Monday, July 31, 2017


Do you know which part of a whole nutmeg seed you should grate?

A - The outer brown skin
B - Just beneath the outer brown skin
C - The whole thing

I love using whole nutmeg seeds and I grate the whole thing so I'm guessing C.  Hope I'm right.

Answer to SPICE #15 - D - Piperine  Another wrong answer for me!

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Did you know that peppercorns contain an essential oil that makes you sneeze?  Which of these do you think it might be?

A - Monoterpense
B - Capsaicinoids
C - Capsaicin
D - Piperine

I have no idea!  I'm going to guess the only 'word' I recognize which is C - Capsaicin.

Answer to SPICE #14 - B - High-quality saffron can cost up to $200 per ounce.
Finally I got one right!

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Do you know which of these spices are the most expensive?

A - Vanilla
B - Saffron
C - Chili Flakes
D  Cardamon

I think I heard somewhere that Saffron is the most expensive so I'm choosing B.

Answer to SPICE #13 - A - Celery Salt.  Yep, I got another one wrong!

Friday, July 28, 2017


Do you know what the primary spice is in Old Bay Seasoning?

A - Celery salt
B - Paprika
C - Black Pepper
D - Chili Powder

I use Old Bay frequently but I can only make a guess at this answer.  I'm saying B - Paprika.

Answer to SPICE #12 - C - Canada was the top exporter of spices to the U.S. in 2014.
Another wrong answer for me!

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Do you know where America get the majority of it's spices?

A - China
B - India
C - Canada
D - Mexico

I'm guessing B - India.

Answer to SPICE #12 - C - The USDA recommended replacing ground spices after two to three years.  Smell your spices to make sure they're still pungent, and replace them sooner if necessary.

I got another one Wrong!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Do you know the shelf life of your ground spices?

A - 6 months
B - 1 - 2 years
C - 2 - 3 years
D - Dried Spices are good forever

I'm not sure about this one so I'm going to guess B - 1 - 2 years.

Answer to SPICE #10 - D.  Chai tea is typically made with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, ginger, star anise, black peppercorns and black tea.  I missed that one too!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Do you know which spice is NOT traditionally used in chai tea?

A - Black Pepper
B - Cardamon
C - Cinnamon
D - Mace

I'm not a Chai Tea drinker so this is another guess for me.  I'm saying Black Pepper.

Answer to SPICE #9 - A - Sweet Smoked Paprka 1; B - Habanero Chile Powder 4; C - Cayenne Pepper  3; and D - Ancho Chile Powder 2

I really miss this one!

Monday, July 24, 2017


Can you rank the heat of these spices? Rank 1-4 with 4 being the hottest.

A - Sweet Smoked Paprika ____
B - Habanero Chile Powder ____
C - Cayenne Pepper _____
D - Ancho Chili Powder ____

I'm saying A - 1; B - 3; C - 2; and D - 4

Answer to SPICE #8 - D is not a type of Paprika.  I got another one right!

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Do you know which of these are NOT a type of paprika?

A - Hungarian
B - California Sweet
C - Pimenton
D - English

I've heard of Hungarian and think I've heard of California Sweet.  I'm going to take a guess and say D - English.

Answer to SPICE #7 - D - Termeric has long been used to enhance the color of mustard and other foods, including stocks and rice.  I got that one wrong!

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Do you know what is often added to mustard to give it its yellow color?

Choose from:
A - Cumin
B - Saffron
C - Curry Powder
D - Turmeric

I'm guessing D - Turmeric.  Check back tomorrow to see if I got it right.

The answer to SPICE #6 is B.  Cinnamon sticks come from the inner bark of laurel trees.  When harvested, the bark naturally rolls up, then it's dried.  I got that one right too.  (I think I read this somewhere a long time ago.)

Friday, July 21, 2017


Do you know where cinnamon sticks come from?  The answer to that is the Laurel Tree.  But what part of the tree is used to make cinnamon sticks?

A - Root
B - Bark
C - Leaves

I'm pretty sure I know this one.  I'm staying the Bark.

Answer to SPICE #5 - A - Dried Lavender.  It's technically an herb because it comes from the plant's leaves.  It is commonly found in the French herb blend herbes de Provence.

I got that one right but my answer was only a guess.  I didn't know it was actually an herb.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Do you know which of these items is NOT a spice?

A - Dried Lavender
B - Sesame Seeds
C - Juniper Berries
D - Fenugreek Seeds

My guess is A - Dried Lavender.  As for D - I'm not sure what that is but since it's a seed I'm guessing it is a spice.  Check back tomorrow to see if I'm correct.

For SPICE #4 - the answer was B.  Mrs. Dash was invented in the early 1980's as a seasoning alternative t salt; it was called Mrs. Pinch.  I got that one right!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I think most of us have heard of Mrs. Dash seasoning but do you know what it was originally creted for?  See if you can guess.

A - a Cajun flavoring mix
B - a salt-free seasoning blend
C - a liquid flavoring mix
D a seafood seasoning mix

I've used this product off and on for years and I think I started buying it as a salt-free seasoning blend so I'm going to guess B.

What is your guess?

Answers to SPICE #3 is C.  According to Food Network Magazine Cincinnati chili generally contains cinnamon, plus other baking ingredients such as cloves, allspice and even chocolate!

I got that one wrong.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Do you know which of these chilies contain the secret ingredient of Cinnamon?

A - Texas
B - New Mexico green chili
C - Cincinnati Chili
D - All of the above

I'm guessing B but I haven't looked at the answer so I could very well be wrong.  Check back tomorrow to see if you guessed it correctly.

Answer to yesterday's Spice #2 - A = 4, B = 3, C = 1, D = 5, and E = 2
How did you do?  I actually got this one correct.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Can you match the right ingredients to create the correct seasoning?

A. Italian Seasoning
B. Taco Seasoning
C. Pumpkin Pie Spice
D. Chinese Five-Spice Powder
E. Poultry Seasoning

1. Ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cinnamon
2. Thyme, sage, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, black pepper
3. Ground chiles, cumin, paprika, oregano
4. Basil, marjaram, thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano, sage
5. Cloves, Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise

I chose A = 4, B = 3, C = 1, D = 5, E = 2

Do you think I made correct matches?  Check back tomorrow for the real answer

The answer to Spice #1 was C - Black Pepper.  It is the top-selling spice in the US.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


What is the to-selling spice in the U.S.?

A. Chili Powder
B. Cinnamon
C. Black Pepper
D. Garlic Powder

When I answered this question I put my choices in order.  I decided the #1 would be Garlic Powder, #2 Black Pepper, #3 Cinnamon and #4 Chili Powder.  I was wrong.  Check back tomorrow to see if you chose the right answer.