Store spices in a cool, dark place and not above your stove. Humidity, light and heat them to lose their flavor.
#QuickTip- Spice Storage
“Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.”
- Quintilian
Scissors make quick prep of chives and other herbs you have to chop finely, but also use it to cut up dried fruit and even bacon. 
#QuickTip- Scissors
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
- James Beard