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Monday, October 2, 2017

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Spice; would anything from your scrambled eggs to your eggplant moussaka taste as good without them? Entire empires have been built upon trading spices. So let's take a closer look at some of these important foodstuffs.

Enjoy!

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QUOTE: "We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."

HINT: (1775-1817), English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

While Kentucky Fried Chicken has long promoted its use of 11 herbs and spices in its Original Recipe, those who have attempted to "crack" the secret claim that its merely a combination of five ingredients: flour, salt, sugar, black pepper, and MSG.

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Saffron is a slightly bitter, honey-like spice that comes from the crocus plant. It takes approximately 75,000 flowers and about 200 hours of work to produce 1 pound of dried saffron, which it why it's so expensive at $65 per ounce.

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The very first product in the Old Spice cologne and aftershave line was Early American Old Spice in 1937, and it was made especially for women.

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Despite its name, allspice is not a blend of ingredients; it comes from the berries of the Pimenta dioica or Jamaican pepper plant.

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The mace you see in the spice aisle at the supermarket has nothing to do with the stuff you spray in the face of an attacker. Mace the spice comes from the same seed that gives us nutmeg, and the two are very similar in flavor.

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Countries with hotter climates usually has recipes that call for a lot of spicy ingredients, particularly garlic, onion, allspice and oregano. These ingredients have significant antibacterial properties, and in the days before refrigeration, they not only flavored meat, but they also prevented it from spoiling.




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