You arrive at your vacation rental and open all the kitchen cabinets and drawers to determine what you will have to work with for the next week or so. For better or worse these are your culinary tools you will have without going to any expense to fill in what is basic at home.
Often the most challenging is what you find, or don’t find, in the spice cabinet. If you are a spice addict as I am, you travel with the essentials: cumin, curry, tarragon, chili powder, italian seasoning, smoked paprika and my new fave, “sazon tropical”, which is a salt blend with annatto, onion and garlic powder. So when we arrived at Provincetown last night I was happy to see the spice cabinet had some good choices and not just the usual leftovers from the previous renters, plastic Morton salt and pepper shakers.