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Spice Up Your Food
October 05, 2020

Spice Up Your Food

Hi! Guys,

It is time of the year that weather starts changing. In upstate NY, it rains a lot and chilly. But the fall colors are gorgeous everywhere.

We are very fortunate nowadays that spices are super affordable. It is not only great for food, but also keep us warm.

That's right! We are going to talk about spices this time. Spice up your food. Spice up your marriage. Most of all, think of many different ways to spice up your life.

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Storing Spices

I bet you started to use more spices in your cooking when fall rolls in. So do I. Here is a tip that my mom taught me and I made a little twist due to different environment and circumstances.

Mom always tells me if I want the spices have a longer shelf life, put them into the fridge.

After coming into the States, I found that you can buy many different spices and use them for all occasions. It’s almost impossible to store your spices in the fridge. After so many trials, I found that the best way is to keep it in the cool storage area without exposing to any light, especially direct sunglight.

So, if you have a spice drawer in your kitchen, that would be the perfect place. Otherwise, store them on the shelves inside your kitchen cabinet like I do.

Fun Culture

Five Spice Powder

Cantonese pronounces as "Ng Heung Fan" and the Mandarin pronounces as "wǔxiāngfěn". The first letter "Ng" or "Wu" means "five". The middle Chinese word, "Heung" or "Xiang", means "Spice" or "Smell". The last word on the right, "Fan" or "Fen", means "powder" and sometimes it refers to any kind of white noodles, such as rick sticks.

The most common 5 ingredients are star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds.

One of the most popular ways to use 5 spice powder in Chinese cuisine is to mix it with salt and serve along for dipping. I can tell you that this is very addicting.

Featuring Recipe

Five Spice Beef Broccoli and Rice

Chinese mostly use 5 spice powder in poultry. You certainly can replace ground beef with ground chicken in this recipe. But I got to tell you that the best part is the broccoli. The flavor is unbelievably great. Try it and let me know your thoughts. Get Recipe

Product I Recommend

Stock Up The Spices

There are many different spice racks out there. They have expandable shelves which can mount on the wall or inside the cabinet door. I recommend to store spices away from any directly sunlight. So, always look for one where it can help you to stack up bottles of spices inside a cabinet. Buy It Now

Be Safe and Healthy

Although some states and countries opened up, plenty of them are still shut down. But there is always hope.

I want to end this month's newsletter with this Biblical quote from Galatians 6:9 ESV "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Stay Healthy!

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