THE SPICE IS RIGHT

Travel truly has become the spice of life among American consumers.That's good news for supermarkets' spice aisles, which can be a resource for home chefs looking to replicate the exotic dishes they have encountered on foreign soil."In the past two years, spices have just exploded, and the hot stuff is kicking in," said Nat Caputo, special projects manager of Caputo's, a four-store upscale supermarket

Travel truly has become the spice of life among American consumers.

That's good news for supermarkets' spice aisles, which can be a resource for home chefs looking to replicate the exotic dishes they have encountered on foreign soil.

"In the past two years, spices have just exploded, and the hot stuff is kicking in," said Nat Caputo, special projects manager of Caputo's, a four-store upscale supermarket chain in Addison, Ill., where cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, chi

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