Cookery 101: Herbs & Spices

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Using herbs and spices in your dishes is a great way to give them a boost. I’ve always had a problem of knowing which herb to use with what dish. One of Mom’s old cookbooks had a list of different herbs and spices and which dishes to use them in. I typed a “cheat sheet” of the herbs and spices that I could find easily and now keep it in the kitchen drawer. The more I use them, the more I don’t need my handy “cheat sheet”.


Experiment with them — start with maybe 1/4 teaspoon at a time, taste and adjust to your liking. If you’re using fresh herbs, use 3 times the amount of dried herbs.

Basil
Sweet warm flavor with an aromatic odor, used whole or ground. Good with lamb, fish, roast, stews, ground beef, vegetables, dressing and omelets.

Bay Leaves
A pungent flavor, use whole leaf but remove before serving. Good in vegetable dishes, fish and seafood, stews and pickles.

Caraway
Has a spicy smell and aromatic taste. Good in cakes, breads, soups, cheese and sauerkraut.

Chives
Sweet mild flavor of onion. Good in salads, fish, soups and potatoes.

Curry Powder
A blend of spices — generally coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and red pepper. Good in meats, poultry, fish and vegetables.

Dill
Both seeds and leaves of dill are flavorful. Leaves may be used to garnish or cook with. Good in fish, soup, dressings, potatoes, beans and dill pickles.

Ginger
A pungent root and aromatic spice. Good in pickles, preserves, cakes, cookies, soups and meats.

Marjoram
Good in fish, poultry, omelets, lamb, stew, stuffing and tomato juice.

Mint
Aromatic with a cool flavor. Good in beverages, fish, cheese, lamb, soup, peas, carrots and fruit desserts.

Oregano
Strong aromatic odor, use whole or ground. Good in tomato juice, fish, eggs, pizza, omelets, chili, stew, gravy, poultry and vegetables.

Paprika
A bright red pepper. Good in meat, vegetables and soups. Use as a garnish for potatoes, salads or eggs.

Parsley
When fresh makes a great garnish. Good in fish, omelets, soup, meat and stuffing.

Rosemary
Aromatic. Good in fish, stuffing, beef, lamb, poultry, onion, eggs and bread.

Sage
Good in tomato juice, fish, omelets, beef, poultry, stuffing and biscuits.

Tarragon
Leaves have a hot taste. Good in sauces, salads, meat, poultry, tomatoes and dressings.

Farm Bell Recipes has quite a few recipes using different herbs. Find them here or here.

What kind of herbs and spices do you use regularly? How do you use them?

Print this handy “cheat sheet” here and keep it in your kitchen drawer for easy access!

See all the Cookery 101 posts and the Herbs & Spices posts.


Cindy blogs at Chippewa Creek ~ Our Life Simplified.

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