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Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

DIY Hot Sauce Kit

It is easy to imagine making some foods. For instance, you can probably picture yourself making Homemade Girl Scout Cookies, Homemade Oreos or a version of your favorite muffin from the local coffee shop. It is not as easy to imagine yourself making some other products at home – but with a little bit of time and the proper ingredients, you can really make almost ... Read More »

What Are Cloves?

What are Cloves?

Cloves are a spice that gets a lot of use during the cold winter months and throughout the holiday season because they have a warm, peppery heat that we tend to seek out in cold weather more often than in hot weather, at least in my neck of the woods. Cloves are actually flower buds from a tree that is native to Indonesia. The buds ... Read More »

What is Allspice?

What is Allspice?

Allspice, contrary to the sound of the name, is one single spice, not a blend of “all spices”. Allspice is the dried berry of the evergreen pimento tree, which is native to the West Indies and South American. The berry is also known as a Jamaica pepper, as Jamaica provides most of the world’s supply of allspice. The dried berries are dark brown and look ... Read More »

Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

There are times when I have been cooking at the home of a friend or relative and realized that I was lacking some crucial spices for finishing my dish, either because their spice cabinets aren’t as well-stocked as mind or because some of their spices had been sitting on the shelf so long that they lost their flavor. Learning to cook on the fly with ... Read More »

Orange and Spice Ginger Cookies

Orange Cardamom Molasses Cookies

Whether you call them ginger cookies or molasses cookies, these chewy and spicy cookies are a fantastic cold weather cookie. I tend to think that it is because all of the spices in them, which seem very satisfying when the weather is cool. Cold weather is also the perfect weather for doing some baking, and that alone is a good enough reason to get in ... Read More »

Chalkboard Spice Jars

Chalkboard Spice Jars

Most of us keep our spices in the jars that they come in when we buy them at the market, leading to a spice cabinet filled with generic looking (if clearly-labeled) containers. I have a small collection of vintage spice jars that look a lot more visually appealing than the typical jars that spices come in these days, and adding a little of that flair ... Read More »

Penzey’s Spices Cake Spice, reviewed

Penzey's Cake Spice

Spices all have distinctive flavors and add a lot of character to baked goods (and other recipes). Sometimes we’ll encounter one spice on its own in a recipe, but often spices are paired up with other complementary spices to build a solid flavor base for a dish. A great example of this is pumpkin pie spice, a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg that ... Read More »

Baker’s Spice Kit

Baker's Spice Kit

Vanilla is one of the most important ingredients that a baker can have in his or her pantry, but it is not the only flavoring that plays a big role in baked goods. Williams Sonoma put together a Baker’s Spice Kit in recognition of this fact, grouping some high quality spices that most bakers would say are kitchen staples into a lovely gift set. The ... Read More »

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