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Best herbs and spices to keep in the cupboard?

by Vanessa M (follow)
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Something as simple as the right herb or spice can completely change a meal. Which ones do you always have on standby? Why do you like them? Is it their versatility? Or perhaps their familiarity?

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It's easy for me as I have a small herb garden so fresh herbs are always accessible. But I can't do without fresh basil and rosemary. Basil, very versatile and handy, I use it to make pasta bakes, basil pesto and sometimes dips. No lamb can go without rosemary so I always have them on standby too.
by WSW
This year we planted some parsley in the garden, but usually we stick to ground/dried herbs. The herbs I always keep on standby are parsley and basil because they go well with basically anything. As for spices I'll always make sure I have paprika and cinnamon at the ready. I find paprika a good alternative to chilli if I don't want to risk something being too hot, and cinnamon really enhances desserts and pastries.
Ground chipotle powder is the number one go-to spice in our household. It's just dried jalapeno peppers but it seems to go on almost everything. It has a way to making any meal taste 'smoked' or like bacon, I don't know why, but it's true!
That's one I've never tried before, but it sounds pretty good.
The ones I always use seem to be combinations, like 'Mixed Herbs' and 'Mexican Chili Powder'. The only individual one I seem to use a lot is cumin.
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