Lynne, one of my co-barn builders in that Build A Barn book Julie Sefton put together last year, did an amazing thing for me. She sent me a spice cabinet. That is just a reminder that you never know where your friends are going to come from, so be nice to everyone! LOL
You know how important my kitchen is to me, how much I love to cook. And how I am fighting the little inadequate kitchen in the camper. Christie gifted me with that slow cooker that has been a life saver. Lynne gave me the ability to season.
I told her I was having a kitchen orgasm! Vietnamese Cinnamon! Spanish Paprika! OMG! Oregano, nutmeg, Bouquet Garni! I was in love with the range of spices. Things most people don't use, but I use them all! Mexican Vanilla, tarragon, cumin. Basil, lemon pepper, rosemary, ginger, thyme.
All so simple, and so basic. I am so touched once again, by a simple gesture like this.
In India, cooks use the same red beans we have here in South Louisiana and add cinnamon and allspice. The result is a mild, sweet bean dish that compliments the tandoori chicken.
I make the absolute best ribs using Spanish Paprika in the rub. No, no....I won't give away my secret!
There is this delicious apple pie I make that has a crust full of shredded cheddar cheese. You pile the 3 kinds of apples high in the middle and fiddle with some amazing spices. It melts in your mouth. My son-in-law eats half of it, so I have to make two when he is nearby. I think he can smell it from across the fields.
Remember my bay leaf trees I had to pull up this past weekend? Lynne even included bay leaves in the box!
You are amazing, my friend. And right at the moment I needed it!