Nope, it’s not Ginger Root…Really!

There is nothing I enjoy more than exploring new and different ingredients. I’m always looking for new flavors, textures, and tastes. I have a fascination with markets – especially ethnic markets of all kinds. A number of years ago, I got hooked on Galangal. I do adore ginger root – but love this rhizome too! Yes, I know, galangal does look a bit like ginger and shares family roots with the look-a-like perennial herb, but it is not. This pungent ginger-like spice is used in South East Asian cuisine (often found in Thai, Indonesian, and Malaysian cooking). Galangal is also used in...

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Between the Holidays Entertaining…Make it a Simple Sumptuous Celebration!

Of course between the holidays is the perfect time to entertain at home… your house is clean from Thanksgiving (hopefully), the Christmas tree or holiday decorations may be up and ready for action, and the season is just plain festive for partying, no matter what holiday you celebrate! You can also carry through this theme between Christmas and New Year’s. This is the perfect time to invite guests for appetizers and wine, cider, or craft beer, have friends over for tea, biscuits and spiced nuts, plan an impromptu dessert party, or host a festive celebration of old or new friendships. As...

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Get Your Holiday In Gear…

‘Getting your holiday in gear’ hits me early on in the season, even before the season begins. I start in late summer by harvesting herbs for my infused vinegars and herbed salts, I begin planning out different types of food gifts for the holidays, and I start purchasing bottles, containers, and festive bags. My kids will also tell you, I shop for Christmas all year round. If I see something unique, appropriate, or unbelievably gorgeous, I pick it up and store it for that special person until the holidays. I’m usually done shopping months before December hits. I seem to have a yearlong...

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