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The Marnotos of Olhão

The Marnotos of Olhão

Portuguese microbiologists are reviving the lost art of handcrafted sea salt. In the salt marshes of Olhão, on the southern coast of Portugal’s Algarve region, salt workers known as “Marnotos"...
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Kosher Salt Substitute

Kosher Salt Substitute

Kosher salt was named due to the use by practicing Jews to dry brine meats. Kosher salt doesn’t have any...
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Spice Spotlight: Chili Powder

Spice Spotlight: Chili Powder

The spice nomenclature surrounding chili is confusing. In the United States, we recognize a clear difference between the two spellings of chile and chili. Chile refers to actual chile peppers...
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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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Well-Seasoned Cocktails

Well-Seasoned Cocktails

To compliment the gin, I created a cardamom-ginger simple syrup. The syrup is sweet, tart, and has a fresh menthol flavor thanks to our aromatic green cardamom pods...
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Ginger Substitute

Ginger Substitute

Ground ginger is the perfect way to add a zing to almost anything. Most dried ginger in the U.S. comes from India, but the highest quality ginger actually comes from China.
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Spotlight: Grains of Paradise

Spotlight: Grains of Paradise

In the Middle Ages, traders sold Grains of Paradise to compete with black pepper since it was a less expensive alternative to the pricey peppercorn. Spice traders told buyers in Europe...
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Saffron Afternoon with Julia Child

Saffron Afternoon with Julia Child

Julia Child has garnished the Spice House with her presence a few times. one of my favorite experiences was during a cooking class at Ecole de Cuisine, a Milwaukee area culinary school...
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Spice Spotlight: Mustard

Spice Spotlight: Mustard

Ground mustard has a mild, earthy aroma, and unassuming appearance. Its flavor is sharp and hot, and it gets even stronger when wet. Brown mustard seed is even hotter than yellow...
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Rare Hawaiian Sea Salt—Then and Now

Rare Hawaiian Sea Salt—Then and Now

In the 1700’s, the British navigator James Cook made several voyages through the Pacific Islands and visited Hawaii three times. His sailors collected black salt from the shoreline at low tide...
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Dill Weed Substitute

Dill Weed Substitute

Dill weed has a unique flavor that has an earthy and almost grassy essence. It is a very fragrant herb...
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Onion Powder Substitute

Onion Powder Substitute

Onions are often dehydrated to retain the sweet pungent flavor they're known for, to create onion powder.  Often used in...
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