You might be in the process of remodeling or putting a new kitchen into your home. You will undoubtedly spend a great deal of time determining what types of appliances to buy as well as when to place them in your new cooking space. But after all the construction and finishing work is done, the space would be incomplete for the fun of cooking without an ample assortment of jar spices. Jars of spices placed in racks make a wonderful, colorful decoration in any kitchen, and the great thing about spices in jars is that they are not only beautiful but also functional as well in your new culinary workspace.
It is always handy to have a spice blend as one of your jar spices. Many enjoy the flavor that comes from using an Italian Seasoning blend of organic spices. These organic spices typically include marjoram, an herb in the mint family; thyme; rosemary; savory; sage; oregano and basil. This makes it very easy to prepare a dish such as Herb Marinated Chicken, for example. The chicken can be cut up and then placed in a plastic food storage bag. To this bag you can add extra virgin oil oil, a couple of tablespoons of Ouzo, a Greek liquor that tastes like licorice, and a healthy shake of your jar of spices. Seal the top, and rotate the chicken around in the bag, then place it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least an hour. This succulent chicken can then be roasted in the over or placed on the grill for a delicious dinner.
You can also use this jar of spices to prepare spinach lasagna. This is a wonderful meatless main dish that substitutes chopped spinach for the meat that typically goes into the sauce of lasagna. You layer the sauce, spinach, cheeses and lasagna pasta, finishing with a layer of sauce and cheese on top, and bake for an hour. That, combined with some garlic bread, a green salad and some red wine, will make you a star in the kitchen.
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