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Spice things up in the kitchen.

My father used to say homemade meals taste better because they are made with love. He wasn’t completely wrong about that. Planning meals day after day is hard work and food can become boring, repetitive and pedestrian. But it doesn’t have to be so.

Spices, herbs, and cooking techniques can instantly transform a standard soup into something mystical and exotic. Casseroles like mac n’ cheese get an instant upgrade from bacon, lobster or shrimp. A good pan sauce can significantly improve a standard steak or pork chop.

Upgrading your cooking is not difficult and changing out your standard menu fare has surprising benefits. It wakes up your creative process, it makes your family feel special and it teaches everyone to appreciate food.

My spice cabinet looks like the sale isle at the grocery store. It is jammed to the brim with bottles of herbs and spices, oils, vinegars and kitchen tools that I never used until recently. But if you take time to experiment with the items you have, something wonderful will start to happen.

Herbs or Spices

Herbs are the leafy part of a plant. They are fragrant and floral like Basil, parley, rosemary, thyme, mint, and dill.

A spice is the seed, nut, berry, bark, or flower of a plant (not the leaves). Spices are always used in dried, ground form. Herbs may be used either fresh or dried in recipes.

How many herbs and spices are there?

There are somewhere between 75 and 100 herbs and flowers recognized by herbalists. There are over 200 known spices available in the culinary world. In case you get bored with those know items, there are more blended spices and mixes available in every culture.

I started this blog a long time ago to educate myself and share with other home cooks. Step out of your culinary comfort zone and get creative. Join the adventure and learn about the best spices, tools and ways to make great food for our families right at home!