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Why Are We Enjoying Spicier Food?

Why Are We Enjoying Spicier Food?

Food with a little bit of heat is not something new to the culinary world. Ethiopia, Korea, Thailand, and the Sichuan Province of China are all known for their spicy cuisines. However, spicy food is beginning to gain popularity in the United States, especially over the last 25 years or so. Salsa has replaced ketchup as our collective favorite condiment, and chipotle chiles are cropping up in dishes across the country. Today, the average person in the United States consumes 7 pounds of chiles a year, and over 90% of consumers prefer spicy food.

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Craft Brewer's Favorite Beer Spices

Craft Brewer's Favorite Beer Spices

Working with spices means we get to meet a lot of interesting people. Olive oil and specialty shops call us all the time, looking for specific spices and spice blends to fit in with their shop. Some of the most fascinating customers we have encountered are the brewers. With craft beer increasing in popularity in the United States every year, it is often brewers who are looking for the best new flavors and the highest quality products available.

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Sichuan Spices and Seasonings

Sichuan Spices and Seasonings

If you’ve ever eaten Kung Pao Chicken, you’ve tasted a little bit of Sichuan cuisine. It is an extremely popular cuisine choice in China, with lots of people venturing to this region just to enjoy the spicy heat of the food. It is spicy and mouth numbing, and the numbing occurs through the use of Sichuan pepper, which comes from the prickly ash tree. Because Sichuan cuisine is known for its spicy food, people tend to think of only spicy food when thinking of this cuisine, even though this is not the case.

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6 Secrets for Preparing Perfect Rice

6 Secrets for Preparing Perfect Rice

Rice is one of the world’s most versatile, most interesting foods. As a crop it can survive just about any climate, so it is a perfect option for nearly anywhere in the world. This is the main reason why you will find rice in cuisines around the globe. Much of the world’s rice consumption happens in Asia, and it is also quite popular in Hispanic cuisines as well. Americans are beginning to understand and appreciate the value of rice as a staple in the diet also, leading to a lot of questions about how to make the perfect rice.

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