This time around I decided to open up my hilarious spice cabinet.
"Why is it hilarious Molly?"
Let me tell you.
I have an internal conflict with my kitchen, you see. On one hand it has the world's smallest pantry. Annoyingly small. So small we had to set up storage shelves in the basement. Boo.
The trade off, however, is that next to my pathetic pantry, I have the cutest darn spice cabinet. It really is the funniest thing. The shelves are only about an inch or so wide so it's not suitable for much more than rows of small spice canisters.
|Ignore the 2 cans of Manwich in the bottom. I'm not responsible for those. See my husband.|
They aren't piled up in a bin.
They don't fill up a lazy susan in my already space-challenged pantry.
They are all displayed in easy reach. My organized self smiles at that.
Some may seem pretty common and traditional.
Some are Texan staples I was introduced to when I met my husband.
Some you may wonder, "What was she thinking?!?" Hopefully not.
#1 Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce
The. Best. Stuff. Ever. I add it to everything from meatloaf to blue cheese dip. Anything that needs a rich, savory taste.
P.S. Don't ever buy generic Worcestershire sauce. The meat loaves from the winter of 2010 aren't discussed for a reason. It was shameful. Don't do what I did. Lesson learned.
#2 McCormick Smoked Paprika
I would wear this as a perfume. Just kidding. Maybe not. The smell is just divine and the flavor it adds is even better. Smoked paprika and I go way back. We have a good relationship as evidenced in these recipes:
Broiled Paprika Shrimp
Smoky Sweet Popcorn
Guinness Bacon Shepherds Pie
Morton's Chili Blend
Don't confuse this with coffee--it's that dark. Growing up in my Midwestern home, chili powder looked closer to smoked paprika in color. We also used a packet of taco seasoning to make our tacos. I feel sorry for myself at that age. I was really missing out.
This stuff is dark, rich, and packs a punch. One of the first meals my husband made for me was true, Texan tacos. Take a pound of ground beef, brown it and drain it. Add a can of plain tomato sauce and heaping spoonfuls of Morton's until your then-girlfriend's eyes bug out of her head in worry. Simmer for about 10 minutes and serve on tortillas with Franks hot sauce. You'll die and go to heaven. Believe me. I did and came back to tell the tale.
My mother in law has shipped us bags and bags of the stuff. Would you believe I have 8 bags in my freezer right at this very moment? Turns out I can't find a website for Morton's and Amazon isn't selling it yet. If I were you I'd start making friends in the Texas panhandle.
Roland Balsamic Glaze
Sure, you could make your own and it might taste better. This little bottle is so dang convenient though. I reach for it to squeeze on a tomato salad, grilled fish, bread, pears, you name it. The best use for this glaze might be the peach appetizer I made for the ice cream finale party and the recipe is here. You can get a lot of mileage of this little bottle on tons of foods.
Salt Lick Dry Rub
I use this on every sort of meat out there. Ribs, chicken, roasts, chops, steaks, etc. If you didn't read my post on our trip to Austin, Texas and lunch at the original Salt Lick, click here, and you'll understand. I also have canisters of this in my freezer. Clearly, I don't like to be unprepared.
So thanks for coming (reading)!
What are your absolute spice/seasoning staples that line your "guaranteed-bigger-than-mine" pantries?