What are your go-to spices?
I'm heading to Penzey's this evening and want to stock up on old favorites and perhaps try something new. What dried herbs and spices do you keep in your pantry?
I think Summer Savory doesn't get enough respect. I prefer it to sage and thyme - they are similar but I find savory a bit warmer and more complex.
I really love the Adobo spice blend at Penzey's. I use it for everything - black beans, quinoa, chicken, etc. Can't recommend it enough if you like cumin.
i always keep oregano, mexican oregano, chili flakes, mexican chili powder, dried tarragon (for when i can't get fresh), herbs de provence, and nutmeg (not ground) handy for cooking
If you're headed to Penzey's, definitely stock up on the crushed Aleppo pepper. It's a warm, not hot chile, great on everything.
Other less common staples in my pantry (which are used many times a week):
Smoked Spanish Paprika
Cumin (ground and whole... whole is excellent, toasted, in chili)