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pumpernickle bread


shopping : Monterey bay spice company

When your favorite chef or recipe calls for a special herb or spice are yours fresh??? How time flys !, The recommended rule of thumb is to keep a years supply of herbs and ground spices and a 2 years supply of whole spices on the shelve, though those guidelines may vary according to the cook! When it comes time to clean out and inventory your herbs and spices, it’s convenient to order all the needed items from one source other than the high-priced small bottles of herbs and spices at the supermarket.

While Penzeys is probably the most well know spice supplier online (or at their brick and mortar store) The Monterey Bay Spice Company (also known as is an alternative. They are less expensive than Penzeys . Most of the spices and herbs minimum amount is 4 oz which in cases of some of the herbs is a large amount. Monterey Bay Spice Company’s website allows you to enter items numbers directly to the search function from their paper catalog. The information on each herb and spice is extensive and geared more toward an herbalist, outlining suggested applications, a background and description for each herb or spice and there is some information given on culinary use. Monterey Bay Spice Company also offers teas, essential and fragrance oils and herbal supplies. Most of the herbs and spices are available both in regular and organic.

The online order was place on November 01 , 2010 with an emailed receipt. Monterey Bay Spice Company has multiple shipping methods if you need your order like tomorrow ! An email shipping confirmation was received November 3 with a USPS (United States Postal Service)shipping tracer. The USPS shipping tracker is not as extensive as an UPS (United Parcel Service) tracer as it just indicates it package has been sent and not updated till delivered. The UPS tracker on packages notes every time the parcel is scanned on route. The USPS has an option to email updates as necessary. Being the less expensive shipping method $14..33 USD, the package arrived November 17th 2010. The items are packaged in sealed cleared plastic (no zip locks) and labeled largely . If you have a friend or relative that cooks and will enjoy fresh herbs and spices the large packages can be shared among others. If you order basic whole spices and seeds you can grind them to order and mix your own blends, that is for poultry, beef , fish, BBQ , Cajun, Indian etc. instead of purchasing them pre- blended.

Caraway seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.52
Peppercorn mix (4 pepper), whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $3.00
Cilantro (domestic), c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $5.60
Paprika (Hungary) powder-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.80
Dill weed (domestic), c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $4.80
Celery seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.16
Mustard seed, yellow whole Organic-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.80
Coriander seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.08
Marjoram, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.40
Sea salt-Per Pound 1 $1.50
Mulling spices-Per 1/4 pound 1 $2.10
Ginger root, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.20
Fennel seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.08
Sesame seed, natural Organic-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.40
Dill seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.00
Poppy seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.00
Cumin seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.60
Spearmint leaf (domestic), c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.32
Fenugreek seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $0.84
Sassafras root bark, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $6.00
Savory, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.60

Shopping : netgrocer

There are times when your pantry needs a few staple items that you like to have on hand but doesn’t warrant a quick trip to the market for. I have used Netgrocer once and awhile over the years. They have a good selection of items reasonable priced and reasonable shipping charges. I placed the order online November 6 for 33 items, molasses, rice, canned items, corn masa, pasta, soup pastas, dry peas (beans), barley and bulgar wheat etc. . Shipping was $9.99 USD. Paypal payment is an option . The order arrived 11/13/2010. You can save your shopping list online and reorder items with the click of a mouse. A quick way too keep up on staple items. The items are well packed and none were broken and /or damaged.

Anna Tubetti $1.65
Barilla Ditalini $1.75
Cento Tomato Paste $0.99
Goya Sardines $2.19
Goya Bulgar Wheat – Coarse $2.69
Grandma’s Molasses $4.25
Jack Rabbit Navy Peas $1.55
Jardines Molasses – Kansas City Slow Mo $5.15
Masa Brosa Instant Corn Masa $3.59
Mother’s Barley – 100% Natural Whole Grain $1.95
Pasta Lensi Imported Pasta – Fusilli $1.15
Polar Flat Filets of Anchovies with Olive Oil $1.65
ShopRite Brown Rice – Natural Long Grain $1.69
ShopRite Rice – Long Grain Enriched $3.59
ShopRite Peeled Whole Tomatoes In Tomato Juice $1.05
ShopRite Macaroni $3.59




a nice fall day beef stew that Diane made


Spiced pumpkin cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese and rum frosting

I had some frozen pumpkin (reminder from canned) that I wanted to use and found this recipe that I modified.

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese and Rum Frosting
Adapted from Vermont Spice Cake page 28, (about 1/2 the recipe)
Nestle Very Best Baking Magazine, Holiday 2006 

prep cupcake tins or use wrappers
for 1 dozen

combine these dry ingredients, set aside:
1-1/2 c flour
1-3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
(preferable substitute a combination of fresh ground
ginger, cinnamon, allspice,and nutmeg to taste).
1/4 teaspoon of salt.

combine these liquids and set aside
1/4 cup milk
1/8 cup water
3/4 teaspoon of vanilla

beat together 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 stick of butter till fluffy
add about 1-1/2 beaten eggs
add 3/4 cup pumpkin (canned)
mix in the milk mixture, and mix several minutes

gradually mix in the dry ingredients.
when blended, fill cupcake tins.
bake at 325 for about 25 minutes.

Beat together about 6 oz of cream cheese
with about 1-1/2 cup powered sugar
add a shot of rum (to taste) and several teaspoons of maple syrup
adjust to proper consistency.
let cupcakes cool, frost
I made the frosting a bit thin and just dipped and twirled them

It would be good with chopped walnut garnish.

how bout a mug of mulled cider ?


Multi Grain Breads II


The easy mix recipe using white , buckwheat flour and flaxseed. A tasty loaf , medium crumb and semi hard crust, brushed with butter before baking and using water pan on lower oven rack. (two loaves)



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Oven Ready Bran Muffin Recipe



Oven – Ready Bran Muffin recipe (one toasted) from Hodgson Mills unprocessed (Millers Bran) box. The muffins are lighter than the Raisin Bran Muffin recipe that uses cereal and less sweet with more of an earthy bran flavor. The crumb is more delicate and actually better the following day. One substitution , soured milk instead of buttermilk.


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