Though sugar may be in the name, my cooking expertise basically stops after standard baking and easy Pinterest meals, thus, I need a little tutoring in the kitchen area. I reached out to local expert (and all around sweetheart) Morgan, of The Foodie Chef, to create a simple Cooking 101 series to help us (or just me, ughm…) brush up on the basics. First off, staple spices! – Ashley
Hey everyone, Morgan here! All of these spices are versatile for most cuisines. From tex-mex to Italian, you can find a use for my top 10 spices to always have in your kitchen…
These staple spices are what I use mostly in my kitchen. Since I’m located in Texas, I tend to have a tex-mex flare in my cooking which results in warm flavors.
10 Spices to Always Have In Your Kitchen
- Bay Leaves Whole: Goes well in simmering sauces like tomato sauce
- Kosher Salt: A must in cooking, it enhances the flavor of meat, veggies and soup
- Medium Ground Black Pepper: Another must in cooking; it adds a hint of mild spiciness to food
- Cinnamon: A staple for savory and sweet items from baked apples to mole.
- Chili Powder: A great addition to tex-mex cooking, especially chili
- Garlic Powder: I’m pretty sure I season everything with this J
- Cumin: This spice has such a distinct flavor, I love it in tomatillo salsa.
- Fox Point: I particularly love all of the flavors in this blend, eggs and fish are perfect for this.
- Pasta Sprinkle (from Penzeys): Great for any Italian meal. I love putting in a Bolognese sauce
- Oregano: I love this spice for both Italian and tex-mex cooking. Its unique flavor adds more dimension to these cuisines.
In my tex-mex cooking, I use chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, cinnamon and of course salt and pepper. These spices are perfect for my Spicy Mexican Soup. Of course, salt and pepper go well with everything! All types of meat and veggies need to be seasoned with these to bring out their best flavor.
I love using Fox Point on eggs and fish. It really is my go-to blend of spices with dried shallots and chives. It actually goes well on everything. It would be perfect inside my donut breakfast sandwich.
I also took a cooking class in Italy and learned that using oregano and pasta sprinkle are an ideal addition to a rich tomato sauce!
I highly recommend having all of these spices in your kitchen if you’re a beginner or even a chef! Are there any additional staples you always have on hand?
Morgan Jankovic, a native Houstonian, has always had a passion for food. After studying business at St. Edward’s University in Austin, she pursued her dream of working toward a greater practical knowledge of culinary arts. After getting the proper experience, Morgan opened her own personal chef service, The Foodie Chef. She specializes in cooking organic and healthy gastronomy with a particular consciousness of the beneficial effects of eating naturally.