Spices have been so important throughout history that they were one of the main currencies for traders on the Silk Road.
These days, we simply go to a market and marvel at the new aromas we haven’t discovered before. There are so many ways to use spices, and so many of our favorites that we couldn’t make without them. Chili, for example, would not be the same were it not for the heat that the spices add in. Chef Emeril Lagasse even has twelve essential spices that he thinks we should always have in the pantry, including salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
You can use your own combination of spices to create a signature dry rub, or add some cinnamon and nutmeg to a recipe for Orange-Pecan-Spice Pound Cake. You’ll need some paprika and dry mustard for a Sweet-and-Spicy Roast Turkey. Or, you may want some mulling spices to create the perfect holiday cider. Have some of the kitchen essentials on-hand, and supplement these standards with new spices as you need them. Every one of these will certainly help you spice up your life—and your plate.