Herbs and spices are essential for making great-tasting food that’s healthy too. They let you create bright, aromatic, vibrant-tasting dishes without loading up on salt, sugar, butter or cream. So keep a well-organized array of dried herbs and spices, preferably close to your work space. Keep in mind that herbs and spices do lose potency the longer they sit on your shelves. After they’ve been there a year or two, replace them. And if you have space, plant an herb garden or, if you live in a colder climate, a small planter that you can bring inside in the winter.