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Spices that help fight the common cold

Spices that help fight the common cold

The temperature outside my house this morning was negative 9 degrees. Brrrr.  We are all going to be cooped up inside for the next few days until the temperatures rises and we can thaw out. Usually that is when everyone in my family comes down with a cold.  The kids can’t go outside for recess […]

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Garlic: The Best Spice in the World

The Best Spice In The World

What’s the best spice in the world? That’s an easy one to answer: garlic. Because garlic makes everything taste better. Not a day goes by that I don’t add garlic to my food.  It goes on my salad, pasta dishes, fish, meats, stews, chili, just about everything. In my opinion, you can never use too […]

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What is turmeric

What is Turmeric

What is Turmeric exactly?  Wikipedia says that it is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to tropical South Asia and needs temperatures between 20°C and 30°C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Turmeric is a commonly used herb that is also considered a spice. It […]

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fenugreek

Fenugreek as a Medicinal Spice

Fenugreek is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs.  In fact, there is some evidence of fenugreek seeds being used as far back as 4000 BC. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used Fenugreek for various purposes. Fenugreek is both a spice and an herb. The dried leaves (herb) and the seeds (spice) are both […]

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oregano

Oregano is Good For Your Health

I love to cook Italian food for my family. Fresh spaghetti with cheesy marinara sauce, homemade pizzas, bruschetta with cheese, tomatoes and oregano, and of course our family favorite is spinach tortellini.   Oregano is an herb that I use often in these recipes. Not only does it add great flavor to our Italian dishes, but […]

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basil

Basil – King of Herbs

Basil definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite herbs.  I love the sweet, fragrant aroma this herb adds to my meals. I use it all the time in my tomato sauces, pizza sauces and pestos. I also love sprinkling it over my salads and tomato appetizers.  My family just loves eating my famous […]

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shiitake

Shiitake – The Healing Mushroom

The Shiitake is a mushroom that primarily grows in Japan, China and Korea. This mushroom thrives in a shady environment so it will generally be found growing in forests.  The Japanese name, Shiitake, is derived from “shii” meaning the shiia tree where these mushrooms grow, and “take” meaning mushroom. The Chinese refer to this mushroom […]

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Garlic and its health benefits

This strong-flavored seasoning may provide your body with protection against cancer development, as well as heart disease. Garlic has antioxidant properties, helping protect cells from oxidation by destroying free radicals in the body. Free radicals are naturally-occurring substances that age cells and foster disease. Add flavor to your dishes by using this common spice while […]

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