It’s not autumn until the house is filled with scents of comfort foods featuring seasoning and spices. What better way to warm our families on a cool Autumn day than with the rich flavors from the garden. My fondest memories are filled with the seasonal table filled with flavorful Autumn recipes. In this post, I share Seasoning and Spices For Autumn Cooking that will warm your home and hearts.
Spices That Fit the Season
There are spices that just seem out of place when used during certain times of the year. I remember the summer I made Christmas spice cookies for a County Fair event. Something about baking up ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon on a hot July day made it hard to put the project together. It is hard to believe I won 2nd place for my Christmas basket at the county fair that year. Seasonal spices are not only added to bake goods but beverages and even home decor for their aroma.
Favorite Autumn Spices
Below are 4 favorite spices that are most popular this time of year.
- Cloves: one of the oldest spices known for its aromatic smell. This spice is easy to find at grocery stores in whole or ground form. One of my favorite uses for clove is in a mulled apple cider mix.
- Ginger: can be found in most any Autumn recipe in the dried or root form. Most commonly found as a key ingredient in hot tea, winter soups, and many Autumn desserts such as gingerbread. I used this in my Whoopie Pie Recipe.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a flowering plant, but I keep missing mine when it blooms. Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking. It is fairly easy to grow from grocery store roots.
- Cinnamon: may just be the first spice experienced by most on their morning toast as a child. Cinnamon is a spice I go through regularly during the Autumn and Christmas baking season using it in bread recipes, beverages, and many back goods. Did you know that cinnamon is always a great way to keep mice away? My husband sprinkles cinnamon in his old Farm All tractor near the radiator for the past five years.
- NUTMEG: is one of my favorite spices to use in my homemade breads. One of my favorite tools is a nutmeg grinder I bought years ago which allows me to always have fresh ground nutmeg.
The Right Spices
It’s easy to create your own signature seasoning blends for the Thanksgiving bird, from spice rubs and pastes to savory liquid blends. First, choose a medley of your favorite herbs and spices. For the freshest flavor and aroma, grind whole spices in a spice grinder, then custom-blend your seasonings. Add olive, canola or grapeseed oil to make a paste, or broth or wine for liquid blends. Dry rubs and pastes are massaged into the skin, which should be scored first to better allow the flavor to permeate the turkey. Rub the spices under the skin and on the outside of the turkey before roasting.
Did I miss a spice? What do you enjoy using in your comfort food this time of year? I’d love to connect with you so please leave your thoughts in the comments below.