12 Common Herbs and Spices

New to cooking with herb and spices?  This post will help you create delicious dishes using herbs and spices that you probably have in your cupboard. Not only are herbs and spices tasty, but are rich in vitamins and minerals that you and your family need everyday.  Therefore, to reserve the healthy benefits, add most … Continue reading 12 Common Herbs and Spices

Cilantro or Coriander

Cilantro is an herb that is never available in dried form, since its pungent flavor and aroma seem to dissipate almost entirely when dried. Sometimes referred to as Spanish or Chinese parsley.  Fresh cilantro is becoming more widely available in produce markets. Cilantro has a unique flavor and aroma that some savor and others dislike. … Continue reading Cilantro or Coriander

Bay Leaves

Common Names:  Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay, True Laurel Botanical Name:  Laurus nobilis Family:  Lauraceae Bay Leaves, there are two popular types — Mediterranean and Californian. The Mediterranean is milder in flavor. Bay leaves are usually used dry  to reduce some of their bitterness, but can be used fresh too. Commonly used in classic chicken soup, … Continue reading Bay Leaves

Sweet Basil

Basil is available in many varieties.  Choosing which basil to grow and use is the hardest part, but using them is very easy.   There's cinnamon, dark opal, holy, lemon, lime, spicy bush, purple ruffles, sweet thai and many others to choose from.  But sweet basil is my favorite.  It has the classic basil flavor we've all come … Continue reading Sweet Basil

Peppermint

Peppermint's uplifting aroma wafting up from a hot cup of tea can start to settle an upset stomach even before you drink it. Peppermint's antispasmodic effect calms nausea and helps prevent gas and bloating after a heavy meal. Peppermint is often combined with caraway to help indigestion. Those with IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, can find relief … Continue reading Peppermint