The Spice Cabinet: Star anise

The Spice Cabinet: Star anise

Welcome back to The Spice Cabinet series. Today we explore star anise. Star anise is an attractive spice due to both its diverse characteristics, as well as its stunning appearance. The beauty and intricate details of this spice are prime examples of Mother Nature’s...
The Spice Cabinet: Turmeric

The Spice Cabinet: Turmeric

Welcome back to the Spice Cabinet series. Today we explore Turmeric. If Marvel Comics were to create a superhero in the spice world for their next blockbuster movie, it would undoubtedly be Turmeric; “the Golden Goddess.” The popularity of turmeric has exploded over...
The Spice Cabinet: Peperoncino

The Spice Cabinet: Peperoncino

Welcome back to our Spice Cabinet series! Today we’re talking about peperoncino. Italian cuisine is not generally known for its spiciness (except for some Calabrian and other southern dishes). More often, peppers are used to bring flavor to a dish, rather than...
The Spice Cabinet: Cloves

The Spice Cabinet: Cloves

Welcome back to The Spice Cabinet series. Today we explore cloves. This woody little nail-shaped spice, whose name in Italian “chiodo di garofano” literally means carnation nail, is perhaps the spiciest of spices with its strong, heady aroma. Cloves are the flower...
The Spice Cabinet: Cumin

The Spice Cabinet: Cumin

Welcome back to The Spice Cabinet column. Today we talk about cumin. Though it no longer is particularly popular within Italian kitchens, cumin has a history almost as rich as its flavor. Cumin first made it’s appearance in Ancient Mesopotamia ‒ where the spice was...