Spice substitutions – a handy reference chart

021714 soup ingredientsChris’ comments:  I recently needed to find a substitute for sage to use in a recipe.  I came upon this handy reference chart in PDF form and wanted to pass it along.   You can download it here:

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Note that poultry seasoning isn’t the best substitute for sage as it usually contains some sage.  

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Spice of Life

SpiceSpoonsWhen I first started this experiment, the one thing I was most afraid of were spices, those mysterious ingredients that caused the discovery of America (Columbus was sailing west to find a better route for the spice trade) and have nursed countless people back to good health over the millennia.   I’m not kidding when I said my favorite food is was white food.  That’s not any kind of ethnic statement.  I mean I literally love things that are white.  I even blogged about it when we were first starting out. Continue reading

Masala Powder and Chinese Five Spice Recipes

Chris and I went shopping yesterday so be expecting a new entrée from us soon.

Masala Powder

Recipe from Sobha Vadlamani

Masala spice

Masala Powder

Masala is a South Asian term for a spice mix. A masala can be either a combination of dried (and usually dry-roasted) spices, or a paste (such as vindaloo masala) made from a mixture of spices and other ingredients—often garlic, ginger, onions and chili paste. Masalas are used extensively in Indian cuisine to add spice and flavor. Other South Asian cuisines including Pakistani, Nepali, Bangladeshi, Burmese, and Sri Lankan regularly use spice mixes.

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