Monday, March 15, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

After 28 years marriage the "spice" of life is a real thing that comes in many forms. 
This being one of them. 
Lets talk spices and herbs for flavor enhancement.
As you will see in my upcoming MPM posts you will find the herbs and spices I use for my meals listed. I will also add a new herb or spice weekly for your information.

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Today's Spice is 

As the name suggests, this versatile flavor enhancer is a spice because it comes from the berry of a West Indian tree, (Pimenta dioica) of the myrtle family. It has a rich, brown color and a pleasant, mild, sweet, spicy flavor.

While allspice is a familiar flavor in some dessert dishes, such as pumpkin pie, it also provides a delicate taste sensation for those seeking that special difference that it can make in a main course and even vegetable dishes.

No doubt the method of preparation of any food is very important in the resulting flavor. One additional variable affecting the end result is the skill with which the cook utilizes the vast resources of flavor enhancers, otherwise known as Herbs and Spices


Denise said...

You sound better and on top of your game...... I am discovering the world of spices and enjoying them.. We are eating a lot of raw food and I am using Turmeric a lot.... It is good for inflammation .... I am learning how to eat smart and I am beginning to feel better.. Stopping the sugar...... that was hard for me! I love coffee in the morning with creamer and honey..... sigh.. guess I need to give it up!

Susie said...

I have allspice in the stew I am making this week!!

Annette said...

I LOOOOOVE my Mom's cooking cause shes not afraid of using spices, in fact I'm going over there today to get some fresh herbs from her garden for my potato salad, she has this "little" herb garden growing and somethings have a tendency to get out of hand, she combines her "okie" cooking with flair of "Portuguese" from my dad's (step, but in my eyes & heart Dad) side, good stuff.


Denise said...

I love spices.

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• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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