Inspired by Taryn's favorite condiments and the rearrangement of my spice cupboard (had to put chipotle powder in the lineup), here are my top ten spices. I'm only counting dry spices here, arranged (sort of) in order of favoriteness and frequency of use.
3. chili powder (the mild stuff)
4. cumin (whole or powdered, depends what I'm doing)
5. red pepper flakes
8. mustard seed
Honorable mention goes to:
cayenne pepper and hungarian paprika, nutmeg, allspice, dill, and Luzianne Cajun spice blend.
I'm not counting garam masala even though I use it a lot because I use it in paste form and keep it in the fridge.
Eric would probably add thyme to the list, but I'm actually not a fan. He can write his own favorites list. So there. But really, I'd love to hear everyone's favorites, I love new spices. Yay! Maybe we'll redo pastes and condiments in another post.