A properly prepared kitchen is a huge asset. At Foodinis, we know that cooking is easy with the right ingredients. This is why our caterers keep a well stocked kitchen with them all year long and this also makes our meal delivery service a snap. Spices are a crucial part of any meal. Spices make food come alive with taste and texture. If you want to make your own food taste even better, these are the spices you should have around at all times.


If you love flavors of the southwest, this is one spice you’ll need to make them come to life. Cumin has heat but it will overpower your food. It’s a must for any kind of South American cooking. Use it in black bean soups, as part of a taco seasoning mix and in your roasted pork. The spice will call to mind long sunny days and warm nights. Store it at home in a closed jar. You can buy it ground already or you can buy cumin seeds and grind them at home on your own. Either way, you’re getting an earthy flavor that adds a lot to everything you cook.

Black Peppercorn

Pepper brings a touch of spice to a meal. Freshly ground pepper is ideal on top of salads and as part of a perfect red sauce. It works with cold pasta dishes during the warm summer months and fabulous soups when it gets cold outside. You will want it in your kitchen all year long. Store in a pepper mill for easy grinding. Pair it with salt and you have the ideal kitchen basics that make food taste delicious.


Garlic will add a lot of flavor to anything you cook. It’s also endlessly versatile.The strong aroma is one that many people embrace as they know it has lots of yummy flavor and it also has plenty of wonderful health benefits. Keep fresh bulbs around so you can peel them and use them in savory dishes. The pre-chopped version is also quite handy as it will save you time and still taste delightful.


Essential in many Asian dishes, ginger is also wonderful in other cuisine classics. A pinch makes flavors brighter. Fresh ginger can be kept in the fridge. It makes everything just that much more full of zest.


Oregano works in many forms. You can grow your own and have it around whenever you like. It stands up to many kinds of weather conditions. You can also bring home the dried form. Either way, you’re getting a spice that has been used for centuries to add aroma to your cooking. This spice works well with flavors from the Mediterranean. Pair it with olive oil, chopped garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

"Creating Culinary Magic"

- Chef John Deatcher

Get Chef John Deatcher's Blogs Sent Right to Your Inbox, Free!

Just Provide Your Email Address Below and We'll do the Rest.