Letter from the Editor: This Fall, Discover the Wide World of Spices

Letter from the Editor: This Fall, Discover the Wide World of Spices

You’re one pinch away from elevated home cooking

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The difference between a good meal and a great meal usually comes down to small details: the quality of an ingredient, the right temperature of a pan, a pinch of an unexpected but well-chosen spice. And since it’s officially fall, and because in fall we especially love to cook and bake with rich, warm spices, it’s time for us to take a closer look at our spice racks—after all, they could be that small detail that makes our next meal.

This October, we’re diving into the wide world of spices: the ones we lean on day in and day out, the ones we’ve forgotten in the back of our cupboard, and the ones we should waste no time to add to our collections. Our essential list of spices is coming your way, and we can’t wait to hear about yours in return.

A sneak peak of what’s to come

Each week this month, one of our editors will let you in on the spice they can’t live without, how it’s best used, and what to make first with it. Plus, find out what the deal is with spice mixes and which ones you can make at home. And for a bit of good old fashioned fun, we’ll even look at the creative array of spices used in a snack beloved the world over—you guessed it: the potato chip.

Recipes to get you started


Ready to spice up your life? Good, so are we. Dig through your spice rack and start experimenting with these fantastic recipes:

Pumpkin spice bread

Pumpkin spice bread
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Chai-spiced bundt cake

Chai-spiced bundt cake
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Chicken shawarma sandwich with mango dressing

Chicken shawarma sandwich with mango dressing
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Swiss chard and chickpea stew with turmeric and poached eggs

Swiss chard and chickpea stew with turmeric and poached eggs
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Classic steak au poivre (French pepper steak) with mashed potatoes and green bean bundles

Classic steak au poivre (French pepper steak) with mashed potatoes and green bean bundles
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Warm carrot salad

Warm carrot salad
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Spiced parsnip cake with cream cheese frosting

Spiced parsnip cake with cream cheese frosting
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Jambalaya with shrimps and smoked sausage

Jambalaya with shrimps and smoked sausage
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Piri-piri chicken

Piri-piri chicken
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5-ingredient red curry chicken soup

5-ingredient red curry chicken soup
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Published on October 1, 2020

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