6 Cardamom Substitutes That You Probably Don't Know

If you are into regional delicacies, there are a variety of herbs and spices that you should familiarize yourself with. Among them is garam masala that can provide an extra spicy punch to any dish. Another one is gochugaru, a native Korean spice that has the same effect as garam masala. However, there is one spice whose name is far more resonating than its counterparts, and that is cardamom. Cardamom is quite a potent spice with a distinct flavor. Therefore, finding a cardamom substitute is not an easy task, and it is understandable if this ingredient is not always in…

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The Best Harissa Substitute: 6 Options You Shouldn't Miss

Harissa is undeniably an exotic ingredient. Just like smoked paprika or chili paste, it is not something that is either staple or ordinary. Therefore, finding the best harissa substitute can be difficult, especially if you are not aware of how this ingredient works. The very first time I came across harissa paste was when a friend of mine introduced me to her roasted chicken recipe. She had included harissa and peas in the dish, making it more pleasurable to the tongue. After that I made sure this ingredient was present in my spice rack. But just as with other condiments…

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What Is Stromboli And How Is It Different From Calzone?

There is a variety of Italian foodstuffs that you can savor and enjoy. They all have different textures, tastes, and modes of preparations. Of course, many of these delicacies have amusing, tongue-twisting names, as I found during my last visit to Naples in 2015. I went to multiple pizza joints there and was really taken aback by the vastness of their cuisine. It is wonderful and beguiling but you can also get confused and baffled, especially if a dish seems like a lot of other Italian delicacies. One good example of this is stromboli and calzone, which are always confused…

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Cooking Guide: What Are The Best Meats To Smoke?

We usually become passionate about the art of cooking because of the pleasure it gives to our loved ones. It then gets more complex in time. The simple barbecue was the first method of cooking and it has developed in many different ways, like grilling, baking, frying, and so on. Smoking is one of the methods to use when cooking meat. So, in this cooking guide, we are going to reveal the best meats to smoke. More… What Does Smoking Meat Mean? Smoking meat is a cooking method like barbecuing. It is also called the browning, seasoning or preserving (storing) with the use of…

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Looking For Cornmeal Replacements? Try These Four Alternatives Now!

Cornmeal is an excellent kitchen ingredient. Although it is not a versatile food item, the role of cornmeal in the kitchen is still vital. It will not only elevate the quality of your cooking, but also provide the proper texture and taste for many recipes, such as corn cakes and grapefruit cake. Unfortunately, there are some occasions when we can’t use cornmeal because it is not available or it’s not at our disposal or we are cooking for someone who is allergic to corn. However, this is not a problem as looking for a suitable replacement is easy. As long…

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Chili Paste Substitute? Here Are Some Ingenious Options!

What makes a good chili paste substitute? It is an interesting question, as our desire for spicy dishes is seemingly insatiable. Of course, there are a lot of spicy ingredients that can provide this particular flavor, such as curry powder and garam masala. However, for those who want to get a “generic” and “all-round” spice, then chili paste is a good option. It is easy to get in the market, as it’s pretty common, and you will definitely want it in your kitchen’s spice rack. But sometimes, things just don’t go on your way and however badly you want it…

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Corn Flour Versus Cornstarch: What's The Difference?

You can use various thickeners for your baking and cooking needs. Of course, most of these are starch-based thickeners. They could come in the form rice starch, cornstarch, potato starch, corn flour, and arrowroot. Among these, my two favorites are cornflour and cornstarch. But which is better? There is a constant debate in the cooking community about this. Both of these thickeners have their respective advantages and disadvantages. But these don’t change the fact that they are both great to have in your kitchen. However, for the purpose of this article, let us explore the pros and cons of these…

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Canola Oil: Expiration Date, Proper Storage, and Other Important Facts

Canola oil is one of the most vital ingredients in cooking. It has a lot of uses, especially as a flavor enhancer. It is usually compared with olive oil because of their shared nuances and similarities. How Do You Know If Canola Oil Is Close To Going Bad? Many are quite baffled as to whether this liquid has an expiration date. Can canola oil go bad, and if so, how long will it take? Are there any ways to extend its lifespan? Well, in this article, I will answer all of these questions one by one.  More… Does Canola Oil…

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How Long Does Hummus Last? A Guide To Keeping It Fresh

You’re on the right track, but can you save more? It’s good to wonder if you can do even more to make the most of your food. It could be that you’ve been wasting good food by throwing it out. Or have you been storing it for too long? This morning, I found myself contemplating if I could still use the hummus that I’d made several days ago. It still looked yummy and smells fine, but I thought it had been stored for too long. How could I be certain? How long does hummus last? There is no room for…

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12 Best Oils For Frying Fish That Will Make Your Kitchen Super Hot!

Have you been using the same cooking oil when frying? Do you know that there are different kinds of oils that you can choose from to make your frying experience much better and healthier? Let me introduce to you some of the choices from the vast number of cooking oils that are available on the market today. I will explain their advantages and uses to give you a hint as to what is the best oil for frying fish. So, keep reading! More… First, let me say that there are four types of cooking oil that you need to always…

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