On Chiles

Chiles, whether fresh, frozen, roasted, dried, pickled, jellied, crushed, ground, or whole, are among my favorite flavorings in the kitchen. I have no idea how many different chiles live in my kitchen at any given moment, nor do I know in how many different forms they are stoerd there, but I do know that I […]

Reminder: The Spice is Right IV: It’s Too Darned Hot!

This is just a super-quickie reminder that the deadline for the next edition of The Spice is Right is coming up at midnight July 15th. The theme this time around is “It’s Too Darned Hot!” and centers around chiles. Lots of cuisines around the world make use of chile peppers in one form or another. […]

Finding Substitutes for Black Pepper

Under normal circumstances, I would never advocate that a person attempt to find a substitute for the flavor of black pepper–or really, any other spice. They all taste unique, and substitutions do not happen on a one-to-one basis. However, when I discovered recently that I had developed an allergy to black pepper (which I still […]

Check Out These Three Late and One Missed Entry to The Spice is Right III!

I just wanted to do a quick post pointing readers to three exemplary entries which came in for the Spice is Right II: The Perfumed Garden. Two were late (which is okay, I am not a draconian taskmistress), and one had been emailed to me on time, but I somehow missed the entry. But they […]

The Spice is Right IV Theme: It’s Too Darned Hot!

Yes, July is that time of year, and what is coming up are those days when it is just too darned hot! Too darned hot to move, too darned hot to breathe, too darned hot to walk, talk, garden or cook. It is just plain old sticky. (At least it is around here.) So, in […]

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