by Karen Rose Smith
Since I come from an Italian background, oregano, salt and pepper along with fresh garlic and onion were the most common additions my mom, grandma and aunt used when cooking main dishes. What would lasagna and spaghetti be without garlic and oregano?
Last but not least are the mixed spices that I find at a store called the Olive Spout. They sell flavored olive oils and vinegars. (That's another blog.) My favorite spices that I use in most of my cooking are garlic/pepper and orange/pepper. Both are terrific topping meat and fish as well as shaking into soups. The best way to use herbs and spices is to experiment with them. Just a little at first to see if you like it. For instance, mix olive oil or melted butter with pineapple sage or lemon thyme, then rub the mixture on chicken.
What are your favorite herbs and spices?