Monday, February 25, 2008

The spices of life

I am always intrigued when I come across a list of spices that someone considers essential. For example, yesterday I was reading a book that said mace is a must-have. I didn't even know what that was until looking it up on-line!

My top ten jars, which I keep more handy than the others are basil, cinnamon, cumin, curry powder (a blend which I learned contains mace!), garlic powder, ginger, onion powder, paprika, parsley and red pepper.

I'm curious--which spices (not including salt and pepper) do you use most frequently?


Anonymous said...

montreal steak spice

lowrys season salt

sometimes a homemade creation of a mix of spices that I find in my cupboard....just something different to put on meat

Liisa said...

Mace? I never would have had that as a must have and didn't realize that curry powder contained it!

My must haves are onion powder, garlic powder, curry powder, paprika, poultry seasoning, oregano or italian seasoning blend, cinnamon and ginger. Less often I use cumin and chili powder.



Anonymous said...

My most frequently used seasonings are Lawrys garlic powder, basil, cinnamon, onion flakes, celery salt, Worcestshire sauce, and Lawrys seasoned salt. I also use ginger, chili powder, and Italian seasoning regularly. I don't think I have ever used mace! Love you, Mom

The Stepford Wife said...

Cumin, oregano, basil, thyme, dill, bay leaf, and paprika are all in my most-used spices list, along with powdered chicken boullion. Cinnamon and nutmeg also make frequent appearences in our dishes (I put nutmeg in everything that has a cream sauce) as well as lemon salt. I use no pre-made spice mixes at all (save for "Old Bay" which my husband adores)... We'd rather make our own from scratch.

We also buy dehydrated garlic instead of garlic powder/salt, because my husband is allergic.

Anonymous said...

We found a great combination frome pampered chef called Rosemary herb, goodness it is good!!! We use cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic, thyme, rosemary,cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and sage. tammyp

Tracy said...

Basil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion salt, italian seasoning, lawry's, and ginger are the ones I use most often!

Amy A. said...

I use lemon pepper on broiled salmon. I also use a lot of pre-packaged taco seasoning, which probably isn't very healthy.

Kali said...

I love spices - it's hard to just pick 7! My most-used are probably basil, oregano, italian seasoning mix, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, lemon pepper, and dill (and that's 8...oops!).

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

I've never used Mace. I think of that as the stuff you spray in someone's face.. ;). Here is my list: cinnamon, paprika, garlic salt/powder, onion powder or dried, oregano, lawry's seasoning salt.

Mary Ann said...

Let's see-
dill weed,
bay leaf,
crushed red pepper flakes.

gail said...

hi carrie,
i would add oregano and nutmeg to your list. i don't think its considered a spice, but i also like to have orange peel and lemon peel on hand.

Amy said...

Oregano, cinnamon, Lawry's Seasoning Salt, Italian Blend, Nutmeg, and Poultry seasoning.

A long time ago I relabeled and removed all the spices in my spice rack. The stuff they had in it were items that I rarely used (Coriander? Who uses that regularly?) I refilled it with the things I would actually use and used my label maker to make new labels on my old rack. It worked really well!!

Great post!

Katie said...

I love garlic! I also like different *herb and garlic* combo spice products (Mrs. Dash, McCormick, etc.) I also use cumin, chili powder, taco seasoning, basil, thyme, oregano, and we like some of the montreal flavored spices.

As for sweet ones, I love cinnamon!!, cloves, allspice, and ginger.

We really like spices!

Brie said...

Let's see...gotta have Italian Seasoning (for homemade pizza), cinnamon, chili powder, sweet & smoky BBQ rub, dried onion, & garlic. The only things I actually use on a weekly basis, though, is the Italian Seasoning, Kosher Salt, & Fresh Cracked Pepper. The only time I've ever seen a recipe call for Mace was when I was looking for a pumpkin pie recipe.

Niki RuralWritings said...

Paprika, Oregano, Montreal Steak Spice, Italiano seasoning, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram...I use alot of different seasonings.

Niki RuralWritings said...

I forgot to say I made your Farmer's Favourite Casserole, and everybody absolutely loved it. I think it'll become a family favourite! Thanks, Carrie.

Ewokgirl said...

Cumin, cumin, and more cumin! It's essential to Tex-Mex, and it also seems to be the magic ingredient that makes my husband not mind eating a vegetarian meal.

As for the other 9 spices... I'd have to say cinnamon, chili powder, dill, dried jalapeno, ginger, jerk seasoning, cajun seasoning, powdered lemon zest (keeps me from always having to have fresh lemons around), dried mustard.

I cook a lot of ethnic foods.

jennwa said...

I had heard of mace but never used it. I use basil, oregano, garlic powder, cinnamon, just the regular stuff nothing exotic.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I use basil and oregano often for Italian dishes. I also use minced onion and Italian seasoning. Those are the ones I use the most.

mer said...

My top 5:

chili powder
lemon pepper

I seem to go through cream of tartar pretty quickly too--for scones, cookes, and playdough.

I don't use it often, but I love thyme and rosemary.

And for the record, I've never used mace.

Just Jenny said...

I have all the ones you listed plus chili powder & all season salt & Mrs Dash Lemon herb.

thehomespunheart said...

Minced Onion
Garlic powder
Seasoning Salt
Italian Seasoning

Steve & Molly said...

Because dried spices are very expensive or even impossible to get here, I have learned to use fresh and LOVE it! I do still have my mom bring down garlic powder when she comes, though in many things I prefer fresh garlic...the powder is just so much easier when you are in a hurry. We use a lot of soy sauce, cumin, sea salt (because it is cheap here!) and fresh cilantro along with lots of garlic! Of course, that would mean breath mints should be right up there, too, eh?! :) I also like Tone's Pepper steak seasoning...great on meats, sauteed veggies, or anything really! It was fun to read what everyone uses...great idea!

Deeapaulitan said...

I too use fresh and dry them. I will never go back to some bottled-dried herbs because of the lack of flavor. Garlic being the main one, along with lemon peel, ginger root, and Dill (which grows wild here!). We are never without the ones on your list, Carrie, plus the Rosemary, thyme, chili powder and tarter that some of the others mentioned.
About the only one I could add to what others have said is Tarragon. Yummy on Potatoes with garlic and EVOO!