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Know Your Herbs and Spices Italian Seasoning

New olive oil, just pressed. It has a dense co...

New olive oil, just pressed. It has a dense colour at first; later, it clarifies by decantation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italian Seasoning

Italian Seasoning is one of those blends that vary from region to region. Like curry powder and Garam Masala, Italian Seasoning has a few major ingredients as its backbone.

Most blends have basil, thyme, rosemary and marjoram, oregano and parsley. This is usually considered a herb mixture although I’ve seen some blends with pepper added.

These herbs pair well with tomato based sauces, meats and dressings. Use Italian Seasoning with garlic and pepper blends in place of salt in a salt-free diet for an extra kick.

I like the convenience of this blend for marinades and vinaigrettes. It makes a quick, flavorful seasoning for chicken. Coat chicken with a little olive oil and sprinkle it on.

Roasted red potatoes taste great with Italian Seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces leaving the skins on and place in a plastic zip close bag. Add a little olive oil and seasoning. Shake. Pour potatoes onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until tender, about 30 minutes. Stir to brown both sides as the potatoes bake.  

While you have the olive oil out mix in some Italian Seasoning and fresh minced garlic for a dipping sauce for bread.

It also makes a good replacement for fresh herbs when they’re out of season. 

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
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