Accent Seasoning – Spike Seasoning

Accent Seasoning – Spike Seasoning: Accent Seasoning – A seasoning also called MSG (Monosodium Glutamate).  It is commonly used in Asian cooking.  It is not a favored seasoning or enhancer … Continued

Anise Seed vs. Licorice

Anise Seed vs Licorice

  Questions and Answers – Anise Seed vs. Licorice Question: I really enjoy your web site and find it extremely interesting and helpful.  I am currently living abroad in Israel … Continued

Basil - Ocimum Basilicum

Basil – Ocimim Basilicum

  The Greek name for basil means “king”, which shows how highly it has been regarded throughout the ages.  Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a sun-loving annual with highly aromatic … Continued

Basil-Infused Vinaigrette Recipe

Basil-Infused Vinaigrette Recipe

  Low fat, Low calorie – Low carbohydrate recipe   This Basil-Infused Vinaigrette recipe is excellent served on vine-ripened tomatoes from your home garden.  There is nothing like the smell of … Continued

Beau Monde Seasoning Salt

Beau Monde Seasoning Salt

 Questions and Answers – What is Beau Monde Seasoning Salt   Question: My grocery store makes a spinach dip that I absolutely love!  If I am going to continue to … Continued

Bon Appetit Seasoning Salt

  Questions and Answers – Bon Appetit Seasoning Salt   Question: I have a recipe calling for Bon Appetit Seasoning Salt , since the neighborhood store does not carry this, … Continued

Brazilian Pink Pepper

Brazilian Pink Pepper – Pink Peppercorns (Schinus)     The Pink Peppercorns (Schinus), was founded as a product for trade in 1992.  It was at this time that it was … Continued

Capers, Capparus Spinosa

Capers – What are Capers?

 Capers, Capparus Spinosa Capers, Capparus Spinosa are pickles made from the unopened flower buds of the caper shrub (Capparis spinthe – closely related to the cabbage family), a wild and … Continued

Chef Seasoning Salt Substitute

  Question: My father recently was hospitalized for a stroke.  Because his blood pressure is high he was on a salt restricted diet.  With all of his meal came a … Continued

Chia seeds

Chia Seeds

Health Benefits of the Ancient Chia Seed You have probably heard how important it is to get enough essentials fatty acids (EFAs) in your diet.  Some good food sources containing … Continued


Cilantro vs. Coriander

Cilantro – What is Cilantro? Photos from Iowa State University Extension. Cilantro or coriander not only has two common names, but two entirely different identities and uses.  Cilantro, Coriandrum sativum, describes … Continued

Coffee Spiced Lamb with Minted Coffee Sauce Recipe

Coffee Spiced Lamb with Minted Coffee Sauce Recipe is courtesy of Chef Mark Tafoya, chef/owner of ReMARKable Palate Personal Chef Service in New York, NY.  This recipe was adapted from the … Continued

Cold Pasta Salad

Cold Pasta Salad with Fresh Basil Recipe

This colorful Cold Pasta Salad with Fresh Basil Recipe makes great use of summer vegetables and allows them to shine without too many additional flavors to compete with.  Ideal for … Continued

Cooking With Salt – The Spice of Life

    For every meal there is one thing people generally reach for before they even take a bite – the salt shaker. Cooking with salt is one of the … Continued

Culinary Lavender

Culinary Lavender

Culinary Lavender is an incredibly versatile herb for cooking.  In today’s upscale restaurants, fresh edible flowers are making a comeback as enhancements to both the flavor and appearance of food. … Continued