Even the most ordinary of dishes can turn extraordinary with the addition of a few herbs or spices. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg to just about anything and you’ve got yourself a gourmet meal! So how can you get the most from the spices and herbs you’ve got stored in the pantry? To keep herbs and spices fresh, store them in airtight containers in a cool, dark place. Dried herbs and ground spices will keep for up to 6 months, and whole spices will last for up to 2 years. To release more flavor from dried herbs, crumble them between your fingers before adding them to a dish; toast spices in a dry skillet until fragrant (15-30 seconds) to bring out more flavor.
Trivia: Terrified of garlic breath? Chew on some parsley after eating garlic to neutralize odors and freshen your breath!
Current CK Fave: Parmesan-Herb Popcorn
For a yummy, quick, and easy after-school snack, whip up some Parmesan-Herb Popcorn. Start by following the instructions on a plain bag of microwavable popcorn. Once the popcorn is popped, add 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, a teaspoon of rosemary, a teaspoon of thyme and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Give it all a good shake right in the bag, then serve! Yum!