Hello! Today is a special day.

First of all, we just broke 600 Likes on Facebook! Really, those silly numbers can meet such a lot of love for us bloggers, and I appreciate each and every follower who decides to share their Facebook news feed with me. It’s touching, but you don’t want cheese today…you want SPICES!

Cooking Planit Spice Giveaway

The second awesome news is that today is the day for this amazing and super generous spice giveaway from Cooking Planit! I was contacted a little while ago about joining this mega giveaway for Cooking Planit, and feel really honored to be able to offer this enormous prize to you.

If you don’t know about Cooking Planit, it is an app that helps you manage your time in the kitchen. Like, it will tell you when to preheat the oven, chop those onions, and even pause for a sip of wine. This can be life-changing for wannabe chefs because you get the timing, the pace, the order. That’s the hardest part! Finally, you can create meals from scratch that you know will come out right, and you’ll get it all done without burning the house down (or pushing back dinner time for hours and hours).

Although I’m normally a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-recipe kind of gal, it took me years to develop that intuitive knowledge of the kitchen. This will help you get there WAY faster.

Since spices are the absolute best way to travel around the globe on a budget, I’m really excited that they’ve decided to offer up some amazing spices for you all!

These are 26 of the spices every kitchen should have (and new chefs, especially!).

Cooking Planit Spice Giveaway

Photo by Emily Wilson

  • Ground Cumin
  •  Basil
  •  Saigon Cinnamon
  •  Bay Leaves
  •  Smoked Paprika
  •  Thyme
  •  Garlic Powder
  •  Mediterranean Oregano
  •  Onion Powder
  •  Rosemary
  •  Nutmeg Powder
  •  Red Pepper Flakes
  •  Coriander Powder
  •  Cayenne Pepper
  •  Ground Cloves
  •  Chinese Five Spice
  •  Turmeric
  •  Curry Powder
  •  Yellow Mustard
  •  Pennsylvania Pepper
  •  Cardamon Powder
  •  Cajun Seasoning
  •  Allspice Powder
  •  Hill Country Chili Powder
  •  Ginger Root Powder
  • Manzanillo Mexico Seasoning

Whew! That’s a lot. So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of this, shall we?

This contest is open for one week, and is open to US residents only. This set was gifted to me by Cooking Planit, and retails for around $100. Only one winner will be selected randomly from the entries submitted below via Rafflecopter.

There are several options to enter, so please pick whichever works for you! I try to keep everything open so you can enter in the ways that you most prefer.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don’t forget! There are FIFTY bloggers in on this party. Go on and join more giveaways below!


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  • http://twitter.com/mbm218 Mary Elderton

    I’d be cayenne pepper–spicy and saucy and born in Louisiana! Or probably I’d be red pepper *flakes* :)
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  • Robin

    Wow – that’s a tough one since I use spices ALL the time. Maybe cinnamon – it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

    • http://rachaelmcleveland.com/ Rachael Cleveland

      Great choice! That reminds me of the old, “sugar and spice makes everything nice!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/guin.reese Guin Reese

    I love cooking with spices..I especially love Allspice great in chicken dishes.

  • Rachel

    I’d be cardamom!

  • roastedroot

    CAJUN SEASONINNNNG! I love a great Cajun seasoning for blackening fish and chicken. I’m plumb out so I’d love to try a new brand. This is the first I have heard of Cookin Planit! CONGRATS on your 600 likes, lady! Before ya know it, you’ll be soaring above the quadruple digits!!

    • http://rachaelmcleveland.com/ Rachael Cleveland

      Aw! Thank you!! Quick question…do you like Cajun food in general? If yes, I think I have something for you!

  • http://twitter.com/KristinePhot0_j Kristine

    I would say cayenne pepper because not everyone can handle me lol…

    • http://rachaelmcleveland.com/ Rachael Cleveland

      Love it! That’s a great answer. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/amywalker Amy Walker

    I’d be rosemary. It can go savory or sweet, plus it’s hard to take down a Rosemary plant. They’re tough!

    • http://rachaelmcleveland.com/ Rachael Cleveland

      Awesome answer, Amy! This made me laugh. Love the tough gal mentality!

  • Dana

    I know this may sound totally boring, but I would be garlic. Come to find out it’s really healthy for you and my new goal is to become more healthy!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/hybroanglid Heather S Chaffer

    I’d be allspice! Little bit of everything. (I know it’s not really a bunch of spices together, but…it sounded good!)

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  • Marijo

    What spice would I be? I’d be salt, the salt of the earth. I’m pretty meek, so I don’t think I could be anything spicy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeweledchameleon Chelle H

    I would be Cumin! A little sultry!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700949198 Margot Core

    If I were a spice I would be mustard powder; subtle, under-rated and impossible to make a respectable vinaigrette or a silk emulsion without me. (I might marry a shallot)

    • http://rachaelmcleveland.com/ Rachael Cleveland

      I loooooooove this response!

      • AnnaZed

        I love your blog, so it’s mutual! (just add garlic, yum!)

  • Ashley

    We go through cayenne pepper like candy in our house. They say put it on things you don’t want your puppy to chew because it’s too hot for dogs but even our puppy loves it. She licks it clean from whatever we put it on. Add that to my hubby, and my 8 year old who love it as well and we eat it like crazy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mici.braton Mici Braton

    Cinnamon, because everyone likes it :)

  • Madeline

    I’d be oregano because I’m sweet but also earthy.

  • Janet

    I’d be nutmeg; it’s a treat!

  • Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition

    I love this giveaway! My spices are ancient haha

  • rachel

    I’d be cardamom!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MsCarolsueA Carolsue Anderson

    Cayenne Pepper, cause I tend to have a fiery temper at times

  • theresa j

    Cayenne because I am spicy with a kick

  • yenny

    I’d be a bay leaf because I’m think kind of person you forget is there, but I’m secretly good at seasoning just about anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BellaMama629 Sarah Hoffman

    I would have to say Pumpkin pie spice Where you never know exactly what your taste but you know that its good

  • Patti Wilder

    ginger it so good

  • Nancy Hilderbrand

    I would be cinnamon its great in recipes but don’t ingest it alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborahk.mireles Deborah K Mireles

    I would be garlic powder I use it in everything and love it!

  • Daraya

    I would be nutmeg – I love the winter holidays! :)

  • Nicky

    I’d be cinnamon.

  • Michelle k

    I’d be Chinese Five Spice. Intriguing, and different!

  • carol kaplan

    Either Ginger Root Powder; because I’m sweet and spicy, or Manzanillo Mexico Seasoning; because I’m a spit-fire and one hot tamale; lol!!!

  • http://twitter.com/LooseBumm2 Annette

    I’d be cinnamon, because it’s spicy like me.

  • Carrie

    Hmm…something exotic…the Chinese spice, maybe.

  • http://twitter.com/Austieb7 Austin Baroudi

    Cinnamon because it’s my favorite spice!

  • Ebie

    Garlic powder – distinct, complements a lot of other seasoning, and you notice when it’s not there and it is needed.

  • https://twitter.com/kcarlson1152 Kylie Carlson

    Sage- laid back, unexpectantly strong, and loves to grow in the desert!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryannthews.casey MaryAnn Thews Casey

    Hmmm…I’d be nutmeg because a little bit of me goes a long way!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pattiestepp Patricia Stepp

    Basil, sweet but a little different :)

  • katie bellamy

    I would be paprika, just cause I like name :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.r.dickson Linda Ridener Dickson

    Red Pepper Flakes . . . . the choice of all Fluffy Divas!

  • http://twitter.com/imluckysocks Lucky Socks

    curry for that extra kick

  • http://twitter.com/misaacmom MaryBeth

    all spice – a great mixture

  • Bo

    I’d be cinnamon because I’m sweet but with a spicy kick!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dh.hd.9 Dh Hd

    Id pick paprika. Everyone has it in their spice cabinet but it’s often overlooked although you can Make some absolutely amazing dishes with it. So, I’d be paprika because it’s overlooked but amazing, proving that sometimes the best things are right in front of you…. Thanks.Dh_jax@yahoo.com

  • http://artpark78.com/blog1 yonawilliams

    i’d be cayenne pepper because it’s a hot spice and I like to see people sweat sometimes.

  • natalie nichols

    I would be Old Bay because I love crabs

  • Carol

    Coriander Powder — I love the flavor and the way it sounds when you say it.

  • http://twitter.com/unglamorouslove Sara Sarver

    Cardamon, because I’d be both sweet and savory, and nobody would be able to figure me out. :)

  • Kate

    I would be Cinnamon. That’s also what we named our cat :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sylvia.zajis Sylvia Elmore Zajis

    Cinnamon, not too spicy but can liven up the savory and the sweet.

  • Meryl

    I’d be cinnamon – spicy and sweet.

  • Louis

    I’d be smoked black pepper – pungent and hot.

  • Ally

    Ginger…because I’m sweet AND savory!

  • Leann Lindeman

    I would be new mexican chile powder…. It is my favorite state to visit!!!

  • Aleksandra Nearing

    I’d be ginger – a bit spicy but flavorful!

  • Debbie Welchert

    I would be chili powder. I use chili powder in so many recipes. I just love it.

  • Maisk

    Cinnamon and cumin, I use them so often!

  • Caitlyn Lawton

    I’d probably be something quirky like fennel seed

  • http://www.confident-cook.com/ Hindy Garfinkel

    I would be curry because I love the flavors!

  • Sonya

    I would be salt, because I’m a simple gal.

  • Hector Gonzalez

    I would be Mexican oregano. Subtle, but interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • slehan

    Garlic because it always makes me happy.

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • Sweeper2000

    Cinnamon because I’m sweet and spicy!

  • Wanda McHenry

    Cayenne because I’m kicky!

  • L P

    If I were a spice, I’d like to be thyme because it rhymes with rhyme.

  • Holly

    If I were a spice I’d be cumin – because it’s extremely distinctive and not much can compare to it. ;-)

  • Michael Jones

    I would definately be a pepper based spice likely red pepper flakes because I’m the one when you need that extra kick.

  • SuzMearsNess

    I would probably be curry! I just love the variety of flavors. You can’t quite decide if you like it or not. And you have to be in the mood! Strong spice!

  • Elaine

    I think I would be dill because I’m always in a pickle!

  • http://www.facebook.com/SWilliams619 Suzie Williams

    Cinnamon because I’m mostly sweet.

  • Tammy Price-Hoyle

    I just love all the giveaways you do. Thanks so much :)

    • Tammy Price-Hoyle

      Well, lol, I guess I should’ve answered the comment question. I’d pick Cinnamon. Cinnamon always compliments sweet but still has a lot of spicy kick, so I think that would best describe me.

  • SueH

    Cayenne Pepper, just a little kick

  • Kim McCallie

    I would be curry or cardamom, something exotic. Hope I win. The list is great.

  • Catherine@Happily Ever Crafter

    My husband says I would be cinnamon. Because I’m sweet and go well with sugar. Also because I go well with everything. I added “And too much of me is a bad thing right?” He declined to answer. Haha.

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