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What Spices Are You Cooking with Often? What Is Your Favorite Kitchen Utensil?

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This could be a JJF question but shux I really want to know and Im not playin! LOL......
I am trying to step up my cooking game and enjoy being in the kitchen more UGGh! it painful for me! I find that we use Mrs. Dash original & pepper seasonings more than anything and I love the blender. I purchased a mini food chopper/processor, How do you use yours?

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WOW! Awsome ideas.. I have a box of chicken broth in the fridge just sitting there to waste, no I know what to do with it.

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Chicken broth! I love cooking with chicken broth, it really flavors everything nicely. I use it when I cook veggies, pasta, rice. And if I am sick of plain old grilled chicken I will make a sauce with chicken broth, lemon and white wine. YUMMY

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I love power tools for the kitchen (I love them in the garden too - love my small electric chain saw!!!). Love my food processor - does stuff so much more quickly than I can by hand, love my electric carving knife too. coffee grinder can grind up spices easily.

Spices: - more herbs really - I like fresh basil from the garden - it grows like a weed then I'l make pesto (in my food processor) and freeze it to have over the winter - yumm. I love fresh cilantro (freeze what you don't use - it loses it's flavor when dried) - you can chop up a few onions, tomatoes and mango, peaches, any other kind of fruit and instantly have something to put on grilled fish or chicken. And I love dill to add to asparagus, potato salad, grilled veggies.

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Chicken broth! I love cooking with chicken broth, it really flavors everything nicely. I use it when I cook veggies, pasta, rice. And if I am sick of plain old grilled chicken I will make a sauce with chicken broth, lemon and white wine. YUMMY

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herbes de provence or fines herbes......yum, it goes great with things that have egg, or tomatoes as the main source, I make my own chili powder, buy the expensive paprika(totally worth it) and i LOVE love love garam masala and coriander together.

My favorite tool is always changing, i really like my emulsifier, makes making hot sauce,soup, pie, you name it, a cinch. I recently ordered a mandolin slicer, i am looking forward to the ways im going to use it. It slices VERY thin, im thinking i will put paper thin slices of zucchini on my veggie burger, paper thin carrots on my salad, and paper thin potatoes baked onto pizza.

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I love power tools for the kitchen (I love them in the garden too - love my small electric chain saw!!!). Love my food processor - does stuff so much more quickly than I can by hand, love my electric carving knife too. coffee grinder can grind up spices easily.

Spices: - more herbs really - I like fresh basil from the garden - it grows like a weed then I'l make pesto (in my food processor) and freeze it to have over the winter - yumm. I love fresh cilantro (freeze what you don't use - it loses it's flavor when dried) - you can chop up a few onions, tomatoes and mango, peaches, any other kind of fruit and instantly have something to put on grilled fish or chicken. And I love dill to add to asparagus, potato salad, grilled veggies.

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Fresh basil and thyme (dried or fresh). As for what I couldn't live without...hmmm. I love my butcher block: http://www.amazon.com/Paula-Deen-Signature-Chopping-Natur... I use mine only for foods that are ok eaten raw. Squirt with white vinegar and wipe when done and that's it for clean up. I put a safe wood oil on it when I remember to keep it looking good.

I leave it out all the time. It's really heavy so you can't lift it to put the ingredients into the pot/bowl so you'll need one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Ray-Scrape-Shovel-Orange/dp...

I also love love love my food processor. I no longer buy shredded cheeses. Did you know that it has a wax coating on it so it won't stick together? eeeew. I make my own marinara in it and I've even made a few doughs and potato gratin. Hubby has a veg. garden so I'm sure I'll use it even more once we need to process vegs for the winter. I had a cheap one before that broke and decided to get a better one with a good motor this time and I'm happy that I spent a little more to get something that really works well.

And of course a good knife and knife sharpener :)

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The trick is to keep it simple if you don't really enjoy cooking. I love to cook, but for a long time I didn't have a good kitchen workspace so cooking was more frustrating than productive. I totally understand your pain! :)

Have you seen the McCormick Recipe Inspirations? It's a recipe card sold with the spices you need for that dish. It's a great way to get introduced to new spices.
http://www.mccormick.com/Products/Recipe-Inspirations.aspx

I love using cumin, curry, cayenne, coriander, garlic (minced or powdered), sea salt, and I also love using dried and fresh herbs. Herbs are a great way to make a dish something special without much fuss.

As for gadgets, I really, really want a mini food chopper! I make fresh salsa all summer long and a food chopper would make it so much easier.

My favorite kitchen gadgets are my KitchenAid mixer and my garlic press.

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I love Dried/Fresh Basil and Thyme and Parsley and Garlic Powder (Not salt). All of those are so easy to grow on a windowsill in your house too. I also sell Pampered Chef so I use a lot of their pantry spices and I love their tools. My favorite 'tool' is my big batter bowl - may sound silly but of all the bowls I have that is the one I grab. Mrs. Dash is excellent because they are salt free. #1 though - You must have a great knife that you are comfortable with because it's essential. Message me if you're interested. Good luck - I would cook constantly if someone would clean up for me :)

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I am in love with garlic, and my my favorite kitchen utensil are my mini food processor and also my garlic press. I use my food processor to chop onions for my meat loaf to save my hands and eyes because I am super sensitive. I also use it to whip up quick guacamole and fresh salsa in the summer. One of my favorite spices is tarragon, it is Heavenly on asparagus.

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Lemon pepper is great on chicken, green beans, asparagus. Celery salt is good on eggs.

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