Jun 21 2011

long pepper

SPICE

One of my favorite spices is the Indonesian long pepper. It is a relative to black pepper but hotter and more complex with hints of bay and ginger. Today, long pepper is an extremely rare ingredient in European and American cuisines. It’s mostly found in Indian, North African, Malaysian, and Indonesian cuisines.
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Jun 7 2011

star anise

SPICE

Star anise is much much more then the “licorice” label its been given. It has a more sensual aromatic smoky sweet aroma that is penetrating when used in sweet infusions and is also a powerful flavor booster in savory applications. Its strengths are many and its weaknesses are few. If used correctly, it can be a real trick up the sleeve and a true friend in a pinch. I find I am using star anise more and more for cooking meat, especially with long braises of tougher cuts. I even use it with wood chips for its amazing coffee like smoke! Use it all the time, and treat it like gold!
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