Author Archives: roger

“Real” Cinnamon

Cinnamon. It’s used in so many things, from cooking and baking to potpourri and moth repellent! (Yes, seriously.) In the UK, studies have even found that consistent cinnamon in a diet can help with diabetes and blood pressure complications. Other studies have found that cinnamon can be used to clear cognitive function, reduce cholesterol, and […]

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Breakfast Sandwich Spice

Light, flaky, buttery… all adjectives that describe the perfect biscuit. The biscuit has very humble beginnings as a way for cooks to use the remaining eggs, butter, and flour before the beginning of Lent. In more recent years the biscuit has become a staple at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Biscuits are often paired with sausage […]

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Black Pepper Come From

Black pepper holds a unique space in the average North American home. After all, whereas other spices live tucked away in dark cupboards black pepper proudly stands in shakers and grinders on the kitchen counter or – holiest of holy places – the dining table in nearly every single home and restaurant. It’s the only […]

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Make Mixed Spice

The term mixed spice is often used to refer to a traditional British spice mix that’s used in baking and sweet dishes, such as puddings and biscuits. Mixed spice, which is sometimes called pudding spice, is easy to make, helps you guarantee freshness, and makes baking more convenient. However, there are other spice mixes that […]

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Spices In Cookery

Spices are not only a great flavoring on their own, but can also act as a preservative and flavor enhancer for particular ingredients. Many meals as we know them would be totally different without the use of spices, such as nutmeg on custard, saffron in paella, and sumac in za’atar. To be a good cook, […]

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We Specialize In Spices

The humble potpie has a long and prestigious history, beginning with 20 blackbirds baked in a pie. A staple in European cultures for centuries, often gracing the tables of aristocrats and royalty.   Potpies are still part of the traditional cuisine of many regions throughout Europe. The empanada from northern Spain is a version made […]

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Spices: Fundamentals Of Cooking

Wild Mushroom Risotto is often thought of as complicated and time-consuming but once you understand the basic fundamentals of cooking risotto it becomes a simple and joyful task. Risotto is rice that is cooked to a creamy consistency with the addition of liquid, typically chicken stock and white wine. In our wild mushroom risotto recipe, […]

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Complex Flavors Of Five-Spice

Being a former chef and also a vegetarian is difficult at times for there are so many amazing restaurants opening within the Grand Rapids area and many are focused on meat. I don’t have an aversion to meat or meat-based products due to a political agenda; it is simply the right choice for me to […]

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Extensive Variety Of Dried Herbs

I have always had a love affair with big cities. Cities such as New York, Paris, Seattle and Los Angeles make me feel alive; the constant low hum of activity is electric. These cities rarely sleep; there is always movement, always a vibrant collection of people from all walks of life. My first introduction to […]

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Chile Peppers You Should Try

Are the old flames of your kitchen not burning as hot these days? Perhaps it’s time to switch up your chile pepper game. Reignite the passion with these unique chile peppers! Aji Amarillo: A classic yellow-orange chile pepper hailing from South America. A staple in numerous cuisines of the continent it’s used in both sweet […]

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