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?