• The Ultimate Saffron Spice Profile

    The Ultimate Saffron Spice Profile

    A native to Southwest Asia, saffron has had many uses such as seasonings, fragrances, perfumes, dye and medicine. In the kitchen, saffron is most commonly used in soups, stews, as well as seafood dishes such as bouillabaisse and paella. It is also a welcome addition to risotto and other rice-based dishes. Because this spice has long held the title of “most expensive spice by weight’, it may not be found commonly in every kitchens’ spice rack. Saffron Pronunciation Saffron is pronounced /ˈsæfrən/ or /ˈsæfrɒn,  scientific name Crocus sativus. Hear the common saffron pronunciation: What is Saffron? Saffron is part of...

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  • Blend Highlight: Fines Herbes

    Blend Highlight: Fines Herbes

    What is Fines Herbes? Fines Herbes, which I always want to pronounce Fine-is Erb-is (in my lovely Wisconsin accent) is actually pronounced feen-ZAIRB (with a French accent). As such, it is a combination of herbs that are the mainstay of French cuisine. It is made up of parsley, chives, chervil and tarragon. The actual combination has been of much debate over the years. Some recipes using the name 'aux fines herbes' simply include parsley, while the traditionalists tend to argue that all four ingredients are required. Current food experts offer combinations that include all or only some of the four ingredients, some even removing the parsley. Where...

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  • Cumin - Spice Profile

    Cumin - Spice Profile

    Cumin, Cuminum cyminum  Widely used in cuisines as varied as Indian, Eastern, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish, cumin is a staple in many cooks’ spice racks and commonly found to be a main ingredient in curry powders, taco seasonings, and masalas. Cumin Pronunciation  Cumin is pronounced in a few different ways (/ˈkjuːmᵻn/ or UK /ˈkʌmᵻn/, US /ˈkuːmᵻn/),  scientific name Cuminum Cyminum. More commonly pronounced “coo-min” or “que-min”. Hear the more common cumin pronunciations:   What is Cumin? The cumin plant grows to approximately 12 to 20 inches in height with multiple, similarly-sized branches sprouting from the stem creating a...

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  • Our Favorite Spice Shops!

    We wanted to do a blog post specifically to call out two of our favorite spice shops-- Oaktown Spice Shop and The Spice House. Both offer interesting spice blends, beautiful gift sets and the freshest, most interesting spices around. In addition, both offer online shopping, nation-wide shipping and bulk spices (which is helpful if you have an AllSpice rack that needs filling).  Why buy spices at a specialty spice store? Freshness- Spices dont last forever. Each spice has a unique shelf life and is uniquely sensitive to heat and light. Specialty spice shops are aware of these limitations and take care...

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  • Charnushka Nigella

    Spice Profile: Black Seed (Kalonji, Nigella Sativa, Charnushka)

    Scientific Name Nigella Sativa Pronounced char-NOOSH-kah Charnushka means “black seed” in Russian, which translates to chernishke in Yiddish and schwarzkummel in German. Also Known As The rare spice is known by many names. It’s also referred to as nigella seed, black seed, black onion seed, onion seed, black caraway seed, black cumin, roman coriander, calonji, or kalonji. Despite having various names, the flavor of Charnushka is not similar to onion, cumin, coriander, or caraway seeds. What is Black Seed? Charnushka is deep black seeds with a sharp flavor and strong aroma. It has a broad flavor profile that is peppery...

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  • Fenugreek Seeds

    Spice Profile: Fenugreek

    Scientific Name Trigonella foenum-graecum Pronounced: Fen-oo-GREEK The scientific name Trigonella refers to triangularly shaped flowers. Foenum-graecum translates into 'Greek Hay' What is Fenugreek? Fenugreek is a leafy green plant that can be used in may ways. Fresh leaves are used in Iranian and Indian cooking, the sprouted seeds are used in salads and seeds are used in spice blends, baking and pickles. The seeds can even be ground to make flour for breads. How Can I Use Fenugreek? Uses: Fresh leaves can be used as a vegetable, cooked with potatoes, spinach or rice, or chopped and added to dough. Dried leaves can be...

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