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Lesson 9: Spice Things Up!

Dried herbs and spices are great on their own, but they're even better together. There's a whole world of mind-blowing flavor sitting in your spice cabinet, just waiting for you to play matchmaker. Start mixing and mingling with these eight make-any-meal-better blends.

Roasted Carrots with Cumin Cinnamon
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Cumin + Cinnamon: Toss with sautéed or roasted carrots (see recipe for Roasted Carrots with Cumin & Cinnamon), or rub on pork, chicken or lamb before cooking.

Dried Mint + Oregano: Fold into ground meat for meatballs, or stir into marinades, homemade Italian dressing or marinara.

Nutmeg + Allspice: Add warm flavor to creamed spinach, gratins, pasta or rice pudding, or stir into hot toddies or cider.

Curry + Cayenne: Add heat and hint of smoke to curries, chilis or mayo-based slaws and salads, or stir into squash soup.

Coriander + Ginger: Sprinkle on Asian noodle dishes for a spicy zing, or rub onto salmon or turkey before cooking.

Paprika + Cumin + Onion Powder: Rub onto steaks before grilling or chicken before pan-searing, or stir into ground beef for the best-ever taco filling.

Mustard Powder + Black Pepper + Garlic Powder: Stir into potato or egg salads, or rub on large cuts like pork shoulder or beef brisket before cooking.

Dried Basil + Oregano + Tarragon: Stir into softened butter or goat cheese, sprinkle on cooked mussels or seafood stews, or stir into chicken salad.

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