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Adding spices and spice blends to a dish can be transformative, taking the dish from bland to brilliant.  Chefs know that the mere aroma of spices are often the first factor in determining whether you will love the dish or not. There is no reason that home cooks can’t emulate the flavor secrets from the chefs!
Samples of spice blends displayed on spoons

Check out these categories for your preferred way to use spices and spice blends:

Cooking with Mexican Spices

How to Make Your Own Spice Blends

Easy Chicken Mole Rojo for the Home Cook

The variety of Mexican moles are all unique and delicious, but the required pepper roasting, peeling and rehydrating can be a bit daunting and time consuming.  This mole rojo using a powdered blend of smoked chiles, cocoa and spices is the key to making a more achievable, but still full-bodied, mole. What is Mole Rojo? …

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Low Carb Pumpkin Ancho Soup – Smoky & creamy

Pumpkin Ancho Soup, whether made with small pie pumpkins, butternut squash or any of the heirloom squash varieties is a creamy, hearty, healthy soup — perfect for cool Fall or chilly Winter nights.  Detailed video in recipe below Which Varieties Make the Best Soup? The main thing to consider when choosing the squash to use …

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Preserving Tomatoes as Dehydrated Tomato Powder

There is no comparison between the sad tasteless grocery store tomatoes of winter and the fresh summer tomatoes which are packed with umami, a bit of sweetness and a touch of acid. There is an option however for that fresh tomato taste in winter. Dehydrating mid-summer tomatoes in their peak and then grinding them to …

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Low Carb Roasted Harissa Chickpeas

Finding alternatives for chips is often problematic for people living a low carb lifestyle.  Some people crave sugar, but almost as many crave a salty, crunchy snack. These spicy and salty roasted chickpeas are my go-to snack when I’m craving something salty. Slow Carb Snacks that are Salty and/or Crunchy Protein, fat and vegetables are …

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