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Rooibos, The Red Wonder

Monday April 14, 2014

Rooibos Tea
Photo by Selena N.B.H. [flickr]

Rooibos tea has been sweeping the American tea world by storm and for good reason. This caffeine free tea has a smooth flavor and is loaded with antioxidants. You may have seen this red tea pop up on grocery store shelves or at your local cafe. Find out why this African red tea is seeing its 15 minutes of fame in What is Rooibos Tea?

Oolong Tea - The Best of Both Worlds

Sunday April 13, 2014

Oolong Tea Leaves
Photo by Drew Maust [flickr]

If you love the rich flavor of black tea, but want the health benefits of green tea, it might be time to try Oolong! Oolong tea is made from the same plant as both green and black teas, but its partial fermentation lands it smack dab between green and black tea on the tea making spectrum. It has a rich nutty flavor and high antioxidant content. Find out more about this unique and lovely tea in What is Oolong Tea?

Majestic Matcha

Monday April 7, 2014

Matcha
Photo by Steenbergs [flickr]

Matcha is one of my all time favorite teas to drink. The flavor is bright and fresh, and the color is a beautiful vibrant green. The experience is second to none. Over the past ten years matcha has increased in popularity around the globe and the fine green tea powder has found its way into many different foods. Learn more about this delicious and culturally rich powdered tea in What is Matcha?

Coconut Water - A Natural Refresher

Sunday March 16, 2014

Coconut Water
Photo by Junie Gurl [flickr]

Coconut water is one of the hottest food trends today, despite the fact that most of its health benefits have not been well studied. Whether it's a miracle drink or not, one thing is certain: coconut water is a simple, natural, refreshing beverage that anyone can enjoy. Learn more about coconut water and how it is made in What is Coconut Water?

Creamy Coconut Milk Goodness

Saturday March 15, 2014

Coconut Milk
Photo by Phu Thinh Co [flickr]

Coconut milk may be a fad ingredient now, but it has been a favorite ingredient in tropical regions around the world for generations. The cooling, creamy flavor perfectly balances spicy and sour foods, making it perfect player in well balanced flavor profiles. Learn how coconut milk is made, how it can be used in cooking, and how it stacks up nutritionally in What is Coconut Milk?

Old Bay For Everything

Sunday March 9, 2014

Old Bay Seasoning
Photo by Artondra Hall [flickr]

Old Bay Seasoning may have started out as a spice and herb blend for seafood, but today it is used for just about anything! In some parts of the country it's just as common on the dinner table as salt and pepper. Discover what this classic blend of herbs and spices is all about in What is Old Bay Seasoning?

Crab Boil: Not Just For Crabs

Saturday March 8, 2014

Crab Boil
Photo by djnaquin67 [flickr]

Crab boil is an incredibly flavorful mix of herbs and spices that is used to make a flavorful brine in which to cook shellfish and a number of different vegetables. Learn more about this awesome concoction and how it can be used in your kitchen in What is Crab Boil?

Crawfish: Crazy Little Lobsters

Wednesday February 26, 2014

Boiled Crawfish
Photo by Karl Baron [flickr]

My knowledge of crawfish before moving to Louisiana was minimal, at best. But the moment I set foot on Louisiana soil I was aware of the hold that crawfish has over its people. I didn't know what to think, other than, "What are these crazy little lobsters?" One taste and I understood. Learn all about these crazy little lobsters in What are Crawfish?

Red Beans and Rice - A Southern Classic

Sunday February 23, 2014

Red Beans and Rice
Photo by Bethany Moncel

It's carnival time, so I'm taking a moment to enjoy all things New Orleans. If you've ever wondered what makes red beans and rice such a celebrated dish in New Orleans (and across the southern United States), take a moment to read All About Red Beans and Rice. From the history and traditions behind the classic dish to its core components, discover what red beans and rice are all about!

Boiling Point and Altitude

Sunday February 16, 2014

One of the most significant changes that occurs in high altitude cooking is the boiling point of water. Because the boiling point lowers as altitude increases, you may be cooking at lower temperatures than you realize. Check this Boiling Point of Water at Various Altitudes chart to see how much your altitude may be affecting your cooking.

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