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Herbs and Spices to ''Spark'' Your Food

Add Flavor Without Adding Calories

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  • Chervil is one spice I have never tried on fish...great knowing what spices enhance the flavors of cooking. thank you...
    paula from wi - 1/29/2011 7:55:08 AM
  • FRUGALFOODIE
    Good article Becky. One spice that Americans don't use that much of is coriander seed. It is a must for me now in so much of my cooking, because of it's earthy, mild citrus flavor, especially on fish. I also go through a lot of cardamom pods in my smoothies. Toss a green cardamom pod into the blender with your fruit and watch the flavor pop. The other spice blend that I can't live without, use in savory and sweet applications, is garam masala and I have started to gather a growing crowd of converts. Sprinkle it on your smoothie as well.
    Another trick with spices that are ground from seeds or pods, such as chili powders, turmeric and black pepper, is to bloom them, i.e. put them into your hot pan just until they become aromatic (seconds) before you add liquids. This keeps the spices from tasting raw. Ground herbs or chopped herbs do not want this kind of treatment - they need to be treated gently. - 5/12/2010 9:38:59 AM
  • I have started some herbs in my flower bed next to the kitchen deck--can't wait until they are mature enought to start using. - 5/12/2010 8:57:35 AM
  • SURVIVOR1018
    I love this, it is so helpful. I love using spices so this article gave me lots of ideas . Thanks!!!! - 3/11/2010 5:50:16 PM
  • So much great information about herbs and spices. Will be referring to it often. - 2/26/2010 1:18:41 AM
  • DAVIDHOMERE
    THIS ARTICLE ANSWER MY QUESTIONS ON SODIUM. I USE A LOT OF THOSE SPICES TO GIVE FLAVOR TO MY FOODS. NOW THAT I KNOW THE FACTS THINKS TO BECKY. I AM GOING TO MONITOR MY SODIUM INTAKE ESPECIALLY FROM MY MIX SPICES. - 1/12/2010 1:52:13 PM
  • Great article - I much prefer herbs and spices to the blanket taste of salt in everything. Was very happy to see the table listing which herbs/spices go with which foods. Have printed it out to keep in the kitchen. Thanks very much. - 10/21/2009 8:31:39 AM
  • PAMIE5
    loved every bit of the article ihave just put in a vegey garden thanks spark people - 8/11/2009 7:45:07 AM
  • Great Information -- I am a big fan of herbs and spices and I enjoyed learning about additional options - 3/30/2009 12:44:50 AM
  • Love the article giving me more information on adding taste to foods.
    thank you.... - 2/20/2009 10:16:57 AM
  • NEW1964
    This is a great article. I've started growing my own herbs for an expensive fresh supply and I am now definitely a convert to the fresh stuff. I've also planted some of the perennial herbs in pots so that I can bring them in during the winter and still have a supply of the fresh stuff. This year I was very successful with rosemary, will add thyme and sage to containers next year. - 2/7/2009 1:47:12 PM
  • Great article. Thanks. - 8/27/2008 12:23:09 AM
  • LOVEBEAM
    Maybe i am not buying the right kind because they don't have a strong aroma - 7/14/2008 7:44:33 AM
  • What I love about growing my own is that when I pick them the smell is wonderful, anything lemon (lemon thyme, lemon grass, lemon verbena) just make you smile when you pick it............plus the taste is unbelievable. - 4/14/2008 12:18:50 PM
  • Great article! I love to use herbs and spices, but I didn't know some of the tips provided here. - 4/13/2008 9:02:48 AM

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