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Spotlight On Spices! Issue September 2012 - Cloves Spice Up Cider!
September 07, 2012

Last year we dedicated the September eZine to Pickling Spices because of the National Day for Snack a Pickle Time on the 13th. This year, as the weather starts to cool, we can look forward to a cup or two of one of the best things about the fall season --- Mulled Apple Cider! September the 30th is National Mulled Cider Day (see below for a quick easy mulled cider recipe. Plus, there's another fun recipe for this month - be sure to check it out, especially if you have young children in your life.) In any recipe for this warming drink you'll find this month’s …

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Cloves Spice Up Cider!

Cloves are the unopened buds of an evergreen tree. Their Latin name, clavus, means "nail."

Cloves are used often as an ingredient in pickling spice blends; and, are added to syrups for poaching fruits, and to spice blends for making mulled cider or wine.

Cloves are good for foods like: apples, beans, beets, breads, carrots, chocolate, fruits, onions, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and squash.

The cloves from Ceylon have a milder flavor and a bigger head than ones from Madagascar and Zanzibar. The big heads are great for studding fruits (for potpourri) and vegetables like onions for chicken soup stock.

For more about Cloves, the foods for which they're good, and to learn of their healthful properties >>>read more...


September is the Month for:

National Chicken Month

National Honey Month

National Mushroom Month

National Papaya Month

National Potato Month

National Rice Month

Some Favorite National Food Days in September Include:

September 5 National Cheese Pizza Day

September 6 National Coffee Ice Cream Day September 12 National Chocolate Milkshake Day

September 13 National Peanut Day

September 14 National Cream-Filled Donut Day

September 15 National Linguini Day

September 16 National Guacamole Day

September 16 National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day

September 17 National Apple Dumpling Day

September 18 National Play-Doh® Day

Traditional Uncooked Play Dough Recipe

2 cups regular (non self-rising) flour

2 cups boiling water

4 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

3/4 cup table salt

food coloring --- not optional - ;-)

Mix all ingredients in large bowl (add food coloring last). Mix thoroughly until cooled down, and almost smooth. Remove from bowl and knead until texture is smoothly blended. Shape in balls and store in freezer-strength zipper plastic bags or airtight containers.


September 20 National Punch Day

September 21 National Pecan Cookie Day

September 22 National White Chocolate Day

September 26 National Pancake Day

September 27 National Corned Beef Hash Day

September 29 National Coffee Day

September 30 National Mulled Cider Day

Quick Mulled Cider Recipe

½ Gallon Apple Cider

1 large Orange sliced

4 Whole Allspice Berries

3 Whole Cloves

3 Whole Cinnamon Sticks

Add all to a pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and serve hot or cold.



Check here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:

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Websites for Spice Retailers:

Atlantic Spice Company -

Durkee® -

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

How to Grow Potatoes

April May be National Florida Tomato Month, But Learn How to Grow Your Own ...

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Ellen White

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

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