As the season changes and the holidays approach, many of us begin to think about cooking and baking, about sharing food and drink with loved ones. Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor and depth to your favorite holiday meals without adding calories. This month at Common Ground we are featuring seasonal favorites like cinnamon sticks, rosemary, and rubbed sage from Frontier Co-op in Norway, Iowa. Look for sales on these and other herbs and spices throughout the month to make your holiday bulk spice buying an even better value.
Spices allow you to instantly transform the typical fare: season your eggnog with cardamom instead of (or as well as) cinnamon this year, and sprinkle tarragon on plain mashed potatoes. Or add some festive flavors to an otherwise ordinary recipe, like these from Co+ops, stronger together Eggnog Spiced Sugar Cookies.
We’ve put together a delicious collection of recipes below to whet your appetite for the heady aromas and flavors of holiday cooking.
Sage and Poultry Blends
Sweet and piquant, with a little bite, ground nutmeg is often used in cakes and cookies. The whole seed can be grated for extra flavor and freshness. It pairs beautifully with pumpkin in savory dinner rolls or sweet glazed cookies. Suggestions for nutmeg recipes include Pumpkin Nutmeg Dinner Rolls and Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies.