Take the sesame seeds out of the cupboard and give them a whirl in surprising ways.

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Sesame Seeds
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Small but mighty, sesame seeds give crunch and depth to sweet and savory recipes. While they come in a variety of colors, you’ll mostly find white, brown, or black ones in supermarkets. (There’s little difference in taste, so choose your color based on how it looks with the dish you’re planning.) The seeds make for a flavorful crust on fish and add texture and pretty decoration to spiced cookies. Toast them to bring out a nuttiness that lends a nice finishing flavor to noodle dishes or glazed eggplant. For maximum freshness, store in an airtight container in the freezer.

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