Saturday, July 27, 2013

Handy Dandy Ingredient Combos

Happy Saturday my friends!

Today let's talk spices and flavor combos!  Having some spice knowledge in your cooking arsenal can help you break free from having to follow a recipe to the letter (we are talking about cooking here, baking is another entity).  Here's a little cheat sheet I use when I'm thinking about what in the world I'm going to make for dinner.

For example, if I'm cooking something with a Mexican flavor, I know that I definitely will want some cilantro and cumin and a spice element (jalapeno, green chilis, etc.).  Now, this list is by no means inclusive nor am I an expert in spices or other cuisines.  I'd love to hear your ideas for spice combinations!

Mexican
*Ground cumin
*Jalapeno/Green chilis
*Cilantro
*Limes

Asian/Thai
*Peanuts & peanut butter
*Cilantro
*Mint
*Ginger
*Limes

Indian
*Coriander
*Curry powder
*Cardamom
*Cumin

Moroccan:
*Cumin
*Red pepper
*Raisins
*Cinnamon
*Garlic

Italian:
*Basil
*Oregano
*Fennel
*Garlic

So you could take any of these ingredients and then use what I like to call "blank canvas" foods--lentils, beans, pizza, burgers, pasta--and put your own twist on them.  What are your favorite spice combinations?

Cheerily,
Amy


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