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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:51 am 
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What are the spices in your cupboard that you use all the time? I'm using tons of curry at the moment.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:00 am 
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i use spike, 4S, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, curry and black salt all the time. AND i don't even bother putting my cumin and paprika into small jars anymore. the big mason jar stays in the cabinet just to the left of the stove instead of the basement pantry.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:08 am 
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Mixed dried herbs, chilli powder, vegetable stock, masala spice. I usually buy huge bags from the local Asian supermarkets so keep the spices in big glass jars with no labels. I can tell what they are by sight but it can be interesting if Mr8 is cooking.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:16 am 
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Going through a smoked paprika jag at the moment, but other current front runners are oregano, cumin, cloves and crushed chillies.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:27 am 
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My all-time favorite spices are cumin and cinnamon. I go through those two like mad. Recently I took the time to make the homemade garam masala from Vegan Eats World, and I'm pretty obsessed with it now! I keep finding new excuses to use it. I've done roasted chickpeas coated in it, and made baked sweet potatoes with it. It's way more versatile than I realized.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:32 pm 
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Cumin, coriander and turmeric are the ones I use the most, and garam masala.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:39 pm 
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All of them!

Cumin, paprika (smoked & all the other varieties), turmeric, and oregano all show up pretty frequently though.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:01 pm 
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Cumin, garam masala, madras, ground coriander and cinnamon are my most used at present.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:22 pm 
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I use spices extensively and love to have them on hand when cooking, so I have a masala dabba sitting next to the stove, with the salt, pepper, and powdered veggie stock. In it I keep turmeric, hungarian sweet paprika, cumin, coriander, aleppo pepper, dried mint, and a blend of thyme/oregano/marjoram. All the spices are right there at all times and the lid surprisingly keeps all the smells in. I also use cinnamon and cardamom in my coffee every morning, so those are always on hand. I also keep a large stash of fresh bay leaves in the freezer.
Those are the basic everyday spices. As for tier two spices (ones that I use often but not on a day to day basis), they are: allspice, nutmeg, fennel, ras el hanout, and herbes de provence.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:35 pm 
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I use cumin, basil, chili powder, and Penzey's "Tuscan Sunset" Italian seasoning blend most often. I have a ton of other spices that get regular play though, just depends on what I decide to make in a given week.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:58 pm 
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Cumin, paprika, curry, & garam masala are probably my top 4.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:11 pm 
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tumeric, sweet basil, sage, thyme, and cumin are probably my favs. i guess those are herbes and spices, so as long as we're blurring lines: regular McCormick black pepper, as fancy a sea salt as a i can afford (not that fancy), and garlic powder are also up there.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:26 pm 
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Cumin, cinnamon, and paprika. A lot of Isa's recipes use thyme, so that's up there too!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:35 pm 
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Oh yeah, thyme is a big one. I've been doing a lot of Asian, Indian, and African stuff lately though, so haven't really used it as often as usual.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:51 pm 
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onion & garlic powder, parsley, coriander, basil, oregano, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika and black pepper are big ones for us.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:16 pm 
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I go through an insane amount of cumin every week. I am in LOVE with that stuff! I buy huge amounts in the bulk bins.

Also ground corriander, garam masala, red, black, white pepper, and tumeric get used a lot.

Third tier would be paprika, curry powder, cinnamon, cumin seed, and a surprising amount of fennel seed lately! I have a ton more spices than these though that get used semi-regularly, to rarely

Thyme, oregano (mexican and greek) and dried basil probably get used the most, on a weekly basis. I miss spring/summer when I have fresh herbs though. I dont like paying for them in the winter, and I grow them in the spring.

When I talk cooking with omnis, they are always amazed by how many spices I have/use. I have one friend that every time she comes over she admires my spice rack/cabinet. My sister on the other hand says its because vegan food 'naturally does not have any flavor' (ugh). Maybe its because I make more interesting meals than: meat, side of bland starch, side of bland veggies covered in butter.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:19 pm 
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Cumin, oregano, thyme, and coriander are the ones I have to buy the most often!

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I have a mini spice rack on my counter that holds my most-used spices- cumin, oregano, thyme, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Not too exciting, and I mainly use them for tofu scrambles. But cardamom is my favourite, and if there's a recipe for some kind of baked good that uses it, I'll be sure to try it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:37 pm 
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I went through a huge cumin phase a few years ago and kind of burned out on it. Now I'll add it if a recipe calls for it, but don't just randomly add it to my own concoctions anymore. Lately I've been using a lot of basil, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme, as well as garlic and onion powder and smoked paprika. Oh, and turmeric for coloring in tofu scrambles and Mac and Cheeze.

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I use a lot of cumin. And cayenne. I add cayenne to almost everything.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:55 pm 
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The rest of my family doesn't like real spicy stuff, so I use a lot of garlic, onion, oregano, basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, and bay leaves in soups. I something add Penzey spice's fajita seasoning, or I have a little bottle of ground chipotle chili pepper I add to my own dish.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:04 pm 
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Chili powder is hands down used the most. Behind that, thyme, cumin, oregano, paprika. I absolutely love smoked paprika. It's totally worth the extra money.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:41 pm 
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chili powder gets a lot of usage in my house. cumin too.
does garlic count? i use shiitake tons of garlic.

after that paprika, curry powder probably. cayenne. lately coriander and cardamom

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Not from the cupboard - I use a lot of fresh rosemary (I grow it), ginger and garlic. From the cupboard - basil, thyme, and oregano followed by cumin, fennel and Chinese 5 spice.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:48 pm 
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I put cumin in almost everything. One of my favorite combos is cumin and thyme. I learned that from the PPK tofu scramble recipe!

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