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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Stir it up!

Whether culinary chef or Mom/Pop of the kitchen, everyone knows the secret to any recipe is in the seasoning. It's knowing what goes with what foods, what herb blends with what spice, as well as the blending of herb with herb and spice with spice. In other words, it is not just knowing the right herb or spice but understanding the right combination that makes or breaks a recipe. These are what make an ordinary recipe a superfood! Can you imagine spaghetti sauce without the Italian seasoning (herbs) or chili without chili powder (spices) or poached peaches without basil (herb) and cinnamon (spice)?

June 10 is...
Herbs & Spices Day


Do you know the difference between an herb and a spice?
 http://blog.fooducate.com/2011/10/19/whats-the-difference-between-herbs-and-spices/
Whether you garden your own herbs and spices or purchase directly from the store, they definitely add flair and flavor to the point where an ordinary dish becomes extraordinary. Not only for enhancement of taste but adding herbs and spices to any recipe also carries surprising health benefits.


So, stir it up! Make it savory, make it spicy! Here are but a few recipes to tempt your palate:

http://www.foodreference.com/html/herb-mac-cheese29.html
 Herb & Spice Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe
The best part about this macaroni and cheese? You don't have to boil the noodles first! Instead, the added milk and liquid from the cottage cheese gently cook the pasta while everything bakes together in the oven.

https://www.thenest.com/content/chicken-skewers
 Spicy Middle Eastern Chicken Skewers Recipe

 A combination of chile powder, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and mustard powder give these easy skewers a big flavor punch. Serve on skewers as an appetizer or on top of salad as a main dish.



Herb & Spice Crumbed Pork Recipe
Ground fennel and fresh parsley add great flavour to pork cutlets. Jazz up pork with a crisp, golden crust and serve with a bean and sweet potato salad.

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cumin-chili

Cumin Chili Recipe
 You'll get a clear taste of cumin in this great cold-weather (or any time) chili made with ground beef, beans, and green bell pepper. If you want a hotter chili, add as much cayenne as you like.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/23600/worlds-best-lasagna/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringId=1115&referringContentType=recipe%20hub
 World's Best Lasagna Recipe
It takes a little work but it is worth it!

If that is not enough celebration, then, enjoy... 

http://www.discountqueens.com/june-10-is-national-iced-tea-day/

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-black-cow-day-june-10/
aka The Root Beer Float

Is your mouth watering yet?

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!