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How to Use Cinnamon Sticks

How to Use Cinnamon Sticks

It is the world’s most beloved bark. You’ll find it in bakery treats and breakfast cereals, in savory stews and...
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Flavorful, Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Flavorful, Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving side dishes can easily steal the show and it’s no wonder: the side dishes are often prepared by a...
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5 Reasons to Buy Spices Online & Skip the Store

If you’re still picking up your spices at the grocery store, you’re doing it wrong—missing out on flavor, variety, savings...
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5 Must-Have Spices for the Holidays

5 Must-Have Spices for the Holidays

As the year draws to a close, the number of holiday meals increases and our tables welcome friends old and...
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Good Soups for Bad Weather

Good Soups for Bad Weather

It’s crummy outside, and there’s a block of soup stock in my freezer that’s begging to be let out. Cold weather deserves hot soup, and hot soup deserves flavorful herbs and spices...
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Paprika Substitute

Paprika Substitute

Paprika is a vibrant spice that can have earthy, sweet, smokey and fiery flavor depending on the variety used. The...
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Oregano Substitute

Oregano Substitute

Depending on the recipe you are using - there are some good and quick substitutes for Oregano in a pinch. For Mexican Oregano the best substitute is Marjoram. For Greek or Mediterranean oregano try basil, parsley or tarragon. 
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Basil Substitute

Basil Substitute

Basil substitutes can include its mint cousins: oregano, mint, and thyme. Tarragon and savory are also suitable alternatives to basil. Because basil is included in Italian seasoning, that is also a good alternative for basil in a pinch.
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Chives Substitute

Chives Substitute

Chive replacements include their cousins: onions, shallots and garlic. Since chives have a more delicate flavor, if you are replacing with one of these be sure to use less so the flavor isn't overpowering. Some fresh chive substitutes for garnishing you should consider include green onion (scallion) or leek.
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Cinnamon Substitute

Cinnamon Substitute

Substitutes for Cinnamon can range from spices with similar flavor profiles such as Nutmeg and Allspice to a blend. If you go this route - substitute for ¼ of the amount of cinnamon. Alternatively, apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice blends often contain cinnamon and can serve as a good substitute in a pin
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vanilla extract substitute

Vanilla Extract Substitutes

Vanilla can also be an ingredient that runs out and if used rarely, quick substitutes are helpful to have on hand. There are many common ingredients that can be used as a vanilla substitute already in your kitchen.
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