Food bloggers, this post is for you! Others, normal people who actually eat without photographing their food first, probably don’t really care what kind of spices someone else has. However, among food bloggers, there seems to be quite a willingness to share intimate details of our (cooking) lives. I’m not sure if it’s motivated by voyuerism, seeing how everyone else cooks, or exhibitionism, showing off how you cook. Whatever the reason, we share these things because we like reading about each other.
Now Cate is at it again. This time she wants us to show our spice racks. I was hesitant to participate, partly because I can’t take photos of the inside of my house worth a darn, but mostly because I have kind of an embarassing amount of spices. But then I remembered how fun it was to see inside other peoples refrigerators, and decided to take the risk. Please, don’t be hard on me for being so extravagant. I work hard to get the money to buy all those spices! You can’t really have too many spices can you? After you see my spices, be sure to visit Sweetnicks tomorrow to see what kind of spice collections other food bloggers have.
First, I have some spices in the cupboard by my stove. This is where I keep things I don’t use too often, or spices that I have more than one of.
Second, I have a big drawer of large sized spices, mostly from Costco, and also bags of ground spices to refill bottles in the spice rack. The bagged spices are from Penzeys, absolutely my favorite place to get spices.
In 1998 I remodeled my nearly 100 year old house, and my wonderful brother-in-law and contractor, Kelly, built this amazing oak spice rack which is above my antique stove. As you can see, it holds alot of spices. Yes, there are three jars stacked on each other in some spots. The hooks are where my pans hang when I’m not taking pictures of the spices. All the silver cans with white labels are Indian spices, something I got as a gift. The small and large jars with yellow labels are all from Penzeys. (Gee, all this free advertising I’m giving them, wouldn’t you think they would send me some free spices, or maybe hire me to write a blog for them? Penzeys, are you out there?)
Here’s how the spice rack and stove look with the pans hanging there. I love my kitchen, especially the stove, spice rack, and hanging racks for pans. Thanks again Kelly, for creating such a wonderful place for me to cook.
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