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Spotlight On Spices! Issue January 2013 - Cumin to Spice Up 2013!
January 17, 2013
Happy New Year and welcome to 2013! It has taken me half a month to decide which spice or herb to highlight. Just when I figured it out (Za’atar), I felt the need to bring back a former favorite that’s been in great demand at the spice shop where I work. So, bear with me and wait just a couple more weeks to learn about Za’atar which will have a brand new page on my website by February 1st.
So, this month's ...
THE SPICE OF LIFE - Is Cumin to Spice Up 2013!
Cumin is the world's second most popular spice. It is a member of the Parsley family. Cumin spice looks and smells like caraway seed, another member of the Parsley family. Other popular members of this plant family include anise, carrot, dill, and fennel. Black Cumin is mistaken at times for Nigella (Charnushka).
Cumin dates back to Old Testament times, originating in the Mediterranean but now grown also in India, China, Indonesia and Japan.
This spice is traditionally used in Asian, Mexican and Middle Eastern cooking for curries, chili, stews and breads.
Cooking HintBuy seeds instead of the ground spice. Toast and crush the seeds as you need them. Doing this will release the essential oils, and help preserve the spice's potency longer.
Cumin is good for foods like: beans, cheese dishes (fondues, soufflés), chicken, chili, eggs, fish (tuna), ham, meatloaf, pasta, rice, seafood, soup, stews, stuffing, turkey, vegetables (beet, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.
For more about Cumin and its healthful properties >>>read more...
January is the Month for:
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
And, some of our favorite food days in the month include:
January 4 National Spaghetti Day
January 19 National Popcorn Day
January 20 National Cheese Lover's Day
January 22 National Blonde Brownie Day
January 23 National Pie Day
January 24 National Peanut Butter Day
January 28 National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29 National Corn Chip Day
January 30 National Croissant 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
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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YOUR TURNTell us what you would love to see in our monthly eZine. We want to keep this publication fresh and relevant. We want to put a spotlight on the herbs and spices that are of the most interest to you.
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Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!
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