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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

HERBS AND SPICES 10 A - ITALIAN: UPDATE AND REPOST: Tuscan Spice






PART 10 A:  Tuscan

I have learned that there are two kinds of Tuscan spice mixes: one with fresh tomatoes and one not. I am dealing here with the one without fresh tomatoes. I have learned that there are several recipes out there for Tuscan spice mix and not all of them have the same ingredients especially the commercial ones. Here is a list of herbs and spices that could be in a Tuscan spice mix: (below photos) How do you use this on food?  (see bottom of page)








  • sage*
  • fennel seeds*
  • thyme*
  • red pepper flakes*
  • green pepper flakes
  • black peppercorns*
  • rosemary*
  • sea salt* **
  • kosher salt
  • regular table salt
  • juniper berries
  • basil*
  • oregano*
  • garlic powder*
  • Spanish paprika*
  • granulated onion*
  • sugar
  • cayenne pepper
  • parsley*
  • marjoram*
  • cilantro
  • savory
  • crushed chili peppers
  • sun dried tomato*

*The most common have a star beside them.

**Don't let too much of any kind of salt overpower these wonderful flavors.


  • Brush chicken, fish or lamb with olive oil, sprinkle generously with seasoning before pan frying, grilling or baking. 
  • Adds extra flavour to oven roasted potatoes, tomatoes and carrots. 
  • Sprinkle over lamb cutlets or chicken and grill. 
  • Mix with orange juice and marinade chicken breasts. 
  • Sprinkle over baked tomatoes, crispy bread or bocccocini cheese, drizzle with balsamic and olive oil. 
  • Combine with onions, lemon , chopped capsicum, chopped tomatoes and pour over pork and bake. 
  • Sprinkle over lamb salad.


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