If you're in the market for a new magic bullet, or have have trouble with skin inflammation and irritation, there are plenty of products that offer quercetin as their signature ingredient. If you want to go Greek, Korres makes a Quercetin & Oak Day Cream ($48). If you have easily irritated lips, Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation ($15) also uses quercetin. The cheapest and most direct route for trying it, though, is to buy quercetin nutritional supplements, like Natrol Quercetin ($7), and make an anti-inflammatory face mask out of them similar to the DIY aspirin face mask.
When you purchase pickling spice at the store, what you're actually buying is a blend of spices, such as cassia bar, mustard seeds, coriander, allspice, peppercorns, juniper berries, dill seeds, fennel seeds, celery seeds, bay leaves, ginger, mace, and hot red pepper.
The mixture, which may vary by spice supplier, is used for pickled, canned vegetables such as cabbage, onions, and bread-and-butter pickles; fish, like salmon and herring; and meat dishes, such as Irish corned beef and German sauerbraten.
Pickling spices are generally left whole, so as not to cloud the brine, and they're usually tied in a cheesecloth or sachet for easy removal after cooking. What do you use pickling spices for? Have you ever blended your own?
It's often retained as a source of flavor and deglazed with liquid and aromatics like onions and garlic. The fond is the base of a number of classic French pan sauces.
The French term can also be applied to dishes that come with a soubise sauce, such as "eggs à la soubise."
The pork is salt-cured, then seasoned with cayenne pepper, garlic, filé powder, and other herbs and spices, and hot-smoked for a couple of days. The meat is usually chopped and added to beans, eggs, pastas, collard greens, and Cajun or Creole specialties like jambalaya to add depth of flavor.
Have you tried this Louisiana specialty?
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These days, the word is used loosely for most small coated candies, from Jordan almonds to candy- and chocolate-coated sunflower seeds.
Dragées can also describe the tiny metallic sugar spheres used to top holiday cakes and cookies. Can you think of any modern-day candies that are dragées?
Whether you know how to do your own upholstery, you need to hire a professional, or you're simply ordering out of a catalog, there are dozens of terms to be familiar with when it comes to ordering (or making) upholstered furniture or window treatments. Let's get started with a few.
Ah, to be in the mood for oud. This luxurious perfume resin comes from the heartwood of agar trees. If you happen to unroll the Torah sometime soon and see a reference to a variety of long-lasting incense called "aloes," it's thought that oud is what they're talking about. The scent is instantly identifiable once you've experienced it, but it can be compared to other rich, pungent incenses like myrrh. Oud is still very commonly used as an incense and perfume in Japan and throughout the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia, and it's experiencing a surge in popularity here in the US as well. Look for it in high-end fragrances from the Oriental genre, like Le Labo's Oud 27 ($200), or Trish McEvoy Precious Oud ($100). It's not cheap, but it's definitely worth a sniff.
A kitchen tool used for grating that was first made in the likeness of a woodworking tool in 1994. The blades of the microplane are formed from a unique photo-etching process, which dissolves holes in the metal, leaving sharper edges that slice, rather than tear or shred the substance being rubbed against it.
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