Seasoning Essentials

Herbs and spices are the magic in your meal. This cookbook, Seasoning Essentials, gives you everything you need to know how to fill your kitchen with flavor.

From the RecipeLion Cookbook: How to Season Food

how to season food

There’s something magical about eating foods with just the right spices or smelling the aroma of fresh herbs as you’re cooking dinner. The right herbs and spices can turn a meal into a masterpiece. They can bring warmth, depth, or brightness to your cooking. But sometimes they don’t work the way you want them to.

Do you ever feel like your meals don’t have the flavors you imagined they might? Get frustrated by recipes that tell you to “salt and pepper to taste?” Feel lost when you’re supposed to add fresh herbs, but you only have dried? In this class, I’ll walk you through the solutions to each of those questions. We’ll go over different ways to create your own spice blends, grinding techniques for the perfect mix, and how to give your dried herbs and spices a long, healthy shelf life.

Learn to season your food with confidence—all in the RecipeLion Gold Club’s How to Season Food digital printable cookbook!

How to Season Food

Even everyday meals can be enhanced with the right herbs and spices. Refresh your standard Mac and Cheese with one of my all-time favorite recipes, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese. I like to use fresh nutmeg in this dish, as well as ground mustard. Ground mustard is a great way to get mustard flavor into a recipe since it is more potent than, say, yellow mustard.

Start by buttering a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, then whisk together your melted butter and flour in a large saucepan. Add in the milk and cheese and season with salt, pepper, ground mustard, and freshly grated nutmeg. Once your cheese sauce is thickened, pour it over the cooked pasta.

Top with toasted bread crumbs and bacon. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes and voilà! You have a delicious meal on your table!

Bonus tip! You can substitute different cheeses for the gouda; add broccoli, spinach, or sliced carrots; or recreate this dish in so many ways.

To learn how to make your own rubs and blends, get How to Season Food right now—one of many digital cookbooks with companion recipe videos in the RecipeLion Gold Club’s library, which is included with your Gold Club Charter Membership!

The How to Season Food digital cookbook includes four foolproof recipes, as well as ideas on how you can make your own spice blends at home. You’ll get plenty of insight into seasoning your foods, along with the complete recipes and instructions for each of these blends. In addition to the Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese recipe, you’ll get:

  • Copycat Texas Steak Rub—I love using dry rubs on steak because the juicy steak will suck in the flavors of the spice blend. I’ll show you exactly how to make your own slightly sweet, slightly spicy rub, and you’ll learn a simple trick that will help spread the rub evenly on your steak. As an added bonus, this seasoning actually helps tenderize your steak, too!
  • Chinese Five Spice—You can make this with whole spices or pre-ground. In this class, I’m using whole spices, so I can show you how to use a mortar and pestle to make this very traditional spice blend.
  • Italian Seasoning for Chicken— You don’t have to blend your spices ahead of time to make a rich spice blend. For this dish you layer the seasonings.

And you get a full-color printable chart of the best uses for 23 common herbs and spices!

  • Herb and Spice Chart—This indispensable chart should be in every kitchen. Learn how to pair 23 common herbs and spices with dozens of fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats. Discover which herbs and spices complement each other and find out how to make your meals come alive with flavor.

Along with your printable digital cookbook, you’ll get the companion streaming video cooking TV show where I demonstrate my favorite recipes. Watch it all on any device or print it out for easy use in your own kitchen.

How to Season Food

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