A. Elizabeth Sloan

Historically, there have always been some categories that win in a down economy. And with in-home cooking fast approaching a 25-year high, according to the NPD Group, consumers continuing to cut back on restaurant visits, and an unprecedented demand to prepare restaurant style foods at home, spice blends, sauces, marinades, and seasonings might well top the list in the current recession.

In contrast to the two previous recessions when consumers turned to prepared meals and frozen entrees to econo…

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