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Old 12-26-2006, 08:55 AM   #1
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Must haves for new kitchen: spices and herbs

I'm getting a kitchen basket ready for a wedding gift. So far, I have the New Joy of Cooking, nice S&P, baking powder, baking soda, dish towels and some kitchen tools.

Now I would like to add about 15 spices/herbs. This 'Gal' doesn't cook at all so I really would like suggestions of the most frequently used for a beginner cook. I have ideas but would like some input because sometimes I miss the most obvious.
Any ideas? I just thought of some marinades and rubs.

When I was a newlywed and wanted to try cooking, I'd get so discouraged because I never seemed to have all the ingredients so I would get frustrated, just put everything back in the frig/pantry and go out to dinner.

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Old 12-26-2006, 09:15 AM   #2
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A she does not cook, I'd stick with the basics and add some seasoning blends as well.
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:18 AM   #3
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Check out Penzys. They have gift baskets that are designed for exactly what you are looking for. Their spices are amazing as well and the baskets look great.
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I think breakfast is one of the easier meals to cook when first getting started. I would add cinnamon to the basket- she can put in french toast, pancakes, oatmeals, toast, custards.
Half baked, I think you are giving them a wonderful gift
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Star, that got me to thinking about Bisquick and things like that. I hope I'll be able to lift this when I get finished.

GB, I love Penzeys but I want her to be able to look for them in the market. When I started cooking, I would have never ordered from a mag. Maybe I could give her some of those for Christmas one year, if I see she's trying and enjoying the kitchen.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:12 AM   #6
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Look at the Penzey's gift sets to get some ideas and b uy the stuff at the market. They have several different assortments.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:16 AM   #7
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cinnamon
mixed seasonings - great idea Andy
nutmeg
tarragon
rosemary
sage
thyme
Parsley
Now I'm thinking of Simon and Garfunkle

Thanks GB and Andy - never occurred tome to go through the catalog.
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Parsley, sage, garlic grans, Oregano, Mint, Turmeric(ground), Ginger (ground), Cinamon (ground), Basil, Cumin (ground).

there are others, but the beauty with each of those it that by simply smelling the contents a Food type will spring to mind instantly, thus removing Guesswork and recipe books/knowledge.

a few assorted Buolion/Stock cubes would be a nice addition too :)
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:19 AM   #9
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Some standard ones I would go with are:

Garlic powder
Onion powder
Black pepper corns
Cumin
Oregano
Crushed red pepper
Lemon pepper
Chili Powder
Cayenne pepper
Dill weed
Bay leaves
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Great ideas! ....each and every one of them.

Thank you all. I'll make my list and head off to the market.
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