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Starter Spice Kit for a Bridal Couple

Here are the staple spices you'll want to be sure to stock in your new kitchen, along with some ideas for other fun seasonings you might want to include.

Simply Organic Spice RackHeaded for domestic bliss? Setting up kitchen — with new linens, appliances, gadgets, and, of course, cooking ingredients — is so much fun! Be sure to include an array of seasonings to get your cooking off to a delicious start. Simply Organic® has every top quality, organic spice and seasoning you'll need.

If you're a seasoned cook, you'll know which spices you can't do without. In this case, you might use our list as a reminder, and add to it any favorite spices that we haven't included. (Maybe you love the aroma and taste of coriander in many of your baked goods, for example.) Otherwise, here are some suggestions for the most basic spices you'll want to stock in your new spice rack. (For a smaller starter list, choose only the starred items.):

Basil*
Bay Leaf
Cayenne*
Chili Powder
Cinnamon Powder*
Cloves
Crushed Red Pepper
Cumin Seed Ground*
Dill Weed
Garlic Powder*
Ginger
Nutmeg
Oregano
*
Paprika
Parsley*
Rosemary
Sage
Onion
Thyme
Turmeric*

Also consider adding some seasoning blends to your list (especially if you enjoy ethnic cooking). Italian Seasoning and Curry Powder are two top choices.

If you or your partner enjoys grilling, be sure to add a grill to your registry, and remember to include Grilling Seasons® — such as Chicken Seasoning and Spicy Steak Seasoning — on your seasonings list.

Salt and pepper are anything but ho-hum when you grind them fresh. An easy way to do this is with Simply Organic's Spice Grinders. Consider Grind to a Salt (a blend of sea salt, red chilies, black pepper, garlic, onions, celery and mustard). For pepper, try Daily Grind (freshly ground black peppercorns) and and Get Crackin (a blend of white, green, and black peppercorns) to cover your basic salt and pepper needs (at the stove or on the table).

In addition to salt and pepper, you might want to include an All-Seasons Salt and an All-Purpose Seasoning (for seasoning delicious meals in an instant and for when you don't know quite what to sprinkle on that morning omelet, for example).

Looking for a shortcut? Consider our Spice Rack complete with 16 spices. The selection of seasonings will set you up nicely for basic cooking and beyond. Included are: Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Cumin Seed (Ground), Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Black Pepper, ground, Red Peppers, Crushed, Rosemary, Thyme and Turmeric. Two Simply Organic grinders are also included: Daily Grind (Black Peppercorns) and Grind to a Salt (salt blend).

When it comes to recipes, be sure to ask family members to provide you with traditional favorites. Have friends give you their best recipes, too (this is always a nice bridal shower activity). And have everyone recommend his or her favorite cookbook. You'll want at least one how-to book on hand, such as Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything (there's also a vegetarian version).

When you're looking for new recipes, also be sure to visit our recipe pages, where you'll find recipes to help you make stellar meals. You'll also find MealSolutions—a selection of weekly recipes—as well as cooking articles and tips and ideas for monthly celebrations with food.

Check out our free Recipe App for iPhones and iPads, too. Use it to create shopping lists based on over a thousand recipes, choose a dinner menu, take notes while cooking or shopping, get featured recipes and cooking tips, locate stores where you can find our products, and download coupons.

Enjoy the process of setting up your kitchen, of finding great recipes, and of cooking. And hearty best wishes and congratulations!

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