Many people have told me that they are afraid to cook for themselves because they don't know which herbs and spices to use. I decided to come up with a top ten list of the herb, spices, and flavorings I use most often and can be used in almost everything. If you are unsure of how to get started, this is a good basic list of ingredients you should always have on hand.
3) Lemon Juice
4) Ground Red Pepper
6) Garam Masala
7) Chili Powder
9) Liquid Smoke
You can make many different cuisines with these flavorings such as garlic, cumin, chili powder, and liquid smoke for mexican dishes, basil, lemon juice, and garlic for italian dishes, garam masala, cumin, and ginger for indian dishes, and ginger, garlic, and tamari for asian dishes!
The combinations are endless, once you become familiar with the flavors, experiment for yourself and don't be afraid to try new herbs and spices.