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Cinnamon Know Your Herbs and Spices

Cinnamon Know Your Herbs and Spices

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Cinnamon is one of the most celebrated spices in the world. Western cultures use cinnamon to flavor baked goods, puddings, candies and cereals. European countries use it to season soups, sauces, meats and pasta dishes. Asian cultures use the entire plant.
This spice is made from processed pieces of bark. The bark curls as it dries giving cinnamon sticks their distinctive shape. The aroma of cinnamon is so recognizable you can usually pick it out from among many scents. Cinnamon gets its scent from the essential oils found in the bark. These oils are used in cooking, freshening the air, medicine and even toothpaste and breath fresheners.
As a warm spice, this blends well with other warm spices like nutmeg, allspice and ginger. But cinnamon doesn’t stop there. It works equally well with sugar and the pepper family.
Who does like a cinnamon stick in a hot mug of apple cider?
Here’s a recipe which showcases cinnamon’s special flavor.

Wheaties Cookies
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preheat oven to 375

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cereal (Uncle Sam’s, Wheaties, Total)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and sugar together. Mix in egg. Stir in milk.
Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Chill dough for 30 minutes.
Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 10 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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