Along with fallen leaves, autumn brings cooler temperatures that inspire us to spend more time in the kitchen. Whether it's baking or preparing a hearty stew, you'll need to have some fall spices on hand to liven up your dishes.
We have selected a few cooking spices that make a great addition to your fall pantry along with some ideas for how to use them. You'll be surprised at how much you can do with these traditional spices.
8 Must-Have Fall Spices
Nutmeg and Mace
Nutmeg and mace typically make their way into cookies and pies. But they also make a great addition to soups, stews and sauteed greens, as in the case of this vegetarian spinach lasagna.
Use a microplane to grate whole nutmeg into your dishes or just sprinkle a bit of ground mace.
Perhaps the first spice that comes to mind when we think of fall, cinnamon is obviously great in sweets, but don't overlook its versatility.
Add a cinnamon stick to braised meats and you'll experience a greater depth of flavour (not sweetness). Use the whole spice to make tea or a fragrant poaching liquid.
Along with cinnamon and star anise, it makes a great addition to poaching liquids for apples, pears or wine.
Powdered ginger is great for baking, but gingerroot is wonderful in marinades and a slew of Indian and Asian dishes.
Whether chopped or grated, mix it with scallions and a dash of sesame oil to give a kick to meat marinades. You can also use the same ingredients to sautee shrimp. Mixed with yogurt and garlic, it makes a superb marinade for chicken.
These light, flaky and melt-in-your-mouth pain aux raisins are a delight of French patisserie and are great for a breakfast treat, or any time. Make your own pain aux raisins with this easy-to-follow recipe.
Geranium's Rasmus Kofoed has decided to stop serving meat at the restaurant currently ranked number two on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. But the Danish chef isn't yet willing to go purely plant-based.