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Spice up your life

May 1, 2008 - Jane Mort
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the interesting herb kitchen display at the Philadelphia Flower Show and included an unusual recipe for Lavender Cookies.

Not mentioned at that time were spices, which go hand-in-hand with herbs. In addition, spices are said to be rich in antioxidants, the latest essential element for good health.

So, for the sake of equal opportunity, and to share information I recently received from McCormick, here are some ideas for spicing up your life.

Cinnamon — Next time you make french toast, pancakes, waffles or muffins, try adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the batter.

Ginger —Quench your thirst with Ginger Lemonade. Add 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger to 1 quart freshly squeezed lemonade or lemonade from a mix.

Oregano —For a twist on the typical grilled cheese, prepare the sandwich with sliced mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes and 1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves.

Red peppers —Sprinkle store-bought or homemade hummus or guacamole with paprika. Or, add a kick by stirring in 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper or crushed red pepper.

Rosemary — Dress up ready-to-bake rolls. Just before baking frozen dinner rolls or ready-to-bake rolls, brush tops with olive oil, then sprinkle with crushed rosemary leaves and sea salt before baking.

Thyme —Wake up your taste buds with Herbed Scrambled Eggs. Beat 1/8 teaspoon thyme leaves into 2 eggs before scrambling.

Yellow curry —For a new twist to chicken salad, add a dash of curry powder along with nuts, fruits or chopped apples.

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