The Rub on Spices

spicesFor thousands of years, spices have been sought after for their flavor, medicinal qualities, status, and novelty. And while spices no longer inspire the kind of exploration, trade, and wars they did in the 15th Century, researchers are now finding a different kind of value in these substances. Many spices and herbs, from cinnamon to oregano, cumin to turmeric, have high nutritional value and pack an antioxidant punch.

Gingered Winter Squash and Root Veggie Soup

Mild Guacamole

Recipe by Non-Reactive Pan,

1 avocado, sliced into cubes and removed from the skin
1/4 cup onion (white, yellow, red, or green), finely chopped
1 small tomato, diced (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1–2 teaspoons olive oil
1–2 teaspoons fresh lime or lemon juice (optional)


Kumquat Chutney

Adapted from


1 package kumquats (approximately 20, or 8 oz.), cut into small pieces.
1 small onion, finely chopped
2–4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar, preferably an herb or fruit vinegar
½ teaspoon cumin powder
1 star anise