A Dozen Ways:
Spicing It Up

Herbs and spices can be the most versatile tools you have to boost a dish’s appeal – Joan Lang

When it comes to herbs and spices, how you treat them is just as important as what you use. Dried herbs, for instance, have a much different flavor and functionality than fresh ones — the latter being more likely to be added at the end of the cooking process in order to retain their flavor and color, while the dried kind are usually in the recipe from the get-go. And there are plenty of other ways to manipulate herbs and spices for different effects: blooming them in oil, toasting them, infusing them into liquids. Herbs and spices can be dusted or rubbed onto the surface of foods, or emulsified throughout them. Read on to get more ideas for optimizing the flavor and functionality of spices and herbs.

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