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Spotlight On Spices! Issue November 2013 - It's Thyme for Cooking!
November 05, 2013

Greetings my fellow foodies! Today, National Doughnut Day, you find me in search of the best-ever doughnuts (in Philadelphia) lol. Great shops across the states, like Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Old Fashioned Donuts in Chicago, Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, and around the world are creating some fun delicious new varieties (e.g., maple bacon). These newer flavor combinations are appealing; however, most times I’m in the mood for a good old fashioned cake donut to dip in my morning cup of coffee. A primary seasoning coming through in an old fashioned doughnut is mace. So, make time today, November 5th, to enjoy one or two doughnuts!

Fun Food Facts: November is National Fun with Fondue Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Peanut Butter Lover's Month, National Pepper Month, National Raisin Bread Month, and National Pomegranate Month. Check below for some favorite national food days!

As we begin to close out 2013, whether we like it or not, we find ourselves with much to do and not much time to get things done. Continuing with this theme, let’s take a closer look this month at an herb many people are cooking with most of the time. It’s our . . .

THE SPICE OF LIFE - It's Thyme for Cooking!

Indigenous to the Mediterranean Region and southern Europe Thyme, a member of the mint family, is a perennial herb. Garden Thyme, more popular than the wild variety known as lemon thyme, has a slight lemony-mint smell. It includes the French and English varieties. Thyme is one of the main herbs included in the classic French blend Bouquet Garni, and can be used too for mixing Herbes de Provence spice blends.

Considered an essential everyday herb for French cooking Thyme is good for foods like: beans, beef, cheese, chicken, cucumbers, duck, eggs, fish, goose, meatloaf, onions, pork, rabbit, sauces, soups, stews, turkey, tomatoes, and vegetables (e.g., carrots, cauliflower, corn, eggplant, parsnip, potato, squash, sweet potato).

To see pictures of thyme, click here >>>


November is the Month for:

Fun with Fondue, Georgia Pecan, Peanut Butter Lovers, Pepper, Raisin Bread, and Pomegranates

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:

Food ALERT! Widget


Websites for Spice Retailers:

Atlantic Spice Company -

Durkee® -

Maison Terre -

McCormick® -

Milford Spice Company -

Penzeys Spices -

Savory Spice Shop -

Spice Islands® -

The Spice House -

Spice Accessories Websites:

Bottles, Containers & Jars:

Bottle Store - -

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. -


Online Labels -

Spice Racks:

Tubular Spices -

Spice Rack Source -

Check out our website that's All About Sweet Potatoes


Tell 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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Ellen White

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

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