I’ve been pumping all sorts of seasoning blends so far, but it’s also important to have some quality individual spices stocked, especially for baking. You can choose from cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice, depending on your preference (or hey, go for all of ‘em, I don’t own you).
My thoughts are these: Cinnamon is the easy choice because not only is it great in sweets, but also savory dishes like chili and pho. (Cloves, allspice, and nutmeg also work well in baking but have fewer uses on the savory side, so save those for when you’ve committed to building up your spice collection.) If you really want to go all out, pick up some pumpkin pie spice, which combines ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and allspice into the perfect ratio for way more than than just its namesake dish.
Get cinnamon from Amazon for $3.02 or Jet for $2.70 and pumpkin pie spice from Amazon for $3.02 or Jet for $4.27.