• how to use spices and flavors
    Container Gardening,  Edible Gardening,  Pasta

    Worldly Spices and Flavors

    This article contains affiliate links, where I will earn a small percentage of each purchase.  As home cooks and gardeners, we know plant growth and agriculture directly relate to geography and climatic conditions. For this reason, herbs and spices directly influence a region’s culinary fare. When creating delicious dishes at home, it is important home chefs familiarize themselves with the different herbs and spices.  Through experimentation and practice, you will find yourself developing a feel for seasonings that will enable you to produce more consistently good flavor in your meals. Basic Principals for Herbs and Spices There are some basic guidelines in using spices and culinary flavors. The most important…

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    Container Gardening,  Edible Gardening

    7 Tips For Spring Edible Gardening

    It is almost April 15th and where I call home, it is time to begin my spring edible garden! I kinda get a chuckle, at my expense when it comes to gardening.  When I was much younger, in grammar school, my parents had a garden.  We grew corn, beans, and a few other vegetables.  We had a huge apple tree and prosperous grape vines; so I grew up knowing where food comes from. When I was 10 years old, we moved and no longer had a garden at our house, however, my grandparents still had thriving gardens.   They enjoyed all sorts of greens, beans and squash.  During my teenage years,…

  • Container Gardening,  Edible Gardening,  Recipes,  Salads

    7 Types of Basil for Spring Gardening

    Basil is one of the most fragrant and easiest of all the herbs to grow in your spring garden. Introduced to England in the 16th century, it made its way to America in the 17th century. It flourishes in the warmth of the Mediterranean countries, where it is so successfully combined with sun-ripened tomatoes. The famous, basil pesto, was created in Genoa (northern Italy), usually consisting of crushed garlic, basil, pine nuts, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, finally  blended with olive oil. {aka, Genoese Sauce}. Used in many Italian dishes or to add spring time freshness to any culinary concoction, basil comes in many varieties, each with their own characteristics. 7 Types…

  • Container Gardening,  Edible Gardening,  Healthy Eating

    Tomatoes: Grocery Store Verses Growing Your Own

    Springtime!  Time to plant those tomatoes… AND STOP BUYING GROCERY STORE TOMATOES. I am absolutely sick of grocery store tomatoes!  The skins are so tough and waxy!  To me, they really have no flavor at all. Did you know….                growers are paid by the pound to propagate and deliver tomatoes to grocery store distributors Did you know...                the majority of grocery store tomatoes have a genetic mutation called the GLK protein, which actually promotes uniformity,                and their bright red color; however, reduces their natural sugars and sweetness Did you know…                commercial growers pick tomatoes while they are still green, before they ripen, then spray them with…

  • Container Gardening,  Edible Gardening,  Healthy Eating

    7 Culinary Tips for Turmeric Benefits

    Used in cooking since 600 B.C, turmeric is the root of a tropical plant related to GINGER.  Though native to the Orient, this spice is now also cultivated in India and the Caribbean.  It has a bitter, pungent flavor and an intense yellow-orange color.  In modern cuisine, it is used mainly to add both flavor and color to food. Popular in East Indian cooking and almost always used in CURRY preparations.  It is the primary ingredient in MUSTARD and is what gives American-style prepared mustard its bright yellow color.  Powdered versions are widely available in supermarkets.  As with all spices, it should be stored in a cool, dark place for…