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Old 07-26-2005, 12:06 AM   #1
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Unhappy Pantry stocking

Wow, it's been a while since I've been here!
I am in a new apartment and have nearly empty shelves at the moment. I am getting heartily sick of chicken seasoned only with salt and pepper, but I can't afford to go out and buy every spice that takes my fancy. Hence, my question for all of you:
What is the one spice or seasoning you can't live without? (Or top five )


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Old 07-26-2005, 12:08 AM   #2
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Greek Oregano!!
and Onion powder

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Old 07-26-2005, 01:33 AM   #3
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There's lots of seasonings I use a lot, but the following are five that I use very frequently and in a wide variety of dishes:

1. Montreal Seasoning or Tone's Canadian Steak Seasoning (basically the same but diff brands).

2. Paul Prudhommes Poultry Magic or BBQ Magic.

3. Granulated Onion.

4. Garlic Powder or Garlic Salt.

5. Black Pepper.
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Old 07-26-2005, 02:54 AM   #4
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Mixed seasoning such as lamb seasoning by Masterfoods (may not have it in US)
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Old 07-26-2005, 03:19 AM   #5
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  1. Kosher Salt
  2. Crushed Red Chilis
  3. Garlic
  4. Fresh Lemon Juice
  5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Old 07-26-2005, 04:45 AM   #6
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garlic, sage and green curry paste.
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Old 07-26-2005, 07:28 AM   #7
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thyme - oregeno - basil - garlic - cayene pepper- onion powder and a jar of emerils' bam which you can make yourself instead of buying it.

Bam Seasoning
3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional if not into spicey)
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well to combine with a wooden spoon.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Yield: about 3/4 cup
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Old 07-26-2005, 07:54 AM   #8
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It depends on what I'm actually cooking, and the time of year. During the summer, I don't really use many seasonings, as I only cook a couple times a week, and it's usually on the grill.

I actually have quite an extensive selection of spices and herbs, mainly because I am a cook, and can use a wide variety. However, I find myself using the following most:

Garlic (usually the canned, minced, stuff, kept in the fridge, although I also use powdered)
My own Mexican seasoning mix
Prudhomme's basic Blackened Seasoning mix, which I mix myself
BBQ Seasoning rub, again, I mix this myself

I'm debating on working on my own poultry seasoning blend again, as most of the herbs and spices that I use are for chicken

This year, I'm growing my own sage and thyme. They are taking off! I may even start using some, just to get back into using fresh herbs again. Otherwise, I'm just going to wait until fall, harvest them, and store them over the winter.
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Old 07-26-2005, 10:19 AM   #9
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Well, I have three cupboard shelves absolutely crammed with just about every type of herb/spice imaginable, plus a rotating herb-holder thingy on my counter for the most-used ones....but the ones I use the most are:

Minced Garlic (the 'fresh' type in a jar),
Minced Ginger (again, the 'fresh' type in a jar).
Mixed Italian Herbs.
Herbs de Provence,
Curry powder,
Garam Masala.
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Old 07-26-2005, 10:36 AM   #10
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Tone's Garlic/Herb Seasoning
Bayou Blast (Emeril's Stuff)
Packets of Taco Seasoning
Packets of Italian Dressing Mix
Packets of Onion Soup Mix
Packets of Ranch Dressing mix
chili powder
cayenne pepper
ground ginger
granulated garlic
Coleman's mustard powder
dill weed
Coarse salt
Restaurant grind pepper
whole nutmeg
I keep a jar of minced garlic in olive oil in the fridge...
same with chopped ginger...
and packets of frozen parsley and basil in the freezer.

I have jars and jars of other things that I use once in a while, like mixed pickling spice, tarragon, Chinese 5 spice powder, etc.

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