Knowledgably Inventive Spice Blends

I chanced upon LaBoite’s website and got a couple jars of their spice blends out of curiosity since I don’t need more spices. Their selections come with exotic, though not helpful, names such as Shabazi, Safrito, Marrakesh and Oz. But thankfully, each label lists ingredients and suggested uses. For Shabazi its “A Yemenite blend of …

The Best Spice-featured Cookbook in 56 Years

The Spice Cookbook, by Avanelle Day and Lillie Stuckley has been my library reference since it was published in 1964. Not for the recipes or the authors’ innovations, which were not impressive then or now, but for the 75 page opening treatise on the spice trade and spices. Ah, time marches on and in this …

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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 …