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August Food Themes
August 02, 2021

August Food Themes

Hi! Friends,

We are celebrating August Hot and Spicy Food Day and National Peach Month. Of course, we will dive into each of these topics and share some great ideas and fun facts with you.

So, let's get started.

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Spices Long Shelf Life

Aug 19 is Hot and Spicy Food Day. If you are the spicy food lovers, you know any kinds of spices get your attention.

How to store spices to get the longest shelf life?

My mom taught me that the best way is to store any open spice package at the back of the fridge.

But we are all exposed to many international cuisines. Before you know it, there are too many spices to use up the precious space in your fridge.

What I always do is to store in the cabinet with the least exposure of sunlight and have the coolest temperature inside. In my kitchen, the best place is the lazy Susan at the corner under the counter. What about yours?

Fun Culture

Both Cantonese and Mandarin pronounces the word "peach" the same way. That is "Tao". The tone is slightly different.

August is National Peach Month.

Little do many people know about that peaches have a very long history in Chinese culture in general. Yes, they originated in China. But there is more.

If you look back to many historic paintings and Chinese sayings, the word “peach” in Chinese showed up a lot.

Peach used in outside of cooking means “plenty” in general. “Peaches” describe a great and inspiring teacher has many students.

In the ancient Chinese world, a peach meant wishing somebody's longevity.

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Featuring Recipe

One-Pan Sichuan Chicken with Broccoli

Sichuan pepper gives a fragrance which, in my opinion, is very addicting to the chicken. My son loves this spice so much that we use it a lot. Since we skipped dry chili peppers, this chicken recipe is not as spicy as you expect.

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Product I Recommend

Sichuan Peppercorns

Normally, this product is available in the Asian/International aisle in a grocery store. If you can find whole pepper corns come with a pepper grounder, that would be the best. Buy It Now

Be Safe and Healthy

Let's end this month's newsletter with this Bible verse.

1 Corinthians 13:13 - So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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