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Warm up your tastebuds with winter spices

December 15 2017
By Kate Goodin

The holidays are a season of spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, orange peel…just typing this evokes the festive scents and smells!

Spices fill our homes with warm and inviting aromas, and they’re also wonderful to cook with, for the holidays and beyond. These strong spices pack a big flavor punch, making dishes delicious without the need for sugar, oil or butter.

Here are a few ways to warm up with winter’s spicy flavors:

Warm up your tastebuds with winter spices

Cinnamon

This versatile spice is delicious in sweet and savory applications. A pinch of fresh-ground cinnamon enlivens morning coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, or cut-up fruit. In the recipe shown above, black pepper-dusted berries are garnished with cinnamon cream for a touch of sweet and spice.

Cinnamon is also fantastic in spicy dishes, like our beef chili recipe and our Mexican-spiced pork stew with poblanos and sweet potatoes.

Ginger

Fresh or ground, ginger lends a deep spice to everything from stir-fries to drinks. Grated ginger amps up this Vietnamese-style turkey noodle soup and this spicy shrimp stir-fry. Add a small pinch of ground ginger to overnight oats and top with diced apples or pear, or infuse hot or cold water or tea with sliced fresh ginger and lemon to help fend off winter colds.

Cardamom

Cardamom’s herbal, aromatic flavor is the perfect pair for sweet melon in this spiced fruit salad, and it’s a main ingredient in chai tea blends. A little goes a long way with this strong spice; taste a pinch in your morning coffee or a cracked pod in some steamed rice to see how you enjoy it.