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Shea butter

Shea Butter, with its slightly smoky smell and silky feel on the skin, is extracted from the seeds of Vitellaria paradoxa tree native to West Africa. It is a godsend for the people of this region who have been using it for cosmetic, nutritional, and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. They use it to protect their […]

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Ghee. Know what it is?

If you’ve heard of the word ghee, chances are you’re familiar with South Asian cuisine. If not, it’s a type of clarified butter that is not only used in the dishes, but also in medicines and traditional religious rituals in many parts of Southeast Asia. “Ghee” comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “sprinkled,” and it basically […]

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Pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter sauce

October rimes with pumpkin. So here’s a recipe to warm your hearts and Snug your soul. (by PinchofYum.com) INGREDIENTS Pumpkin Gnocchi: 1 medium-large russet baking potato 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 egg 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour(more as needed) 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons salted Butter(for pan frying) Sage Butter Sauce: 2 tablespoons salted butter a few sage leavesand a smashed clove of garlic 1 tablespoon flour […]

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Fruit butters, conserves, curds, jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves

In the days before refrigeration, reducing sweetened fruit pulp and canning it was a means of preserving the taste of summer year-round. The flavor was so exceptional, what was once a necessity became an important part of the culinary tradition. The difference between fruit spreads is one of consistency. Here’s how to tell them apart. […]

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Madeleines

Now that cooler days are coming, don’t you think that madeleines are a perfect match with a cup of tea? Several legends exist attached to the “invention” of the madeleines. They have tended to center around a female character named Madeleine who is meant to have been at the service of an important character in […]