• Star Anise

    Spice Profile: Star Anise

    Spice Profile: Star Anise, Illicium Verum  Star Anise is pronounced as star \ˈa-nəs\ , scientific name Illicium Verum. Anise is often mispronounced. Hear the correct pronunciation.   Also Known As Star Anise is also known as star anise seeds, star aniseed, Chinese star anise, anise stars, Chinese anise, Indian anise, chakra phool, and takkola.   What is Star Anise? Star Anise is a spice that is widely used in cooking and home remedies. It is the dried, star-shaped fruit of a small oriental tree. It’s rust-colored, has tough skin, and can measure to over 1” long. Each star has between...

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  • Spicy Snacks

    Spicy Snacks

    When we think of using a spice rack, we generally think of elaborate meals and more complex cooking. However, a wide variety of herbs and spices can be used to brighten up lots of healthy snacks. Here are some easy ideas for snacks using basic ingredients, some creativity and your AllSpice Rack! Roasted Chickpeas Drain and rinse a 15 ounce can of chickpeas. Transfer to a bowl and add spices of your choice. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable or coconut oil. Fry in a pan or bake on a baking sheet until golden brown. Suggested Spices: Paprika, Turmeric, Cumin, Cayenne, Salt,...

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  • cocktail with spices

    Herbs and Spices in Cocktails

    It's no secret that liquor and spices have a long and tangled history. Many of the great staples in your liquor cabinet rely on herbs and spices to create their signature flavor. Gin, for example, derives its primary flavors from juniper berries and is often augmented with many other recognizable spice rack favorites. Recently, however, mixologists have been looking to the spice rack for unique twists on mixed drinks. Using spices and herbs can liven up a drink and even add medicinal benefits.  Below are some unique drink recipes using herbs and spices: Pear and Cardamom Sidecar Autumn Delight (Cinnamon) The Brow Burner...

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  • Fennel Seed Spice

    Spice Profile: Fennel

    Scientific Name Foeniculum Vulgare What is Fennel? A relative of the bulbous fennel used as a vegetable, fennel herb is a tall, hardy perennial that is used mostly for its seeds. Fennel, like parsley, is a member of the carrot family. What is the History of Fennel? Fennel is native to the Mediterranean and is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Romans ate fennel as a vegetable and it has been used medicinally all over Asia.  How is Fennel Grown? Fennel plants grow easily in many conditions. It is a perennial and will self seed. It can also cross pollinate with dill,...

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  • Homemade Salad Dressing

    Homemade Salad Dressing

    This is going to sound snobby, but it has been at least 10 years since I have had a bottle of commercial salad dressing in my fridge. I find them messy, expensive and odd tasting. Besides, with salad dressing being so easy to make, I prefer to make my own on the spot.  Of course, everyone knows that a bit of good olive oil and vinegar goes a long way, but truly, all salad dressings are almost as easy! My cheat is to buy the premixed salad dressing seasonings from a quality spice shop (The Spice House in Milwaukee has some...

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  • Epazote Mexican Tea

    Spice Profile: Epazote

    Scientific Name Chenopodium Ambrosioides What is Epazote? A weed native to Mexico, Epazote leaves add a bitter and bright flavor to Mayan cuisines from Mexico and Guatemala. Used fresh in Mexico, Epazote can be found and used as a dried leaf in the US and Canada. What is the History of Epazote? Epazote has been used for many centuries in Mexican cuisines. It was also used in medicinal purposes to treat worms and parasites as well as digestion issues. How is Epazote Grown? Epazote grows easily and is even considered a weed in some places. It has a stronger flavor...

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