What are your staple herbs and spices?

I'm restocking our spice rack since my bf informed me he bought it at Ikea about five years ago... so who knows how old our spices are! I have a few staples already, but I know I'm forgetting a lot...

I have:
black peppercorns
basil
oregano
chili powder
powdered ginger
cumin
cinnamon
pumpkin pie spice

On my list to buy today:
nutmeg
garlic powder
thyme
rosemary
I really like using Herbes De Provance (sp).
Heck, just by going to the spice isle, they will all pop into your brain.

I do use a lot of spices, but I hate it when I end up with 3 pumpkin spices. Grrrrrrrrrr
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Sea salt
Tricolor peppercorns
Basil
Thyme
Oregano
Cayenne
Cumin
Curry powder
Paprika
Parsley
Turmeric
Onion powder
Celery salt
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Cloves
Garlic powder
Chives
Dill

Plus I use fresh stuff all the time, and more seasonings than those - those are just the ones I use most.
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coarse ground pepper (should it be coarsely ground pepper?)
garlic powder


I use a lot more, of coure, but these are used constantly!

I also frequently use season salt, Italian seasoning, worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, oregano and dry mustard.
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I really like using Herbes De Provance (sp).
Originally Posted by M2LR&Co.
I use that for coq au vin. What do you use it for?
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

I really like using Herbes De Provance (sp).
Originally Posted by M2LR&Co.
I use that for coq au vin. What do you use it for?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Just about everything. I really like it on broiled veggies, with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper.
Just off the top of my head....

sea salt
black pepper
garam masala
cinnamon
red curry powder
smoked paprika
cayenne pepper
thyme
cumin
Location: Southern NH

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Badgercurls-- since you live in WI, I highly recommend Penzey's spices. www.penzeys.com

My family and I got started on them by our friends in Madison and now they've opened up a store in Michigan. I got two wedding crates of spices for wedding gifts and I just love them. Their spices are much better than anything you'll find in the grocery store.
Spices I use most often:

Garlic Powder
Ginger Powder
Minced Onions
Lemon Pepper
Pepper
Salt
Thyme
Basil
Paprika
Oregano
Italian Seasonings
Dill
Cumin
Corriander
Cloves (whole and powdered)
Turmeric
Mustard Powder
Mustard Seeds
Seasoning Salt
Red Pepper Flakes
Cinnamon

I know there is a lot more, but I can't remember them. I have a whole cabinet dedicated to spices!
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What about things like vanilla, peppermint and almond flavoring? And cream of tartar? Food coloring?
What about things like vanilla, peppermint and almond flavoring? And cream of tartar? Food coloring?
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
I have those items, but only use them occassionally. I use the vanilla more than the other flavorings, and I always use REAL vanilla (I use stuff that someone bought me when they were in Mexico. It's awesome, still has the beans in it and everything).

I don't have peppermint, as I haven't made anything that calls for it. I have a very small jar of cream of tartar, but again, I think I used like 1/8 tsp once for one recipe.
What about things like vanilla, peppermint and almond flavoring? And cream of tartar? Food coloring?
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
I have those items, but only use them occassionally. I use the vanilla more than the other flavorings, and I always use REAL vanilla (I use stuff that someone bought me when they were in Mexico. It's awesome, still has the beans in it and everything).

I don't have peppermint, as I haven't made anything that calls for it. I have a very small jar of cream of tartar, but again, I think I used like 1/8 tsp once for one recipe.
Originally Posted by M2LR&Co.
Ah. I bake. A lot. We mostly use the colors and peppermint for ice cream.
Heck, just by going to the spice isle, they will all pop into your brain.

I do use a lot of spices, but I hate it when I end up with 3 pumpkin spices. Grrrrrrrrrr
Originally Posted by 2happy
Me too! I think I dont have a spice because I cannot find it but when I buy a new one - YEP the old comes right to the front. That is why I have 3 cayennes!
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I'm restocking our spice rack since my bf informed me he bought it at Ikea about five years ago... so who knows how old our spices are! I have a few staples already, but I know I'm forgetting a lot...

I have:
black peppercorns
basil
oregano
chili powder
powdered ginger
cumin
cinnamon
pumpkin pie spice

On my list to buy today:
nutmeg
garlic powder
thyme
rosemary
Originally Posted by badgercurls
You may already buy this, but I highly suggest using fresh garlic or the garlic that comes in jars (whole or chopped). MUCH better than garlic powder. I threw out an unused container of garlic powder the other day.
Coarse sea salt
Black Pepper
Hot Sesame oil
Bragg's aminos
Roasted sesame oil
garlic
whole nutmeg
cinnamon
thyme
oregano
rosemary
basil (fresh only)
bay leaves
Sage
tarragon
rosemary
dried chiles (poblano, ancho)
caraway seeds
cumin
dried chives
dried dill
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Bragg's aminos
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe™
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Thanks everyone! I added a lot of those to my new grocery list. I didn't list them, but I already have vanilla extract, almond extract, and some other flavorings... BF and I are big on baking.

Peppy - you're totally right about fresh garlic! I usually use that, but I like to have garlic powder as a back up in case I'm out of fresh garlic or it's gone bad.

Lilah - I'll have to check out Penzey's. I know right where it is, but I've never been there.
Also, can I recommend whole nutmeg? It is so much better than ground nutmeg! I just use a cheese grater when I need it.

Also, I found a really great spice merchant, World Spice Merchants: http://worldspice.com/home/home.shtml

They are out of Seattle, but you can order from their web site. They're kind of old-fashioned in that you actually have to write a check and mail it to pay them after you receive your order, but the spices and spice mixes are very good and high quality.
Location: Southern NH

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I grow parsley, dill, chives, basil, and cilantro in little pots on my kitchen windowsill and snip off as I need it. For dried spices, I use a lot of oregano, bay leaves, peppercorns, rosemary, sage. Those are my staples, but I think I pretty much have and use nearly all the spices. For lemon and onion flavors, I always used fresh, never dried.

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