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    Let the Spice flow!

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    What are your top go to spices/ herbs for cooking? Use anything you have to order online?

    What is good to keep in the cabinet as dry and what is best to use fresh? I know fresh is best but I can't have a garden right now and the stuff at the store is sky high!
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    Go to spices: garlic, more garlic, did I mention garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, smoked salt, onion, cinnamon, bay, parsley, red pepper flakes, chipotle powder, and a handful dozen other. We use garlic and onion fresh, the rest we keep dried in the cabinet.
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    salt and pepper get used more than anything for me, but i get a lot of play out of the following:
    cayenne
    cumin
    chili powder
    garlic
    onion
    basic
    thyme
    and, i know it's not a spice, but sometimes use it like one...parmesan cheese

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    Emeril's Original Essence is pretty good for a mix. Use a lot of curry blends, too. I grind a lot of sea salt and peppercorns. Cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne. Whole cumin seeds.

    Invest in a mortar and pestle.

    I always use basil, garlic, rosemary, mint, ginger and sage fresh.

    You can easily grow rosemary, basil and mint in containers.

    I am a spice junkie. I try to buy organic/bulk, but Penzey's is a great on-line store (or retail if you live in certain areas). They have the *best* Vietnamese cinnamon. McCormick's has a large organic line in stores.

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    all of the above plus a blend called "Garam Masla" and tumeric (also makes amazing dye for yarn!)

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    Fresh herbs actually freeze really well. I freeze mine a tablespoon at a time in a silicone muffin pan with olive oil. Once they are solid, pop them out and put put them in a ziplock storage bag or however you want to keep them in the freezer.
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    Salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, curry, cayenne, red pepper flakes, chili powder, paprika. I recently discovered chipotle pepper powder. I love the frozen garlic from TJs! Fresh is basil, rosemary and parsley.

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    I really like coriander seed. It seems to go well with almost everything, sweet and savory alike.

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    Great ideas! I wanna try something with the smoked salt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yodiewan View Post
    I really like coriander seed. It seems to go well with almost everything, sweet and savory alike.
    I think I have that in the cabinet. What do you use it with?
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