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Spotlight On Spices! Issue July 2011revised - Cinnamon or Cassia? Do You Know the Difference?
July 06, 2011
This month we get to celebrate and enjoy blueberries! Today starts the National July Belongs to Blueberries Month.
July is also the national month for Baked Beans, Culinary Arts, Ice Cream, and Hot Dogs. So, embrace your culinary arts skills and release your creative juices. With all of these goodies, there’s no need to wait any longer to enjoy a tasty cookout!
Let’s start the month off with a bowl of delicious and "good-for-you" blueberries enjoyed anyway you like including dusted with a generous sprinkling of a sweet blend made from sweetener or sugar, and this month’s spice of life ...
THE SPICE OF LIFE - Cinnamon - CassiaCinnamon and Cassia are different spices harvested from the inner bark of two closely related tropical trees. Ceylon Cinnamon, indigenous to Sri Lanka, is the true cinnamon. In America, Cassia is what is known and used generally as cinnamon, and is grown and cultivated in various countries including China and Vietnam.
The primary differences between the two are: True Cinnamon (Ceylon) is mellow and soft with citrus notes; whereas, Cassia is sharper and sweeter in aroma and taste. Ceylon Cinnamon is especially good with blueberries, apples and other fruit.
Most people know that both Cinnamon and Cassia are found in many traditional sweets, cakes and desserts. Remember too that they are perfect for many savory dishes and spice blends like Chinese Five Spice. These spices can enhance the flavor of: beef, beets, breads, carrots, cereals, chili, chocolate, fruit, pork, pumpkin, rice, squash, and sweet potatoes.
Health Benefits of True Cinnamon (Ceylon):
High in antioxidants, Cinnamon is believed to be useful for read more >>>
July is the Month for:
Blueberries, Baked Beans, Culinary Arts, Hot Dogs, and Ice Cream
Our Favorite National Food Days in July Include:
July 1st - National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
July 1st - National Gingersnap Day
July 3rd - National Eat Beans Day
July 4th - National Barbecued Spareribs Day
July 4th - National Caesar Salad Day
July 5th - National Apple Turnover Day
July 6th - National Fried Chicken Day
July 7th - National Strawberry Sundae Day
July 8th - National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day
July 9th - National Sugar Cookie Day
July 9th - National Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Omelette Day
July 11th - National Blueberry Muffin Day
July 12th - National Pecan Pie Day
July 13th - National French Fries Day
July 13th - National Beans 'n' Franks Day
July 14th - National Pick Blueberries Day
July 15th - National Tapioca Pudding Day
July 16th - National Corn Fritters Day
July 17th (Third Sunday) - Sundae Sunday
July 17th - National Peach Ice Cream Day
July 18th - National Caviar Day
July 19th - National Ice Cream Day
July 20th (Third Wednesday) - National Hot Dog Day
July 20th - National Lollipop Day
July 20th - National Ice Cream Soda Day
July 20th - National Fortune Cookie Day
July 21st - National Junk Food Day
July 23rd - National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
July 25th - National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
July 27th - National Crème Brûlée Day
July 30th - National Cheesecake Day
July 31st - National Raspberry Cake Day
July 31st - National Cotton Candy 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 - www.atlanticspice.com
Durkee® - www.durkee.com
McCormick® - www.mccormick.com
Milford Spice Company - www.milfordspice.com
Penzeys Spices - www.penzeys.com
Savory Spice Shop - www.savoryspiceshop.com
Spice Islands® - www.spiceislands.com
The Spice House - www.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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