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Food, Inside and Out – – Is the Spice Right, # 2 being ‘Anise Seed’

Food – Inside and Out will be bits and pieces of information about food, recipes, ingredients and maybe even some food history!!

Here we work on a series we call ‘Is the Spice Right’, where we will discuss a spice you may or may not have in your kitchen, but can have an effect those cherished recipes you so love making for the tribe around you.

Everybody loves spices, but not everybody knows spices.  This is the reason for a series we will call ‘Is the Spice Right’, where we will introduce and discuss the inside and outs of a spice which when knowledgeable, even you can make use of in an upcoming recipe for family, friends or maybe just for you.

Is the Spice Right with ‘Anise Seed’?

Today we discuss ‘Anise Seed’ which is a native herb actively used in the cooking found around the regions of the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia.

A greenish-gray fruit or seed, it is part of the parsley family and can be found in either whole, extract or powdery forms and all will have an unmistakably sweet, aromatic licorice flavor.

The following would be some suggested amounts for use of the Anise Seed in many dishes, always adding a new unique flavor – –

¼ – ½ tsp. crushed, in 8-inch coffee cake recipe.

1 tbsp. sprinkled over tops of 2 dozen cupcakes.

½ – 1 tsp. crushed, to 6 apples – baked or stewed.

1½ – 2 tsp. in cookie recipe yielding about five dozen cookies.

¼ – ½ tsp. crushed, in 2 tbsp. butter for basting 1 lb. of fish.

¼ – ½ tsp. in 8-oz package cream cheese to spread on canapés.

Not a lot of insight to the ‘Anise Seed’, but enough information to now leave it up to you to see if the ‘Anise Seed’ will be the right spice to add to your recipes.

Until we cook again – Keep the Kitchen Busy, the Family Fed and Yourself Cared For!!

Prayers, Blessings and Happy Tummies to all – Papa Bill

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – no part may be used without written permission.)

(Information gathered from various cookbooks and internet cooking sources.)

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