Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Calling All Herbs

While we're waiting for our predicted twenty inches of snow, thought I'd share a few spice seasoning recipes.  Having the recipes before planting season allows us to plan what to plant for making these tasty herb treats.

This is the one my son, Trent, made and gave to all of us one Christmas.  It's great for so many things - wings, popcorn, chili, meat rub and etc.
Emeril's Essence 
2 1/2 T - Paprika
2 T - Salt
2 T - Garlic Powder
1 T - Black Pepper
1 T - Onion Powder
1 T - Cayenne Pepper 
1 T - Dried Oregano
1 T - Dried Thyme
  Combine all and store in a shaker or container. 

American Harvest Chili Powder
3 oz - Dried chilies (mild or a combo of mild & hot)
1 T - Ground Cumin
1 tsp - Salt
1 tsp - Ground Allspice
1 tsp - Garlic Powder
1 tsp - Onion Powder
1 tsp - Ground Oregano
1/2 tsp - Ground Cloves
1 tsp - Ground Coriander
Remove stems & seeds from peppers and finely grind and store. 

USDA Shaker Spice Blend
5 tsp - Onion Powder
2 1/2 tsp - Garlic Powder
2 1/2 tsp - Paprika
2 1/2 tsp - Dry Mustard
1 1/4 tsp - Thyme Leaves - crushed
1/2 tsp - Ground White Pepper
1/4 tsp - Celery Seed
Mix thoroughly & place in shaker for table use.

USDA Herb Seasoning
2 T - Dried Basil Leaves - crumbled
2 T - Onion Powder
1 tsp - Dried Oregano Leaves - crumbled
1 tsp - Celery Seed
1/4 tsp - Grated Dried Lemon Peel - minced
Pinch - Freshly Ground Pepper
Combine and place in a shaker. 

*All herbs in these recipes may be dried fresh ingredients and  then ground or crushed.  If you grind in a food processor or blender, let the dust settle before removing the lid.  All herb seasoning should be stored in a cool dry place and used within a few months for maximum freshness and flavor.  Experiment with the herbs you have on hand:  mints, parsley, rosemary - the list is endless.   For those who home can, packets of pickling spices is a rare treat.  These recipes all make great gifts.  Save empty glass or plastic commercial spice containers, find spice jars at resale shops, or simple zip-lock bags.  Label and tie a pretty bow and you've made a great gift. 

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