• Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    The Best Recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Iowa!

    Last year I went to a “girl’s weekend”, with some of the best friends I will every have from high school.  We had the best time!  Sorry you couldn’t make it.  Of course we talked about food (ate a lot of it too), and since we were all born and raised in the great state of Iowa, we talked PORK!  (We actually met in Colorado, not in Iowa).  Pork was not my favorite when I was growing up but in the last few years it has been ranking right up there with any other protein.   One of the “girls” (no comment, please) is also named Julie and does a great…

  • Quick Bites

    Zanzibar, the Spice Island

    This past summer my friend, Jeannie O’Neill, spent a month in Africa.  She was nice enough to share these photos.  One is a dish from Freddy Mercury’s in Stonetown, and the others are of an open market. Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa.  It is the most widely known of the spice islands.

  • Quick Bites

    Grains of Paradise ??

    I learned something new today! I was watching the Food Network (my addiction) this morning, and a guest chef on Bobby Flay’s show brought some Grains of paradise spice for his jerk marinade. I had never heard if it before, and here is what I found out. Grains of paradise is a small reddish-brown, round seed, found on the west coast of Africa. It is a member of the ginger and cardamom family, sometimes called Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, or alligator pepper. It packs some heat but also tastes of ginger, cardamom, coriander, citrus and nutmeg. This spice was popular in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries, but faded…

  • How to,  Quick Bites

    Make Your Own Spice Mix

    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.

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