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Surefire Ways to Enter and Win Recipe Contests

If you love cooking a variety of dishes and meals, especially when your family and friends are praising you, then we suggest you enter a recipe contest or two. But there are certain things you need to bear in mind before you enter as they can help increase your chances …

Baking Powder Substitute — Ultimate List of Top 12 Options

Finding an ideal baking powder substitute requires a better understanding of baking powder. This will enable you to pinpoint the most suitable substitutes and alternatives for your recipes. So let’s start! What is Baking Powder? Anyone who has experimented with baking will appreciate the benefits of baking powder. It’s the …

Yellow Mustard Seed Powder – Origin, Uses, Tips

Mustard seeds are small round seeds that come from a range of mustard plants. These are normally between 1 and 2 millimeters and can be colored yellow, white, or black. They are one of the most important spices in the spice racks when it comes to regional cooking. They can …

White Pepper – Origin, Uses, Tips

White pepper is a spice that comes from its close relative – black pepper. This of course, is the type of pepper that many of us have on the table already in our salt and pepper grinder sets. Black pepper is created by taking the dried berry of the climbing …

Vietnamese Cinnamon – Origin, Uses, Tips

Vietnamese cinnamon, also known as Saigon cinnamon, is one of the most popular ingredients found in the spice racks of those who like to bake. If you keep lots of baking tools or a whole bakeware set constantly to hand, then chances are you’re used to using cinnamon. This Saigon …

Tarragon – Origin, Uses, Tips

Tarragon is a herb that has a somewhat intense flavor and that is very versatile with a wide range of uses in lots of different types of cooking. Its flavor combines sweet and aniseed notes with a hint of vanilla, making it ideal for a range of different bakes. If …

Saffron – Origins, Uses, Tips

Saffron is a seasoning that is made from the dried stigmas of saffron crocus. It may surprise you to learn that it takes 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 of the hand-picked stigmas in order to make a pound of saffron! That’s why the other claim to fame that this seasoning has …

Parsley – Origin, Uses, Tips

Parsley is considered by some to be a somewhat dull and unexciting herb – that it doesn’t bring that much to a meal. It has fallen far from the days when it was considered one of the main herbs to be used as a garnish, or decoration on a range …

Paprika – Origin, Uses, Tips

Paprika may be a Hungarian spice, but it has a Mexican origin. It’s also incredibly popular in Cajun cooking. So much so in fact, that many people who enjoy this cuisine will dish up dinner with a jar of paprika on the table – just like many of us would …

Oregano – Origin, Uses, Tips

Oregano is a herb used in cooking and found in many spice racks that also goes by the name origanum, or wild marjoram. It is an aromatic and perennial herb that comes from the mint family and that is utilized for its flavorsome dried leaves and its flowering tops. About …

Nutmeg – Origin, Uses, Tips

Nutmeg is a herb that is often associated with Christmas, it has a sweet and slightly sharp taste that can add perfectly to a sweet bread from a bread maker, or even a hot beverage. Use it with cinnamon and you can create some delicious recipes using your bakeware set. …

Marjoram – Origin, Uses, Tips

Marjoram is a term that is often used synonymously with oregano. In fact though, it can be distinguished by a number of additional adjectives. Sweet marjoram, knotted marjoram, and pot marjoram are all slightly different variations on the theme. Whatever you call it though, this is a delicious herb that …

Mace – Origin, Uses, Tips

Mace is a form of spice that comes from the nutmeg tree. It’s a spice you’ve likely heard about, but may not have tried – or may not have in your spice racks. Mace is distinct because of its colour and its shape. Mace is the lacy coating (technically called …

Korintje Cinnamon – Origins, Uses, Tips

Korintje cinnamon is perhaps the most popular variety of cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon meanwhile is a type of cinnamon that is used so widely, that it is often actually considered to be interchangeable with cinnamon itself! Likewise, korintje cinnamon goes by other names, such as padang cassia. In this post, …

Onion Powder – Origin, Uses, and Tips

Onion powder is a powder made from onion. Onion meanwhile is a vegetable that is used to add flavor to a wide variety of different dishes, and which can be a great way to make delicious pot roasts, pasta, and more. You’ll find recipes that use onion in any German …

Lemon Seasoning – Origin, Uses, Tips

Lemon is well known for its fresh and citrusy taste. This simple ingredient can help to freshen up nearly any meal and quickly take the edge off of anything that would otherwise be too savory or perhaps too sweet. As it happens, lemon is also extremely healthy for you! But …

Father’s Day: Gift Ideas for Dads Who Like to Cook

Father’s Day is almost here. Are you looking for the ultimate gift? Well here are 10 of the coolest ones we’ve seen this month for dads who love to cook. This list includes top rated knives, chopping boards, mixers, blenders, pans, cookers and grillers with lots of positive reviews from …

Gumbo File – Origin, Uses, Tips

Gumbo file, also just known as ‘file powder’, is a herbal powder that is made from the ground leaves of the sassafras tree. This tree is native to Eastern North America and is also used in the production of root beer! Once upon a time, it was thought that humans …

Garlic – Origin, Uses, Tips

Garlic is one of the most important seasonings used in any cooking, and is also an ingredient in its own right. Not only does it add tons of flavor to meals from all cuisines (you’ll find it in any German cookbook, French cookbook, instant pot cookbooks… you name it), but …

Dill Weed – Origins, Uses, Tips

Dill is an annual herb that actually comes from the celery family (apiaceae). This is the same family as carrot, coriander, caraway, anise, and more. It is grown in Eurasia, with the leaves and seeds both being used as herbs and spices for flavoring. The former is what we refer …

Dill Seed – Origins, Uses, Tips

Dill is an annual herb in the apiaceae family, along with carrot, coriander, anise, and many other ingredients and flavorings. The plant is grown in Eurasia, with both the leaves and the seeds being used regularly in cooking to add additional flavor and aroma. In this post, you’ll discover how …

Cumin – Origin, Uses, Tips

Cumin is often jokingly referred to as the ‘third wheel’ in the duo that is salt and pepper. It is the spice that just quite didn’t make the cut. It is confined to the spice racks and only occasionally brought out to be added to sauce pans. Not quite like …

Creole Seasoning – Origin, Uses, Tips

Creole seasoning is a delicious seasoning made from numerous different ingredients that has a lot in common with Cajun rub. Are the two interchangeable? Not entirely! While you will often used the terms Creole and Cajun seasoning used as synonyms, this is not in fact actually accurate. Rather, Creole and …

Cloves – Origin, Uses, Tips

Cloves are the unopened flower buds of the Syzgium aromaticum. As the name suggests, this is a tree that is highly aromatic. The name clove meanwhile comes from the French word ‘clou’, which translates roughly to ‘nail’. Cloves are found in Madagascar, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. They are originally native …

Chives – Origin, Uses, Tips

Chives are extremely popular ingredients in numerous cookbooks. They are technically a member of the onion family and hail from Asia and Europe. They’ve been in use now for over 5,000 years, but it’s only since the Middle Ages that they were actively used in cooking. Chives also go by …

Chile Peppers – Origins, Uses, Tips

Chile peppers are spicy peppers that can be used to give almost any dish a spicy kick. They taste great in their own right too, and actually have a bunch of health benefits – securing them a place in most people’s spice racks. To learn more about where this flavoring …

Celery Seed – Origins, Uses, Tips

Celery is rapidly becoming a ‘super food’ that is heralded for its many health benefits. Celery seed is meanwhile likewise highly useful both in terms of health benefits and its many cooking uses! This is one that definitely deserves a place in your spice racks among your baking tools. Grab …

Cayenne Pepper – Origin, Uses, Tips

Cayenne pepper actually gets its name from its place of origin – that being the cayenne region of French Guiana, in Cayenne. It derives from a Tupi Indian name. Today though, it is grown predominantly in India, Mexico, the US, and East Africa. Chiles themselves of course originated in South …

Cardamom Seed Powder – Origins, Uses, Tips

Cardamom seed powder is a seasoning/spice that comes from the seeds of various plants belonging to the ginger family. This spice is native to Southern India but is also grown in Guatemala. In fact, while you might associated cardamom with Indian cooking, Guatemala is the largest producer and exporter. This …

Caraway Seeds – Origins, Uses, Tips

Caraway is also referred to as median fennel, and is a biennial plant from the Apiaceae family. Its seeds are extremely aromatic and are commonly used as a spice or herb in cooking. They have a slightly anise flavour that will add an additional element to a number of different …

Cajun Turkey Rub – Origins, Uses, Tips

If you’re looking for something new to try in the kitchen, then taking a stab at Cajun cooking is a great option for many reasons. This is a highly versatile, rich, and flavorsome cuisine. It has become very trendy thanks to its suitability as street food, and it is also …

Cajun Seasoning – Origin, Uses, Tips

Cajun seasoning, also known as Cajun rub, is a type of seasoning that is commonly used in Cajun cooking. This is a cuisine that is known for its delicious, spicy meats, and its rich flavors. It’s also something that is increasingly more popular in street food and in the kitchen. …

Cajun Rub – Origin, Uses, Tips

If you’re looking for a seasoning or spice you can use to make extremely flavorsome dishes, then look no further than Cajun rub. This is basically a seasoning you can make yourself using a variety of different items from your spice racks. This is of course the seasoning that is …

Blackened Seasoning – Origins, Uses, Tips

Blackened seasoning is not actually a type of seasoning, but more a way that you will actually use the herbs from your spice racks. This is commonly used when preparing fish, but can be applied in a range of different situations. Essentially, you are going to take the item that …

Black Pepper – Origins, Uses, Tips

When it comes to herbs and spices – or just seasoning generally – many of us might not think ourselves to be experts. We might know how to go to town on some meat with a meat cleaver, but understanding the different combinations and pairings that work for different herbs …

Bay Leaves – Origins, Uses, and Tips

A bay leaf is an aromatic leaf that can be used in a similar manner to a herb or spice. Added to all kinds of cooking – typically anything hearty and warm – it will help to provide additional flavour and really add to the richness. Whether you are flicking …

Basil Origins, Uses, and Tips

Basil is a delicious herb that is used in all manner of cooking. This is something that everyone who cooks regularly should keep to hand, along with their baking tools. Basil goes by a number of different names, which include sweet basil, Thai basil, and more. The official term for …

Allspice Origins, Uses, and Tips

Allspice might sound a little like mixed herbs, but in fact it is actually a spice that comes from a specific plant called pimento dioica. This plant is a member of myrtle family. The flavour of allspice is a little cinnamon-esque, a little like nutmeg, and a little like cloves. …

How Many Chicken Breasts Can You Fit in a Cup?

If you are a chicken lover who enjoys trying different chicken dishes, then you must have come across numerous recipes that require adding ‘a cup of chicken.’ If you were confused about how many chicken breasts a cup holds, then this article is for you! Get your Measuring Cup Sets …