Homemade Ras El Hanout

Homemade Ras El Hanout Spice Blend

I’ve been working on a few recipes, one being Chicken Shawarma, trying to find a version that can be made at home. without a spit or a rotisserie. So I’ve been eating a lot of Chicken Shawarma. Luckily, there’s a spice blend that can be mixed up that has most of the spices needed. Ras El Hanout. In my case, a Homemade Ras El Hanout. (And that Chicken Shawarma? My much-tested recipe has been perfected! Here’s my Homestyle Chicken Shawarma!)

Homemade Ras El Hanout

Homemade Ras El Hanout

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Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

My favorite way to cook pinto beans is with a ham hock or some bacon, maybe a little broth, but that’s because I just love the flavors of Mexican beans just as they are. They’re like a delicious foil for everything else that probably IS spicy on my plate. But everyone I know seems to like to spice up their beans, so I’ve come up with this fun Mexican Pinto Bean Spice.

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

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Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Lipton Onion Soup Mix. While the rest of the world might not be familiar with this product, I’m betting there’s very few in the US who didn’t grow up with it – and the old familiar recipes. I didn’t want to shell out the bucks for a small box with a packet or two, so I made my own Homemade Onion Soup Mix when I decided to revisit some of those old classics.

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

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Old Bay Substitute

Old Bay Substitute

When I wanted to make my Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (how’s that for a teaser?!) I wanted to use some Old Bay Seasoning. Well, I have some at home (probably ancient – I DO live in the Midwest, after all) but none here at the folk’s. In the middle of nowhere. In South Dakota. It’s rather dry here, not to mention landlocked with very few lakes.

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

 

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Taco Seasoning Homemade

Taco Seasoning Homemade – Our Family’s Favorite

My son, in particular, loves tacos. Hard, soft, he doesn’t care, but he has a particular affinity for tacos made from ground beef, and a love of deep rich flavors and a just little heat. (More heat as he’s gotten older! Can that kid go through the Sriracha now that he’s in his 20’s!) So we started making our Taco Seasoning Homemade, and don’t worry, this one is family friendly.

Taco Seasoning Homemade

Taco Seasoning Homemade

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Poultry Seasoning

Poultry Seasoning – Make Your Own

I don’t know about you, but I don’t use a lot of poultry seasoning – I may add just a smidge to a dish now and then throughout the year, but I always use it in my Classic Midwestern Thanksgiving Stuffing. Two teaspoons, every year. I really don’t want to buy a whole container and have it sit, taking up room in my spice cupboard. So I did a bit of investigating and came up with this post on Poultry Seasoning – Make Your Own.

Poultry Seasoning

Poultry Seasoning

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Home-Made Cajun Spice Blend

Cajun Spice Blend

Are you a lover of Cajun food? I am. I love Cajun Spices and Seasonings and this is my favorite Cajun Spice Blend. It’s a little spicy, yes, but Cajun Spice Blend has so many different layers of flavor. It’s not just all about the heat.

Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breasts

Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breasts

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What Herbs and Spices do I Need?

As my kids have and are? transitioned on to adulthood, this subject of what spices and herbs they should have in their kitchen has come up a surprising number of times, both with my kids and their friends. Many don’t cook much, but get settled into their own places and realize they have to start doing some cooking at home or their budgets don’t stretch too far. At the same time, they don’t know what they need to have around at home to start – and have minimal to no budget to work with.

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