Spices! Stop Eating Boring Food!

If salt is your idea of spicing up your food, there’s a whole world of flavor that you’re missing out on! Stop eating boring food! Changing up your spices can help you globe-trot without having to leave your kitchen. For many, the idea of buying/using spices (besides the normal black pepper, garlic powder and dried parsley) can be daunting. Here are some tips:

Many health food stores offer spices in bulk food containers so you can buy as little or as much as you like. This is a great way to try a small quantity of a spice to see if you’ll like it without having to shell out and then be disappointed later. Also, check the store or your farmer’s market for locally produced brands, which can be less expensive.

One of the beautiful spices vendors at the Ubud public market in Bali on my trip last year. Seeing this picture makes me think of galangal, turmeric and delicious vanilla beans!

Invest in a good spice rack, and keep it in plain sight. This will encourage you to keep everything organized and also be a constant reminder to use your spices! If you clutter them away in the dark recesses of your pantry you’ll be less likely to remember them!

Make your own spice blends. This gives you more variety from the basic ingredients you have on hand (think of mixing and matching in different combinations) and allows you to make just enough so you’re always using fresh spices. (Hint: Ground spices have a shorter shelf life than whole seeds.) My favorite cookbook, Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make the Girl, has some awesome spice blends: sausage seasoning, Rogan Josh seasoning and Ras El Hanout. If you make the blends ahead of time, you’ll always have them on hand to toss into your favorite crock pot creation or on top of meats and veggies.

My top 3 most-used spices: cumin, smoked paprika and cinnamon!

What are yours?

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9 thoughts on “Spices! Stop Eating Boring Food!

  1. Melissa Joulwan (@melicious11)

    #1. Thank you for the enormously cool shout out to Well Fed in your video. That is the most rad thing EVER. Thank you!

    #2. Your spice list includes my faves: cumin is my numero uno, and paprika has become essential, too. I also really love aleppo pepper. Heat plus flavorful. So good.

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    1. Steph

      Hi Melissa! Well, it’s definitely truth because Well Fed never leaves my kitchen. I have discovered a whole different, amazing level of cooking and flavors through your wonderful creation!!

      Ooooh aleppo pepper is one I’ll have to try out!

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  2. aharman11

    Cumin is definitely in my top 3 as well, then i’d have to go with chili powder, and ahh smoked paprika…really the smokiness gives dishes that extra little oomph :)

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    1. Steph

      Hi Linds! Your comment was a great reminder to me to scan my spice jars before my trip to the market. I’ve got to buy more paprika and chili powder! :)

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  4. Shannon

    Loved this post. I always make a double batch of Ras El Hanout because it is so wonderful on a frying pan full of veggies!

    My most used spices besides all the blends are cumin, garlic powder, parsley and the paprikas!

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