Pungent spice blend (peppery spices):
Grains of Paradise, Long pepper, Coriander, Cubebs, Black PepperSubstitute anywhere Black Pepper is called for, especially when high heat will be used.
1 part each: coarse salt, Pungent Spice Blend
Substitute for salt & pepper when roasting meat of vegetables.
Ginger, Cinnamon, Long Pepper, Grains of Paradise,Substitute where cinnamon, ginger or black pepper are called for and the other flavor notes would not go amiss.
1/2 parts each: Nutmeg, Fine Sugar, Galingale
Powder Forte (Strong Spices):
Cinnamon, Ginger Cloves, Mace, Cubebs, Black PepperSubstitute where black pepper is called for.
Salsa Fina (Fine Spices):
Ginger, Cinnamon, Grains of Paradise,Substitute for ginger, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice.
1/2 parts each: Nutmeg, Mace,
1/4 Part: Cloves
Powder Douce (Sweet Spices):
Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Ginger,Substitute for cinnamon or for cinnamon sugar.
1/2 parts each: Cloves, Nutmeg, Coriander
These days I get most of my spices from Savory Spice Shop here in Portland. But I looking for a new source for cubes (AKA Tail Pepper) and galangal.
I usually buy whole spices where possible and grind them as needed.
I try to only make enough of any given mix to last me for six months or so.
When I run out of something I tend to make up batches of each mix that is running low.
I use a coffee grinder for most of my spice grinding, except for nutmeg, for which I use a microplane.