The Difference between Herbs and Spices

Frankly I had never given this much thought until a few days ago. I was surprised at some of the information I found. For instance I had always thought of Thyme as a spice, when in fact it is a herb.While there are some similarities between herbs and spices, there also are subtle differences.

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June 2007

Changes to Spice-Racks.com

Over the next few weeks or so I will be experimenting with different themes, or skins for the Spice Rack blog. What that means for those who don’t know. The blog may look different as I experiment, until I settle on a look or style.

I’m partial to blue. I think this theme looks pretty good, if I can figure out how to change all the Green text to another color.

I’m also interested in your feed back so please feel free to express your opinion.


June 2007

Wall Mounted Spice Racks

I wrote about using a in cabinet spice organizer the other day as one way to organize and store spices.

This blog Article is rather timely I think. The title of the Article is “Attic Clutter to Useful Spice-Rack“. The article is about a ladies problem in how to store her spices. This lady faced the same problem that a lot of people do.

Her Pantry was poorly designed, and she had limited cabinet, or counter space for spice storage. Then she remembered that there was an old wooden spice rack stored in the attic. She dug it out. Her husband did some work on it, and her storage problem was solved. Read the rest of this entry »


June 2007

Storing Spices

I think we have a very good article at Condells about storing spices. I don’t think there is any argument that the way you store your spices will affect their shelf life. On the other hand most people try to store spices in a way that make them easily accessible. I doubt any method you use will shorten the shelf life to less than 6 months, but that is just an opinion.

Based on my experience people tend to store their spices where they have a little extra space to store them. Sometimes that is in a cabinet drawer, or it may be setting them on a shelf in a wall cabinet. Unfortunately that requires cabinet space, and may make the spices hard to locate. Especially if you are using a cabinet shelf for storing spices. Read the rest of this entry »


June 2007

Cheese Crab Spread

This recipe is supposedly from former Congressman (Speaker of the House, and ambassador to Japan) Thomas S Foley. You can find out more about Congressman Foley here.

  • 1 stick margarine, softened
  • 1 Jar Old English cheese, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can of crab meat

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June 2007

Cinnamon: The Truth About This Spice

I loved the rolled sticks of cinnamon my sister brought with her from the US whenever she visited us. That was when I lived in the city of Bombay, (now Mumbai) in India. Chalk it to the folly of youth but little did I know that the cinnamon she came bearing as a gift was actually inferior to the cinnamon my mother purchased locally and paid a lot of money for! I loved the look of those beautifully rolled sticks that contrasted with the long thin strips that my mother called dalchini or cinnamon. Read the rest of this entry »


June 2007