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Old 12-27-2012, 08:36 AM   #31
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This is a tough one!!! I use lots of spices and love them all but I'll try.

Ground coriander
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Paprika
Cayenne Pepper

Fresh I would say....
Curry paste
Parsley
Mint
Basil
Chillies
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:39 AM   #32
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It was easy for me to pick the top three or four as I just thought of which jar constantly needs refilled
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:38 AM   #33
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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.
I make my own taco and fajita seasonings.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:18 AM   #34
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I make my own taco and fajita seasonings.
I tried that a couple times (different recipes) and it always gave me some serious heartburn/angina or something... heavy chest, shallow breaths, close to nausea... I stick to premix and don't have that problem. Weird, I know. You would think it would be the other way around.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:53 AM   #35
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I tried that a couple times (different recipes) and it always gave me some serious heartburn/angina or something... heavy chest, shallow breaths, close to nausea... I stick to premix and don't have that problem. Weird, I know. You would think it would be the other way around.
That is weird. Did you use the same ingredients as the ones in the premix? Stirling made up his own taco seasoning recipe by experimenting with the ingredients listed on the packet from Old El Paso, leaving out the sugar, flour, and weird stuff.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:54 AM   #36
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I mix these together for my All Purpose spice blend and use on just about everything (I count it as 1 spice (blend)):

Granulated Garlic powder
Onion powder
Goya Adobo seasoning
Accent (or MSG)
Salt
Ground peppercorn blend
Ground Hot red pepper flakes
Cayenne
Hungarian (hot and sweet) Paprika

Additional spices/herbs:
Smoked paprika
Dry oregano


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Old 12-27-2012, 11:04 AM   #37
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Pac, maybe your lungs ingested some powder ingredients. Maybe if you used chile peppers, the peppers released some powerful fumes. I think just toasting some seeds releases quite a bit of oil sometimes. Which, generally, we like for the aroma produced. Maybe a little of something goes a long way for you.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:09 AM   #38
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My interpretation of the question is which spices/herbs do we use most often, not which are our favorites. The two might not be the same. For example, I love cardamom pods, but I don't use them very often or in anything other than Indian cooking.

I'm also really surprised by the number of people who mention onion or garlic powder. I own a jar of garlic powder, but it's probably been in my cupboard for 5 years and only gets used if I'm making a dry rub. I usually can't find it because it's in the back behind everything else.

I guess this would be my list:
  1. Thyme
  2. Basil
  3. Oregano
  4. Spanish Paprika
  5. Cumin seed
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:09 AM   #39
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Pac, maybe your lungs ingested some powder ingredients. Maybe if you used chile peppers, the peppers released some powerful fumes. I think just toasting some seeds releases quite a bit of oil sometimes. Which, generally, we like for the aroma produced. Maybe a little of something goes a long way for you.
Yeah, cumin!


I don't know what the problem was, or if the ingredients were the same as the packages. I just know that for as often as I use a Mex spice blend I was better off tearing a packet or opening a jar.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:34 AM   #40
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Salt & Pepper are #1 but since you asked that they be excluded here's my list.

Cumin.
Oregano.
Garlic.
Cayanne pepper.
and
Bacon.

Hey it's a spice to me because it goes with so much.

But if ya want something else I'd have to say
Mustard or Thyme.
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