade herbal jams, to be exact. I met these yummy concoctions recently when I attended FoodBlogSouth – a blogging conference highlighting Southern people, places, and foods. At a small table in the main hall, Sallie, owner of Sallie's Greatest Jams, happily offered me a taste of her recipe. You could tell she was proud of her products…and she had reason […]

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