Over 3 years ago, we got a spice box as a wedding gift, and it included cardamom. I had never used it as a spice, ever.
Over 2 years ago, we visited my parents for Christmas and I was determined to make cardamom cookies from a recipe in my Gourmet magazine. My mom almost fainted at the $15 price tag for a little bottle.
These things have been on my mind lately, so I made some cardamom cookies. J wasn't terribly fond of them. He said they were "mild". I brought some to work, and had my boss try one (he's a foodie). He thinks the problem is that they look like gingersnaps, but they taste much, much milder.
I love them.
And I learned that cardamom is in the ginger family, so for some reasont that makes it better.