Spices

Peppermill

A peppermill, or pepper grinder, is a must-have tool in the kitchen. Freshly ground pepper is to ground and bottled pepper as fresh pressed garlic is to dried and ground garlic, that is, flat and wholly lacking in intensity.  Fortunately, grinding fresh pepper is a lot easier than peeling, cutting and pressing whole garlic.  All …

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Papaya

Warm weather months are my favored time for papaya.  It is a great tasting fruit, especially for breakfast, especially in the vicinity of 21.9 North and 158.4 West (Honolulu), where it always seems to taste even better—wonder why?  Here is some background information on papaya drawn from an article I did for school awhile back. …

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Tried and True Hot Sauces

The Geezer Gourmet has a trio of hot sauce products that have been pantry items for many years.  ·  Our favorite small bottle splash-in-a-few-drops hot sauce is called Tennessee Sunshine.  To my palate, this stuff is less hot, more complex and tasteful than the others, and therefore is more versatile as a heating agent for …

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Mustard

Food historians date mustard as a seasoning in Central Asian (Indus) cultures as early as 2300 BC.  At that time, the Greeks and the Romans, who carried the seeds everywhere, including England, called it sinapis. It was not called mustard until the French began mixing the seeds with must, which is unfermented wine.  In eighteenth …

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Vinaigrette

I’ve been often asked, . . . sometimes asked, . . . somebody asked me once if there is a simple and quickly made salad dressing that is versatile enough to replace all the half empty salad dressing bottles in the fridge.  Well, an oil and vinegar combination will do it. The hardest thing about …

Curry in a Hurry

The U.S. Navy inherited a taste for curry—a hot, spicy, gravy-based dish of East Indian origin—from the Royal Navy.  It has been a favorite menu item in navy wardrooms for a century and at my table for decades.  Recipes abound, meatless versions as well.  Making the stuff from scratch was enough of a hassle that …