Spanish Paprika and Pimenton

Spanish Paprika and Pimenton

Spanish paprika or pimenton comes from western Spain’s La Vera valley.  It differs from Hungarian paprika in that the chiles are dried over smoldering oak logs, giving them a smoky flavor.  It comes in three heat levels, dulce (sweet), agridulce (bittersweet) and...
What is the shelf life of  white flour and whole wheat flour?

What is the shelf life of white flour and whole wheat flour?

White flour can be stored for up to a year at room temperature.  Keep it in an airtight container to prevent the flour from becoming susceptible to flour beetles and other kitchen pests.  For long term storage, white flour will keep indefinitely in the freezer or...
How to Choose Ginger

How to Choose Ginger

Choose ginger with the smoothest skin.  Fresh ginger is hard and breaks cleanly with a snap.  If there are wiry protruding fibers at the break, you have old ginger and if the skin is wrinkled your piece of ginger is old. The fresher the ginger the better.  When it is...
Cinnamon – the Super Spice!

Cinnamon – the Super Spice!

I was just told that cinnamon oil is a natural bug repellent.  Just add a few drops to your sunscreen for nontoxic protection!! Cinnamon has always been a highly regarded and expense spice even as far back as the Roman times.  It is used not only to enhance your food...
Joni’s Tip: Balance Flavors with Acid

Joni’s Tip: Balance Flavors with Acid

Balance flavors with acid Most recipes suggest to balance flavors in your dish you should season with salt and pepper. However, some suggest lemon juice or another acid like vinegar. Acid plays an important role in brightening flavors if your dish is flat or bland,...

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