When Your Spice Drawer Needs a Pinch of Love
If you’re anything like me, spring cleaning begins in the kitchen— and nothing needs more attention than the spice drawer. Whether it’s the pumpkin-pie spice mix bought on a whim or the decorative cinnamon sticks a holiday recipe called for, the seasoning cabinet is too often an accumulated stash of once-used purchases. With a little sprucing up, I’ve learned the spice pantry can be an incredible source of culinary inspiration and powerhouse nutrients.
Bitterman’s Black Truffle Salt From Sur La Table
Truffle has had a longstanding reputation as a luxurious delicacy for good reason and is the perfect secret weapon to elevate even the most mundane dish. I found that a small dash of truffle salt— robust with an earthy and bold black truffle taste and aroma— deliciously dresses up scrambled eggs, french fries or even avocado toast.
Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend From Trader Joe’s
Complete with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sea salt flakes, and dried garlic and onion, Trader Joe’s champions yet another unique cabinet essential. While unsurprisingly tasty sprinkled on open-faced cream-cheese bagels, this herb and spice mix goes beyond bread and brings the perfect garlicky crunch to plain anything, especially roasted potatoes.
Williams-Sonoma Pizza Seasoning
Smelling like your favorite pizzeria in a jar, this versatile seasoning makes adding rich and aromatic Italian flavors to pizza, pasta or oven-baked bread easy. My newfound favorite use for this satisfyingly bold blend (which includes garlic, sun-dried tomato, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, California chili, cayenne pepper flakes, onion, black pepper and sea salt) is to add it to olive oil for dipping table bread.
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla From Sur La Table
A true-blue lover of vanilla flavor, I’ve learned the hard way that less is more when it comes to this sweet and simple ingredient. A few drops of Madagascar vanilla compliments everything from my morning oatmeal to baked goods. Cold-processed from the world’s finest vanilla beans, Nielsen-Massey offers a vanilla extract that’s light years beyond its competitors. And if you’re looking for additional ways to love vanilla, check out their website here.
Garlic Olive Oil From Brava Gourmet
Perhaps my most beloved cabinet essential, the savory flavor of garlic-infused olive oil unlike any other cooking oil— especially on roasted veggies or french bread. Offering tremendous health benefits and divine taste, extra virgin olive oil is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and healthy monounsaturated fats.
Turmeric From Simply Organic
Delicious to sprinkle on roasted chickpeas and cauliflower, turmeric has become one of my go-to spices. This root gets it’s vibrant orange hue from a compound called curcumin, and is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties— another reason to add it to your pantry.
Yellow Curry Powder From OrganicLivingSpiceCo on Etsy
Yellow curry powder, often including turmeric, offers a potent blend of spices that brings bold, unique and full Indian cuisine flavor to dishes and is sure to give homemade vegetable soups and sauces a rich and tasty kick. Curry powder is one of those spices that tastes best when it’s handmade — but who has time for that?! We highly recommend ordering this seasoning through OrganicLivingSpiceCo on Etsy, where their blend is made with Turmeric, Coriander, Fenugreek, Cumin, Black Pepper, Ginger, Mustard, Fennel, Allspice and Red Pepper. Yum!
Ground Ginger From Thrive Market
Anti-inflammatory and helpful to aid digestion, ground ginger is a good thing to have on hand to make anything from ginger tea to ginger cookies. With a fresh, clean and spicy flavor, ginger is a versatile ingredient for both savory and sweet recipes.