Avoid touching face when handling serrano peppers. Consider wearing gloves, as oils may burn skin. | To make your own garam masala: Toast 3 tablespoons coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, 1 tablespoon black peppercorns and 1 cinnamon stick (1 1/2 inches) in a skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Cool slightly. Grind spices in a spice mill or coffee grinder until fine. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Makes 1/3 cup.
Specialty Cheese Company produces World Champion paneer cheese. The cheese doesn’t have added salt or melt, but it toasts to golden brown. Try it in dishes with a lot of seasonings or spices.