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Old 12-26-2012, 07:03 PM   #21
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Mine would be pretty simple.

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Old 12-26-2012, 08:27 PM   #22
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:30 PM   #23
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:45 PM   #24
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Herbs de Provence

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Old 12-27-2012, 12:21 AM   #25
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Man, you guys use a lot of cumin. One jar lasts me for years. And that's even using it in rubs. It's a big jar though.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:52 AM   #26
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Oregano, thyme, coriander, rosemary, dill + allspice; but I need cumin for my lentil stew, marjoram for some pork dishes, and black caraway + juniper berries for cooking sauerkraut.
Then, there's fennel seeds + basil for some tomato sauces, and green peppercorns for rabbit stew.
Then for stollen, lebkuchen, etc. ----
PS paprika and bay leaves are essential to many of my favorite savory dishes.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:27 AM   #27
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Looks like most of us are hard pressed to find just five. I had to think hard and leave out so many. I had forgotten a lot of things and didn't include herbs, which I use so often - bay, thyme, parsley, oregano, etc. then of course there is saffron and noble paprika, and the smoked pimenton paprika of Spain, dulce and piquante. So many things to choose from, that's why I have a drawer and a couple of DIY chests/containers for them.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:11 AM   #28
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Garlic Powder
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Bay Leaves

Also-rans are cumin, ginger, mustard, dill, paprika
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:22 AM   #29
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garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:33 AM   #30
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one thing that has me somewhat confused about this interesting exercise is whether we are focusing strictly on those herbs and spices we most commonly use--the ones it would be most difficult to cook or eat without?
or, as some respondents seem to be interpreting--which herbs and spices are we most partial to? some of our 'favorites' are not used anywhere nearly as often as those we reach for, and add to our foods as a habit-- daily, and without fanfare.

are you allowing herbs de province? isn't that a bit like sneaking in 6-8 of your favorite herbs, and getting to count them as just one?

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