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SPICE Spotlight: Traditional Poultry Seasoning

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Poultry Seasoning is an American classic herb mix, a tradition from the American South.  Really!  Check a culinary history book about spices in the U.K.  The Scots, the Celts and especially the Brits - they won't take credit for it.  Poultry seasoning recipe was definitely an invention of the colonies.  Of course, by the time the first commercial poultry ...

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SPICE SPOTLIGHT: Cloves

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 8:40 AM

Did you know:


  • "... Archaeologists found cloves within a ceramic vessel in Syria along with evidence dating the find to within a few years of 1721 BC. ... In the 4th century BC, Chinese leaders in the Han Dynasty required those who addressed them to chew cloves so as to freshen their breath. ..."   Read more at CLOVE HISTORY.
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SPICE SPOTLIGHT: Star Anise

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 2:00 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.



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