When I was a kid, my mother cooked with salt and pepper. If she was feeling very adventurous, she’d break out the Adolf's Meat Tenderizer. So, when I decided I wanted to learn to cook, spices and seasonings opened a whole new world for me.
Every culture has its own spicing and seasoning secrets. Learning which herbs and spices to use to prepare food with a French, Greek or Italian feel really freed me up to experiment. And learning to use whole spices, only freshly grinding what I need brought extra flavor to our dinner table.