The easiest way to add big flavor to your foods is, duh, with spices.  Again, don’t go out and buy $500 worth of spices in one shot. As you start making some new recipes, simply start buying a few here and there.  These are listed in frequency of MY use.


  1. Sea Salt
  2. Black Peppercorns in a grinder (grind it fresh – ALWAYS)
  3. Italian Seasoning Blend OR Thyme, Basil, and Oregano
  4. Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute
  5. Paprika
  6. Crushed Red Pepper
  7. Chipotle Powder
  8. Chili Powder
  9. Cayenne Pepper
  10. Cumin
  11. Bay Leaves
  12. Garlic Powder
  13. Onion Powder
  14. Vanilla Extract, Ground Vanilla Bean, or Vanilla bean
  15. Ground Mustard
  16. Ground Ginger
  17. Cinnamon
  18. Unsweetened cocoa powder