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Best Fresh Black Whole Peppercorns from India

5 Reasons We Sell the Best Black Pepper on the Planet

January 29, 2020

Okay, admittedly, I haven't tried every brand of black pepper on earth. But I have tried quite a few. And I’ve figured out why I think ours is best.
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Tellicherry Peppercorns What’s the Difference Malabar Black

Tellicherry Peppercorns vs. Regular Malabar Black Pepper – What's the Difference?

January 15, 2020

So what is the difference between Tellicherry peppercorns and regular black pepper? Actually, there's a lot of misinformation out there on the topic. Curiously, some websites state that Tellicherry peppercorns come from the city of Tellicherry, India. Not true.
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Recipe - Eggs in Bell Pepper Purgatory

Recipe - Eggs in Bell Pepper Purgatory

August 31, 2019

I assumed Rajasthani Red Paprika would be some sort of mild, Indian powdered chili. Boy, was I wrong. As soon as I opened Reluctant Trading’s Rajasthani Red Paprika, I recognized it as a fresh batch of ground Kashmiri Chili.

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Recipe - Kale Salad with Liquid Gold Dressing and Golden Croutons

Recipe - Kale Salad with Liquid Gold Dressing and Golden Croutons

July 31, 2019

Let’s talk turmeric! I have been singing the tubers' praise for years, and even dedicated a whole chapter to the stuff in my cookbook. A natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this vegetable is as full of health benefits as it is vibrantly orange.

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Recipe - Cumin Chicken with Baked Polenta

Recipe - Cumin Chicken with Baked Polenta

June 30, 2019

I love the powerful aroma that explodes from each tiny, boat-shaped cumin seed. It amazes me that so many flavor profiles can be packed within the minute ridges of the complex seeds- bitter, smoky, salty, and earthy.
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Recipe - BBQ Spice Rub + Grilled Corn with Spiced Butter

Recipe - BBQ Spice Rub + Grilled Corn with Spiced Butter

May 31, 2019

This month’s featured spice is one of my most used dried spices, Cayenne Pepper! I love the bright color, subtle spicy kick, and added health benefits. I find myself sneaking it into smoothies, hot chocolate, and especially spice blends! 
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