If I could only have five things in my spice cabinet...they would be salt, pepper, basil, cinnamon, and cummin.
Cummin is a ground spice (although you can buy it in whole seeds as well) that has a smokey but subtle flavor. I put it in lots of things.
*Sprinkle it on any veggie (I sprinkle it on frozen veggies for some interest).
*Mix with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and toss on roasted potatoes or hash browns.
*Great 'refried' beans....Mix one can of black beans with liquid, one minced clove of garlic, and 1-3 tsp cummin. Microwave for 3 minutes. Smash with potato masher or back of spoon. Allow to cool and thicken for 5 minutes.
*Add to chilis or similar dishes (e.g chili mac).
*Sprinkle flatbread with olive oil and pinches of cummin.
For more information on cummin....see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cummin