Now at first when my mom used my spice rack as proof that I overdo everything, I just gave her the stone face. She said, "How are you gonna use all those spices? You don't cook that much." CHALLENGE!! To me, that was her saying I need to use every single one of those spices at least once in the next month. LET'S GET IT!! Now though I feel challenged, I can kind of see her point. Don't you dare tell her or I will deny it!! I felt almost overwhelmed looking at all of them! But we all know I love a good challenge!
For the record, I bought all of those spices in the small tubs because they were insanely cheap at the Dekalb World Market (also known as the love of my life). Why would I not buy curry for $.46? Rosemary for $.33? Cayenne pepper for $.73? Coriander for $.56? And some of them bought the day after the spices were packed. Of all the spices I got from there, the most expensive was the nutmeg and that was still only $1.72. That's a small fraction of the price I paid for those spices in the back from Publix. So I know you're wondering, WHAT ON EARTH DOES SHE HAVE BACK THERE!?!? (I was kind of curious myself! Sometimes I forget!) I will tell you, starting with the regular store products: grill seasoning, basil, oregano, cajun seasoning*, seasoning salt (which I have seriously not used in more than a year because none of my food network recipes ever call for it), cinnamon, cumin & crushed red pepper flake.
Now for the farmer's market (deep breath): whole thyme, ground sage, ground cloves, nutmeg, allspice, tarragon, ground ginger, black pepper, chili powder, herbes de provence* (only $1.08 but a good $5 at a regular store), turmeric*, fennel seed*, poultry seasoning*, curry, gumbo file, caraway seed*, whole cardamom, cayenne pepper, rosemary & coriander. The asterisks are by all the spices I haven't cooked with before. I bought all of them because I read recipes I wanted to try but skipped or modified if they called for those spices. I made chicken provençal w/o the herbes de provence! Never again! Woohooooo!! I can't wait to get up in my spice rack again. And I think I'm going to take all of it with me on break. Even if I don't use it all, I can at least use some! Oh and here's something you probably thought wasn't possible... I still need marjoram. LOLOL!! My mom would say, "Don't buy another spice!!"