Everyday Exotic Spices

"Grocery and gourmet : Exotic herbs and spices for everyday cooking."


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Posted on August 13, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Widely used in Chinese and Indian cuisine, this whole spice resembles anise in flavor. Some stars may be broken and not entirely whole.

Favorite dishes using Star Anise: Five-Spice Rub, Poached Pears, Couscous, Ham Glaze, BBQ Sauce.

Star Anise should keep its peak flavor for about two years.


Chris Rawstern is a gourmet cook and maintains her own website called A Harmony of FlavorsHer culinary journey and experience spans four decades.  REF: A Commonly Used Spice in Southern China and Vietnam, Star Anise Has Now Gained Popularity Worldwide: mentionis made that this flavorful spice made its way from Southern China and Vietnam to Europe in the 17th century.  A recipe is also provided for Five Spice Powder blend, as well as one for Masala Chai Tea.

Star Anise Tin


Chai Tea in Tea Bowl, Star Anise Behind

Chai Tea in Tea Bowl, Star Anise Behind | AllPosters


Posted on August 13, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Originating from Spain, this dried herb is used frequently in Mediterranean cuisine and grilled items.

Rosemary Tin

Favorite dishes using Rosemary: Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Foccacia, Cornish Hens, Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken, Herbed Biscuits, Pot Roast, Marinated Olives.

Rosemary should keep their peak flavor for about one year.

The link below doesn't provide any more info about rosemary.  It's the song "Scarborough Fair" by Simon and Garfunkel where I first heard the words "parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme".  They say it's an English folk song that dates back to late medieval times.  Sure fooled me!  I thought it dated back to the 1960s.  :)


SPICE Spotlight: Oregano

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 4:20 PM

This herb originates from Greece and is an indispensable ingredient to Mediterranean cuisine. Often used in tomato sauces, grilled meats and vegetables.  A common herb used in Italian cuisine.

Oregano Tin

SPICE Spotlight: Caraway Seeds

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Caraway come from the Arabic al-karwiya.  Caraway is a culinary herb with an interesting history.  It appears in ancient Greek and Roman history, in German foklore, and is even mentioned by Shakespeare. 

Read more at Caraway An overview of historical and modern uses of caraway


Caraway Seeds Tin

This spice from Holland is great for Central European and Scandinavian cuisine, with an anise-like flavor and aroma.

Favorite dishes using Caraway Seeds: Irish Soda Bread, Hungarian Goulash, Beet Salad, Sauerkraut, Rye Bread, Borscht.

Caraway Seeds should keep their peak flavor for about two years.

SPICE Spotlight: Marjoram

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Our Egyptian marjoram is typically used in European cuisine and is similar in flavor to oregano. 

Favorite dishes using Marjoram: Roasted Turkey, Goulash, Zucchini Pie, Lamb Gyros, Vichyssoise, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Beef Stew.

Marjoram should keep it's peak flavor for about six months.


Marjoram Tin


SPICE Spotlight: Paprika

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Favorite dishes using Paprika:

BBQ Sauce, Chili Con Carne, Deviled Eggs, Bloomin' Onion, Gumbo, Chicken Paprikash, Arroz Con Pollo.

Hungarian Paprika Tin

Hungarian paprika is the most common form and has a deep red color.  Some say it's the national spice of Hungary.

Smoked Spanish Paprika Tin

Smoked Spanish Paprika can give added depth of flavor to your dishes, with a deep red color and nice smoky aroma.

Paprika should keep its peak flavor for about one year.

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/paprika-vs-smoked-paprika/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Paprika Vs. Smoked Paprika | leaf.tv



SPICE Spotlight: Onion Powder

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Onion Powder Tin

This US-originated powdered dried onion and is often paired with garlic in many dishes.

Favorite dishes using Onion: Tasso Ham, Marinara Sauce, Brown Gravy, Deviled Eggs, Meatballs, Teriyaki, Jerk Sauce, Burgers, Salami.

Onion Powder should keep its peak flavor for about two years.




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