Welcome to Herb and Spice 101!
If I ever open a culinary school for future chefs or casual cooks, this class would be in the first semester. They’re a fundamental element of flavor, as intrinsic and important to cultural flavor as any solid or liquid recipe component. In other words, without herbs and spices, food falls flat. My culinary education didn’t have a specific class for this, though we were shown them through other lessons. But it’s critical to understand how to master these flavors in a home kitchen, since it adds a cost-effective and low-calorie boost of flavor in pretty much every recipe.
When outlining this eCookbook, I realized that this manual could easily be 600 pages. There are too many herbs, spices and blends to include in a cohesive recipe book. To help narrow down the field, I surveyed family, friends and students in my local cooking classes. With about 100 ballots complete, I was able to focus on the 20 herbs and spices that caused the most head-scratching. Those herbs and spices have dedicated sections in this cookbook.
Because I narrowed focus, commonly used and understood herbs and spices won’t appear in here. For example, consensus agreed that herbs such as basil and parsley were easy enough to use without a recipe. Also, spices such as cinnamon and ground pepper were excluded. Instead of including the common, I reached out to embrace the lesser-used, more enigmatic tenants of your spice rack.
Chervil – Quiche Lorraine
Savory – Daube de Boeuf (French Beef and Red Wine Stew)
Lemongrass – Simple Thai Marinade
Marjoram – Orange and Herb Pork Roast
Tarragon – Garlicky Green Beans and Tomatoes
Sage – Blackberry Scones
Peppermint – Minted Lamb and Beef Qofte
Thyme – Pan Seared Sesame and Herb Salmon
Rosemary – Amazing Weeknight Chicken and Waffles
Sumac – Roasted Autumn Root Vegetables
Mace – Homemade Mushroom Ravioli
Cardamom – Honey Cornbread Muffins
Star Anise – Do-Ahead Wassail
Coriander – Moroccan Tagine (Tomato-Stewed Vegetables)
Lavender – Lavender and Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Allspice – Sweet and Spicy Jerk Rub
Turmeric – Friday Night Strata
Saffron – Spanish Grain and Vegetable Salad
Cumin – Chicken and Cauliflower Biryani (Indian Rice Dish)
Nutmeg – Hearty Creamed Spinach
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