What Is Za'atar and How Do I Use It?

It's possible you've seen earthy za'atar seasoning piled up in soaring mountains in an Israeli shouk or tucked away in packets in your local spice shop. But if not, you may be wondering: What is za...

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Please Help - Fresh Ideas for Someone with Herb/Spice Allergies

by cecropia 4 years ago

A family member has had allergic reactions for years without being able to pinpoint the cause... and it's a complicated back story... but it turns out that when he avoids anything in the mint famil...

Raw and Cooked Vegetable/Herb Plate, Burmese and Lao Food

by frumgirl1 4 years ago

I've been getting really into Burmese and Lao food lately and I am really intrigued by the cooked and raw vegetable and herb plates that I hear accompany meals. How are these eaten? Do you just gra...

Growing Cilantro

by CindyJ 8 years ago

I've never grown cilantro before, so I don't know if this is "normal." I started with a small plant, which had leaves that looked just like the cilantro I buy in the market. I planted it in a lar...

In your seasonal culinary garden, what do you grow EVERY year?

by msmarm 5 years ago

(Maybe share the size of your garden, your average weather conditions, consistent pests like deer, rats, etc.) I'm in SoCal and have a 20'x20' plot in a community garden about 10 minutes from ho...

What to cook with a bounty of Asian herbs

by MmeFleiss 4 years ago

I got a great variety of Asian herbs to plant a few weeks ago that I bought on a whim, but now that they're growing like crazy I've realized that the few dishes I had in mind are not going to be en...

May Wine?

by kaleokahu 4 years ago

I was amazed this week that a very wine-knowledgeable friend had never heard of, nor experienced, this. Promptly took him a bottle of Reisling with a sprig of Sweet Woodruff and a starter plant of...

Spice or herb to complement strawberries?

by rworange 13 years ago

Ok, so the glass jar for preserving strawberries works too well and I have a whole lot of strawberries. I either eat them plain, sliced in oatmeal or yogurt and occasionally masccerated in liquo...

Triangle Area - Source for dried angelica root?

by meatn3 4 years ago

Anyone come across this in a relatively small amount? I want to try making magnolia bitters this year! http://gardenandgun.com/blog/cocktail-hour-magnolia-bitters

Dried versus fresh herbs and spices: when do you favor the former or the latter?

by gfr1111 4 years ago

I grew up in the 1960s in northwest Indiana in a small town and had no car (too young). I got interested in cooking when about 10 and always used dried herbs and spices because I had never heard o...

Kinome/Sansho Leaves in Seattle?

by Daniel 4 years ago

I'm planning on a Japanese feast this weekend and would love to have some kinome (also called sansho) leaves for a garnish. Years ago Uwajimaya had them regularly but alas no more. Any hounds know ...

A mystery seasoning probably Vietnamese. Please help identify...

by smaki 4 years ago

Is this OK to eat and how should it be used? Once open is there a timeline? Still sealed and kept in a cool dry place in the dark since given a year ago. A gift from a world traveler would like to ...

Is there still hope for these seedlings?

by sasha1 4 years ago

In 2 weeks, I went from excitement to anxiety. I'm a new gardener, and have always relied on starts from the nursery. We bought a few seed packets last year for direct sow in the garden (peas, ca...

What are your favorite spices

by RiJaAr 13 years ago

I was wondering, what are your favorite spices and how do you use them? i have an addiction to herbs and spices, and yet there are so many that i don't really know what to do with

Herbs to compliment beets

by nlgardener 6 years ago

I'm in a vacation rental in rural France with a minimalist kitchen. I purchased some vacuum sealed cooked beets to go with a roast chicken for a simple supper, along with a simple salad. I have ...

Any good seasoning blends out there without garlic?

by zakappel 5 years ago

I have a garlic intolerance, (symptoms similar to lactose intolerance.) I decided to go through my cabinets and sort out all the seasonings i have with garlic in them, and it was almost every blend...

Herbs for Potato Soup

by Tripper 10 years ago

What herb do you add to potato soup? Potatoes are a bargain now so potato soup it is. I make a traditional cream based soup with onion, celery, grated carrot and bacon. Left in the garden I have...

How to properly pick mint, basil, etc?

by nickblesch 9 years ago

Hi all, I am a relative novice at gardening. Although I used to sell tons of bedding plants and my mom and I kept an eclectic range of things in a "garden" when I was a kid, I've only recently ...

Thoughts on fish mint (houttuynia)?

by mym 9 years ago

I just read about this fish mint and I'm thinking of ordering it for my herb garden. I'm thinking it could be useful to give a fishy flavour to vegetarian dishes. I've never tasted it though and I ...

Chicken pot pie - what herbs/spices do you add?

by mrgdess 9 years ago

My standard chicken pot pie recipe needs some "umph". I make the standard filling but use a cornbread batter on top (instead of a pastry dough). Any recs on what types of herbs or spices I could u...

Recommendations on herbs and spices for black beans?

by Bill 16 years ago

The black beans I make come out pretty dull for my tastes (I add carrots, garlic, onion, and cumin)-- not at all like the tasty black beans I get at some restaurants. Can anyone recommend additions...

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