Now that you’ve learned the basics of cooking, it’s time to spice things up. Many of our parents only had a few spices available to them, typically salt, pepper, some form of all purpose seasoning salt and maybe paprika for color. Ah, what we were missing! The addition of a few spices can transform a “meh” dinner into a feast. The Culinary Institute of America, through The Great Courses, offers a six thirty minute lecture series called Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking. In this series, Chef Bill Briwa reviews spices from India, China, Mexico, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and America. Yum!

Since you’ve now learned about the spices from various regions, how about trying them? Denton has numerous ethnic restaurants and grocery stores! In the dog days of summer when it’s too hot to play outdoors, how about spending some time exploring these fantastic little shops? I promise, you’ll be able to whip up some dishes that are by far better than most of the foods served in local restaurants. Again, this lecture series can be purchased through The Great Courses or rented from various libraries.

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