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10 Spices That Will Make You A Better Cook

This week on Facebook, I started a daily series to span the next two weeks.  It will showcase the ten best spices to have in your pantry.  Every day will feature one particular spice, highlighting it’s many uses to demonstrate why it will make you a better cook. Every spice merchant will have a different […]

Very Nice Chicken and Rice with short-grained brown rice

Very Nice Chicken and Rice

We always want something good to eat, but don’t always have the time or energy to spend in the kitchen preparing it.  These are the moments when we get carry-out which can be expensive, loaded with salt, sugar and calories; not to mention not being as good as your own cooking.  And, we aren’t even […]


A Spice Blend for All Seasons

Named after one of several small towns in Denton County, Texas, Ponder Pumpkin Pie Spice is a versatile blend, featuring Vietnamese cinnamon and ginger blended with allspice, cloves and nutmeg.  This potent blend is made from organic ingredients with no additives, fillers, salt or sugar.  Replace the list of spices called for in your favorite […]

Oyster Mushrooms from Tree Folk

Marvelous Mushrooms

Two days before Thanksgiving, I needed cream and yogurt.  My path through The Cupboard Natural Grocery in Denton, Texas took me from the dairy case, with selections in hand, over to the produce section to see if there might be some golden beets and fennel bulbs to go in the roasted, mixed vegetables I planned […]

Poultry Herbs

“P” is for Poultry Herbs

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is time to go through our recipe files of favorite holiday dishes so the cooking can begin.  A golden-roasted bird usually anchors the table of seasonal dishes.  While many cooks go all out for a big turkey, others may be cooking for a smaller crowd, so a nice […]


Golden Chicken Spice Seasoning Blend

Golden Chicken Spice is a flavorful seasoning for poultry of any kind, and also pork.  It seasons eggs, potatoes and vegetable casseroles as well.  When stirred into a cream sauce for chicken or vegetables, it produces a rich, golden gravy. Made of organic ingredients including coriander seed powder, garlic granules, sweet paprika, fenugreek seed powder, […]

Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon Facts

When it comes to good ole cinnamon these days, there is a lot of confusion and plenty of buzz words to trip up the shopper when going out to purchase good quality cinnamon.  With all the cooking shows, celebrity chefs and health gurus talking about their favorite cinnamon, not enough information is provided to guide […]


Toasting Dried Chilies

Some recipes using dried, whole chile pods are going to direct you to toast them first.  This only takes a few minutes and is well worth that extra bit of time.  Subjecting the chilies to the heat of a griddle prior to use activates the flavors.  Toasting will deepen the richness of the sauce or […]