This is my spice drawer. I used to swear by Dean & Deluca spices, but a few years back I switched to Morton & Basset. Morton & Basset are very fresh, not too expensive, and even regular shipping gets them to my house 24 hours after I order. When designing the kitchen, I asked husband to size the spice drawer with these jars in mind.
Having said that, there are a couple of other spice flavors I have grown up with and can not imagine doing without. Old Bay and Coleman's Mustard. There are a lot of fancy shmancy gourmet seafood seasonings out there, but Old Bay is not broken. It may not be organic or locally sourced, but it is guaranteed to taste exactly as you remember.
Another spice that I remember always being in my Mom's kitchen is Coleman's Mustard. I resisted having Coleman's in my kitchen and purchased more different brands of mustard powder than I can remember. Nothing is quite the same. There is something about the blend of mustard seeds that Coleman's uses that elevates both the flavor of the mustard, and everything it touches. The little rectangular tin may not fit in my space tray, but it is happy live along side. This little tin has been spicing things up since 1814, they must be doing something right.
In searching the internet for Coleman's recipes I came across this cookbook.
The Coleman's Mustard Cookbook. It appears to be out of print, but you can pick up a copy from amazon for 40 cents, that is what I did. While you are waiting for your cookbook to arrive, click on over to Coleman's facebook page. The page is full of recipes using Coleman's from all over the web. After spending a few minutes browsing, your dinner plans will be set for the week.