Star Anise Shines in the Cupboard, Masala Chai Tea
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
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
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..
Gluten Free My Story
12/26/2012 11:13:20 AM
Last year I was asked to make foods for a Princess Party at the local museum. It was to be for young girls from tiny tots to teens (with an accompanying Queen) to learn about what it meant to be a princess in real life. Things they were shown were pictures of real princesses from past and present, a..
Gluten Free - Just the Facts, Ma'am
12/26/2012 10:54:25 AM
This is a popular term these days. What does it mean? Why is it so popular? A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease (an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten), along with wheat allergies, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. What is gluten, you may ask? What does it mean to be ..
Cookie Making Made Easy: My Busy-Mom-Method
12/26/2012 10:35:16 AM
In the early 1970s, when I was very young and with small children to care for, I had a few cookie recipes I would make very often, because they were simple recipes, with ingredients I usually had at hand. Cookies are a terrific snack, do not require utensils to pick up and eat and can be made ahead ..
Gluten-Free Baking - A Journey Into New Territory
12/26/2012 10:07:11 AM
Gluten-Free foods are taking their place in the world these days. We are all becoming more aware of gluten, gluten intolerance, celiac (or coeliac) disease, and what this means for so many people. While I am not gluten intolerant, I often cook and bake for functions, locally. Last year I was asked t..
Pepper: The Cinderella of the Cupboard
12/26/2012 09:41:59 AM
Pepper is an unappreciated spice. It is always there. It is called for in nearly every savory recipe, and some sweets (think Pfeffernusse). Freshly ground pepper is called for everywhere in recipes, rather like Cinderella, Cinderella! It is expected to be in its place, doing what it does best, b..
Tea the Real Story
12/26/2012 09:28:10 AM
Everyone knows what tea is, right? Tea, technically, comes from the leaves of one plant: camellia sinensis. Anything other than the leaves from this plant is not actually tea, although tea is often used as a catchall word to include all the different herbal beverages used these days. Legend h..
Cinnamon in the Cupboard Real or Imposter
12/25/2012 09:47:32 AM
I have a bone to pick about cinnamon. How many of you really know what spice you have in your cupboards? Are you sure it really is cinnamon? We in the U.S. are having the wool pulled over our eyes about cinnamon. What we commonly know in the U.S. as "cinnamon" is actually Cassia (cinnamomum aro..
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