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Another spice that has a wide variety of uses is cinnamon. From sweet to savory, cinnamon’s versatility is obvious in many cultures. I use it as much as star anise, if not more. It is a constant companion to star anise in many of braised dishes, and in quite a few sweet dishes. I have cinnamon in two forms in my kitchen: whole and ground.  Here is a list of some of the dishes what I've tried so far.  For the love of cinnamon!

Cinnamon Butter Mochi

Pineapple Jam for pineapple tarts (simmered in the pineapple jam)

Cherry Crisp (in the cherry filling and in the crisp topping)


Sweet Potato Malasadas (cinnamon powder in batter)

Pineapple Shakes (as a pinch of cinnamon in the shake and as a topping)

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Braised Taiwanese Pork

Fragrant Beef Curry

Vietnamese Beef Stew

Jamaican Jerk Lamb or Chicken

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