Using seasoning and spice really brings out delicious and different flavors in cooking food. Just about every ethnic background has their signature herbs, spices and seasonings that are used to bring out a certain taste to a dish.
Cajun and Creole cuisines are known for using cayenne pepper and file’ powder(which acts as a thickening agent in gumbo dishes.) In Jamaican cuisine some key spices consist of allspice, scotch bonnet peppers, curry powder and thyme. Latin Mexican cuisine infuses the intense flavors of garlic, cilantro, oregano, chipolte and jalapeno peppers. For some African American Soul food dishes, seasonings consist of seasoning salt, bay leaves, crushed red pepper and just about anything that gives great flavor to a dish.
If you want to explore trying different herbs and spices beyond what you will find in your local supermarket, I invite you to visit some of these online stores listed below where you can find specialty seasonings. Not only will you find your own that you commonly use, but you’ll also discover specialty food products to bring your cooking pleasure to a whole new level.
Kalustyans.com An extensive collection of over 1100 herbs and seasonings to choose from. Also offering food products ranging from olive oils, vinegars, condiments and cooking wines.
World Pantry.com Offering seasoning blends including Cajun, curry seasoning and a Mexican Spice blend. The company also has an interesting collection of hot sauces and salsas.
Zingermans.com A good resource for finding mostly specialty food products. Here you can find a variety of olive oils and vinegars. Small collection of herbs and seasonings including exotic blends of sea salts for cooking.
Adrianascaravan.comAn eclectic mix of herbs and spices. There is a varied collection of curry powders such as lemon curry, South African curry and Zanzibar curry. In addition, the site also has Creole seasoning and file powder for Cajun and Creole cooking. Great selection of whole food products you can browse by ethnic region.
Mexican chiles, salsas and hot sauces available at this website. Unique chile powders and a variety of food gift baskets.
Mustardmuseum.com Fun website to browse for unique and different kinds of mustards. There are a wide variety of mustards to choose from ranging in flavor from sweet to hot. The site also has a collection of salsas and hot sauces to choose from.
Purespice.com A large list of herbs and spices to choose from with seasoning blends and specialty salts. Good description and knowledge of each product.
A varied collection of gourmet food products to choose from. Fine selection of sauces and glazes such as “Ginger Jerk Sauce.”
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