Spice Island Life

If you could only have twelve spices (plus salt, duh) in your spice cabinet, what would they be?

A course assignment had me ponder the same question. How do you select twelve herbs and spices that stand alone and can also be combined to create powerful culinary seasoning blends?

If your spice cabinet is anything like mine, you’re wondering how you even begin to rationalize an answer to this question.

Kihn-Stang Spice Cabinet.jpg


The herbs and spices I chose are pictured here, you know, on a slab of marble on my living room floor because  it gets the best sunlight. They were:

  1. Bay Leaves
  2. Black peppercorns
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Coriander
  5. Cumin
  6. Garlic (granules)
  7. Ginger
  8. Onion (granules)
  9. Nutmeg
  10. (Smoked) Paprika
  11. Rosemary
  12. Thyme

Bonus: kosher salt

What would your selections be?

Until next time,




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