As I continue to play in the kitchen, as I read cooking magazines, when I hit the occasional restaurant, when I walk through the grocery store (I’m one of the people who loves that — I have friends who dread it), I think about the flavors I love the most. I often think about the spices I could not do without.
I have a top two, a solid third, and then two more that cater to the baking side (more sweet than savory).
*I recently took a Smartphone photography class to sharpen my food photo skills since I take all my blog pictures via my iPhone. So, this was also a great way to start working on these and play with my new olloclip. If you’re in the DC-area, check out Washington Art Works & Washington School of Photography and Adam S. Lowe‘s Smartphone class — I give them huge props (and all their other classes) — they have food stuff, too — oh, I just found out they have wine tastings, as well.
Anyway, my top spices:
1. Cumin — give me cumin or give me death. You can use it in so much stuff, and it’s very convenient that I love (tex)mex food. Maybe there’s a correlation here…hmmm.
2. Coriander (dried cilantro) — will ALWAYS take the fresh stuff. Where’s the guac when you have the fresh stuff? I can be caught using this in near everything.
3. Fennel (seed)! What’s funny here is I can’t stand black licorice (it’s not a like of many). Though they aren’t super close to the same, that’s always what I think of when I know that I love this stuff. So, give me fennel, the spice or fresh stuff and I am in heaven!
4. As we move down to the lower half of the top five, the next two are sort of tied, so I’m going to put them in alphabetical order for safety sake. So, cinnamon, bring it on! You’re in my baked goods, and sometimes ‘cooked’ ones.
5. Last but not least, nutmeg. From baked goods to sprinkling it on fruit. Has some great health benefits, too. I definitely won’t say no.
So, what spices up your life? What are your favorite spices? Are they more savory or sweet? Let everybody know.
Great post! I love cumin, especially roasted and ground cumin since it elevates the flavour of many dishes. Spices are a vital part of my cooking, so it’s difficult to pick a favourite.
Not sure if I have one favorite spice (smokey flavor might be it, though). But I do have my favorite “go to” set of spices which I’m using the most – it is Penzeys Grill and Broil set, which consists of 8 different spice jars, each one is a mix on its own…
Love some of Penzeys’ sets and blends. Addictive. Will check that one out. I use their Northwoods Seasoning and Baking Blend a lot, as well as several others.
Northwoods Seasoning is a part of that set and one of my favorites!