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Salt That’s Totally Worth Its Salt

I like salt. It makes food zing. And I like things that zing. (I also like salty language, but that’s another blog post all-together.) Salt and fat are the two key ingredients that determine the taste of our food (see ‘zing!’ above), but salt has been taking an (unfair) beating lately. In April, the Institute of Medicine published a study that said salt is so dangerous, the FDA should... read more

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Ras el Hanout

Ras el Hanout Ras el Hanout is a spice blend from the Middle East and North Africa. Spice market vendors all claim their version to be the best, and some people consider the seductive blend of spices to be an aphrodisiac. At the very least, any food in which you include Ras el Hanout will inspire diners to kiss the cook, so you’ve got that goin’ for you. Ingredients: 2 (level) teaspoons... read more

It’s Good to Have a Nose: A Story in Photos

Sure, it’s not as soaring and breathtaking as Notre Dame, but to me, Penzeys is a sacred place: the Cathedral of Cumin. Inside was foodie heaven. Each station included small and large jars of spices to buy, plus a big, square-mouthed apothecary jar to sniff. We started in Spices A-Z and worked our way through Baking to Cinnamon, and from Curry to Salts. In the second nook of A-Z, we found the... read more

Moroccan Spice Blend

I found this Moroccan spice blend on Kalyn’s Kitchen blog and thought I’d pass it along to y’all. It’s very good on butternut squash and sweet potatoes (key components in my new post-workout breakfast), but I suspect it would also be tasty on chicken, shrimp, cauliflower, and other mildy-flavored things that are begging for a spicy-sweet zing. Moroccan Spice Blend 2 tsp ground... read more

Spicy Goodness

I got a new seasoning blend from Penzeys Spices, and it tastes like Fall. You should get some immediately. Tsardust Memories Warm and spicy-sweet, this blend is awesome with ground beef: burgers, meatloaf, meatballs, casseroles. Excellent in hearty soups and stews, and one of the best things ever on pork chops… Hand-mixed from: salt, garlic, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, and marjoram.  So far,... read more

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