Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spices that should always be available if I come to visit....

I'm currently visiting my mother-in-law's house and have done most of the cooking since I arrived. I'm not complaining about cooking, because we all know I love to. But I would like to tease her a moment for her very lacking spice cabinet! (And since she reads this blog, I don't mind teasing her about it. ;) Love you Becky!) When we first arrived we had to run to the store to buy some things that are considered staples in my home, such as cream cheese and cream of mushroom. But as my time is drawing to a close, I realize that she needs to have a general list of spices and other "things" that should be available anytime I'm here and cooking.

Now, I realize, Becky, that many of these you already have, but I wanted you to have a general list to double check. ;)

Sea Salt
Ground Pepper
Fresh Garlic
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder (for those dishes Chris insists I cook w/o onions but I know need the onion flavor ;) )
Italian Seasoning
Fennel Seeds
Chili Powder (not the Mexican blend)
Lemon Pepper
Olive Oil
Red Pepper Flakes
Vanilla Extract
Soy Sauce
Balsamic Vinegar
White Vinegar
Active Dry Yeast
Cajun Seasoning (But, Becky, you only need one thing of this. You have like 5 in your cabinet. ;) )

Ok, so that's all I'm able to think of off the top of my head. So everyone else share in the comments. What should she ALWAYS have in her spice cabinet -- especially when I come to visit?


marineof2 said...

Looks like a good list (even though I don't have most of that either lol)......my main ones are cumin and garlic and you have it on there!

Mama Kalila said...

Can't forget curry powder! And for us mint is on the list too... gotta have mint. Red wine vinegar. (actually we keep 5 kinds of vinegar on hand at all times lol) I know I'm gonna butcher the spelling, but worshestcher sauce. I'm sure there are more... you already hit on our biggest one though - garlic... can't live w/out it!

LittleMama said...

I like the list. I have say you do need to add summer savory and bay leaves...espiceally good in soups! Um...I will have to look at my spice cabinet, because there a staples I must have when I cook too.
I got a good laugh at the list, because when I go to visit my parents I always have to pick up something that they do not have and I need when I cook....:)