Rediscover Your Kitchen After a Long Hot Summer!

GeorgeStellaHeadshot newIt’s hard to believe it’s nearly time to trade in the grill for fun holiday baking, broiling and comfort-food favorites!  The busiest season for cooking and entertaining will soon be upon us, and as you’re getting ready to “Deck the house”, this is the perfect time to “Deck Your Kitchen” too!

Is your spice rack in disarray?  Are your spices up to code?  If you haven’t used that thyme in years, I think it’s fair to say that it can be laid to rest.  Cooking without good spices is like painting without paints: before you can get creative with your cooking, you’ll have to have the tools of the trade.  Fresh spices add richer flavors; that’s what we’re after!

While you’re shopping the outer aisles for the fresh and low-carb foods to fill your refrigerator and pantry, it’s a good idea to venture into the inner aisles to replace any of your out -of-code spices and pick up others you may not have.  Spices are invaluable and usually can be found inexpensively in the ethnic food sections of your local grocery store or in bulk from wholesale clubs. I have included below a list of what’s in our spice rack, and although you don’t need to collect them all, you’ll certainly want to have the essentials to be ready to make all your favorites this coming holiday season!

As always, YOU are the most important ingredient in every meal you cook, but life sure is easier when you have the right tools!
George Stella

Spice List:
Baking powder
Basil
Bay leaves
Black pepper
Canola oil
Cayenne pepper
Chili powder
Cream of tartar
Cumin
Garlic powder
Ground cinnamon
Italian seasoning
Kosher salt
Nutmeg
Olive oil
Onion powder
Oregano
Paprika
Pumpkin pie spice
Thyme
Vanilla extract
Vegetable oil spray
White pepper

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