Thanksgiving Spices and Seasonings

| 11/25/2009 9:56:10 AM

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Premixed herb and spice combinations are a time saver and easy on the budget. If you make the blends yourself, you can adapt them to your own taste. Most pumpkin pie spice recipes call for ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a smidgen of allspice. I’m a fan of nutmeg, so my pumpkin pie spice combination has a little more nutmeg than the typical recipe.

Add a shake of nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin spice to your cappuccino.
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Robyn Lee 

Cinnamon is the key ingredient in any pumpkin pie spice mix. So, buy the best you can afford. A teaspoon or two of pumpkin pie spice added to any store bought cake or quick bread mix, will turn the recipe into your baking secret. Try pumpkin pie spice in bread pudding, on top of a cappuccino, in oatmeal cookies or pumpkin soup.

Pumpkin shakes as simple as adding pumpkin puree and
pumpkin spices to your favorite shake recipe.
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Add extra flavor to any desert, by dusting  the whipped cream topping with a bit of pumpkin pie spice mix. Or, sprinkle dessert plates with pumpkin pie spice before serving a slice of pie.