A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"


Restocking the Pantry

February 28th, 2013

I will be moving to a new apartment in a couple weeks, and that’s the perfect excuse to restock the pantry. Although there is no perfect rule on when you should toss out your old herbs and spices, most sources say every 1 -2 years. The bottom line is that if the herb or spice still has good flavor then it’s fine. But we are all guilty of having things sit around for years.

Moving has peaked my interest into tossing out some of the older items; but perhaps Spring cleaning or just needing to add a little spice into your life will get you motivated. There is an upside…you get to buy new herbs and spices, and your meals will come to life!

Have you ever been to Kalustyans on Lex and 28th Street in NYC? It’s amazing. It started in 1944 selling Indian spices, and now it’s a cornucopia of flavors. We are lucky because today there are hundreds of good places around the world to buy herbs and spices, including many Outdoor Food Markets.

With the upcoming move, I’m too busy to shop at specialty stores, so I am going to rely on Penzeys Spices. I have ordered from them for years.

Penzeys Spices Catalog

You can order online or by telephone (800-741-7787).  Their 60 page catalog has a huge selection, and I’ve always been impressed with their quality.

I’m going to order: Adobe Seasoning, Aleppo Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon, Cumin, Herbes de Provence, Oregano, Sage, Tellicherry Peppercorns, Thyme and Turmeric.

Let’s start cooking!


2 Responses to “Restocking the Pantry”

  1. Susan case says:

    I feel like I should return your bottle of Worcester sauce. Can’t return the pop corn or the floorless chocolate cake; they are history. And they were yummy!

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