Saffron, the Costliest Spice in the World

Posted on 12/26/2012 02:43:31 PM

Saffron is the costliest spice in the world, due to the labor intensive process of picking the three tiny stigma of each crocus flower. Only 5 to 7 pounds of saffron can be harvested from one acre of land. Fortunately, little is needed for most recipes. Amazon recently was selling a 16 ounce tin of Saffron ...

Chayote and Goat Cheese Casserole, a Low Carb Holiday Party Recipe

Posted on 12/26/2012 02:36:33 PM

If you want to liven up your holiday party try one of my favorite casseroles. While most of your guests may never heard of Chayote before they will never forget how great it tastes. A common theme at all holiday parties is to bring a new and unique dish that will amaze and please your guests. Once you ...

The Savory Curry Leaf in Indian Cuisine

Posted on 12/26/2012 02:31:53 PM

Not to be confused with the European Curry Plant, Helichrysum italicum, Curry Leaves comes from the Curry Tree, Murraya koenigii. It is a tender, evergreen shrub reaching up to 20 feet tall in its native southwest Asian habitat. It grows in the foothills of the Himalayas, southern India and Sri Lanka, ...

Decorate Holiday Party Tables With Squash Serving Bowls

Posted on 12/26/2012 02:23:19 PM

Beautiful, easy to make squash bowls will be the highlight of your holiday table this season. Use plastic inserts and simple carving to amaze all your guests. Use these bowls for serving nuts or candy, crackers or dip, and even seasonal arrangements.   Here is an easy and innovative idea using squash ...

Thyme. A Useful Perennial for Kitchen and Garden

Posted on 12/26/2012 02:11:42 PM

Native to the western Mediterranean, thyme is also widely cultivated. The most commonly encountered variety, Thymus vulgaris, is now found fresh on most cold produce shelves. Thyme comes in multitudes of varieties, many of which are wonderfully suited for use in the kitchen. It is a perennial, and will ...

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 architectural ...

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 the ...

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 ingredient ...

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 mention ...

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 salt ...



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