Spice Up Your Fall Cooking

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.

Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon sticks are used whole to impart a warm, sweet, robust flavor to hot foods and drinks. Try it in Mulled Spiced Wine or Mexican Hot Chocolate.



Sage and Poultry Blends

These herbs are nearly essential for classic turkey stuffing, pungent and velvety. Homemade poultry blend is easy and makes a great gift for the cooks in your life.



Often used in fresh sprigs, rosemary is also terrific dried. It is best lightly crushed to release the aromatic oils. Rosemary is delicious paired with cabbage or potatoes.



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.