Emeril Lagasse helped to make the world more knowledgeable about the importance of cooking spice through his cooking shows. Popular phrases such as 'Bam!' and 'Kick it up a notch!' all have to do with using various additions for spicing up the food because it would add flavor and produce a better dish no matter who it was being served to.
Emeril may have become famous due to his insiring Cajun dishes and southern cooking, but he also knew the importance of proper seasoning for all dishes. Few foods in the world can be served after being cooked without any kind of herbs, sauces, seasoning or vegetables being added to the pan or pot to add flavor.
Regardless of whether the food is injected with a marinade, wrapped in herbs or being rubbed with a cooking spice, it is sure ot taste better than it would without it. Some of the most popular herbs and spices to cook with include: Basil - Cilantro - Black Pepper - Garlic - Cumin - Paprika - Chili Powder
Sometimes it's not about a single spice, either. Combining them into perfectly formulated mixtures and seasonings can turn an ordinary burger into something more exotic. It can turn a typical prime rib into something to write home about. A culinary dream can be made out of what would have been plain, grilled chicken. Without using something to cook protein with, it will all start to taste the same. Allowing your taste buds to become bored over what is being served for dinner is just now way to live!
In the words of Emeril Lagasse, it's time to 'kick it up a notch' and start using more herbs and seasonings when you cook. There is an abundance of cookbooks to guide you along the way if you are not sure of what to use on different proteins. You can also try your hand at experimenting with different combinations to pick up a few things that a cookbook won't tell you about.
Salt and pepper are the basics, but you need to build your flavors in order to help your food come alive on the palate. Spice blends will provide you with a sensational way to boost the taste of your food like never before.