Spicing up your Cooking

One of my favorite things is spices. I love to mix and match and create flavors. Sometimes, I stumble upon the best things by just tossing different things together. Don’t be afraid of the array of seasonings in the spice aisle. It’s a gateway to tasting different styles and flavors of food. You can travel the world in your kitchen creating different flavors in your dishes. 

I can make something as simple as a stir fry, and do different seasoning mixes every time, and create a brand new dish in terms of flavors, without changing the meat or vegetables. It’s a great way to keep from getting bored with the food you’re making and eating. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all been bored with our food at some point. There’s been a few dishes that I just stopped liking as much because we had them so much and they were always the same.

Numerous times I have been asking what I season stuff with when I’m cooking and it’s honestly just whatever I’m feeling that day. Do I want spicy, savory or sweet? Do I want Asian, Mexican, Italian, etc? The world of flavor is yours for the taking. You don’t have to do the same thing every time. You can be simple when you want and wild when you want.

The one downside is spices are very expensive. So slowly over time I have acquired the majority of my collection. I love Costco for big bulk spices that I use all the time like: salt, pepper, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, onion powder, red pepper flakes, dill, basil, parsley, thyme and whatever else I can find there. Sometimes they rotate things, and it is good to grab a spice you see there that you haven’t seen there previously that you like because it could be awhile before it’s back in stock!

Another favorite of mine is in the Hispanic section of our Safeway there is spices in bags that are way cheaper, which is a good way to start building up your collection (that is how I started building mine, and trying different flavors) or buying a spice you don’t plan on using much of because they are smaller.

I love Primal Palate spices as well. They are sold on their websites as collections and just started rolling singles out on Amazon! They are amazing spices, made with the finest ingredients. They are one of few brands that I use for pre-mixed seasonings because they don’t add anything in there but the spices needed. No sugar, no chemicals. Definitely a good choice if you are looking for the cleanest ingredients. I tend to do my own mixes, and that’s a huge part of why my spice collection is so expansive and I’m a hoarder. Lol!

Here are some pictures of my collection, I didn’t photograph everything but I did do most of it. Just to give you ideas.

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Building flavors in a dish is so fun, and trying new flavors keeps things fresh. I enjoy getting creative and finding ways to blend spices together to discover a new taste. Don’t be afraid too do that as well. Buy a fun spice you never use and find a way to incorporate it into your cooking this weekend. It just might awaken your taste-buds to something new. So many people tell me eating healthy is boring and flavorless. I say, no way! You just got to play with the flavors out there.

Cinnamon is actually a very overlooked spice. People tend to think of it as a baking spice but it is widely used in Moroccan cooking and I’ve used it in a meat dish thinking that it was odd, but loved it!  Herbs get forgotten to sometimes, but I rarely ever make a dish that doesn’t have some kind of green herb in it.

Find your foundation spices, then build on that. My foundation is always salt, garlic and some type of pepper. Then I build on that towards what every culinary direction I want to go.

Go explore the world in your very own kitchen! Have a great weekend!

Enjoy!

-Maria

 

1 thought on “Spicing up your Cooking”

  1. I loved your advice about mixing seasonings together, to create new flavors you haven’t tried before. I’ve been getting more into cooking lately, and was wondering how I should better prepare my meats. I’ll have to look online for some good seasonings that I could use to mix, so that I can really start enjoying some terrific flavors.

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