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The Noble Bay Leaf From Kitchen to Craft

Posted on 12/26/2012 02:07:09 PM

The bay tree has been sacred since ancient times. Even its name suggests greatness. Nobilis means renowned, and the bay branches were woven into wreaths of victory. Apollos temple was said to have its roof made entirely of bay leaves for protection, and bay leaf garlands were later used in architect..

The Other Sumac Used As a Spice

Posted on 12/26/2012 02:00:35 PM

You may hear Sumac and immediately think of poison sumac. The spice sumac is not from the same plant as the poison sumac, although they are from the same plant family. As a matter of fact, the sumac used as a spice grows wild, mainly in the Middle East, so there is no problem with running afoul of t..

Cardamom, An Ancient Spice of India

Posted on 12/26/2012 01:56:00 PM

How many people really know cardamom? It is an ancient spice, existing in India more than a thousand years before the birth of Christ. It is the third most expensive spice, after saffron and vanilla. The spice reached Europe along the caravan routes. Ancient Greece and Rome valued cardamom as an ing..

RAW Food, Natures Healthy Diet

Posted on 12/26/2012 01:49:10 PM

The RAW food diet is a relative newcomer, and there are many ideas on the subject. I do not profess to have all the answers. I am not a doctor, nor a nutritionist. Some proponents say it is the healthiest way to live, and cite many wonderful side effects, such as weight loss and clear skin, not to m..

The Salt Conundrum Is Salt Healthy or Not

Posted on 12/26/2012 11:58:06 AM

Salt has been painted the villain in the goal of good health. The U.S. government recommends lowering salt intake to prevent myriad health issues, such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, to name a few we all recognize. Salt is a natural substance. Some say we cannot live without some s..

Borage, a Lesser Known Herb to Know and Enjoy

Posted on 12/26/2012 11:54:01 AM

The common thread running through historical descriptions of borage is its ability to make men and women glad and merry, to comfort the heart, dispel melancholy and give courage. These noble qualities may derive from its high content of calcium, potassium and mineral salts, and research suggests tha..

Where Coffee Comes From. My Guatemalan Coffee Memoirs

Posted on 12/26/2012 11:49:26 AM

I moved to Guatemala at just turned 20 years old. I didn't like coffee unless it was loaded with sugar and cream. After just a few short months I learned to love the coffee made Guatemalan style. When brewing coffee, most particularly in a percolator way back then, and in any pot that repeatedly was..

Star Anise Shines in the Cupboard, Masala Chai Tea

Posted on 12/26/2012 11:42:45 AM

Star anise is little used outside of its native Southern China and Vietnam. It has spread to wherever these cultures have gone, being taken along both to use and where possible, to grow. The shape of star anise is that of an irregular eight and sometimes up to twelve pointed star. In Chinese, the na..

My Yugoslav or Serbian Heritage Food Memories, KIFLI

Posted on 12/26/2012 11:33:49 AM

I grew up with the knowledge that my Dads parents came to the U.S. from Yugoslavia in the very early 1900s. I understand now that Yugoslavia was a union of countries at the time, but the area where my grandparents came from was Kucur, Backa, in the province of Vojvodina, in what is Serbia, today. My..

My Slovak Heritage and Its Influence on My Cooking, Holupki or Cabbage Rolls

Posted on 12/26/2012 11:22:55 AM

My heritage from my Moms side of the family is Slovak, so I grew up with this culture firmly in place, food-wise. When I was growing up, it was Czechoslovakia. Now, I know that my Moms parents came from Slovakia. All my grandparents came over from Europe in the very early 1900s, bringing with them t..

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