Cinnamon is not just for oatmeal. It’s an under appreciated spice. I tap it into freshly ground coffee beans for a smooth kick before hitting the “on” switch of the coffee maker. Add a splash of vanilla extract too for another taste dimension .
Cinnamon works beautifully with apples. Cut up some apples and toss ’em into a skillet with nothing more than a hit of butter, sugar and a good dash of cinnamon, and you’ve got yourself a tasty base for pancake batter or a superb dessert topping for ice cream. Kids dig it; grownups too.
It turns out that cinnamon may be really good for you too, although the health benefits are controversial. Some studies have concluded that it can have effective healing properties, while other sources counter that more research needs to be conducted. Whether or not cinnamon can lower blood sugar is a topic of debate, but recent research suggests that cinnamon may be helpful as a supplement to regular diabetes treatment in people with type 2 diabetes.
But is all cinnamon the same? Turns out no. The good folks at Cook’s Illustrated conducted one of their usual comprehensive tests and some cinnamon was rated better than others. So, if you want to splurge on the good stuff, you can buy it here.
As a former radio DJ, I now present you with some fine cinnamon music. The Kings of Leon may not be today what they were some years ago when my favorite KoL tune, “Red Morning Light” (2003), included the memorable lyrics, “hey, hey, you’re giving all your cinnamon away.”