Spices, seasonings, and more

The anticipation of growing my summer herb garden is starting to build for me this month.  I attended a gardening seminar a couple of weeks ago, and ever since the excitement of what I will be growing this year in my edible garden has stayed with me.  I always have my regular list of perennial…

Simmering Spices

One of the fastest ways to make your home feel inviting to guests is to put a pot of simmering spices on the stove top.  I often like to slice fresh fruit and add different spices depending on the time of year. For Fall and Winter months, I especially like the scents of cinnamon, cloves,…

shopping for spices

On a recent trip to Grand Rapids Michigan, we stopped at one of my favorite places to purchase spices.  I first found this store in Philadelphia over one year ago, and then saw another sister store in West Hartford, Connecticut last year. At that point, I realized that Penzeys Spices was a family of stores…

shopping in Holland MI

  As a gardening and cooking enthusiast, I search to find the best stores for cooks and gardeners.  I love to find unusual gourmet foods from other countries, as well as gardening tools and historic seeds.  On my recent trip to western Michigan, I found some great boutique shops in downtown Holland Michigan.  Michigan is…

homemade herb salt

 every trip to the grocery store encourages me to try to make my own seasoning mixtures.  with the rising costs of simple blends, it has become more cost efficient to make my own homemade herb salts.  i have a simple recipe that i made with my new epare multi spice mill.  i was provided a…

herbs and my new muddler

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. for years i have been using a mortar and pestle for crushing fresh herbs to use in many recipes. the word pestare comes from the Italian language and means to pound or to crush.  maybe you are familiar with pesto, which is a sauce made…

beau monde dip

  do you remember the spice islands seasoning called beau monde?  this is a true classic recipe that has been around for more than 40 years.  i believe this is one of the very first appetizer recipes i made in the seventies.  and, this dip is not only classic but delicious. beau monde seasoning is…