6 Essential Spices to Have in the Home

Americans spend hundreds of dollars each month on take out and restaurant food. Think of all the things you could spend your money on if you weren’t buying all of that food? Stay home and cook dinner with friends or family and save that money. Here are six essential spices to have in the home to cook flavorful dinner each night.

Garlic Powder: Garlic powder is a kitchen staple. It is not the same as using fresh garlic but it still does the trick. Garlic powder pairs well with all foods that you are looking to add that garlicky flavor to including chicken, pasta, steak, rice, potatoes, and much more. Use it alone or add it with other spices and sauces to create rubs and marinades. 

Ground Cumin: Cumin has an intense flavor that is both nutty and earthy but also slightly spicy. It pairs well with chicken, potatoes, beans, etc. Cumin also pairs well with other spices such as garlic powder, which can be used as a dry rub or added to a marinade.

Onion Powder: Onion powder provides the flavor of onion without the actual onion. It goes well with anything that you are trying to add onion flavor to. It’s best used with other seasonings rather then as a standalone seasoning such as in sauces and spice blends.

Cajun Seasoning: Cajun seasoning has a bit of heat with bold flavor. It’s a combination of paprika, black pepper, onion, cayenne, thyme, white pepper, garlic and sage. It’s often used in jambalaya, gumbo, dirty rice, and Andouille, but can also be used in much less intricate dishes. This includes fish, chicken, and steak.

Red Pepper Flakes: Red pepper flakes are perfect for adding heat to dishes before, during and after being cooked. Red pepper flakes go great on pizza, pasta, chicken, and anything else you’d like to add heat to.

Italian Seasoning: Italian seasoning is a combination of multiple spices including rosemary, basil, oregano, and thyme. Adding Italian seasoning to dishes is a simple way to add flavor. It goes well with chicken, potatoes, green beans, and much more.

These are just a few of the essential spices and spices blends that you should have in your home. You can create simple or intricate dishes and endless of flavor with these different spices.

Recipe For Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn With Cilantro Lime Butter

Nothing tastes better than a perfectly cooked ear of corn garnished with salty butter at a summertime cookout ! Most families cannot wait for the corn on the cob season to start. The following recipe will add a little spice to an old time favorite.


  • 4 ears of corn still in their husk
  • 4 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Grated zest of 1 lime


  • Soak the corn in a large bowl of water for about 20 minutes
  • Pre heat the grill to medium heat
  • Mix together the butter, lime zest, cilantro, salt and lime juice in a small bowl and set it aside until needed.
  • With the corn still in the husk, place it on the grill to cook for 12 minutes
  • Rotate the ears from side to side while cooking
  • Remove from the grill and let sit for about 10 minutes to cool slightly
  • Carefully remove husk from the corn
  • Serve warm brushed with the cilantro butter mixture that has already been prepared