Herbs, Spices & Flavorings

Your Complete Guide to Growing and Cooking with Fresh Herbs Year-Round (No Matter Where You Live)

Getting your hands dirty in the garden is a lot like getting your hands dirty while cooking–it’s a lot of fun. Getting down and dirty in a home garden can provide new opportunities for connecting with and understanding your food, as well as exploring new flavors. If you live in an urban environment or only have a tiny space to work with, an herb […]

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Some Like it Hot: The Science Behind Spicy Food Cravings

When it comes to spicy food, there are those who absolutely love it and those who really don’t. It’s generally one or the other–it seems there’s not a lot of middle ground when it comes to setting your tastebuds aflame. I used to be a total wimp when it came to spice. No level of anything spicy would be allowed on my plate. “Mild” was the […]

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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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