Turmeric Vs. Cumin: SPICEography Showdown

Popular curry spices go head-to-head…

Over the past several years, Westerners have begun to sit up and take notice of herbs, spices and seasonings that have been used in other parts of the world for thousands of years. Two spices of particular interest are turmeric and cumin. Ethnic foods like curry dishes continue to rise in popularity, with more and more people cooking up their own homemade curries. Both turmeric and cumin lend their characteristic flavors and heat to these dishes.

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Ginger: A Flavor Built For Pairing

Related to turmeric and cardamom, ginger is indigenous through China. From there, it spread to other parts of Asia, the Spice Islands, and West Africa.

Today, India is the largest producer of this popular culinary and medicinal herbaceous plant root, though it’s widely grown around the world. 

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Must Have Spices

Must Have Spices For Superstar Seasoning

Build your spice rack… Over the course of many, many years, your spice rack will gradually become a treasured collection of herbs, spices and seasonings that reflect your personality as well as your individual cooking style. Of course, everyone has to start somewhere and with the multitude of spices available, …

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Garlic Powder

Garlic Powder: A Milder Alternative To Fresh Garlic

Origin of garlic powder Garlic powder offers an ideal solution to the common problem of keeping fresh ingredients such as whole garlic cloves on hand. Unlike fresh cloves, garlic powder provides the seasoning you need for your dishes with the convenience of any other long-lasting item on your spice rack. Simply put, …

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Turmeric: Nature’s Most Powerful Medicine

A perennial member of the ginger family, turmeric is native to southwest India and grows wild in the forests of south and Southeast Asia. Today, India remains the top producer of turmeric, but it is now commercially cultivated in Vietnam as well. Prior to finding popularity and common medicinal and …

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Garam Masala Substitute

What’s A Good Garam Masala Substitute?

Simple alternatives to a complex spice… Traditional garam masala is an incredibly complex spice blend that often contains more than 30 ingredients. Because it is such a massive undertaking to make a homemade garam masala, many people prefer to purchase pre-made commercial blends.In some areas, these blends can be difficult …

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Rosemary vs Thyme

Rosemary Vs. Thyme: SPICEography Showdown

Sure they’re paired in a famous Simon and Garfunkel album… And rosemary and thyme are both very popular in the spice rack, but how much do you know about their similarities and differences? How different do they taste? Do they provide similar health benefits? Can one even substitute for the other in …

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Oregano: The Staple Herb That Packs a Punch

Ever since US soldiers returned from World War II with a special affinity for what they referred to as “the pizza herb”, oregano has been a staple on spice racks across America. In other countries, oregano has been an important culinary and medicinal herb for centuries. Oregano is a member …

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