For those spice mixes that you know you will only use once in a great while, try making your own with spices you probably already have in your pantry. For example: Chinese Style Five Spice Mix equal parts (powdered): fennel, anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves. Now you have incorporated the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking; sweet, sour, bitter, savory and salty. Look at you now! You’re a chemist. Put it on you resume.
A while back I was asked to prepare appetizers for a house warming party. As I was working on my menu, I decided one item choice should be a cheese platter, because that sounded easy, quick and cheap. Was I ever wrong! When I did a little research to see what to serve with the cheese (besides crackers), I discovered what a great cheese platter should be. So here you go, some guidelines to make it easy and quick. When I figure out how to make it cheap, I’ll get back to you. Cheese Platter Guidelines: The rule of thumb is three or five different cheeses per platter. I’m not sure why only…