Bay Leaves: A Simple Spice For Complex Flavor

Bay Leaves

Almost anyone who has made a basic soup or stew has used bay leaves to flavor the dish. Bay leaves have been such a staple ingredient in soups and stews that most of us use them as we always have without giving them a second thought.

With a multitude of health benefits and uses beyond your favorite family stew recipe, bay leaves might just become one of your next go-to ingredients when you’re looking to elevate your cooking. Bursting with flavor, bay leaves have the ability to take your culinary skills to the next level!

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Allspice: The Flavor of the Caribbean

It’s a common misconception that allspice is a spice blend consisting of many spices. In reality, allspice is a single spice made from the unripe berries of evergreen trees indigenous to the lush rainforests of Central and South America.

This spice derived its name from the English in the 1600’s, as they found it had a flavor that combined the taste of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

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Garlic Powder Vs. Garlic: SPICEography Showdown

Garlic Powder Vs Garlic

Garlic is one of the most popular and commonly-used ingredients in kitchens all over the world. It’s also one ingredient that a lot of chefs have strong, passionate opinions on when it comes to the question of how garlic powder should be used.

Many chefs and culinary hobbyists have a purist view on garlic, refusing to cook with anything but fresh garlic cloves. However, garlic powder does have a place in the kitchen. Before you dismiss garlic powder as inferior, let’s take a closer look at these ingredients so you can decide for yourself whether or not to stock your kitchen with both fresh cloves and garlic powder. What are the similarities? What are the differences? Let’s take a look.

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Tarragon: An Herb Favorite of French Cuisine


Tarragon is a small, shrubby herb that is native to western Asia and southern Russia. Today, it grows wild across a great deal of North America and Eurasia with France leading the world in cultivation.

Tarragon Flavor Profile

This herb is very aromatic and has a flavor that is slightly bittersweet. Its taste is somewhat similar to that of anise, fennel and licorice, but at the same time unmistakably its own.

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