Could you imagine life without herbs and spices? I sure can’t. A little pinch here and there brings food to unparalleled levels. Without all kinds of seasoning life would be a bit blah, don’t you think? My moods vary a bit by season. However, I always have go to flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, thyme, Herbes de Provence that I use in my cooking and recipes.
This is my second in a series of weekly posts that tie back to the Alexia Foods Reinvent a Classic challenge that I am in. My job is to come up with unique flavors for the next baked french fry flavor to be launched in 2012. I recently asked you guys whether you prefer Sweet Potato or Russets…..in this post I want to know about your favorite herbs, spices and seasoning blends.
I always enjoy surprise elements when it comes to spices and herbs used in cooking. For instance check out this Lavender and Honey Raw Cheesecake at Roost Blog. Cheesecake is a classic, but when you add the distinct flavor of lavender it becomes that much more fabulous!
What Katie Ate is one of the most beautiful blogs ever and she uses fabulous spices and seasonings in all of her recipes. See her relish, ketchup, potato pie and orecchiette pasta salad. Tartelette is a true flavor connoisseur. Check out her Pineapple Sage Financiers and every recipe on her blog for inspiration.
Those sweet Peter Rabbit Carrot Cupcakes taste even better with a dash of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.
One of the most liberating experiences I had recently was buying 5 pots of fresh herbs at Trader Joe’s. I must admit that I do not have gardening skills. Whenever I have planted anything it lives a very short life. Very short. I am tired of running to the market each time I need garnishes, flourishes and flavorings. The herb pots I bought are in direct hit of the automatic sprinkler system. I think they stand a chance.
Sometimes it is nice to use what we would consider savory spices in dessert or sweet breakfast recipes. A while back I made an oatmeal with black pepper as the star ingredient. A few twists of black pepper brought a bowl of oats to new levels in my Baked Coconut Oatmeal with Pepper Nut Topping.
All this brings us back to the point of this whole discussion of herbs and spices. What are your favorite french fry flavors? Do you like them sweet, savory or somewhere in between. Do you like them spicy, mild or with a dip perhaps?
What are your favorite herbs? Do you prefer fresh or dried ones? How do you store your herbs and seasonings? Do you have an herb garden or planter?
Links to Bloggers Who Love Their Herbs & Spices
- Coquito for Christmas Matt Bites
- Herb and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad What’s Gaby Cooking
- How to Freeze Herbs Cherry Tea Cakes
- Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto Deliciously Organic
- Red Snapper with Fennel La Tartine Gourmande
Family Fresh Cooking disclosure: I was invited and compensated for my time to create a new French fry recipe for Alexia Foods. I will share a number of posts that tie back to this online event. The opinions expressed on Family Fresh Cooking are my own. They are products and brands that I carefully choose to share with you.