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In case you guys haven’t noticed, I like food that packs a bold flavor punch. Horseradish is my best friend. The weird thing is that I don’t like set-your-mouth-on-fire spicy food. It makes my nose run. I like horseradish in small amounts. Fiery-hot salsa from a Mexican restaurant? If I’m equipped with three glasses of water and a pack of Kleenex, I’m good; but that’s socially frowned upon, so I generally try to stick with the mild salsa.
Fiery food definitely isn’t the only way to get flavor, though. Here are some of my favorite spices/herbs that I count upon to give me the tasty food I love:
chili powder // this is my go-to spice right now. I’m kind of on a Tex-Mex kick. I know you guys haven’t seen many recipes around here featuring this spice, but that’s because I keep posting dessert recipes and am saving my new meal recipes for a special project…
garlic powder // garlic is really that generic spice that ties a lot of loose ends together. I like it in powder form, minced from a jar, or fresh-pressed. We use garlic salt a lot as a topping for roasted veggies. This Asian Fettuccine recipe uses both garlic powder and chili powder.
curry powder // I used to use curry powder a lot more than I do now. I think I kind of wore it out because whenever I would make something, everyone was like, “Is there curry powder in this?” I really like curry powder in this rice recipe.
dill weed // dill is just awesome and pairs well with the fresh and creamy side of the cooking palette. It features well in this cucumber salad.
cilantro // fresh cilantro is absolutely my favorite herb. ‘Nuff said. This should be a refrigerator staple in every household. Cilantro gives a fresh spin on this rice and beans recipe.
ground cloves // for the longest time I didn’t know about cloves. I did not know that these are what give that pumpkin pie flavor that cinnamon just cannot produce on its own. Now that I know about ground cloves, my life has been changed. They feature well in this Pumpkin Pie Pancake.
cinnamon // that being said, cinnamon is still pretty amazing. Like, totally amazing. It, like garlic powder, is a great generic spice that ties up loose ends and covers a multitude of errors. And the taste of flaxmeal. You know those “Muffin[s] in a Mug” from the book Trim Healthy Mama? The cinnamon version is definitely my go-to flavor.
ginger // I’m just getting into ginger. I’m not big on the flavor in drinks (sorry, moonshine lovers!), but I love, love, love it in ice cream! Like Gingersnap Ice Cream…
What are your favorite spices?
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