5 Tips for Cooking Restaurant Quality Food at Home


Make Friends with Your Spice Rack

Why do we enjoy restaurant food so much? The flavor. Our favorite establishments serve dishes with big, bold flavors that keep us coming back for more. Here are a few ways to add zest and flavor to your home-cooked meals.

Spices and herbs give your dishes an international flair and unique essence. Check out some popular cuisines and their associated flavors:

  • Caribbean -- nutmeg, allspice, ginger
  • French -- rosemary, tarragon, thyme, marjoram
  • German -- nutmeg, mace
  • Indian -- cumin, tumeric, coriander, pepper, saffron, cinnamon
  • Italian -- garlic, onions, parsley, peppercorns
  • Latin -- cumin, onions, Mexican oregano
  • Scandinavian -- cardamom

[source: Real Simple]

Besides pleasing your palate, herbs and spices benefit your body in other ways. They contain antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Spices naturally rev up your metabolism, too. And using more spice helps you use less salt, which is great news for your blood pressure. So spice up your life!