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Old 12-27-2012, 11:45 AM   #41
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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?
This is actually going to be the basis for an upcoming blog, on which spices are grabbed the most...

Pacanis is like me - it's which ones I'm *always* filling!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:47 AM   #42
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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.


True! Bacon is a seasoning in itself! LOL
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:18 PM   #43
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I had to come back and add 5 I prefer to use fresh whenever possible. I might use some of these more so than the 5 listed before. I didn't include black pepper or salt. I think these should be givens.

Ginger
Parsley
Garlic
Basil
Rosemary
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:40 PM   #44
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Jkath, I see only one person mentioned my favorite herb,spice whatever but Majoram is it I use it in stuffed onions and zucchini, even in small bell peppers the red ones emm. but Garlic, onion, powders are here too. along with the dredded cumin, Herbs de Provence, and rosemary. There are more but 5 is the quota Thanks good thread!
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #45
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Thanks Kades! :D
I like marjoram too! But you're right - limiting is tough... but that's how I can find out what the real go-to-jarred-herbs/spices are :)

Once I've written that particular blog, I'll post it, if the mods are okay with that ;)
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:36 PM   #46
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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
I adore cardamom. I use it in Indian and in some Scandinavian dishes. It's used both in savoury and sweet cooking in Scandinavia. The pork roast with dried fruit that I made for the Solstice party had 1 tsp of cardamom. That's a lot of little pods to open and grind.

I also adore the smell of freshly ground coriander seeds, but don't find a lot of use for them.
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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.
You're right. Bacon is a great seasoning.

I forgot all about mustard. I use Dijon every time I make a vinaigrette.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:53 PM   #48
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I guess my go to's are:
Granulated garlic
Granulated onion
Dried thyme
Dried Oregano (Mexican)
Smoked paprika
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Cayenne pepper
Paprika
Garlic fresh or garlic salt
Dill
Parsley
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I adore cardamom. I use it in Indian and in some Scandinavian dishes. It's used both in savoury and sweet cooking in Scandinavia. The pork roast with dried fruit that I made for the Solstice party had 1 tsp of cardamom. That's a lot of little pods to open and grind.

I also adore the smell of freshly ground coriander seeds, but don't find a lot of use for them.
ooooh - cardamom cookies! YUM
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