A rainy Monday is here but it is getting warmer. I hope everyone is doing well.
Both were fun and created a lot of buzz so I thought I would go out on a limb and find out “What is your favorite seasoning?”.
According to Wikipedia, seasoning can be defined as…
Seasoning is the process of imparting or improving flavor of food. Seasonings include herbs, spices, and all other condiments, which are themselves frequently referred to as “seasonings”. However, Larousse Gastronomique states that “to season and to flavor are not the same thing“, insisting that seasoning includes a large or small amount of salt being added to a preparation. Salt may be used to draw out water, or to magnify a natural flavor of a food making it richer or more delicate, depending on the dish. This type of procedure is akin to curing. For instance, kosher salt (a coarser-grained salt) is rubbed into chicken, lamb, and beef to tenderize the meat and improve flavor. Other seasonings like black pepper and basil transfer some of their flavor to the food. A well designed dish may combine seasonings that complement each other.
Now with that being said -the choice of herbs and seasoning and the timing of when flavors are added will affect the food that is being prepared. The rule of thumb seems to be if you are using anything fresh whether it is herbs or spices - they should go at the end of the cooking process where dried would go at the beginning and develop a flavor throughout the cooking process.
In some cases, you often see the sauce/flavor added at the very end of the process. A variety of seasoning techniques exist in various cultures. For me it is hard to say what my favorite seasoning is… I bounce around a lot
Let’s not go the standard Salt or Pepper route – what do you love to use to add flavor and season to your favorite dishes! I would love to hear if ketchup is someone’s favorite seasoning.
When I write the word ketchup – I almost can hear zesty-in-laws cringe at the thought. Do you remember when I whipped up a quick leftover dinner with potatoes and eggs and of course I threw some ketchup on top… well let’s just say I got dragged over the coals for that one.
So really here it is….. Tell me your favorite seasoning or seasonings! I know it will be hard to pick just one but try your best. I can’t wait to hear them all.
Around the Blogsphere
In my spare minutes earlier today check out some great recipes I have found that may peek your interest.
- Aggie’s Kitchen whipped a pretty stellar Asian Couscous Salad. This looks amazing. great photography.
- Kath Eats pulls a great slow cooker recipe that I am dying to try. I think I have all the ingredients.
- Jenny really goes and kicks it up a notch and features… Peanut Butter and Jam Lattice Pies. Can you believe that?
Alright so do not forget to leave your seasoning with me and have a great Monday.