Friday, December 28, 2012

Sandwich Ideas for Kids


Today's Kids Cook Monday theme was Sandwiches.

My kids usually pick tuna or peanut butter sandwiches so I wanted to show them there was a lot more variety than that!

We made chicken salad sandwich, BLT (without the L as I didn't have any) and meatball subs.
We poached 3 chicken breasts in water. Then allowed them to cool. The kids chopped the chicken in a mini food processor. Then added mayonnaise. Simple and good!

We had leftover meatballs so added them to slices of French bread and topped with extra sauce.

Then we voted for their favorite. Emphasizing that in order to vote you have to taste each sandwich.

BLT won hands down after all we are a bacon loving family! Don't eat bacon? Try turkey bacon we replace "real bacon" at our house with it and love it just the same.


Sandwich recipes
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

One week of Quick Meal Ideas

Every household is in need of some quick meal ideas once in awhile. If you find yourself having a whirlwind night and you haven't planned ahead, these are some ideas to help your family dinner hour.  

One Week of Quick Meal Ideas

  • Omelets or scrambled eggs. Most people always have eggs on hand. Try adding vegetables, ham, cheese or leftover chicken. You can make dinner into breakfast by adding pancakes or bacon to go with the omelets or just serve eggs with toast, a fruit salad or a smoothie.
  • Stir Fry. It is easy to keep a frozen bag of stir fry vegetables in the freezer or use leftover vegetables you have on hand and make a stir fry. Add some teriyaki sauce and a side of cooked rice and you have a quick meal. 
  •  Tuna melts. Have a can of tuna in your cupboard? Make a tuna salad, spread on rolls or a slice of bread. Add a slice of cheese and toast in the oven several minutes. Serve with a vegetable. 


  • Quick chicken soup. Keep chicken broth or chicken bouillon on hand and you can create a soup in a hurry. To your chicken broth, add chicken breasts, 1-2 or however many you have. You can throw the whole breast in your pot and let it cook in the broth. Add a bay leaf if you have one and a quartered onion. Add noodles or rice to your broth and allow to cook while you cook the chicken. In last few minutes, add a bag of frozen vegetables. Before serving, cut chicken into smaller pieces with kitchen scissors. 


  • Pasta salad. Cook your pasta and add whatever meat and vegetables you have on hand. Drizzle with a vinaigrette or bottled dressing. We like to use cubed ham, pasta, cheese cubes, carrot pieces and drizzle with a small amount of ranch dressing. 


  •  French bread or English Muffin pizzas. I love this one. You can use a loaf of French bread or English Muffin. If using French bread, cut down the middle lengthwise. Lay flat on cookie sheet. Spread tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce, whatever you have on hand. If using plain tomato sauce, sprinkle with oregano or Italian seasoning. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and add toppings. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and pizza is toasted.


  •  Spaghetti. If you have a jar of spaghetti sauce in the cupboard or homemade sauce in the freezer, you've got dinner in a hurry. Cook any type of noodles you don't always have to use spaghetti noodles try penne, fun shapes or bow ties for something dinner. 


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Freezer Meals - What Are They and Why Use Them?

What exactly are freezer meals, and how they can help you as a parent with too little time on your hands? Not to be confused with the frozen packaged meals you would buy from a supermarket, these are simple meals you've prepared in advance and then frozen for another time.

Our modern lifestyles mean that we often don't have the time or energy to cook when it's mealtime, so it helps to prepare a few extra meals when you have the chance and save them for later by freezing them.

Benefits of Using Frozen Meals

There are plenty of upsides to making meals and freezing them for later on. Let's take a look at a few of these.
For one thing, frozen meals can be a huge time saver. Some parents even get away with making a week's or even a month's worth of meals in a single day and freezing them. Can you imagine getting all the week's cooking out of the way on Saturday and then relaxing every evening for the rest of the week?

If you're an experienced budget shopper, you may have already hit on one of the other big benefits of preparing frozen meals: it can help you save money. We all know food is cheaper when you buy in bulk. Making frozen meals means you can buy more food at a time when you visit the supermarket, helping you save money - and further helping you save time by cutting down supermarket visits.

Another major benefit of frozen meals is the choice available to you on any given night. Imagine having a month's worth of frozen meals stored up - it would be like having your own personal buffet. Most parents tend to stick to a meal plan as they believe this is the easiest way to keep the kid happy and make dinner as stress-free as possible. But the simple fact is you don't want to eat macaroni every Tuesday night - no one does. When you have a whole lot of meals cooked in advance, you can change things up and don't have to be constricted by a meal plan.


What Can You Freeze?

You'd be surprised at the variety of foods you can freeze. Obvious choices include chicken breasts and burger meat. You can buy plastic burger patty containers to divide up the meat and then freeze them all together. When it comes to meal time, all you have to do is slide them out of the containers and into a pan or George Foreman grill.

You can also freeze fruit that is going bad in order to preserve it for making smoothies. This is a great way to avoid wasting food, especially if you're on a tight budget.
Of course, all the standard easy family meals like macaroni or meatballs can also be frozen for later eating. Your best option is to refer to a reliable source of information on frozen meals and preparing meals for your family in general.



More Freezer Cooking Resources

  freezer cookbook
Freezer Cooking Ebook- Over 100 recipes for freezer meals!

Visit freezer meals for more information on how freezer meals can make life easier for you and your family.
Stocking the freezer with hidden vegetables.
Stock the freezer for school lunches
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Handstand Kids Interview

Handstand Kids has a variety of fun international cookbook kits designed to take you and your kids to different countries and have fun learning about the culture.

As someone who has lived many places in the world these cookbooks are a great idea to teach kids about different cultures in a fun inviting way!

Here is our interview with Handstand Kids


I love the chance for kids to learn about other cultures and have fun cooking. Did the inspiration of these cookbook kits come from traveling yourself? If so where have you traveled?

 I was traveling a lot to places all over the world, and was also working in international children’s rights. I was always on the hunt for fun gifts to bring back for my little cousins, and thought that a cookbook that introduced them to whatever country I was in would be a great souvenir, but I couldn’t ever find one anywhere.

I have traveled throughout Europe, China, India, South East Asia, Mexico, Brazil, and Canada, and knew I had to create a cookbook that captured all of the unique and delicious recipes from each of these regions.


Tell us about the cookbook kits you have available. Are there plans for more in the future?
We currently have three cookbook kits: Italy, China, and Mexico. The Italian kit is packaged in a pizza box with a chef's hat, Mexico in a tortilla bag with an oven mitt, and China in a takeout box with chopsticks. They each introduce the language and show the Handstand Kids in different cultural scenes.

We are definitely planning more kits, looking at things like baking for kids, French food, and more healthy American recipes as well. We also just launched a line of cooking accessories, our "Eat Your Fruits & Veggies" apron, a chef's hat, and an oven mitt.


Do you have a favorite recipe for kids?
Whichever recipe will get them excited to taste new fruits and vegetables is my favorite, and this could differ from family to family. I love The "Great Wall of Chinese Lettuce Wraps" and the "Apple-licious Taquitos". Kids love making, and eating them!


Do you have a tip for getting kids involved in the kitchen?
Give kids their own workspace in the kitchen. Most of the kitchen is generally off limits to kids, but we want to invite them in a safe and fun environment. Having their own cookbook and apron gets them excited to help out and try new foods. The more kids are involved in cooking, the more likely they are to taste what they have made.


How can parents teach their kids the importance of healthy eating?
Make eating fun! Kids will try foods with repeated exposure to it. Even the pickiest eaters will eventually try different foods if they are included in the cooking process and see the family enjoying the food together.


Include children in all parts of cooking and eating. Take them grocery shopping and to farmer’s markets and let food be fun!

Mac & Cheese 

Serves 3 to 4
Level: 3
Ingredients:
12 ounces of macaroni (maccheroni)
¾ cup of milk (low fat or regular)
2 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups of chopped vegetables (spinach, broccoli, or any other favorites)
10 cups of water

Tools:
Large Pot
Measuring Cup
2 Oven Mitts
Strainer
Wooden Spoon

Directions:
1. Boil ­­10 cups of water in the large pot, enough to completely cover the maccheroni.
2. Wearing oven mitts, add the maccheroni to the pot and cook for 7-9 minutes.
3. Drain the pasta from the water into a strainer in the sink. Pour the maccheroni back into the pot and stir in the milk and mozzarella until it is evenly distributed.
4. Add the vegetables to the pot and stir well for 3 to 5 minutes. Use the wooden spoon to scoop the maccheroni into a bowl.

Alternative: Add bite-sized pieces of protein (cooked chicken, beef, or tofu) to the maccheroni to make it a complete meal.

What Handstand Kids has available





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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Helping your kids get interested in cooking

Head Chefs Whisk
Are you looking for ideas of what to buy your kids this holiday season? There are a lot of fun and useful products out now a days that will get kids engaged in cooking and helping out in the kitchen.

Something simple like their own kitchen utensils may get them interested in helping in the kitchen or a kids cooking kit that has all of the ingredients and utensils needed for a project will spark their interest in learning how to cook.

Try searching Amazon for kids cookbooks or kids cooking kits or kids cooking products.




See more kids cooking supplies.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Party Food Ideas

Coming up with good party food ideas is essential to having a successful party and catering to guests of different ages is sometimes difficult. Children are often picky, teens are almost always watching their weight, and some adults have dietary restrictions, so pleasing everyone, especially while trying to stay within a budget, might seem like a challenge. However, if you plan ahead and do some reading, making the food could be your easiest task.

Keeping it Simple

Cheese and crackers are traditional but versatile and you get a lot for your money, especially if you add a few tomato slices, olives, pepperoni, or other Italian cold cut meat. By adding to this common platter, you are giving guests more choices and pleasing more palettes.

On another platter, you might offer fresh vegetables with a dip or if you prefer to serve something a little healthier, opt for hummus, which guests can also spread on their cheese and crackers.

These simple, affordable snacks complement each other, increasing options, and offer something for the vegan, the meat eater, the weight watcher, and the fussy eater. This is what you must keep in mind, as options are the key when serving food to a variety of guests.




bbqing family

 

BBQ Basics

Summertime is party time and just about everyone loves a good cookout, but there are a few party food ideas to make your BBQ stand out from the rest.
  • Instead of serving the usual hamburger, serve inside out burgers and set up a condiment bar that offers feta cheese, cucumber sauce, and chopped olives for a taste of the Mediterranean.
  • You might also decide to offer guests pitas instead of hamburger rolls, since they are less messy and lower in calories.
  • For a side dish, potato salad is quite popular, but tangy potato salad with paprika and a hint of jalapeno is one way to make it interesting.
  • Substitute sweet potato fries for ordinary fries.
  • Pulled pork for ribs or hot dogs is another way to put a new spin on an old classic.
  • If you absolutely must have hot dogs, a little chili and cheese is sure to win your guests affection. 
  • See some easy grilling recipes. 

A Fancy Tea Party

party table
Finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones, a box full of herbal and fruit-inspired tea bags, and maybe some yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit are perfect party food ideas when you want to entertain family and friends over tea.

Shrimp cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres, while not common at a tea party, offer variety and add a touch of elegance to your event. Petit fours or other miniature deserts, uncommon on a daily basis, add the finishing touch to this exquisite event.

Try a teddy bear tea party or a Princess tea party.


Just for Kids

Pizza is generally a big hit among kids, so making mini-pizzas, or “pizzettes,” is one of the smart and modern party food ideas that cater to children. By making small pizzas, you avoid waste, increase the variety of topping choices, and don’t have to cut anything.

Mini-burgers, or sliders, are another great finger food for kids, along with pigs in a blanket and grilled cheese. Unfortunately, these are not healthy foods for kids to eat, so substituting whole wheat bread, turkey hot dogs, or low fat cheese will fill bellies the healthy way and keep parents happy at the same time.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Top 5 Energy Boosting Foods

Oatmeal:  

Oats are low on the glycemic index, as they have a lot of fiber, which means that your body gets a steady stream of energy, as opposed to a huge rush, as carbohydrates gradually flow into your bloodstream. Oats contain the energizing and stress-lowering B vitamin family, which helps transform carbs into usable energy.  


Lentils: 

Lentils provide both carbohydrates and protein, making them a great addition to any meal. Beans are a great source of fiber, which translates to a slow release of glucose, as well as B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and copper. And they're low in fat and calories to boot.


Bananas

Bananas provide a lot of potassium, an electrolyte that helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function. Unlike some nutrients, potassium isn't stored by the body for long periods of time, so your potassium level can drop during times of stress or during strenuous exercise, when the nutrient is lost through excessive sweating. The sugar in bananas is an easily digested form of carbohydrate. Other fruits such as apples, grapes, peaches and pineapples also make great energizing snacks.



Chocolate: 

Chocolate contains sugar and caffeine along with fat and calories, so consume in moderation and, when possible, opt for dark chocolate as it has the fewest calories and the most antioxidants. However, studies show that chocolate can elevate your energy levels and has also been claimed to improve anemia, awaken the appetite, aid in digestion and improve longevity.


Almonds: 

Almonds provide essential fatty acids, known as omega-3s and omega-6s that produce an alert mental state. Keep a few on hand whenever you need a instant brain boosting snack.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Low Cost Recipes

Inexpensive meals are possible for breakfast, lunch or dinner without sacrificing good taste.

Bacon Muffins

2 cups of flour
5 slices of cooked turkey bacon
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
Mix ingredients well. While mixing, add four to five slices of cooked bacon crumbled into small pieces. Pour this mixture into a greased muffin pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. This batch makes 12 muffins. Substitute pieces of fruit instead of bacon for variety.

Crockpot Oatmeal

2 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of oats
1 cup finely chopped apple
1/2 cup of raisins and chopped almonds
After spraying or greasing the inside of a crockpot, place ingredients inside and mix well. Cover and cook overnight under low heat, around eight to nine hours. Stir before serving.




Chicken Taco Soup

One pound of cooked and shredded chicken
2 cups of cooked kidney beans
2 cups salsa
6 cups of chicken stock
One taco seasoning packet
2 cups of crushed tortilla chips
Combine chicken, salsa, seasoning and stock in a two-quart soup pot. Bring ingredients to a boil and reduce heat. Allow the soup to simmer for about 20 minutes. Top each bowl of soup with tortilla chips. You can use pinto beans instead of kidney beans if preferred, in addition to adding shredded cheese to add variety to your low cost recipes.

See more taco soup recipes

Easy Shepherd’s Pie

One pound of ground turkey
Any brand of mashed potato mix
One 16 ounce bag of frozen corn
One cup of shredded cheese
Spray baking dish with nonstick spray. Brown the turkey and make the potatoes. Spread the cooked ground turkey on the bottom of the dish, sprinkle with corn and then spread over the potatoes. Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and bake another five minutes.

See more Shepherd's pie recipes

Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake

One pound of cooked elbow or shell macaroni
One pound of ground hamburger
One 26 ounce jar of pasta sauce
Grated parmesan cheese
Two eggs
One pound ricotta cheese
Two cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
Two cups of shredded carrots or diced zucchini
Salt and pepper to taste

This recipe easily feeds a family of four. Coat a large baking pan with olive oil or cooking spray. Mix eggs with ground turkey and cook thoroughly. Spread half of the macaroni over the bottom and sprinkle a cup of mozzarella and 1/3 cup of parmesan. Place a layer of turkey in pan, and then add the rest of the macaroni. Sprinkle mozzarella and more parmesan. Cover and bake the casserole at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Uncover the dish and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top is slightly brown and bubbling.

See more cheesy noodle casseroles


Without breaking the piggy bank, low cost recipes provide good nutrition but most of all, they taste great too.

Frugal Living Resources

Leftover recipes
Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
Tips on Frugal Living 
$5 Meal Cookbook

Frugal Family Fun series:
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Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls
Part 4- Cookie Marathon
Part 5- Smoothies 











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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cooking with Bread Dough

This Kids Cook Monday we worked with bread dough. The kids made cinnamon knots, pretzels and they each made "something" with the leftover dough. It was fun to see what they each came up with.

One kid cut her dough out with a doughnut cutter, one made a monster that resembles Jabba the Hut (although that was not the intention as he doesn't like Star Wars and doesn't like me to say that is what it looks like, and one created the snail all by himself) 



You can see my son's monster better here before he took a bite out of it in the picture below.




Try this Working with Dough 7 week Camp for more ideas. 


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Super Healthy Kids Interview

Amy at the SuperHealthy Kids blog teaches her readers about healthy eating and healthy living.

She shares menu plans, ideas to get your kids to eat fruit and vegetables as well as many easy kid friendly and yummy recipes! Super Healthy Kids
She has also created a healthy habits portion plate to help kids (and parents) learn how to eat balanced and healthy meals. We'll tell you about it below.

Thanks Amy, for taking the time to answer our interview questions and share with us some great tips!


How do you stay active with your family?

I have three kids, and we have been doing outdoor activities with them from the time they were very small. Our favorite activity is hiking. My youngest, who is 7, even did a 5 mile hike with us this summer, without complaining. They are troopers! The key, I believe to hiking with your kids, is to have an exciting destination. Hiking for the soul purpose of getting nowhere, doesn’t hold their attention the way a waterfall does or a some hot springs at the end of the trail.

My husband is also really great about being outside with them to play soccer, build snow forts, and going on long roller blade or bike rides with them. They love it when he participates.


Do you have a favorite meal your kids love?
My kids love anything that has rice or noodles in it! They are true carb addicts (just like their mother J ) This is fine with me, because both rice and noodles I purchase a whole grain version, and we can add loads of veggies to our dishes.


What do you enjoy about being a food blogger?
I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen with my kids. Food blogging allows me to spend MORE time with my kids and expose them to new and delicious foods (and sometimes not so delicious as we’ve failed many times with things I’ve tried to make healthier)


What is your favorite tip for getting kids to eat healthy food?
My favorite tip is patience. Repeated exposure is key to getting your kids to enjoy a variety of healthy food, but many parents interpret that to mean 5-11 exposures of a food (because that is what the studies tell us). In my experience, it was literally years of exposure to a food, and consistent exposure to get them to eat a specific food and enjoy it!

 
You've created a healthy habits plate. Can you tell our readers about it.
The Healthy Habits Plate is designed to teach kids visually what a healthy, balanced meal looks like! It has an image with half of the plate being fruits and vegetables, a quarter for grains, and a quarter for proteins.

Kids learn very young that they need more fruits and vegetables than all the other food groups. An interesting thing has happened though, it is actually helping parents just as much to remind them to put more fruits and veggies on their kids plates!


Super Healthy Kids
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time Savings Tips For Dinner Time

Many families are in a hurry to get dinner on the table and the quickest resort seems to be eating out or ordering in. When it comes to meals, preparation is important and can really save you money.

One of the key factors to successful meals is to have an organized kitchen. This will help you to get meals done quicker when everything is in its place and kitchen items are easily accessible. Organize your kitchen in stations to ease in baking and preparing meals.

Place all baking items in a cupboard next to the mixing bowl. Place serving spoons, spatulas and serving dishes close to the stove in a cupboard. For serving utensils a crock or jar on the counter makes for easy access.

After grocery shopping do any prep work that you will need through the week. Cut carrots and celery in sticks and store in a bowl of water in the fridge. Even onions can be diced and stored for later use. Cheese can be grated and sauces made ahead of time.

When planning your meals for the week, plan for making extra. If you make a little more when cooking it can be frozen for later meals or lunches to go. Find recipes that are freezer friendly and double them to use for another busy night.

The crock pot can be a great help when in a hurry. Prepare your dinner in the morning and cook on low throughout the day. There is little work that needs done so these meals are great for nights when you have very little time. You can also buy crock pot liners or line your crock pot with tin foil for easier clean up.
Your family dinners don't have to be lacking in flavor, excitement or fun. Plan ahead and you will save money and time in the long run.


More Family Dinner Resources

More family dinner ideas- with a free dinner conversation starter game
Easy Kids Meals and Ideas



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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Kick up your Spice Cabinet

Salt and Pepper have reigned long enough and are slowly being picked off by other, more tasteful spices. Basil and Oregano moved in for a stay at the top while Rosemary and Sage followed suite.

The only problem with these spices become commonplace and are growing familiar to the tongue. Few people know that the tongue has over 10,000 taste buds, so it is safe to say that the tongue can grow tired of the same spices day after
day.

Here are 5 new spices that every kitchen should keep on hand.

Crushed Mint – Mint is a very romantic spice. It is the Romeo of spices and is sensuous on savory dishes, such as lamb and vegetables, while also a welcome deviation on deserts and fruits.

The versatility of mint goes beyond food and adds a touch of class to almost any drink, including teas and other adult beverages. Studies show that mint also helps to produce stomach acid, thus aiding in digestion, which is a great thing if you like to eat. Another known fact about mint is that it repels rodents.


Bay Leaf
Bay Leaves – While these delightful leaves are commonly found in kitchens worldwide, they are hardly ever used except for beans, gumbo and the occasional turkey on Thanksgiving Day. This spice is rich in vitamin A and C and was once used to crown Roman Gladiators – reason enough.

Next time, try bay leaves in your soup, casserole or roast, the longer the cook time, the more flavor will be pulled from the leaf. Just make sure to remove the leaf before eating, otherwise you will get a shock of strong, woodsy flavor when you bite down.



Mustard Seed – Just like the common condiments, these little balls
are bursting with a spicy and noticible flavor. Coming in a variety of colors and flavors, it will do good to try them all. Grinding up the seeds adds a beautiful color and taste while cooking rice.

Using whole seeds while oil is warming, allows the seeds to pop open, releasing their sharp flavor to permeate the oil. Ground mustard seeds also go well on meats such as chicken and lamb; add a little mustard seed and brown sugar to your breading mixture and you have an extremely tasty and crunchy crust when baked.
Herbs de Provence


Herbs De Provence Herbs De Provence are, essentially, the Swiss Army Knife of the spice rack. This one combo-punch packs all of the common spices, such as basil, marjoram, thyme, sage, savory and rosemary. This mixture gives a full and robust flavor to any meat, including Venison, Bison and other strong meats.

It is also quite tasty on anything grilled. A little HDP on your skewers ties everything together and makes the meal memorable.




Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin Spice – This spice came in fifth place, just besting its partner in crime, Cinnamon, due to the unique memories it invokes. Pumpkin Spice is mostly used during the holiday season, which makes it a dual spice, used for both baking and cooking. Pumpkin spice is phenomenal in pancakes and waffles to add that “wow, this is amazing” factor that hits you in the back of the throat. It can also be used in slow cooker recipes such as pot roast or chili.

The next time you reach for your bland spices, slap your hand with the wooden spoon and remember to reach for something that will give your taste buds a kung-fu kick to the roof of your mouth and back.

More Resources

Cooking with herbs and spices- how to use in cooking
Spices around the world chart
 
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