Sunday, February 7, 2010

0 Spotlight on Spices: Some Ideas For Using Up Those Odds & Ends in Your Kitchen Cupboard

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Do you have spices in your spice rack that you rarely, if ever, use?  Do you sometimes wonder what to do with them?  Maybe you've got spices that came in a pre-packaged set or gift basket, & have some left-over ones that you've never found a reason to use.  And there they are, just sitting there, languishing away in your cabinets, neglected & unused.

Well, fear no more.  I have some solutions to use the most unusual of your spices. What I'd like to propose requires some practically effortless readership participation: Simply tell me which spices in your cupboards you rarely use but would like to try in a dish, & I will come up with an original recipe using that particular spice or spices, either as standalone recipes or where appropriate, some combination thereof.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (or send me an email if you'd prefer) & let me know.  It's that easy. And the best part is that I do all the work & creative thinking on your behalf, & all you have to do is let me know your spice challenge/conundrum. :) That works out to be a pretty good deal for you, eh!?! ;) Sound like fun?

I'm also going to scour my own cabinets for spices that rarely get used & dream up some original recipes based on those.  It'll be a spice-centric series of recipes that will be entitled "Spotlight on Spices."  How's that for some alliteration? ;)  
Even with the fairly wide variety of dishes that I make, there are still a few spices that never seem to see the light of day. :) I can think of a few off the top of my head: celery seed, celery salt, white poppy seeds, yellow mustard seeds (I use black mustard seeds more frequently, mostly for Indian cooking), white chili powder, black salt, dried pomegranate seeds, ground fenugreek seed (I tend to use it in its whole form), ground anise seed, star anise, tukmuriya (an Indian spice), & dried juniper berries, to name but a few.

Ladies & gentlemen, get ready to have some fun. Let the spice challenge begin!

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