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Old 12-26-2006, 10:54 AM   #11
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Black Peppercorns
Basil
Oregano
Thyme
Rosemary
Chili Powder
Cayenne
Red Pepper Flakes
Cinnamon
Garlic Powder (the granules, not the chalky powdery stuff)
Onion Powder
Cumin
Turmeric
Ginger
Fennel Seed

Since she's a beginner you could try to add in some blends of meat seasoning, like Chicken, Steak, and Pork.

Maybe get her some Olive oil as well?
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:43 AM   #12
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Garlic and onion powders - check!
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:58 AM   #13
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I have to agree with the lists posted so far. I'd go granulated garlic instead of powder too. My list would be shorter I think, and I would add a few other things as well.

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oregano
basil
chiles
chili powder
thyme
cinnamon
a couple of my own easy recipes with maybe a mix that I'd put together. (Brownie mix or a cake mix of some kind)

What a lovely idea this is. She will be so happy to get it.
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:21 PM   #14
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a couple of my own easy recipes with maybe a mix that I'd put together. (Brownie mix or a cake mix of some kind)
That is a nice idea.
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:58 PM   #15
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Don't forget to give her a link to DC so that she can ask questions
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:47 PM   #16
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A great place to go for little kitchen gadgets for the not-serious cook is a dollar store. I put together a basket similar to what your doing for a bridal shower this summer and found some simple spatulas, measuring spoons and cups, tea towels, hot pads, long-handled spoons, whisks, a splatter guard, etc. at our dollar store. They're not the greatest but work fine and are really appreciated by someone just setting up house and learning to cook.
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Old 12-26-2006, 04:53 PM   #17
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I can't think of a thing to add here.
These are all great suggestions.
Especially the DC link!
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Old 12-26-2006, 05:14 PM   #18
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oooh, a $ store. Shoot, a link to DC would be a present enough.
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:05 PM   #19
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Some good suggestions here, but I'd also toss in some Lemon Pepper Seasoning. Good for a beginner, and very versatile. I think you need a 'lemon' herb in there. You might also consider some sesame seeds, a bottle of REAL vanilla, bay leaves, and a good curry blend.

I wouldn't give either garlic powder or garlic granules. In my experience they both end up as solid rock. Why not a little squeeze bottle or tube or garlic, instead?

A whisk, a spatula, a cake rack for cooling, and a muffin tin might offer encouragement to cook!

Definitely a few basic recipes, perhaps made up into a little booklet, tied with ribbon.

Altogether, this is a lovely idea, and I wish somebody had thought of it for me, when I was starting out! You get 10/10.
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:07 AM   #20
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Well, for me it kinda depends on whether we're talking meals or deserts.

For meals I couldn't exist without either Onions or those dried Onion Flakes (which I actually prefer since I don't have to chop them hee hee) and either Garlic Powder or Crystallized Garlic.

For deserts though, I couldn't exist without:

1. Brown Sugar
2. Cinnamon
3. Nutmeg
4. Powdered Sugar

Other staples that I never think about until I need them are:

1. All Purpose Flour
2. Cupcake Cups
3. Wax Paper
4. Cocoa Powder
5. Tomato Paste
6. Tomato Juice (I use tomato juice to thin tomato paste with since I don't like the way the paste reacts to water.)
7. Baking Powder
8. Baking Soda
9. Yeast
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