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Here are some ideas for adding herbs and spices to your cooking:
Other herbs and spices to try with chicken include oregano, tarragon, sage, ginger, marjoram, and allspice.
Other herbs and spices to try with fish and seafood include chili pepper (fresh, ground, or red pepper flakes — great for grilled seafood), basil (especially good with lobster and scallops), oregano, dill, paprika, ginger, parsley, marjoram, rosemary, anise, and saffron. Lemongrass is particularly good with shrimp.
Some other herbs and spices that go well with ham include allspice, cilantro, basil, and chili pepper (fresh, ground, or flakes).
Some other options for flavoring meat dishes include oregano (especially great in hamburgers), pepper, thyme, marjoram, ginger, parsley, rosemary, bay leaf, clove, and allspice.
Also try garlic, onion, sage, and coriander to flavor pork.
Sprinkle a little chopped, squeezable, or ground ginger on pineapple, sliced apples, and other fruits for a boost of flavor. If you use ground ginger, microwave the fruit for 30 seconds to help the flavors blend.
Other herbs and spices to try with potatoes include garlic, paprika, parsley (great in potato salad), sage, and dill (also good in potato salad).
Try adding the following herbs and spices to your usual recipes for a new taste:
Baked desserts and pastries: allspice, anise, cinnamon, clove
Breads: oregano, dill, marjoram, rosemary
Cheese or cream sauces and dips: chive
Pasta dishes: parsley, garlic, oregano
Rice dishes: garlic, lemongrass, chili pepper (fresh, ground, or flakes), rosemary, dill, saffron (used to make yellow rice)
Salad dressing: garlic, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, thyme, black pepper
Salads: basil, cilantro, garlic, Italian seasoning
Soups and stews: basil, oregano, chili pepper (fresh or ground), bay leaf (for tomato soup); dill (potato soup); chive (cold soups); ginger, cilantro, dill, thyme, bay leaf (other soups and stews)
Stuffing: oregano, marjoram, sage, parsley
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