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What are the 10 most essential things in your spice cupboard?

What do you consider the ten most essential things in your spice cupboard (mixes and blends included)? Would you agree with most of the things on this list: http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/... (under the "Basics Box")?

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  1. Garlic powder, onion powder, cumino, paprika, cinnamon, red pepper (flakes or cayenne or chili powder if necessary), dried oregaano, dried basil, dried tarragon, rubbed sage,

    1. I would certainly disagree that it is 'basic' to have both white and black peppercorns. Salt in your spice cabinet? Takes up too much space, salt finds counter space somewhere.

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      1. re: FrankJBN

        Kosher salt, Cumin, Oregeno, Rosemary, Cayenne, Paprika, Chili, Basil, Peppercorns, Bay Leaves

      2. Not counting salt? (I can't look at the link, Real Simple gives me hives.) Peppercorns, cumin, curry powder, red-pepper flakes, chili powder, smoked salt (does that count?), dried dill, caraway seeds, za'atar (the latter 2 not so much essential as beloved).

        That's only 9, so count cumin twice. My favorite.

        1. kosher salt, my rub, cumin, my garam masala. ancho chile powder, aleppo pepper flakes, pequin chile powder, freeze dried shallots, peppercorns.

          1. Salt, pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder are all I use on a regular basis. I did just buy some Old Bay Seasoning to make crab cakes :)

            Sorry, I'm really boring :p