Herbs, Spices & Flavorings

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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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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Pantry Staple: Vinegar

As a recent college graduate, I have to admit that I’m not the best cook. I always wanted to learn, but between class and homework, convenience trumped creativity–and my patience. Coming home from class, work, or one of my endless meetings, I just wanted something fast and easy. Often, that meant I had to compromise on flavor. Sure, a can […]

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French or Ranch?

 I love making my own salad dressing.  If you've never tried it, these two recipes from Family Feasts for $75 a Week are a great place to start.  Both come together in 5 minutes flat and cost less than half of what you'd pay in the store for ready-made.  I've found that pint-sized canning jars work great for dressing mixing […]

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