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Healing Spices by Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD


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Recipe of the Month...

My Best Chili


As the weather turns cool warm yourself up with a hearty bowl of red. Aside from the "secret ingredient" using two different chile peppers adds extra depth to the rich flavors. By the way, this chili freezes beautifully.


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Quote of the Month...

"The delicious self-indulgence of a big breakfast is made ever more enjoyable by the sense that one is misbehaving."


-James Beard


Questions and answers...


Q:  Hi, Just to let you know sumac is not the MAIN INGREDIENT in Zaa’tar but

Thymbria spicata or commonly called zaa’tar is. This is an herb that grows freely in the mountains of the Middle East.  I also grow it in South Louisiana.  It is similar to rosemary needles except

smaller and has a VERY pungent taste.  We love it on feta cheese with Nigella sativa (Black health seeds is the common name), olive oil and

Madalene Hill Oregano. Happy Herbing. RS


A: Your comment threw me for a loop because I have never heard of a plant called zaa'tar, only the spice blend (here's a link). It seems this is a case of regional differences. Wikipedia has entries that make us both correct! This entry illustrates your point, while this one supports my knowledge. They are indeed two different plants and two different spices, all with the same name.



Q: I have several bottles of food flavoring that I have had several years, it still has a good smells good. Should

I throw it all away, I heard not to use it after a long period of time, it does not have ab expiration date on it

Thanks, LS


A: I always like to consult when I'm wondering about things like this. Assuming you mean extracts, like vanilla or almond, they say they don't really go bad, they either lose the flavor or evaporate all together.



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Q: Where can I buy JD Magic seasoning? JW

A: I am not familiar with this brand and it doesn't seem to be available online anywhere. I did find a recipe to make your own at

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