• Cooking Cuisines From Different Cultures Can Be Educational and Fun

    My husband, daughters and I really enjoy eating meals made up of dishes from cultures that are different from our own. Doing so is a palate-pleasing experience and also inspires us to pause for a moment to think and talk about the people who are credited with creating or perfecting various dishes. My girls will sometimes ask if they can help me as I’m cooking. This provides the perfect opportunity for me to toss out such questions as “How long ago do you think this recipe was created?” or “Why do these herbs and spices work so well with the other ingredients in the dish?” Because I’ve always encouraged them…

  • 7 Must-Have Seasonings for Every Kitchen

    I have always enjoyed cooking. However, I do believe that my interest in experimenting with different seasonings emerged after writing an article years ago about the value of having different herbs and spices on hand in our kitchen. The information I gathered while interviewing people like Tony Hill (author of The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices) and Rosie Daley (co-author of The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life and Spirit) helped me complete my assignment, as well as taught me how to spice up the meals I enjoyed preparing for my family. I know there are a lot of herbs and spices to select from in local…