Everybody has their go-to herbs and spices. I have a few that stuck with me growing up in the restaurant business and a few I’ve recently picked up and can’t put down!
You’ll notice I use a lot of these same herbs and spices when cooking. You could always make your own blends and keep them in little mason jars, but sometimes it’s just easier to run to your local Williams & Sonoma or Whole Foods to pick some up.
1. McCormick Greek Seasoning
It’s the basis for Greek cooking, all in one glass bottle. Garlic, onions, oregano, and a touch of mint…pretty much in every Greek dish!
2. Sazòn Goya
I love the coriander & annatto blend. I use this in my soups, when I cook shellfish, and even in some of my chicken dishes. It will typically leave your food with a yellow/orange color, but will add an extra boost in flavor.
Cento is an Italian-brand tomato sauce, and they have probably the best crushed peeled tomatoes I’ve ever cooked with. It’s available in large 28-ounce cans, which is perfect when I make large stews or pasta sauces.
4. Herbs of Provence
Thyme, basil, savory, fennel seeds, and lavender flowers…the perfect blend of dried herbs to make any beef or chicken dish taste out of this world.
5. Whole Nutmeg
It’s very earthy, and when grated, has a beautiful smell which adds a little bit of muted sweetness to desserts and sauces alike.
6. Kirkland Organic Diced Tomatoes
You can buy this brand at BJ’s, or Costco. I’m not sure what they do to them, but these are the sweetest diced tomatoes I’ve ever used. Perfect when I don’t have fresh tomatoes on hand.
7. Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This is one of my favorite Italian brands. They sell everything from olive oils to pastas, vinegars, and other Italian products. I usually buy the 3-liter container and it lasts me about 2 months.
Important: Spices typically have a 6-month shelf life. If you’ve had the same jar in your cupboard since you purchased your house, it’s time to get rid of it!14 foodies love this. Do you?