Spice Up Your Life with Ginger

Whether your dietary goals are to eat heart-consciously by watching the amount of sodium you consume or just want to live a healthy lifestyle, spices are your best friend. Not only is ginger flavorful, but it is high in gingerol. This bioactive substance is responsible for gingers’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This flowering plant originated from China and is in the same family as turmeric and cardamom. Ginger can be utilized in the forms of fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, candied and ground (powdered). When ginger is pickled in sweet vinegar, a common process for making sushi, it turns pink in color. Many people don’t know how to store ginger or prepare fresh g

Cumin in the Kitchen

Now that we've covered a wide variety of herbs in this series, let's shift over to the first of our spice entries: cumin. I decided to start this series with cumin because it's my personal pick for most underrated spice. Garlic and onion are more widely used, turmeric is more trendy and chili powder is more potent, but cumin is the secret spice (literally) in many of your favorite styles of cuisine. As with many spices, cumin comes from a seed and can be used either whole or ground. These seeds of the cumin plant - a close relative of parsley - look like narrowed sunflower seeds. In its ground form, cumin is a sandy brown color, sometimes with a touch of yellow-orange hue. Cumin has been in

A New Blog Post? It’s About Thyme

There are many lenses through which to view food, and my favorite is understanding a food’s historical context. Thyme is a perfect example.

The Basics of Basil

As our series on herbs and spices continues, let’s cover one of the most widely-used fresh herbs in the culinary world: Basil.

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