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Spice Up Your Life: The Global Search For Seasonings Of The Season

Ground cinnamon in a spoon and cinnamon sticks on a table.
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Does cinnamon find its way into your cooking or baking more often during the holidays? We're talking spices and where they come from on this Vermont Edition.

Ever wonder where the spices you're using in holiday cooking or baking originated? Before they found their way to your kitchen cabinet? Well, we're going on a bit of a global adventure to find the answers.

Al Goetze recently retired from his job as a spice buyer for McCormick & Company, a career that took him all over the world tracking down spices.

We'll hear about the process of procuring spices and about popular holiday seasonings, like cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg.

Have a question about your favorite seasoning? Post it below!

And once those spices have made their across-the-world journey to your home, how might you use them? We'll also hear from cookbook author Marialisa Calta.

Post your spice questions or comments below, or email vermontedition@vpr.net.

Correction 12/17/2017 1:41 p.m. A previous version of this post misspelled Al Goetze's last name. It has been corrected.

Broadcast live on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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