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What are mixed spices?

I have a recipe for chow-chow, or green tomato relish. It calls for allspice and mixed spices. I used to know what mixed spices were but I can't find the inf...

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Difference: anise, aniseed, star anise

I recently had a Kitchen Tea and one of the girls gave me whole aniseed. I know what aniseed is, but this is the first time I actually saw that you get it wh...

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Difference between Creole & Cajun seasoning

What is the difference between Cajun and Creole seasoning? But over many years, there has been a lot of trading of ideas and styles, and a lot of evolution. ...

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Finding tender meat

Ever since I left Manhattan where I bought the tenderest Prime filet mignon from the butcher next door, I have had one disaster after another buying and cook...

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Finding Pearl hot dogs

Someone once said Pearl Hot Dogs are the absolute best brand. Can't find them in the Boston area. Any help pinpointing a source?

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What is apricot nectar?

HELP! What is apricot nectar? Is it the same thing as apricot preserves? I have a sweet potato and apple recipe that calls for apricot nectar, but I have no ...

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Shelf life of olives

I teach culinary arts at a high school where we cannot use wine in our cooking. A recipe calls for Port wine – what can I use instead that would be flavorful?

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Difference: cream of coconut & coconut milk

Can you please explain the difference between "cream of coconut" and "coconut milk?" I have a recipe for a cake that calls for one can of cream of coconut, b...

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Difference: US & Mexican lemons

Lemon problems! I live in Mexico and although we have lemons here, they are not the same as the ones you use in US. Could you tell me what is the difference ...

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What is Pernod?

What is Pernod? I've seen several recipes calling for it. I'm assuming it is some alcoholic liquid, but I've called several liquor stores and no one around h...

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What is Poire William?

I found a recipe for Pears Poire William, and I have no idea what Poire William is. Can you help me?

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