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Spotlight On Spices! Issue November 2015 Rev- Ajwain or Ajowan Great for Vegetarian Meals!
November 05, 2015

Oops! This Revision corrects some broken links (e.g., "Soulful Chili Soup" recipe) found in the original. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Goddaughter Lauren continues to travel the world (so far this year France, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Prague) and educate herself on how its global economy works and how its foods taste. I’m sharing one of her "good eats" photos - treble clef pretzels she enjoyed in Vienna.

She also enjoyed decadent desserts and pastries in Austria, and raved about a warming goulash she treated herself to in Budapest.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to get into a mindset of accepting that winter is just around my corner, and perhaps yours too. Again, another year that has gone by much too quickly -- I’m nowhere near ready for the winter elements of ice, sleet and snow. Brrr!!!

However, when the weather gets chilly I start again to make big one-pot meals -- soups, stew and casseroles that can be served alone with a chunk of wholesome bread like Miche, Spelt, Cracked Wheat, Multigrain, or with a side salad. Pictured below is a pot of deliciousness I named "Soulful Chili Soup" because it is stocked with black-eye peas, rice, green bell pepper, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and flavored with ancho chile powder, roasted garlic, black pepper, olive oil, rosemary, bay leaf, and this month’s . . . . . .

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Ajwain or Ajowan Great for Vegetarian Meals!

Shaped like a celery seed, Ajwain or Ajowan is related to Caraway, Cumin, and Dill. Ajowan seeds are from an annual herb which is indigenous to India where they are used heavily for vegetarian meals, especially those prepared in that country’s southern regions.

Get the recipe for my Soulful Chili Soup by clicking here

This dish is robust and flavorful! Its look reminds you of traditional chili, however, it has Black-eye Peas instead of Kidney, Black, Navy or Pinto Beans, and there's no Cumin or Cilantro. Plus, you probably wouldn’t top it off with shredded cheese. The Ajowan seeds add a smoky peppery taste and they work as a carminative (helps ease gastro intestinal gases which may result from eating beans and lentils).


November is the Month for:

Fun with Fondue, Georgia Pecan, Peanut Butter Lovers, Pepper, Raisin Bread, Pomegranates, and Thanksgiving in the USA

Some of our Favorite National Food Days in November Include:

November 2 National Deviled Egg Day

November 5 National Doughnut Day

November 6 National Nachos Day

November 10 National Vanilla Cupcake Day

November 14 National Guacamole Day

November 20 National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

November 23 National Cashew Day

November 26 National Cake Day

November 28 National French Toast Day

November 29 National Chocolates Day

November 30 National Mousse Day


Check here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:

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Websites for Spice Retailers:

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McCormick® -

Milford Spice Company -

Penzeys Spices -

Savory Spice Shop -

Spice Islands® -

The Spice House -

Spice Accessories Websites:

Bottles, Containers & Jars:

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SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. -


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Spice Racks:

Tubular Spices -

Spice Rack Source -

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Ellen White

Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!

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