Culinary use of spices, defined as the edible but non-leafy parts of certain plants.

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Why do vegetables cooked with freshly ground spices taste better than those cooked with powdered spices available in the market?

I used to use powdered spices (purchased from market) for all my vegetables. Lately I have started grinding the spice seeds myself to use in the vegetables. I have noticed a remarkable "taste" ...
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Udon soup seasoning

What is the name of the seasoning traditionally available for the diner to add to their Udon soup and what is in it? I'm referring to the (I think) mix of spices that add a bit of a kick to the soup. ...
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Spice combination(s) excluding salt, oil/butter, sugar, msg, vinegar, onion/garlic/alliums? [closed]

What spice combination(s) work well for someone who (for health reasons) can't have salt, oil/butter, sugar, msg, vinegar, or alliums (onions, garlic, etc)? This person is additionally (for religions ...
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Can I use green cardamomm pods and ground cardamom interchangeably?

I have some green cardamom and would like to use it in dishes such as Indian-style rice pudding. Can it be used in place of the standard ground cardamom bought in an American grocery store?
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Can an American substitute for garam masala be made?

I love Indian food and have been experimenting with curry recipes, and many of them ask for 'garam masala'. I know it's a spice mix but I can't find it for sale anywhere around me. I've also read ...
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How to treat your saffron right?

Similar to this question, but not the same (by the way, I like Hobodave's answer). What's the correct way to treat saffron to get most of the flavor? I've seen the following methods: Let the ...
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What is the world's hottest pepper?

I'm growing some bhut jolokia peppers, and they are almost ready for harvesting. However, I've since seen that the naga viper pepper has beaten the bhut jolokia as the hottest pepper. I've also seen ...
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How to distinguish nutmeg freshness?

Does nutmeg come with a good-before date? How long can nutmeg stay good? Is there a way to 'see' (observe) how old the nutmeg is? I'm asking because I bought a bag of nutmeg seeds and one was moldy. ...
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What should I do with too-dry vanilla beans?

A few weeks ago, I bought a few vanilla beans to make mint ice cream. I only needed one, so I put the other bean back into the glass container it came in. Today, I was having a hard time using the ...
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Is Anise a substitute of cumin

I need cumin for everything I make, but its not available where i recently moved. However anise is available, and someone told me that cumin can be substituted by anise. Is this true?
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How much Saffron to use?

I'm a bit confused with how much saffron to use in a paella recipe. I've seen numerous recipes that state to use 1gram. However I have a 1gram jar and that seems like a lot of saffron to me. I've ...
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Removing turmeric stains from white plastic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove turmeric stains from metal/plastic cookware? I had tried detergents to remove some light turmeric strains off a plastic but after it failed then someone ...
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How to clean dill?

I have some fresh dill. How can the 'leaves' be easily separated from the 'stalks'? Should they be separated (I think so, but what do I know)?
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What is included in “Spices”

In the U.S.A., when a product's ingredients include spices what can this legally cover?
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What is the way to make a powder of red chilies?

I purchase green chilies and in some days many of them turn red. Can I use my mixer-grinder to grind them into a powder, or is there some other way? Do I have to roast the peppers before grinding? ...
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I'm looking for an extender/filler for my spice mix

I mix up a red pepper and salt blend (along with a few other ingredients) and put it in a coffee grinder to powder it. The blend that I have come up with has just the right flavor for my family's ...
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Convert seed based measurements to pre-ground?

I want to use a recipe that gives ingredient measurements based on the spice seeds. My local grocery store does not have at least half of the ingredients in seed form. But the store does have them ...
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Are 'premium' spices worth the expense?

I have done some calculation. And I think that if I buy a jar of spice from the supermarket, it is about 25 times more expensive (it costs more and you get a fraction of the amount) that getting a bag ...
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Curry powder mix

I mostly make curry from scratch. However some recipes (kedgeree)call for using curry powder. I can never get the mix right. Is there a standard spice mix substitution?
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How can I maximize Wasabi flavor?

A few months ago, I went to dinner with my brother-in-law, and he introduced me to Sushi. I was skeptical (I've gone nearly 40 years without trying it), but I enjoyed it. My favorite part, however, ...
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How do I remove turmeric stains from metal/plastic cookware?

As much as I value tumeric for its rumoured cancer-battling qualities, I find its tendency to stain anything it comes into contact with (including 'stainless' steel) discouraging to the point that I ...
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Coriander in a blueberry ice-cream?

I'm a beginner, and trying to follow this recipe. Along the lines, it's said that we should add coriander. I'm still a beginner, but I find it weird to add coriander into an ice-cream recipe. Please ...
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How to spice up a carrot cake

I have made a carrot cake several times, and I like the way the cake turns out but I want it to have more spice flavors. The recipe only calls for 1 tsp of cinnamon, but since I want it to have more ...
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Which spice gives brown colour to Indian curry?

Many of the premixed curry pastes and curry dishes I have eaten have a brownish / reddish colour to them. I have a nice collection of spices that I cook with, but my curries seem to always look and ...
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When should I flavor my Bolognese?

My Bolognese sauce usually contains some combination of salt, pepper, basil, oregano and thyme. It is easier to taste if I add them towards the end, but is the taste affected by when I add the herbs ...
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Doner kebab aroma

Doner kebab is a kind of food which draws every person who is passing by just with the aroma coming from the place where they make them. In a place where I live they make doner kebabs using pork or ...
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Stone or iron mortar?

I need to buy a mortar. Should I get a stone (granite, marble, etc) or an iron one? What pros and cons are there?
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Spice rack/cupboard for kitchen with lots of spices?

My wife and I really enjoy cooking, so we have tons of spices. I understand it's best to keep them in the dark, so we thought we might like a spice cupboard. Probably 50 or so spices; they don't need ...
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What can I do to add more flavor into my beef barley soup?

This time around my beef barley soup is tasting a bit on the plain side. It has the right amount of saltiness but is lacking in the flavorful department. The ingredients used thus far have been: Beef ...
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Coriander substitute?

I have a recipe where one of spices I need to use is coriander. What other spice can I use to substitute coriander and don't change taste very much? In the recipe coriander is used to season meat ...
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Using anise seed instead of star anise

I have wanted to make Vietnamese pho bo for a while, and a simple recipe I found calls for 6 star anise. I couldn't find this, and instead bought some anise seed since I read anise seed is used as a ...
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What spices taste umami?

Are there natural spices that taste umami? I don't want to use MSG in my food, but I'd like to add some umami flavour.
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What tweaks can be made when preparing chili powder?

I am planning on making some chili powder this weekend using ancho, pasilla, and guajillo peppers. This is a follow-up to the question about storage-lifetime that is to do with the powder itself. The ...
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What should I know to store my chili powder?

I am planning on making some chili powder this weekend using ancho, pasilla, and guajillo peppers. I got a nice big bag of each recently and have some questions about chili powder. The second part of ...
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What can I add to frozen peas for more flavor? [closed]

I want to serve plain cooked frozen peas. However, whenever I try it, they taste kind of bland... What's a simple spice or ingredient that I can add to spice it up a bit, but still pretty much stick ...
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What are appropriate spices/herbs for spinach? [closed]

Tonight, my mom prepared spinach and we were discussing what spices go well with spinach. I google'd a bit and I found 'nutmeg' on some sites, but it seems like a strange combo to me. Honestly, I ...
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What flavorants stand up to long cooking?

My answer to this question (link) prompted a question in my own mind. I wanted to share some tips regarding when to add herbs, spices, aromatics, etc., and had a few suggestions (bay leaves and garlic ...
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How do I keep soup from being bland?

I've been experimenting with soups recently and trying different recipes, and I've found that I often come out with a good soup that's a bit too bland in taste. And yes, salt and pepper makes a huge ...
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Herbs and spices that complement cream of mushroom soup [closed]

On Monday I will be making cream of mushroom Soup at school and I would like to make it the best possible. I will be making a mushroom stock as its base. Are there any specific herbs and spices that ...
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Anise Seed vs. Fennel Seed with Taste as No.1 factor

I've noticed that in some recipes Anise seeds can be used interchangeably with Fennel seeds. I understand their taxonomical differences but in regards to taste, can they be used interchangeably ...
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Why does salt taste different in different dishes?

If I salt tomato, potato and pasta, their tastes change in completely different ways to me. Why is this? Had I put oregano on them, they'd all taste like oregano. Update: The question is not "is it ...
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'Phorons' for Dahls

I love dahl. In India (where my folks were from) there are an almost infinite set of combinations of dahls and corresponding phorons* (spice-seasoned anointing oil/ghee) But I only know a handful of ...
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What is a good spicy potato wedges seasoning?

I've taken a liking to the simple potato wedge as an alternate to mash potato when preparing meat and three vege. However, I'm trying to get a recipe that consistently deliveries tasty wedges. My ...
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My salmon burgers are bland

I just tried to fry a salmon fillet and eat it as a I would a hamburger patty: with bread, cucumber and tomato. No matter my seasoning, I keep finding the taste bland. What could I do to enhance the ...
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What are some seasonings that can spice up a bland frozen chicken alfredo?

Tonight, the main course is: Red Baron's Chicken Alfredo. The problem is that it's a little bland so I'm trying to figure out what the best seasonings will give it more spice, or at least a more ...
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Spicing a Two-Crust Carrot Pie [closed]

Following up this question: I made a two crust carrot pie by mincing the carrots with a small amount of apple, then boiling the fruit mix in some sugar/water/karo syrup. Added lemon juice to the ...
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What is this fungus/lichen in my Garam Masala? (“Trifle”/truffle?)

I just bought a lovely bag of Garam Masala, and was all ready to grind some when I got home! But when I opened it, I found something I didn’t recognise — at first I thought something had gone mouldy, ...
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What herbs and spices pair well with baked Salmon? [closed]

I'm about to bake a salmon in the oven and I want to know what are some good herbs/spices that I can rub or sprinkle on the fillet. Which herbs, spices, or other seasonings tend to pair best with a ...
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Chicken in Tin Foil in the Oven: Any tips or advices on spices or wrapping?

[I'm an amateur that experiments.] I recently realized I like chicken wrapped in tin foil after using salt, pepper and oregano on it, in 250C for up to 2 hours. Also, I used sliced lemon on parts of ...
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What's the best time and temperature for tenderness when baking red potatoes?

Lately I've gotten into baking Red Potatoes with butter and spices and I've found I enjoy them when they are nice and tender. What's the best temperature for baking red potatoes for tenderness? How ...