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Spices you've "discovered" and love?

Have you had any spices you've "discovered" and love to cook with now? Paprika is a spice I rarely saw or tasted when I was growing up, unless it was sprinkled on potato salad. I love it in a chicken paprikash, or a Swiss steak and they're so easy to make, too. I try to keep fresh paprika at all times.
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    essemjay58
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/03 23:14:42 (permalink)
    I guess this is an herb, not a spice, but I think Sweet Marjoram is pretty darn good and underused. Good on tomato dishes, boiled buttered potatoes, actually many vegetable dishes. By the way, have you tried smoked paprika?
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/03 23:46:22 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by essemjay58

    I guess this is an herb, not a spice, but I think Sweet Marjoram is pretty darn good and underused. Good on tomato dishes, boiled buttered potatoes, actually many vegetable dishes. By the way, have you tried smoked paprika?
    I've not seen the smoked paprika, but I'll sure watch for it, now that you've mentioned it. Yep, Marjoram is an under-rated spice, as is Nutmeg. I've eaten nutmeg in several good Cajun dishes I liked it in.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 12:28:33 (permalink)
    Ground Coriander

    If you go to the FoodNetwork and search for Rachel Ray's "Israeli Spice Chicken" she has an Israeli Spice Rub recipe I can't get enough of. I'm always using it. Delicious.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 12:38:28 (permalink)
    ...chervil...fresh is best, but dried is great too - best with fish and chicken...
    ...curry leaves - since i found fresh curry leaves at a local indian market, i've been using them in soups and stews, as well as my favorite indian recipes!
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 12:39:56 (permalink)
    oops - my post, i noticed too late, is about herbs, not spices...sorry, everyone!
    ...can we include herbs on the thread too?
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 13:17:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by essemjay58

    I guess this is an herb, not a spice, but I think Sweet Marjoram is pretty darn good and underused. Good on tomato dishes, boiled buttered potatoes, actually many vegetable dishes. By the way, have you tried smoked paprika?


    Try marjoram with mushrooms. Their affinity for each other is amazing.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 13:23:26 (permalink)
    It's not really a spice, more of a mix, but I use Chinese Five Spice a lot. In stir frys, chili, stews almost everything even if its just a pinch.

    joe
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 14:05:03 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by fabulousoyster

    Ground Coriander

    If you go to the FoodNetwork and search for Rachel Ray's "Israeli Spice Chicken" she has an Israeli Spice Rub recipe I can't get enough of. I'm always using it. Delicious.
    Oh, yes! I've used a touch of Coriander in my Green Chile before. It's one of the oldest spices around.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 14:12:00 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Sneetch

    ...chervil...fresh is best, but dried is great too - best with fish and chicken...
    ...curry leaves - since i found fresh curry leaves at a local indian market, i've been using them in soups and stews, as well as my favorite indian recipes!
    Herbs, spices... It's all good!
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 14:15:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jmckee


    Try marjoram with mushrooms. Their affinity for each other is amazing.
    Mmm, great suggestion, Jmckee! I love 'Shrooms!
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 14:20:25 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Texianjoe

    It's not really a spice, more of a mix, but I use Chinese Five Spice a lot. In stir frys, chili, stews almost everything even if its just a pinch.

    joe
    Yep, cinnamon, fennel, star anise, cloves, and Szechwan pepper. It's some super stuff! The Fennel is one I can't get too much of.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 14:44:56 (permalink)
    I love the smoked paprika over the sweet paprika it has such a deeper level of flavoring

    along that same line I love using dried chipotle too.

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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 14:49:29 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by CajunKing

    I love the smoked paprika over the sweet paprika it has such a deeper level of flavoring

    along that same line I love using dried chipotle too.




    I have a recipe somewhere for "Cajun barbecued shrimp" that uses Szeged "Hot" Hungarian Paprika.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 15:46:37 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by CajunKing

    I love the smoked paprika over the sweet paprika it has such a deeper level of flavoring

    along that same line I love using dried chipotle too.
    I'm sure going to try the smoked paprika, Pard. I've enjoyed many a lunch at work improvised from lots of paprika, an onion, garlic, and six or eight chicken thighs. If I had them I'd add 'shrooms and tomatos. I love simple spicy dishes like that and a smoked flavor could only help.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 15:49:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jmckee


    I have a recipe somewhere for "Cajun barbecued shrimp" that uses Szeged "Hot" Hungarian Paprika.
    That would HAVE to be good!
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 16:20:32 (permalink)
    I love to sprinkle a bit of allspice on ham and baked sweet potatoes. Also like to put it in chili and vegetable soups.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 16:27:52 (permalink)
    Seeing the refrences to paprika I have to ask that the only one I ever see in the supermarket is regular old paprika, have never found sweet or smoked or any other kinds that I have seen used on the food shows, am I looking in the wrong place?
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 17:49:09 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by lynndunham

    I love to sprinkle a bit of allspice on ham and baked sweet potatoes. Also like to put it in chili and vegetable soups.
    Thanks for mentioning Allspice, Lynn. I looked it up, and found it's not a combination of spices like I thought it was.

    Allspice -(Pimento) is a the "dried unripe berry" of the Pimenta dioica which belongs to the family Myrtaceae. It is also know as Jamaica pepper, common name applied to the berry of a small West Indian tree of the myrtle family.
    The tree grows to a height of about 9 m (about 30 ft) and has aromatic, glossy green leaves and white flowers. The fruit, when dried, is widely used as a spice. The name pimento is sometimes applied to the pimiento, a variety of sweet pepper, also used as a spice.
    http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/sr_allspice.htm



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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 17:55:26 (permalink)
    I recently bought smoked paprika. It is wonderful sprinkled over deviled eggs! I will definately look for other uses.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 18:01:48 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by exsquidao

    Seeing the refrences to paprika I have to ask that the only one I ever see in the supermarket is regular old paprika, have never found sweet or smoked or any other kinds that I have seen used on the food shows, am I looking in the wrong place?


    I'm researching sources for Smoked Paprika now, Exsquidao. One source says it's available at:
    "gourmet food shops, Spanish groceries, speciality spice suppliers and some markets."
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 18:44:38 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by agnesrob

    I recently bought smoked paprika. It is wonderful sprinkled over deviled eggs! I will definately look for other uses.

    Do you recall the source of your paprika and brand name, Agnesrob? If I can't find some locally I'll buy some online. I know what I've bought off the shelf is good in eggs, sausages, shrimp, eggs, fish and in sauces. I'd sure like to see how much better the really good varieties are. Another spice I'll be finding a gourmet source for is Saffron. I love it in rice!
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 18:59:20 (permalink)
    The smoked paprika I bought is McCormack that is available in any of my local grocery stores. I can buy very reasonably priced saffron in
    Trader Joe's. My sister lives in Hurst, Tx, I can ask her where she might find these things. But even she will admit, cooking is not her forte.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 19:36:59 (permalink)
    Dick - Thanks for the lesson on allspice! It's always nice to know more about your ingredients.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 19:40:25 (permalink)
    The Indian spice mixture,GARAM MASALA,and its regional variations...
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 20:11:06 (permalink)
    For several different kinds of smoked paprika and all sorts of authentic Spanish items, go to Tienda. It's the best source on line for Spanish spices, vinegars and much more. A really good company....

    http://www.tienda.com/
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 20:13:22 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by agnesrob

    The smoked paprika I bought is McCormack that is available in any of my local grocery stores. I can buy very reasonably priced saffron in
    Trader Joe's. My sister lives in Hurst, Tx, I can ask her where she might find these things. But even she will admit, cooking is not her forte.
    Aha! Thank you, I just ran across their announcement they have New McCormick® Smoked Paprika now as well as Black Sesame Seed. I'll probably try some of it before looking elsewhere.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 20:18:35 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by lynndunham

    Dick - Thanks for the lesson on allspice! It's always nice to know more about your ingredients.

    You are most welcome, Lynn. You're right, I was happy to learn more about it, too.
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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 20:25:56 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by iqdiva

    The Indian spice mixture,GARAM MASALA,and its regional variations...

    Garam masala? Wow! It sounds quite spicy, Iqdiva. I may have to give it a try.

    Garam masala is a blend of ground spices common in the Indian cuisine, whose literal meaning is 'hot (or warm) spice'. There are many variants: most traditional mixes use just cinnamon, roasted cumin, cloves, nutmeg (and/or mace) and green cardamom seed or black cardamom pods. Many commercial mixtures may include more of other less expensive spices and may contain dried red chili peppers, dried garlic, ginger powder, sesame, mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander, bay leaves, cumin, and fennel. While commercial garam masala preparations can be bought ready ground, it does not keep well, and soon loses its aroma. Whole spices, which keep fresh much longer, can be ground when needed using a mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garam_masala

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    RE: Spices you've "discovered" and love? 2007/05/04 20:37:18 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by zataar

    For several different kinds of smoked paprika and all sorts of authentic Spanish items, go to Tienda. It's the best source on line for Spanish spices, vinegars and much more. A really good company....

    http://www.tienda.com/
    Thank you, Zataar. I saw several references to them. It appears they may be the "go to" people for good Saffron, too!
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