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Mar 23 2012

Spice It Up

I was buying refills for my spices the other day and I started thinking about which ones I can’t live without. I have a list of “must have spices”. They are: Black Pepper, Basil, Garlic, Cinnamon, Oregano ,Parsley, Red Pepper Flakes, Rosemary,Thyme and Mrs. Dash Table Blend.  If I had no other spices in my cabinet these would be fine.  I mix them , I make rubs with them, I use them for so many of my recipes. Of course I have a lot of other spices for baking etc. and don’t get me started on herbs. But these are my must haves.

You may think Mrs. Dash  is an odd one. But, it truly is a great spice mix. You may have noticed there’s no salt on my list. I do not cook with salt ( only if the recipe absolutely can’t be without it). Salt is easily added to the finished dish and is a matter of personal preference for many anyway. We limit our salt intake.

Do you have a  must have  list of spices?

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  1. Ms. A

    Garlic is a mainstay around here. One of the few spices I use.

  2. Pam@over50feeling40

    I use Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb with the blue top on just about everything. It is always in my homemade chicken broth! Fresh garlic and onion show up in most of my recipes as well!!

  3. Clint Baker

    My wife is the spice queen! She doesn’t use salt hardly at all. Shae says you shouldn’t have to use spices if you know how to cook with spices!

  4. Eliane ( Duti Duti )

    hi, thanks for your visit… happy weekend for you too… kisses…

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    Yes, any of the hot ones!

  6. Barbara F.

    I like the same spices as you. I order spices through Pennzy’s on line, and they have salt-free blends as well. I use very little or no salt too. I hate anything salty. xo

  7. L. Starkey

    My essential spice list is pretty much like yours, with the addition of ginger and cumin.

  8. Maureen

    I can’t live without good black pepper, paprika, turmeric and lemon pepper. Of course, I use as many fresh herbs as I can get my hands on! ~ Maureen

  9. Annie

    I would say my “can’t live without” spices are the same as yours. I would add my “really don’t want to have to live without” spices would be: curry, cumin, garam masala and a really cool spice blend I get at my local health food store called Spike. I LOVE Spike! It’s similar to Mrs. Dash, but I actually like it a little more.

  10. thisisme

    Hi Katherine. My choice of spices would be very much the same as yours. I certainly use a lot of rosemary, thyme, basil and parsley. Sometimes some Dill for the salmon and grated chilli flakes, but that would about do me really! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  11. thisisme

    Oh, I forgot the black pepper which is an essential of course!!

  12. Jacque

    I guess I’m in a rut….LOL I don’t move much farther than the front of my cabinet, where the parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary and onion flakes live! Love my kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, tho!

  13. Cooking Lady

    The must have spices in our house are garlic,kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper. Those are just the must haves. Cayanne pepper, paprika, and on and on and on. I use a lot of different spices but I really love using fresh herbs. Great blog you have will be back to visit again.

  14. Deborah

    I just visited the most wonderful spice store in Tarpon Springs Florida. I bought two blends that I can’t wait to use. http://www.spiceandtea.com/ I never salt things and when I make something I usually use less than they say in the recipe.

  15. Savannah Granny

    I like the basics you have listed. The only exception is, I use several different blends of Ms. Dash. I am on a salt free diet, which is impossible, but the Ms. Dash blends are great for variety.
    Happy Sunday

  16. momto8blog

    I love my spices too…and they are easy to grow. I have parsley and chives all year round…even in winter..in central Pa..makes everything look pretty!!
    I have never even tried Ms. Dash…I will now though..thanks!!

  17. JTwisdom

    I really enjoy the spices you listed and garlic is a must. One of my favorites Herbes De Provence. I missed the blog hop this week will try and catch it next week.

  18. huda

    wowowo fantastic post dear :x
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  19. Quay Po Cooks

    I LOVE spices. I have lots of dried spices in my kitchen and never fail to pick up some fresh ones from the market with trip. I will always have use for my cooking and baking. They spice up my life. LOL!

  20. lisaweidknecht@hotmail.com

    Thank you for linking up with the Planet Weidknecht Weekend Hop!

  21. Betsy

    Mrs. Dash is one I use on a daily basis, I love the lemon flavor. I never salt anything either and I don’t use it in my cooking. Mrs. Dash does wonders for just about anything.

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