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Spotlight On Spices! Issue January 2015 - Soup's Still On!
January 18, 2015
Happy New Year! I’m a couple of weeks late however I think you’ll agree it’s still early enough to greet you and others in this manner.
Thanksgiving through the first week in January was a bustling time of cooking and baking in many households including mine. It’s really nice now to settle back and enjoy simple comfort foods like hearty soups served with chunks of crusty artisan breads. January is National Soup Month and I’ve been making my share of them.
Every Monday, sometimes Sunday nights, I make five quarts of soup to enjoy throughout the week. My family will eat soup any time of the day, but especially for dinner. Nothing beats traveling home on a frigid winter day after work or school, and being greeted by the aroma of a soup pot filled with herbs, onions, garlic and pepper. Each time I sip the broth I’m reminded of all of the healing properties those ingredients impart. To this week’s soup blend of grains, beans, rice and smoked turkey, I added Coriander, Ginger, and Ajwain. In every soup mix I include Bay Leaf, Bouquet Garni (pot herbs), Peppercorns, Garlic, Onions, and a little Salt. Make January a great soup month for your family!
THE SPICE OF LIFE - Soup Herbs and Spices
In November's newsletter we covered Bouquet Garni which is a great blend for soups and stews. Also, I mentioned that I’ll be writing about other classic French flavors and spice blends. We'll get back to that subject matter starting with the next newsletter.
These herbs and spices are idea for soups and stews:
Basil, Bay Leaf-Laurel Leaf, Bouquet Garni, Cayenne, Celery Seed, Chili Powder, Chives, Coriander, Cumin, Curry Powder, Fennel, Fenugreek, Fines Herbes, Ginger, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Saffron, Sage, Savory, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric
A note from the holidaysWith the holidays just a couple of weeks behind us, I thought I would share some photos of my adventures in making Vanilla Extract for my friend Martha who is a master baker. Cookies are her holiday specialties. She bakes dozens of them. Something I always look forward to at Christmas is receiving a platter of ten or more varieties of cookies from Martha.
The first two Vanilla extract photos are from Day 1, and the third was taken just one week later. I brewed the extract for six months before Martha started baking with it. I used vodka. Bourbon, brandy or a light rum can be used too. I know one fellow who makes his extract with cognac. Use 2-3 beans per cup of liquor (I added more beans after the photos were taken).
Also, this week I’ll be adding a new page to the website that will give a pictorial tutorial on making Vanilla sugar which can be used for
baking, beverages, cereal, and fresh fruit.
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
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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