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Spotlight On Spices! Issue October 2015 - Allspice - It's a Berry!
October 01, 2015
Fall's in the air here on the east coast and folk have been working like ants harvesting their gardens, pickling and canning the fruits of their labor --- all in time for October 23's National Canning Day. This month will keep us all busy savoring tasty eats with all of its national food days and various foods being recognized all month long. Here's a sampling:
No Salt Week 1st Week (October 4th - 10th)
National Chili Week 1st Week (October 4th - 10th)
National Food Bank Week 2nd Week (October 11th - 17th)
National School Lunch Week 2nd Week (October 11th - 17th)
National Pasta Week 2nd Week (October 11th - 17th)
National Dessert Day Second Thursday (October 8th)
See below for foods being celebrated all month long.My goddaughter Lauren spent most of her summer in Paris and northern France and now she’s back in that country’s southern regions completing her fall semester. Being in Europe has afforded her many opportunities to tour other countries in close proximity and sample their cuisines. She has already enjoyed several of the foods being celebrated this month (cookies, desserts, pasta, and pizza).
Just last weekend she was in Rome and Florence, and the previous weekend in Munich and Bavaria where she and her friends got a dose of authentic Oktoberfest goodies (ah, the memories of my own visit there twenty-five years ago) and a whirlwind visit to Neuschwanstein castle (the one upon which Cinderella’s Disney World castle is modeled.) I told Lauren how I hiked up to the castle perched upon a high hill surrounded by woods. Alas! I have not made it over, yet, to France for a visit. But I’ve been enjoying Lauren’s food photos.
French Macaroons will entice the cookie lover in each of us to celebrate all month long both National Cookie Month and National Dessert Month.
There are a lot of different foods and special food days being highlighted this month, and there’s one spice that can be used for many different recipes, whether sweet or savory. Many of your dessert, pickling and beverage (mulled cider or wine) recipes will call for October’s . . . .
THE SPICE OF LIFE - Allspice - It's a Berry!
Allspice - Jamaica Pepper is also known as Myrtle Pepper. This spice is a berry from an evergreen tree. It is not a combination of spices which many people believe it to be. Its name describes its flavor which is like a combination of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Often, Allspice is used as a baking spice for cakes and muffins. However, it is a primarily ingredient in savory blends like Pickling Spices, and can be used to flavor a host of foods like: beans, chicken, lentils, pork, squash … learn more >>>
October is the Month for:
National Cookie Month
National Chili Month
National Dessert Month
National Pizza Month
National Pork Month
National Pretzel Month
National Seafood Month
Vegetarian Awareness Month
And, some favorite food days in the month of October include:
October 1 National Homemade Cookie Day
October 4 National Taco Day
October 5 National Apple Betty Day
October 6 National Noodle Day
October 9 National Dessert Day
October 10 National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11 National Sausage Pizza Day
October 15 National Mushroom Day
October 17 National Pasta Day
October 18 National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 22 National Nut Day
October 23 National Canning Day
October 24 National Bologna Day
October 26 National Mincemeat Day
October 27 National Potato Day
October 28 National Chocolate Day
October 29 National Oatmeal Day
October 30 National Candy Corn Day
October 31 National Candy Apple Day
October 31 Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day
SPICY TIDBITSCheck here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:
MERCHANTS & RETAILERS:Websites for Spice Retailers:
Atlantic Spice Company - atlanticspice.com
Durkee® - durkee.com
Maison Terre - maisonterre.net
McCormick® - mccormick.com
Milford Spice Company - milfordspice.com
Penzeys Spices - penzeys.com
Savory Spice Shop - savoryspiceshop.com
Spice Islands® - spiceislands.com
The Spice House - thespicehouse.com
Spice Accessories Websites:
Bottles, Containers & Jars:
Bottle Store - www.bottlestore.com
eBottles.com - www.ebottles.com
SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. - www.sks-bottle.com
Online Labels - www.onlinelabels.com
Tubular Spices - www.tubularspices.com/Spice_Racks.asp
Spice Rack Source - www.spiceracksource.com/all-spice-racks/
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Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!
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