Kathy Palmer - Wrentham MA Real Estate, Norfolk MA Real Estate, Plainville MA Real Estate


One of the most useful skills to have as a beginner chef is to know how to use herbs and spices to compliment the flavor of your food. In today's supermarkets most food comes pre-seasoned. Unfortunately that often means going overboard on salt or overpowering the natural flavors of the food. One way to avoid this is to buy fresh food and spice it up yourself. Knowing which herbs and spices and how much to use can be difficult. But this beginner's guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to include various herbs and spices into your meals.

Why spice it yourself?

If you can buy a frozen stir-fry--spices included--at the grocery store why even bother learning how to use herbs and spices properly? As mentioned earlier, those pre-seasoned foods probably amount to added salt and sugar into your meals. This will tantalize your tastebuds, but it's also not so great for you health-wise. Seasoning yourself allows you to take control of the food you consume. Using your own herbs and spices will also help you discover new flavor combinations, allowing you to make more meals with fewer items. If you take advantage of buying certain items in bulk--like rice and beans--you will be amazed at how many meals you can pull off with just a few variations in the spices you use. Oftentimes people will buy pre-made "spice packets" at the grocery store for making various meals (Swedish meatballs, sloppy joes, taco seasoning, etc). While these are handy, if you take a look at the ingredients on the back you might find you already have most of these herbs and spices in your cabinet, minus all of the un-pronounceable additives.

Herbs, spices, and their uses

Basil. Basil is a staple for many sauces. Pair it with meals that include tomatoes and soft, mild cheeses (mozzarella, for example). Fresh basil leaves are miles above the dried ones in terms of taste and texture. Fresh basil is a must for pizza, pesto, and pasta and you'll want to use a good amount. Buying fresh basil can be expensive, but growing it yourself is not. A well-maintained basil plant on a sunny windowsill will provide plenty of leaves. Pairings: parsley, oregano, garlic, lemongrass Cayenne pepper. If you like your spices spicy, cayenne pepper will be your new best friend. No need to douse all of your food in hot sauce to get your fix of spicy foods. Adding hot pepper powder is a great way to compliment certain dishes. Add cayenne to chicken, beef, or fish and also vegetable medleys like zucchini, corn, and bell peppers. Pairings: lemon zest, paprika, cinnamon, cumin Ginger. Many people avoid ginger unless it's in candy or herbal tea to help them get over a cold. You might not even notice, for example, that ginger is in many of your favorite Asian dishes. Ginger also works with dishes involving beef, chicken and fish, and pairs well with sweet potato, carrots, and nuts. Pairings: garlic, mint, chilli  Garlic. Just like with basil, having fresh garlic on hand always pays off. Fortunately, garlic has quite a long shelf life. It's more difficult to find a dish that wouldn't be improved by adding garlic, but it works especially well in tomato sauces, beef, beans, chicken, and potatoes. Pairings: basil, parsley, ginger, oregano, dill, turmeric

This Condo in Foxboro, MA recently sold for $175,500. This Garden style home was sold by Kathy Palmer - RE/MAX Real Estate Center.


96 Main St, Foxboro, MA 02035

Condo

$175,000
Price
$175,500
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Top Floor, End Unit!!! Great Location!! Minutes to Gillette Stadium / Patriot Place, Wrentham Outlets, Mansfield Crossing, Rte 1, I-495, & I-95 Walking distance to grocery store, restaurants etc. . / Open Floor Plan / Large Bedrooms with Double Closets in Each Room / Full Appliance Kitchen with Microwave, Refrigerator, New Dishwasher, Pantry / Private Balcony, slider to deck / Skylight in Dining room / Laminate Wood Floors in Living Room, Dining Room, & Kitchen / NEW Berber carpet in Bedrooms / Swimming Pool for Summer Months / Laundry in building / Town and State Forests are right outside the door, plenty of hiking trails, mountain biking, cross country ski etc. / Additional Storage Shed /2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom

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Homeowners put a lot of time, money, and effort into maintaining, updating, and decorating their homes. So, when it’s time to sell it can be frustrating to receive a lowball offer on your home.

Many sellers aren’t sure how to react to a low offer. However, with so much at stake it’s important to go into selling your home with a plan.

In this article, we’re going to talk about how to handle a low offer on your home so that you can capitalize on even the less-than-ideal prospects when selling your house.

Every offer deserves a polite response

So, you’ve gotten an offer on your home that you consider to be way too low. The first thing you need to do is to detach your emotions from the situation so that you can formulate a polite, but appropriate response.

It is the custom of many people around the world to negotiate. And one common practice in negotiation is to start with a low offer. Therefore, don’t be offended if you receive an offer that is low as it likely isn’t meant as an insult to you or your home.

We understand that selling can be frustrating, so if you need to vent, talk it over with your family or agent. Together you’ll be able to get past the initial frustration and come up with a quick, practical response to the offer.

Counter the offer anyway

Even if you think there’s a small chance that the prospective buyer will raise their offer to fit your requirements, it’s still worth providing a counter offer. This will make it clear to the buyer that you have received their offer and considered it.

Failing to provide a counter offer could mean you miss out on a serious offer in some cases, so it’s worth the small amount of time it takes to provide.

Don’t waste too much time negotiating

So, you’ve sent a counter offer and have received a response that still isn’t getting anywhere close to what you’re looking for. Now what?

In this situation, it’s best to send a concise and cordial message to the buyer that you won’t be able to adjust your offering price any further and then thank them for their time. After this point, it likely isn’t worth your time to continue negotiating.

Low offers can be helpful

If you’re getting a lot of low offers and none in the range you hope for, it could be time to reconsider a few things. You might want to try a new approach, such as staging the home or highlighting certain details that you may have missed. If your listing photos aren’t up to par you can upload new ones that are higher quality with better lighting.

Next, see if the comparable listings in your area have gone down in price. A substantial change in the local market since the time you listed your property is, in some cases, enough to influence the offers you receive.


COLONIAL... A MUST SEE, OPEN CONCEPT, BRIGHT NEW CARPETING ON SECOND LEVEL, NEWER ROOF, HEATING SYSTEM, IRRIGATION.Has well and town of water. open floor plan kitchen & living room, appointed w/ skylights, a wall of windows, a slider to the private deck, and a brick fireplace perfect on those cold days to curl up & sit by the fire. The white cabinet kitchen has stainless steel appliances & granite counters! The private room on the first level offers the possibility for a 4th bedroom or an office. When you enter through the front door of the home you are greeted by the open two-story foyer, living room, & dining room. Or enter thru the breezeway, which allows for a place to kick off your shoes & hang your coat. The 2nd level boasts of en suite w/ private bath master bedroom w/cathedral ceiling, walk in closet.

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395 Mendon Rd, North Attleboro, MA 02760

Rental

$2,500
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
COLONIAL... A MUST SEE, OPEN CONCEPT, BRIGHT NEW CARPETING ON SECOND LEVEL, NEWER ROOF, HEATING SYSTEM, IRRIGATION.Has well and town of water. open floor plan kitchen & living room, appointed w/ skylights, a wall of windows, a slider to the private deck, and a brick fireplace perfect on those cold days to curl up & sit by the fire. The white cabinet kitchen has stainless steel appliances & granite counters! The private room on the first level offers the possibility for a 4th bedroom or an office. When you enter through the front door of the home you are greeted by the open two-story foyer, living room, & dining room. Or enter thru the breezeway, which allows for a place to kick off your shoes & hang your coat. The 2nd level boasts of en suite w/ private bath master bedroom w/cathedral ceiling, walk in closet.
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