Too Much Ginger

Too Much Ginger? Use These Tricks To Tone It Down

Ginger is a popular spice used in many Asian dishes and it is included in a number of dessert recipes as well. Its pleasant zesty flavor can complement other spices or stand on its own as the main flavor in a dish. However, you only get its benefits if you …

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cooking with maple syrup

Cooking With Maple Syrup: The Dos And Don’ts

Maple syrup is Canada’s favorite syrup and is known globally, both as the quintessential Canadian product and as a flavoring. Maple syrup is a versatile sweetener that has far more applications than just pancakes and waffles. It is only a good sweetening option if you use it correctly. Here are …

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Black cardamom substitute

What’s A Good Black Cardamom Substitute?

Black cardamom is a useful spice that is related both to green cardamom — a better known and possibly more versatile spice — and to ginger. Unless you cook a lot of Chinese or Indian food, you may not always have black cardamom on hand. If running out and grabbing …

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black cardamom

Black Cardamom: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

What is black cardamom? Black cardamom is one of those spices that has a variety of aliases. Black cardamom also goes by Nepal cardamom and brown cardamom, among other names. Like its relative green cardamom, black cardamom belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, so it is also related to ginger. The …

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Red miso

Red Miso: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

What is red miso? Red miso — also called aka miso — is from Japan’s northern island known as Hokkaido and is one of the three main varieties of miso used in Japanese cuisine. Miso had its beginnings in China, despite its present status as one of Japan’s best-known foundation …

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Loomi substitute

What’s A Good Loomi Substitute?

Loomi is one of the names for the dehydrated limes used in certain Middle Eastern and Persian dishes. Other names for loomi include black lime because the dried limes take on a dark, almost black color. Loomi can be used to offset unpleasantly gamey or fishy flavors. If you can’t …

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Seasoned salt

Seasoned Salt: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Seasoned salt is a spice blend that includes salt as one of the ingredients and is a US invention. There are many variations of seasoned salt across the US, but all appear to be variations of the only universal one: Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. For starters, Lawry’s is the only one …

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Lampong pepper

Lampong Pepper: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Lampong pepper gets its name from Lampong Province in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia. The Lampong part of the pepper’s name and in the name of the Sumatran province is sometimes spelled Lampung. Lampong pepper’s botanical name is Piper nigrum — AKA black pepper — and it is called lada in Indonesia, …

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