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a new batch of curry powder

a new batch of curry powder

October 19, 2008 |  Category:   cooking the biz

Some of you may know that I never attended culinary school. My professional training has been strictly on the job, learning from chefs who take it upon themselves to teach their employees well. Even before that, however, my culinary education was more self-directed (in keeping with my liberal arts education, I suppose). Every so often I would try a new cuisine and love it so much that I felt compelled to teach myself how to cook it. I would scour local libraries for cookbooks (this is before the internet), search all the grocery stores for the proper ingredients, and get to work cooking whatever I could. My first discovery was Thai food, but I think that my exploration of Indian… CONTINUE READING

bbq spice mix, part 2

bbq spice mix, part 2

June 13, 2008 |  Category:   cooking savory

My first attempt at a BBQ spice mix lacked sweetness, so I gave it another try. I switched the sweetener to regular sugar and took out any spicy elements to make it more kid friendly. Instead of pork ribs I used a simple London broil, which I rubbed well with the spices, searing it in a pan, and finishing it in the oven. The sweetness really came through this time and helped push all the other flavors forward. I think it might need one more refinement before I will be completely happy with it. I also plan to make a version that’s spicy with plenty of ground chipotle peppers, but I wanted to try out this basic mix so we… CONTINUE READING

ribs and spice mix

ribs and spice mix

June 5, 2008 |  Category:   cooking

We’re considering selling spice mixes, something that we wanted to do since we talked early on about the business. Mark took a trip to the spice store and tried a spice rub for barbeques and meat, filling the whole house with the aroma of smoky chili peppers. We had ribs that night to try the mix. I think it needs to be sweeter, so back to the drawing board.… CONTINUE READING

mixing spices

mixing spices

March 17, 2008 |  Category:   cooking the biz

I opened my spice cabinet during my latest round of cookie baking and grabbed a jar of garam masala that I made a few months ago. Putting spices, herbs and other savory ingredients into sweets is nothing new and has always been a favorite trick of mine, so using garam masala in a cookie is hardly a stretch. It has all the warm spices that complement sweet flavors (cinnamon, cardamom, etc…), plus a few more savory ones that give it just a little extra kick. I ended up mixing a fresh batch as my older one was a bit too heavy on the black pepper, fenugreek and cumin. The cookies turned out pretty good – a crisp chocolate shortbread with… CONTINUE READING

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