Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence: Flavors of the French Countryside

Origin of Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence (or “Herbs of Provence”) is a mixture consisting of common herbs native to the Provence region in southeast France.

As French cuisine gained popularity in the U.S. and abroad during the 1970’s, commercial herb blends bearing the name “Herbes de Provence” began to become available. However, these mixtures typically come from North Africa, China, and Central and eastern Europe—not from France.

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Coriander vs Cumin

Coriander Vs. Cumin: SPICEography Showdown

Complementary spices square off…

Few spices pair as well as coriander and cumin. With flavors that complement each other so beautifully, it’s no wonder that these two spices are often used together. Not only does this dynamic duo play a starring role in various dishes, but it’s not unusual for one of these spices to be mistaken for the other.

In this spice versus spice showdown, you can examine these spices from a few key angles and determine how coriander and cumin really measure up!

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Coriander

Coriander: The Best Kept Secret on Your Spice Rack

Coriander is made from the dried seeds of cilantro and its native regions span from southern Europe and northern Africa to southwestern Asia. The exact region from which this spice originates has not been pin-pointed and it is currently grown in many places all over the world. The culinary use …

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Chipotle Powder

Chipotle Powder: The Signature Spice of Mexican Cuisine

Chipotle peppers are not an individual species of pepper, but rather jalapeño peppers that have been smoked whole over a wood fire for several days. This process removes all of the moisture from the pepper while lending a unique, smoky flavor. For the home kitchen, chipotle powder makes a great …

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Too Much Pepper

Too Much Pepper? These Simple Tricks Can Save Your Dish

Every cook has had the misfortune of adding too much black pepper to a dish at one time or another.

After all the time and effort spent in the kitchen working hard to make that perfect dish, all of your efforts feel as though they’ve gone right down the drain in an instant.

Whether you’ve added just a dash too much pepper or you’ve miscalculated the amount significantly, the degree of disappointment and frustration is the same. But before you throw out that dish you’ve worked so hard to create, take a few deep breaths and relax.

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Mojo Seasoning

Mojo Seasoning: A Charm Of A Spice

Mojo originated in the Canary Islands and is actual a spice blend created by combining several different spices to create a unique flavor. Over time, Canary Island mojo has been adopted by many other cultures, each varying the mixture of spices it contains their own regional flavor influences. Mojo Seasoning …

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Do Spices Go Bad

Spice Rack Fact vs. Fiction: Do Spices Go Bad?

Herbs and spices are the essential ingredients that add flavor, life and personality to every dish you cook. In order to make the most of your spices, they must be fresh. When you have a fully stocked spice rack and a variety of spices that you use only in small …

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass: The World’s Most Flavorful & Beneficial Grass

Lemongrass is a variety of tropical island plant in the grass family. It is closely related to citronella, a well-known component of insect-repelling candles and oils. Native to Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Burma, lemongrass has become so popular worldwide that it is now cultivated in a wide variety of …

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