All About Seasonings

A Grain of Salt

When I was a kid, my mother cooked with salt and pepper. If she was feeling very adventurous, she’d break out the Adolf’s Meat Tenderizer.  So, when I decided I wanted to learn to cook, spices and seasonings opened a whole new world for me.

Every culture has its own spicing and seasoning secrets. Learning which herbs and spices to use to prepare food with a French, Greek or Italian feel really freed me up to experiment. And learning to use whole spices, only freshly grinding what I need brought extra flavor to our dinner table.

What is Umami

July 23, 2019 0 Comments
What is Umami

Our 5th Taste – Umami by Nell Jones “Umami” is one of those words that you are searching for to describe the way something tastes but then convince yourself that there is no word to exist for it.  Well thanks to a Japanese chemist, there is now a word for that savory, yet not exactly […]

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Difference Between Peppermint and Spearmint

March 12, 2019 0 Comments
Difference Between Peppermint and Spearmint

What Kind of Mint Am I Growing In My Garden? Someone recently asked me about the mint growing in their garden. Is it peppermint, spearmint or some other kind of mint? I had no idea so I did a little research so I had a better understanding of mint varieties and then went out to […]

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How NOT to Season Food With Salt

December 10, 2018 2 Comments
How NOT to Season Food With Salt

Common Mistakes When Seasoning With Salt Salt is critical for bringing out flavors in the foods we cook. One of my problems with eating out, especially at good restaurants, I find chefs often over salt their dishes. I’m not sure why and this would be a great topic for another article but I find it […]

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How NOT to Season Foods – Spice and Herb Chart

December 3, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Season Foods – Spice and Herb Chart

A Simple Chart Describing Herbs & Spices & How to Use Them Let’s take a look at some of the more commonly available herbs and spices.  These listings are by no means exhaustive.  Many of the spice plants are not native to the United States; in these cases, I provide the USDA hardiness zone information […]

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How NOT to Season Food – Part 2

November 26, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Season Food – Part 2

More Common Mistakes When It Comes to Herbs & Spices Mistake #2  Keeping Herbs and Spices Forever Most of us have a dark, dusty corner of our spice cabinet where old spices go to die.  You know the place.  It’s where you keep the rarified spices that you bought to make a special dish for […]

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How NOT to Season Foods

October 30, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Season Foods

How NOT to Season Foods – Common Seasoning Mistakes & How to Avoid Them Spices and seasonings are our passport to a whole world of flavor possibilities.  We are very lucky that we live in a time when a host of spices are readily available for our use and experimentation. In the past, wars have […]

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Soy Sauce and Tamari – What Is The Difference

May 13, 2013 10 Comments
Soy Sauce and Tamari – What Is The Difference

Do You Know The Difference Between Tamari Sauce and Soy Sauce? I admit that I’ve never really given this much thought, but to my untrained eyes at least, soy sauce and tamari look pretty much alike. So there must be some reason that both are available. So I did some digging, and this is what […]

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Salt | All About Salt Video

September 21, 2012 0 Comments
Salt | All About Salt Video

Salt and How To Use It To Season Food Everything you wanted to know about salt and why it is the most important seasoning in the kitchen. Professional chefs depend on it to bring out the flavor of the ingredients they are cooking with. This video, Salt of the Season, by my friend Peter Hertzmann, […]

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Cooking with Hot Peppers

September 16, 2012 6 Comments
Cooking with Hot Peppers

Four Recipes for Cooking With Hot Peppers By contributing writer Mark R. Vogel Some Like It Hot Do you like hot food? I mean really hot food? Are you a chile head? Then let’s talk hot peppers. Chile peppers, of which there are almost 200 varieties, have been cultivated since 6200 B.C. All chile peppers […]

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Spices and How to Cook With Them

September 14, 2012 7 Comments
Spices and How to Cook With Them

Spice Up Your Life! By: Mark R. Vogel The Quest for Herbs & Spices Every school kid is taught that Columbus discovered the new world. But few of them know why. Columbus was seeking an alternative route to India in an attempt to break the monopoly that Venice held on the world spice trade. Little […]

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