Kitchen Guide

Paprika

General Description
Paprika is a spice which comes from a mild red pepper in the family Capsicum annum. It is a brilliant red powder and often used as a garnish.

Taste and Aroma Description
Paprika ranges from sweet and mild to hot. American Paprika is the blandest, while Hungarian Paprika has the greatest range of flavor.

How to use? 
Paprika is useful as a simple garnish for almost any savory dish.
Combine it with butter, margarine, or oil for a quick baste for fish or poultry.
This is especially good on roast turkey.
Paprika can be mixed with bread crumbs before sprinkling them over casseroles or vegetables.

Parsley

General Description
Parsley is the dried leaf of Petroselinum crispum, a biennial in the parsley family.

Taste and Aroma Description
Parsley has a light, fresh scent and flavor.

How to use? 
Stretch home made sauces by adding a generous amount of Parsley during mixing.
Parsley into melted garlic butter for a savory, yet simple, pasta or steamed vegetable topper.
Add directly to liquids, cooked foods, melted butter, and salad dressings for a light spicy touch.
Try a no-salt herb blend by combining 1 tablespoon each Parsley Flakes, marjoram, and thyme.
Crush Parsley in your hand or with a mortar and pestle before adding to food.

Pepper

General Description
Pepper is the dried berry of Piper nigrum. Black Pepper, the spiciest, is berries that are picked unripe. The berries used for White Pepper are ripened on the vine and soaked so that their outer hulls are easily removed.

Taste and Aroma Description
Black Pepper has a sharp, pungent aroma and flavor. White Pepper is hotter, less subtle and mildly fermented. Green Peppercorn is milder in flavor and has a fresh taste.

How to use? 
Create a unique flavor depth in spice cakes, gingerbreads, and ginger cookies with a pinch of finely ground Black Pepper.
Mix with sour cream or yogurt for a lively baked potato or vegetable topper.
Simmer Whole Black Peppercorns in fresh fruit compotes for a delicate, warm spiciness.

Pearled Grains

Pearled grains or pearl grains or polished grains: These are more processed than whole grains. This makes them less nutritious but they cook up faster and have a more tender texture.

Puffed Rice

Look for this in Indian markets. Substitutes: Rice Krispies

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