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My Spice Cupboard

I thought I’d give you all a glimpse into the inner workings of my mind… and my kitchen!

As I was writing about my Everything Salmon the other day, I realized that my spice cupboard would by most people be considered… messy.  Out of control.  I mean crazy insane.  Anyone else who tries to cook in my kitchen and find a specific spice (other than salt and pepper, which live on the counter for easy access at all times) had better have some time and some patience.

Maybe I need to explain – in the corner of my kitchen is a tall skinny cupboard.  (That’s actually how we refer to it – if someone were to ask my where the garlic powder or olive oil is, I would answer, “In the tall skinny cupboard.”)

The tall skinny cupboard.

The tall skinny cupboard.

Two shelves and hangers on the door of this cupboard are filled with spice jars and other seasonings like balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, etc.  And I’ll admit it – there is no organization.  I’ve tried!  I’ve tried to organize it several times (hence the hangers on the door), but it never takes.

For some reason that I cannot explain, I am happier when I have to take out a half dozen spice jars in order to find the smoked paprika.  It’s like a kind of ritual for me.  Maybe pictures will help make this picture a little clearer…

Let's keep it real. This is my spice cupboard.

Let’s keep it real. This is my spice cupboard.

Close up of the second shelf.

Close up of the second shelf.

Even with the chaos of my spice cupboard, I know roughly where each spice lives.  For example, if I want the Penzey’s Bavarian Spice, I know the shape of the jar, that it has a black lid, and it’s probably on the bottom layer of spices.  Yep, the spice jars are stacked in a double layer – otherwise there isn’t enough room!  The whole nutmeg is in a thinner glass jar with a black lid, on top in the back right hand corner.

When Brian wants to cook, it makes him crazy.  Typically, he tells me what he wants out of the cupboard and I just find it for him – it’s easier for both of us!  I know it’s nuts, but there’s something about the chaos that soothes me.  (Is that weird?)  It’s funny, but now that I think of it, my desk at work is the same way!  Stacks of papers and folders that look random at first glance, but I can locate anything I need – until I try to organize it.  Then I can’t find anything!

Maybe that’s why I love cooking – order out of chaos!  From a jumble of random jars and ingredients comes delicious foodstuffs!  Or maybe I’m just reading too much into this…

Because I hate to do a post with no food pictures, here's a teaser for next week:  Whole grain toast, a fried egg, avocado and butternut squash mole.  I'll post the recipe soon!

Because I hate to do a post with no food pictures, here’s a teaser for next week: Whole grain toast, a fried egg, avocado and butternut squash mole sauce. I’ll post the recipe for the mole soon!

Anyone else love them some kitchen chaos?  Or does the picture of my spice cupboard scare you a bit?  Now that you’ve seen it, can we still be friends?