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Culinary Guide and Useful Tips

Culinary Guide & Useful Tips

We are frequently asked if there are certain spices that are recommended for different types of food. The following is a list of recommended spices by food groups and types - always feel free to experiment!

Useful Tips
  • Use a light hand when seasoning with herbs and spices. Your goal is to compliment your dish without crowding out the flavor of the food.
  • To release the flavor of dried herbs and spices, crumble them in your palm or grind with a mortar and pestle before adding them to your favorite dish.
  • Lightly toasting spices in a dry skillet over a medium heat, before grinding, will bring out even more flavor.
  • For long-cooking dishes, add whole spices during cooking to permeate the food and add ground or cut herbs and spices an hours or less before serving. After measuring, finely crush dried herbs before adding to your dish.
  • Black pepper, granulated garlic, salt and cayenne (red pepper) are excellent "finishing" seasonings - add them after cooking is complete.
  • Beans

    cumin, cayenne, chile, parsley, pepper, sage, thyme

  • Beef

    basil, bay, chile, cilantro, curry, cumin, garlic, marjoram, mustard, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme

  • Breads

    anise, basil, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, lemon peel, orange peel, oregano, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, sage, thyme

  • Cheese

    basil, caraway, celery seed, chile, chives, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, lemon peel, marjoram, mint, mustard, nutmeg, paprika, parsley, pepper, sage, tarragon, thyme

  • Corn

    chile, curry, dill, marjoram, parsley, thyme

  • Eggs

    basil, chile, chives, curry, dill, fennel, ginger, lemon peel, marjoram, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, sage, tarragon, thyme

  • Fish

    anise, basil, bay, cayenne, celery seed, chives, curry, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, lemon peel, marjoram, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, saffron, sage, tarragon

  • Fruits

    allspice, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, mint

  • Lamb

    basil, bay, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, curry, dill, garlic, marjoram, mint, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme

  • Potatoes

    basil, caraway, celery seed, chives, coriander, dill, marjoram, oregano, paprika, parsley, poppy seed, rosemary, tarragon, thyme

  • Poultry

    allspice, basil, bay, cinnamon, curry, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, mustard, paprika, rosemary, saffron, sage, tarragon, thyme

  • Salad Dressings

    basil, celery seed, chives, dill, fennel, garlic, marjoram, mustard, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, rosemary, saffron, tarragon, thyme

  • Soups

    basil, bay, chile, chives, cumin, dill, fennel, garlic, marjoram, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme

  • Sweets

    allspice, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, ginger, lemon peel, mace, mint, nutmeg, orange peel, rosemary

  • Tomatoes

    basil, bay, celery seed, chile, curry, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, gumbo file, lemon grass, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme