15 Mar 07
Garlic powder & black pepper are one of those spices that are a must have in my pantry. I just find that both of these seasonings can just make about anything taste rather good. I tend to use them more than any other spices that are within my pantry. I use it to season a lot of my meats a large majority of the time. Among a few other things that I decide to prepare for dinner each night for me & my other half. I find both of these spices are not at all to strong if you use them correctly. And I find when I use them on there own, or even together that they work so well together. Almost like a perfect harmony. I also love using freshly minced garlic. I find it is so very versatile, & just smells heavenly when you put it in your food or use it to prepare your food with. I find that it can season almost anything. I also love how it is so good for you. And whenever we have a cold within our house we tend to turn to garlic to help us to get better a lot faster. It also has enabled us to taste & smell better when we've used it when we we're sick to each time. I also feel that having also some cajun spice is good as well to have to season my food & would be considered a 'must have' in my pantry. I find it gives a lot of the meats I cook a 'little kick.' I don't use it on a regular basis but I do feel that I use it enough to be considered a must have. I tend to use this spice a lot more on things such as pasta. I usually will sprinkle a little bit after I have added the alfredo sauces I use to the pasta. I find it mixes in well & you don't need all to much of this spice.. As if you use to much it can be all to over-powering. But if you use just enough it actually helps to enhance the flavor of ones food each time you use some. I also find that I use a fill in a large majority of the foods I end up cooking so I would consider this most definitely to be a 'must have.' I find it's the perfect seasoning or spice to add to a large majority of the soups I end up making. I find it helps to just make the flavor of the soup really stand out. And I love how when you just add a little bit how it helps to just improve the taste of ones soup. It truly does enhance the flavor of ones food in my opinion. I even sprinkle a little dill on top of my mashed potatoes to give it a little something, but also on a lot of the vegetables I make to. In conclusion.. I would find that all of the spices/seasonings I had listed above.. Would be the ones that I find to be the ones that are a 'must have.' I couldn't imagine not using them in the food I prepare for dinner each night. I think a lot of the foods I would make without these spices/seasonings.. Would make the food taste rather bland. All of the spices/seasonings I have listed truly do enhance the flavor of my food. And they always seem to make my dishes turn out just rather delicious each time I use them when I cook! I would never want to part with them anytime soon! . . Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
• United States
14 Mar 07
The king of spices in our pantry is GARLIC. I buy the garlic salt blend with parsley and also granulated garlic. I love garlic and I put it in and on everything that I cook and since I do a lot of cooking for my family, they get the garlic too! One day my grandson was in the kitchen with me and he said to me that he didn't like garlic and he didn't want me to sprinkle it on his food. I said ok, he took his plate and went to sit in the other room and I just laughed at him because he eats it every day when I am cooking and he never complains about it when he doesn't see me putting it in the food! He does the same thing with butter too. The other "minor" spices on our shelf are granulated onion, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin and Lawry's seasoning salt. Once in a while we buy a spice just for a certain recipe but generally we don't branch out much and just get the same spices every time we need them.