Which herbs and spices do you use a lot?

@hvedra (1623)
April 27, 2010 10:41am CST
I suppose salt is the obvious one, but what else goes in most of your savoury dishes? Which ones would you feel lost without? I think I'd be lost without pepper, bay leaf, cinnamon, ginger and garlic. They don't go in everything but they do make a lot of appearances!
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• United States
13 May 10
Boy all of this talk about spices and herbs is really making me hungry! I love garlic - I eat that on most everything I can!
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
6 May 10
Hmmm...well for me I always use garlic in everything. That and salt and pepper. I mean I don't put garlic in sweet stuff but all my main dishes and most of my side dishes yes I do put garlic in them. Thankfully my family likes the taste of garlic as well! I tend to use basil and oregano quite a bit in my sauces and I also use alot of lemon in recipes as well. Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
• Canada
2 May 10
GARLIC! I can't live without it. I put it on all my meat, and some pepper, celery seed (not celery salt) and a bit of salt, sometimes Mrs. Dash, which has lots of different spices without salt. But I salt it at the table instead of cooking with it, to taste. Garlic is very good for your heart and circulation and blood. I think it is cleansing and it tastes very good. Who cares if it gives you bad breath. The health benefits and taste are wayyyyy more important.
@Galena (9120)
27 Apr 10
I get through a lot of Basil, Garam Masala, Tumeric, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cayenne. all manner of stuff. I use a lot.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Hello, i use alot of spices in my cooking. I use garlic, oregano, black pepper, curry in chicken dishes, celery seed, & have been usung alot of mrs. dash lately because i am trying to cut out salt.
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@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
2 May 10
Salt is the everyday seasoning that really brings savory food to life! It is also used to bring depth and balance to sweet things, as in baking, puddings, pies. I add pepper to my savory food as well. I also use Lawry's Seasoned Salt on meats, even some salads. Garlic is one seasoning I cannot be without, and I use granulated garlic in addition to fresh garlic. I also really like onion powder for some recipes. Oregano is great in Italian, Greek, Mexican, and other dishes. I try to use cumin in as many dishes as possible. Ditto, cinnamon and fresh ginger.
• Canada
2 May 10
Onions, yes, I forgot to mention that. I pretty much put it on everything, even raw in sandwiches and salads, too.
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@cianoy (513)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
For me, the list would have to be (in order of frequency of use) salt garlic pepper basil rosemary, parsley, mint
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@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
5 Jun 10
I love my herbs n spices...if I cook Italian there would be bay leaf,onion,garlick,cinammon,oregano,sage...and more so depend on the dish...n spanish or mexican...there is so much to chose...n asian dishes? well there is a lot to chose in here! like garlick,ginger,onion,coriander,turmeric,and among all coconut milk n fresh curry leaves, lime leaves and so on at the end of the day this spices are very important to me...I could not do without them.
@kourdapya (926)
• Philippines
5 Jun 10
I always have onion, garlic, pepper and tomatoes at home because I use them in almost all dishes I make. I don't use a lot of those processed seasoning like msg because they say it's bad for the health when used a lot.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
5 Jun 10
Witht he exception of bay leaf, those are mine, too. Chili powder is probably the one I use most besides the ones you have liste.
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@mokkka (883)
• Bulgaria
16 May 10
Basil is my most favourite spice.I mmay use it for almost every kind of meal no matter fried,boiled,baked or just in some salads.It gives the maels so specific taste that I am just addicted to.My advice to you to try cooking with this spice and you will see what I mean.
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• Philippines
4 May 10
I guess the spices that I cannot leave without would be of course salt and pepper as the basic ones. On the other hand, I also like ginger, basil, dried tomatoes and curry powder.
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
3 May 10
Black pepper,cinnamon,cloves, cardamom....a whole lot of spices add flavour as well taste to our food.
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@nangisha (3502)
• Indonesia
3 May 10
I think most herb we use daily is a salt, chili, garlic, onion, and tomato. Every Indonesian food use so many spices so the one I mention above is the basic and almost used every time we cook something. We are not a salt and pepper family, so we always 10-20 kind spices at home.
@redhotpogo (4427)
• United States
1 May 10
salt and pepper. Nothing works better than good ole salt and pepper.
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@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
For me, it's the ground pepper, ginger, onions, garlic and the local saute mix and pork and chicken cubes which add flavor to my cooking. I don't add on MSG cause they say it's too flavorful and bad for the health. I also use lemon grass, basil and parsley for added flavour.
@cdcl16 (15)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
uuhhmm... i'm always using peppers, salt, in every dishes that i am cooking.. just to add extra rich flavor in it.
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@laglen (19778)
• United States
29 Apr 10
I use a lot of garlic, onion, parsley, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and basil.
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@deebomb (15314)
• United States
29 Apr 10
I find cooking with herbs and spices very interesting. It depends on what I'm coking as to which spice or herb I use. These days I'm using a lot of ginger and turmeric with my chicken and rice dishes. I use parsley and basil for eggs and potato dishes..
@peavey (16984)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Black pepper, garlic, oregano, sage and lemon are my standbys for cooking. I like to use pepper and lemon on fish and chicken when baking. My spice cabinet is full but I don't use a lot of anything else.
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