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Sep 3, 2009 10:21 AM

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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

        1. 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
          Ground Chipotle
          Whole Nutmeg
          Cumin (ground and whole... whole is excellent, toasted, in chili)
          Lemon thyme
          Candied ginger

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          1. re: sweetbasil

            Ditto on the smoked Spanish paprika and cumin. I think I use cumin more than anything else but salt and pepper.

          2. Cumin, coriander, nutmeg, allspice, cinammon, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, ground ginger, aleppo pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, smoked paprika, oregano, thyme, annatto, star anise, five spice, Szechuan peppercorns

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            1. re: JungMann

              I second this list exactly and will add herbs de provence.