9 Essential Spices and Herbs

Boost the flavor of your meals with these pantry staples.

Stock Your Shelves With Essential Spices and Herbs
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Cooking with herbs and spices is a great way to boost the flavors of your dishes. From savory herbs like basil and oregano to spices like red pepper flakes and black peppercorns that turn up the heat, you'll want to have a good selection in your kitchen. In many recipes, fresh and dried herbs can be used interchangeably without sacrificing flavor. You'll just have to experiment. The rule of thumb is to substitute about 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for each tablespoon of fresh. In season, you may find many of the fresh herbs included here at your farmers' market.

  • Stock Your Shelves With Essential Spices and Herbs
  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Bay Leaves
  • Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Red Pepper
  • Thyme

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