So much blogging to catch up on after spring break!
A couple weeks ago I realized how little I used spices (without them being called for) and how often I needed to omit a spice from a recipe because I didn’t have it. I am a little scared of spices, I’m super scared that instead of enhancing whatever I have just made, it will ruin it with the wrong kind of strong flavor. The only spices I am not afraid of are Italian spices because I’ve learned to use those ones pretty well. (And can’t get enough rosemary!) I had some basic spice staples, thanks to my step-mom who stalked me up a few years back, but I decided it was time for me to venture into spice world without holding someone’s hand.
I found this blog post on spices to have in your cupboard and many of their uses and combinations, so I took notes, and set out to Penzeys. As a bonus, Cherise met me there for some company and catch up time while spicin’ it up. 🙂 On my list was the majority of the spices on the list in the post I mentioned earlier. I came home with those, plus some, and minus chile powder (which I blame on Cherise 😉 haha). The spices were sold by the jar (large and small) and by the bag (big, bigger, biggest). The price for the big bag, was generally 1/2 the price of the large jar, for twice as much spice! So even though I didn’t have Jars for them all I got the bags, and figured I’d find jars elsewhere.
When I got home I heated my oven to 200 and dried out some parsley I had so I didn’t have to buy that too. I ended up finding jars but the baggies had so much spices in them that the jars were too small. That’s fine though, I won’t be buying those spices for a very long time. Now if I could just figure out how to use them. 🙂