ideas for spicing


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Dish-to-Seasonings Suggestions

most references give a list of spice / herbs, then suggest the dish for use.
silly, seems to me - I rarely dig out a spice jar and then go looking for something to cook with it.
more frequently I've got a dish in mind and looking for seasonings for that dish.

so I turned the list around - here's a alpha-list of dishes/foods with seasonings suggested.
(compiled from various sources - and I can offer no warranty that everyone's taste agrees with yours....)

almond cookies - fennel seeds
apple pie - cinnamon
apples baked - cinnamon, fennel
applesauce - cinnamon, nutmeg
artichokes - rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme, lemon
asparagus - chives, thyme
bagels - sesame seeds
baked apples - cinnamon, fennel, nutmeg
baked beans - cinnamon, cloves, cumin, onion, garlic
baked chicken - cumin
baked potatoes - cumin, paprika, onion, thyme, rosemary
baked/glazed ham - cinnamon, cloves
bananas foster - cinnamon
barbecue sauce - basil, chili powder
bean dishes - cinnamon
bean salad - celery seed, coriander, savory, onion, garlic, lemon
bean soup - basil
bean soups - nutmeg, rosemary, sage
beans - savory
beans and rice - cumin
beans black - bay leaf, cumin
beans, dried - oregano, parsley
beans, green - basil, caraway seed, coriander, dill, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme
beans, kidney - cumin
beans, lima - marjoram, rosemary, sage, tarragon
beans, pinto - cumin
bearnaise sauce - chervil
beef - celery seed, chives, garlic, oregano, parsley, thyme
beef boiled - bay leaf, dill, horseradish
beef dishes - chervil, sage
beef marinades - bay leaf, cloves, caraway seed
beef roasts - rosemary
beef soups - nutmeg
beef soups and stews - coriander
beef stew - bay leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, parsley, savory, thyme
beef stews and soups - allspice
beef with bearnaise sauce - tarragon
beef, corned - cloves, caraway seed
beef, ground - coriander
beef, prime rib - horseradish
beets - bay leaf, caraway seed, cloves, coriander, fennel seeds, horseradish, mustard seed, rosemary, savory, tarragon
bell peppers - oregano, parsley
biscuits - sage
black bean soup - cilantro, cumin
black beans - bay leaf, cumin
boiled beef - bay leaf, dill, horseradish
boiled cabbage - caraway seed
boiled potatoes - coriander, dill, mint, rosemary
borscht - caraway seed, dill, fennel seeds
bouillabaisse - fennel seeds, saffron
bouquets garnis - fennel seeds, thyme
braises - allspice, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, paprika
bread - marjoram
bread, rye - caraway seed
breads - allspice, anise, caraway seed, cardamom, fennel seeds, nutmeg, poppy seed, sesame seeds
breadsticks - fennel seeds
broccoli - nutmeg, tarragon, thyme
broiled fish - dill, ginger, thyme
broiled rabbit - thyme
broiled swordfish - rosemary
brussels sprouts - caraway seed, sage
butternut squash - cinnamon
cabbage - cumin, dill, fennel seeds, fennel, sage, savory, rosemary
cabbage boiled - caraway seed
cabbage rolls - caraway seed
cajun & creole dishes - cayenne
cakes - allspice, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, ginger, nutmeg, poppy seed
calves liver - chives
cappuccino - cinnamon
carrot salad - curry powder
carrots - allspice, caraway seed, chervil, cinnamon, cloves, dill, fennel seeds, fennel, ginger, mint, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, thyme
casseroles - bay leaf
cauliflower - caraway seed, chives, nutmeg, rosemary, tarragon
cheese dips - dill
cheese dishes - chervil, mace, rosemary, sage
cheese edam - curry powder
cheese, mozzarella - basil
cheese omelets - sage
cheese sandwiches - sage
cheese spreads - sesame seeds
cheese, goat - chives, thyme
cheese, gorgonzola - watercress
cherry pie - cinnamon, almond extract
chick peas - cumin
chicken - sesame seeds, tarragon, turmeric
chicken baked - cumin
chicken cacciatore - oregano, parsley
chicken dishes - basil, curry powder
chicken or meat pies - savory
chicken salad - basil, cumin, marjoram, sage, tarragon
chicken soup - tarragon, thyme
chicken stock - bay leaf, thyme
chicken, roasted - cumin, tarragon, rosemary
chicken, sauteed - cumin, sage
chili - chili powder, coriander, cumin, curry powder
chow chow - dill
chowders - rosemary, tarragon, bay leaf, dill, thyme
chutney - coriander, fennel seeds, fenugreek, ginger, mint, curry powder
cider, hot - nutmeg
cioppino - saffron
cobb salad - watercress
cocktail sauce - chili powder, horseradish
coffee - cinnamon
cold soups - applemint
cole slaw - caraway seed, dill
consomme - sage
cooked fruit - cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger
cookies - allspice, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, mace, nutmeg, poppy seed, sesame seeds
corn - oregano, parsley, rosemary
corn soup - sage
cornbread - rosemary, sage, thyme
corned beef - cloves
cottage cheese - caraway seed, chives, dill, poppy seed, watercress
court bouillon - thyme
crawfish bisques - thyme
cream cheese - caraway seed, garlic
cream sauces - curry powder, dill, saffron, tarragon
cream soups - curry powder, nutmeg
creamed fish - tarragon
creamed vegetables - nutmeg
creole sauce - thyme
croutons - chili powder
cucumber - garlic
cucumber salad - caraway seed, dill
cucumber yogurt salad - coriander
cucumbers - coriander, mint, watercress
curries - cayenne, chili powder, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, curry powder, fennel seeds, fenugreek, ginger, mint, saffron, turmeric
curry powder - turmeric
custards - mace, nutmeg
dessert toppings - cinnamon
deviled eggs - cumin
dips - chili powder, chives
dips with sour cream or mayonnaise bases - dill
dolmades - oregano, parsley
dried beans - oregano, parsley
duck - fennel, thyme
edam cheese - curry powder
egg dishes - caraway seed, chervil, chili powder, savory, tarragon, thyme, turmeric, watercress
egg salad - celery seed, chervil, horseradish, marjoram
eggnog - allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg
eggplant - basil, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, thyme
eggs - chives, curry powder, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary
eggs, deviled - cumin
enchiladas - cumin
etouffee - thyme
fish - allspice, chervil, chives, dill, fennel seeds, fennel, garlic, mace, marjoram, sage, tarragon, turmeric
fish baked / broiled - basil, horseradish, marjoram, lemon
fish batters - sesame seeds
fish broiled - dill, ginger, thyme
fish chowder - nutmeg, oregano, parsley, savory
fish dishes - curry powder, paprika
fish sauces - mace
fish stock - bay leaf, thyme
fish, creamed - tarragon
fish, grilled - rosemary
fish, poached - bay leaf
fish, smoked - horseradish
fish, stuffed - sage
flavored mayonnaises - fennel
fowl - marjoram
french toast - cinnamon, nutmeg
fresh and cooked fruit - allspice
fresh tomatoes - oregano, parsley
fruit - anise, cinnamon, cloves
fruit cake - cloves
fruit cocktails - watercress
fruit cooked - cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger
fruit desserts - mace, nutmeg
fruit dishes - cardamom
fruit pies - anise
fruit preserves - allspice
fruit salads - mint, sesame seeds
fruit, fresh and cooked - allspice
fruit, stewed - nutmeg
fruits - curry powder
game - bay leaf, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage
game dishes - coriander
garam masala - coriander, curry powder
garnish - chives, mint
garnishes - chervil, watercress
gazpacho - basil, mint
german potato salad - basil
gingerbread - coriander, ginger
goat cheese - chives, thyme
goat, roasted - curry powder
goose roasted - thyme
gorgonzola cheese - watercress
goulash - fennel seeds
goulashes - paprika
gravies - rosemary
green beans - basil, caraway seed, coriander, dill, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme
green goddess dressing - chives, tarragon
green peas - rosemary
green salads - chervil, chives
green vegetables - marjoram, oregano, parsley
greens - sesame seeds
grilled fish - rosemary
grilled lamb - thyme
grilled meats - ginger, rosemary, tarragon
ground beef - coriander
ground lamb - coriander
guacamole - chervil, cilantro, cumin
gumbo - thyme
gyros - oregano, parsley
ham - horseradish
ham baked/glazed - cinnamon, cloves
herb butter - savory, tarragon, thyme
herb butters - chives
herb vinegar - savory
herb vinegars - chives, fennel, mint, tarragon, thyme
herbed breads - basil, dill, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme
hot and sour soup - chives
hot cider - nutmeg
hot spiced drinks - cinnamon, cloves
hummus - sesame seeds
iced tea - mint
indian pudding - cinnamon, ginger
italian sausage - fennel
jambalaya - bay leaf
jellies - cardamom, mace, mint
kidney beans - cumin
lamb - celery seed, chives, dill, fennel, garlic, marjoram, mint, sage, savory, thyme
lamb chops - basil
lamb roast - mint, rosemary
lamb stew - bay leaf, coriander
lamb, grilled - thyme
lamb, ground - coriander
lasagna - oregano, parsley
leeks - tarragon, thyme
lentil soup - coriander, savory, thyme
lentils - bay leaf, sage, savory
lima beans - marjoram, rosemary, sage, tarragon
liqueurs - anise
liver - garlic, rosemary, sage
liver calves - chives
marinades - bay leaf, celery seed, cilantro, coriander, fennel seeds, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon
marinades for beef - cloves
mayonnaises, flavored - fennel
meat and poultry stuffings - sage
meat loaf - celery seed, chili powder, cumin, oregano, parsley, savory
meat stocks - bay leaf
meatballs - chili powder, cumin
meatballs, swedish - nutmeg, dill
meats, grilled - ginger, rosemary, tarragon
mexican food - cayenne
mince pie - allspice
mincemeat - ginger
minestrone - fennel, oregano, parsley
mint juleps - mint
mixed green salad - oregano, parsley, tarragon, thyme, fennel, rosemary, savory
moussaka - cinnamon, oregano, parsley
mushroom soup - tarragon
mushrooms - fennel seeds, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme
mushrooms, sauteed - chervil
mustard - sesame seeds
mustards - turmeric
noodles - sesame seeds
omelets - chives, savory, tarragon
onion soup - oregano, parsley, thyme
onions - nutmeg, oregano, parsley, sage, tarragon, thyme
oysters rockefeller - tarragon
paella - saffron
pasta sauce - fennel seeds, garlic
pasta sauces - basil, bay leaf, oregano, parsley, tarragon
pastitsio - cinnamon
pastries - cardamom, cinnamon, fennel seeds, poppy seed
pates - sage
pea soup - allspice, coriander
pears, sliced - watercress
peas - basil, chervil, dill, fennel seeds, mint, sage, savory, tarragon
peas, green - rosemary
peppers bell - oregano, parsley
pesto - basil, garlic
pickled vegetables - curry powder, thyme
pickles - allspice, celery seed, cloves, coriander, dill, garlic, mace, turmeric
pickling - cardamom
pie cherry - cinnamon
pie, pumpkin - allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg
pies - cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg
pilafs - coriander, saffron
pinto beans - cumin
piroshki - poppy seed
pizza - fennel, oregano, parsley
pizza sauce - fennel seeds, garlic
poached fish - bay leaf
polenta - coriander
pork - chives, coriander, garlic, mace, thyme
pork dishes - anise, caraway seed, mint, sage
pork roast - fennel seeds, oregano, parsley, sage, savory
pork roasts - rosemary
pork sausage - cilantro, marjoram, sage
pork stews - sage
posole - oregano, parsley
pot roast - allspice, bay leaf
potato casseroles - cumin
potato dishes - paprika
potato salad - dill
potato salad, german - basil
potato soup - allspice, dill, marjoram
potatoes - basil, dill, fennel seeds, fennel, horseradish, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme
potatoes baked - chives, onion, horseradish
potatoes boiled - coriander, dill, mint, rosemary, horseradish, garlic
poultry - bay leaf, curry powder, dill, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, savory, thyme
poultry dishes - mace, tarragon
poultry stuffing - basil, thyme
pound cake - mace
preserves - cinnamon
prime rib - horseradish
puddings - allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg
pumpkin - allspice, cardamom, nutmeg
pumpkin pie - allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg
quiches - nutmeg
rabbit - basil, mint
rabbit broiled - thyme
red beans and rice - bay leaf, thyme
relishes - allspice, celery seed, coriander, dill, turmeric
remoulade sauces - chives
rice - savory
rice and beans - cumin
rice dishes - basil, coriander, cumin, marjoram, saffron, turmeric
rice pudding - coriander, nutmeg
rice, spanish - cumin
rice, wild - watercress
risotto - saffron
roast chicken - rosemary
roast goose - thyme
roast lamb - mint, rosemary
roast pork - fennel seeds, oregano, parsley, sage, savory
roast turkey - oregano, parsley
roasted chicken - cumin, tarragon, rosemary
roasted goat - curry powder
roasted meat and poultry - chervil
rolls - fennel seeds, poppy seed, sesame seeds
rye bread - caraway seed
salad cobb - watercress
salad dressings - basil, celery seed, dill, garlic, ginger, horseradish, oregano, parsley, poppy seed, tarragon, turmeric
salad garnish - sesame seeds
salad, cucumber - caraway seed, dill
salad, mixed green - oregano, parsley, tarragon, thyme, fennel, rosemary, savory
salads - applemint, dill, garlic, marjoram, sesame seeds, tarragon, thyme, watercress
salmon - mint
salsa - mint
salsas - cilantro, cumin
sauces - applemint, cloves, nutmeg, tarragon, turmeric
sauerbraten - caraway seed, cinnamon, ginger
sauerkraut - caraway seed, curry powder, dill
sausage - coriander, horseradish, sage
sausage, italian - fennel
sausages - curry powder, fennel seeds, oregano, parsley, savory
sauteed chicken - cumin, sage
sauteed mushrooms - chervil
seafood - cayenne, dill, fennel seeds, fennel, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary, saffron, savory, tarragon, thyme
seafood dishes - basil
seafood salad - oregano, parsley, tarragon
shellfish - basil, coriander, fennel, tarragon, thyme
shish kabobs - mint
shish kebab - thyme
sliced pears - watercress
smoked fish - horseradish
souffles - sage
soup black bean - cilantro, cumin
soup, corn - sage
soup, hot and sour - chives
soup, mushroom - tarragon
soup, onion - oregano, parsley, thyme
soup, pea - allspice, coriander
soups - basil, bay leaf, cayenne, celery seed, garlic, sage, savory, watercress
soups cold - applemint
soups, cream - curry powder, nutmeg
sour cream dips - horseradish
souvlakia - thyme, watercress
spaghetti sauce - basil, fennel, marjoram
spanish rice - cumin
spice cakes - allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger
spice cookies - allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger
spinach - allspice, chervil, mace, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, tarragon, thyme
spring rolls - mint
squahs butternut - cinnamon
squahs, summer - basil, chervil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, savory
squash - cinnamon, nutmeg, sage
squash soup - sage
squash, yellow - allspice
stewed beef - oregano, parsley, savory, thyme
stewed fruit - nutmeg
stews - basil, bay leaf, coriander, garlic, paprika, tarragon
stir fry - coriander, ginger, sesame seeds, garlic
stocks - bay leaf, cloves
stuffed fish - sage
stuffing, meat and poultry - sage
stuffings - marjoram, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme
summer squash - basil, chervil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, savory
swedish meatballs - nutmeg, dill
sweet potatoes - cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg
sweet rolls - anise
sword broiled - rosemary
tabouli - mint
tartar sauce - chervil, dill, tarragon
three bean salad - oregano, parsley
tomato dishes - basil
tomato juice - oregano, parsley, tarragon
tomato salads - coriander, mint
tomato sauce - thyme
tomato sauces - basil, bay leaf, garlic, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary
tomato soup - allspice, chervil, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, tarragon, thyme
tomato soups - garlic, marjoram
tomatoes - celery seed, chives, dill, fennel seeds, marjoram, rosemary, sage, savory, sesame seeds, tarragon, thyme
tomatoes, fresh - oregano, parsley
tomatoes, stewed - oregano, parsley
tossed salads - basil
tuna salad - caraway seed, sage
turkey - marjoram
turkey roast - oregano, parsley
turkey salad - sage
turkey soup - sage
turnips - allspice, marjoram, rosemary
turtle soup - thyme
veal - chives, marjoram, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon
veal chops - oregano, parsley
veal mustard - mint
veal roast - bay leaf, chervil
veal sausage - marjoram
veal stew - basil
vegetable dishes - chives, garlic, mace
vegetable salads - sesame seeds
vegetable soup - dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme
vegetable soups and stews - celery seed
vegetables - chervil, thyme, turmeric
vegetables, creamed - nutmeg
vegetables, green - marjoram, oregano, parsley
vegetables, pickled - curry powder, thyme
vegetables, yellow - cinnamon, ginger, mace, nutmeg
vegetarian chili - chili powder, cumin
vichyssoise - chervil, chives, nutmeg
vinaigrettes - tarragon
vinegars - tarragon
wild rice - watercress
wine sauces - tarragon
yams - cinnamon, cloves, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg
yeast breads - rosemary
yellow squash - allspice
yellow vegetables - cinnamon, ginger, mace, nutmeg
zucchini - dill, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary