Photo Friday: My Rack

August 12, 2006 at 2:03 am | Posted in Linky Love, Photo Friday, Ya Gotta Eat | 10 Comments

Go away pervy people, it’s my spice rack we’re talking about here.

This one’s dedicated to Cali. If you’re not already familiar with Cali, she’s the grande dame of Photo Friday and a spreader of much internet love. She could use a little love herself these days, so please go and give it to her. Thanks.

Our house is full of fun old house features, along with some old house quirks I won’t go into right now. It has two laundry chutes going down to the basement, pull out drawers for flour and root vegetables, and this spice cabinet. Space starved New Yorkers, eat your hearts out right now. There are benefits to semi-metropolitan living.


When the doors are closed, the chaos is hidden.


On the left side live the spices. They are organized semi-alphabetically, in a fashion that makes sense to me, but would make my librarian friends weep with frustration. Lots of them are for Indian cooking. Note large container of turmeric and black mustard seeds.


On the right we have, from the bottom up: baking supplies & honey from last year’s CSA, vinegars and oils (Perel Vinegars=Salad Crack), Big Box O’ Emergen-C, random stuff, more vitamins (anyone need some prenatals? Sigh) and kitty glucosamine for the arthritic kitty.

Did I mention that when you close the door, you don’t have to see any of the chaos? And that the shelves are shallow enough that the spices don’t get lost in the back of the cupboard, but not too shallow for the chunky Morton’s salt container?


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  1. It’s only a little shocking how similar our “racks” are.

    Haha. I keep making myself laugh. “rack.” whenever I type it….giggles. And I don’t giggle. I wonder what this is about!

  2. Gawgus. I am jealous. We don’t have that kind of space. I would so love to get the spices out of the range of the stove splatters. But I just cleaned out my spices and threw out any that were more than a year old, washed all the jars and replaced many of my Indian spices with fresh ones. It is so nice to be able to find what I want now.

  3. Jealous. I have an old house but seem to have only gotten the sucky quirks. I have a spice thingy in one cabinet that spins. In theory a good thing, in practice? Not so much.

  4. I have an older house, but I don’t have a rack (well, I do, but it’s a whole other kind of rack). But I do have an ironing board that comes out of the wall, which is very cool, even if I don’t iron. I’d love to have that spice cabinet. That’s beyond cool.

  5. Indian spices rock! Especially black mustard seeds ;o) Mmm, I need me some dhal….

  6. what a fine rack you’ve got!

    (& thanks for the love. xo)

  7. Nice rack, Art-Sweet.

    (Ah, how I love puns. Not like you set me up or anything.)

  8. Sadly, I have no rack (of either kind, I’m afraid 🙂

    A kitchen cupboard (jury-rigged with small shelves that look like steps) is what we use to store our spices– unfortunately, many still get lost in the depths…

    Thus, I’m having some major rack envy looking at yours.

  9. Oh, I just love older houses with lots of quirky spaces. My grandparents’ house had many cubbyholes, as we used to call them, which provided hours of fun for kids to crawl in and explore. Nice rack, by the way. Sorry if I’m being too forward.

  10. Art-Sweet, since you’ve already been over to my new blog, I hope that it’s OK for me to link to you?!

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