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.

Spicy Poached Pears

Apple Pancakes

Adapted from Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone


1   1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1–3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter or oil
1   1/2 cups buttermilk*
1 teaspoon vanilla
Salt to taste
1 or 2 apples thinly sliced


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