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What is nutmeg?

Nutmeg
Nutmeg is a spice that seems to get use around the holidays more than any other time of year, though it is not a strictly seasonal spice. Nutmeg is the seed of the nutmeg tree, a type of tropical evergreen tree that is grown in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Caribbean. The same tree …

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Nutmeg-Spiced Pear and Walnut Cake

Pear and Walnut Bundt Cake
Pears are a great to bake with when they come into season because they have a wonderful flavor, work well with all kinds of fall spices and add a ton of moisture to baked goods. In this Nutmeg-Spiced Pear and Walnut Cake, I added a lot of fresh pear into a nutmeg-laced buttermilk …

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Nutmeg Mill

Nutmeg grater

Spices are at their best when they are fresh. I find that this is especially true of nutmeg, a spice that is often called for in baking in only small amounts. Its delicate, peppery flavor begins to dissipate shortly after it has been grated and you won’t get the same result

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Easy Homemade Eggnog (cooked)

Homemade Eggnog

I like eggnog, but I’m not a big fan of most store-bought eggnogs, even “organic” ‘nogs from natural foods stores. I find that many of them have an overly strong nutmeg flavor, and others are so thick that they verge on being pudding. I like eggnog to be light and refreshing, with …

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Whole vs freshly ground nutmeg

Whole nutmeg in jarWhen I write a recipe that includes nutmeg, I try to specify that it should be freshly ground nutmeg. I notice that more and more recipes are written this way, where years ago most just said simply “nutmeg.” This is because nutmeg has a delicate, spicy flavor that starts to dissipate shortly after being …

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