I bought a fresh sweet potato pie at the farmer's market over the weekend. I got home and cut me a sliver and I found it a bit bland. I like a little spice in my pie. So I opened up the spice cabinet and garam masala jumped out at me. I took it out and gave it a whiff and thought it would dress up my pie. I gave the slice of pie a good sprinkle and a dollop of cream and sure enough it was SO good! I plan to make a sweet potato pie now w/ garam masala for Thanksgiving.
I realized that I really only get it out when I'm making a curry or other indian dish. But I looked it up on the 'net and it's a blend, typically, of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and black pepper. I thought that it's quite versatile then.
So, what do you use it for? It seems this is the perfect time of year to utilize this spice blend.