Halloween is just right around the corner and we are already excited with the ghoulishly good stuff we have coming your way. This time of the year, we are not only decorating our front porches but also our kitchens! In fact, when we’re cooking it’s not the pumpkins that we crave, but also the combination of spices that comes along with it!
Cinnamon and pumpkins have become the themes of the fall season. Even candles, coffee latte and other household products feature these scents signaling this time of the year. If you’re already planning for that spooktacular feast on October 31st, here’s a list of spices that you definitely should have in your cupboard to make your dishes extra magical.
Boldly called the king of spices, a pinch of black pepper is enough to enhance the flavor in any recipe you can imagine. As the other half of salt, black pepper is taking the front seat this season. It has a piquant flavor that when paired with other spices on this list, simply elevates the food profile in all fronts. From salads to pizza to cookies, and that holiday rib roast you’re planning to make – Halloween is the time to raise your kitchen from the dead and experiment with an out of this world culinary creation!
CinnamonThe air smells like cinnamon, and every door is decorated with a pumpkin sitting on the porch! For those celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Nov 1), Cinnamon is added to everything. A favorite drink, Chocolate Para Mesa, is paired and made special by a little sprinkle of fresh cinnamon. Sometimes cayenne pepper is added as a twist on the classic plain chocolate caliente!
MapleLimiting Maple to Breakfast hours is selling it short. This time of the year, maple lends its distinctive tang to satisfy the sweetest cravings of kids and adults alike. Used as a glaze for sweet dishes and cocktails, no wonder shops like Starbucks and Dunkin added Maple to their menus for that holiday flavor feel. Maple bacon sandwich, maple pecan latte, candy corn and maple peanuts? This shows that it pairs well with all the food you have in your pantry.
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