I love inventing new herb and spice combination to increase the flavor of our meals. Variety is the spice of life and with all the 1,000's of herbs and spices our palates should never be bored!
There is such good health and cost benefit by making your own mixes. You won't have unnecasary salt added to your mixes and you will save money too! Once you get a whiff or your own herb mixes you'll never go back to those little tins on the grocery store shelf.
Herbed Rice Mix
1 lb long grain rice
1/3 cup dried minced onion
1/3 cup dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon dried chives
1 tablespoon dried tarragon
1 tablespoon of ground celery seed
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons pepper
Mix the ingredients together and store in canning jars
Add a raffia bow and instruction card and you now have a gift!
Put 1 1/3 cup of water in a pan and bring to a boil, add 1/2 cup of rice mix and simmer for 20 minutes, fluff with a fork
you can also add a dried chili pepper to the mix if you like some heat!
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
2 tablespoon of ground chili pepper(mild, hot or wildfire hot)
1 1/2 Tsp. paprika
1 Tsp. onion powder
1/2 Tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. of ground cumin
3/4 Tsp. garlic powder
Mix together and add to taco meat, chili or other dishes that called for a Mexican , Southwest flavor
Crab or Shrimp Boil
Place in a piece of cheesecloth
3 bay leaves
1/2 tablespoon of dried ginger pieces
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon of brown mustard seed
1 teaspoon of dill seed
1 teaspoon of coriander seed
1 teaspoon of whole cloves
1 teaspoon of whole allspice
Five Spice Powder
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 tsp Ground cloves
1 tsp ground Fennel seed
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground pepper
African Curry Powder
All ingredients are ground, mix together:
4 oz coriander seeds
4 oz turmeric
1/2 oz cayenne
1 oz ginger
1 oz mustard seeds
2 oz fenugreek seeds
2 oz cinnamon stick (cinnamon is fine)
This article was written by Lucinda Jenkins of Glenbrook Farms Herbs and Such. She is a well known herbalist and gourmet cook. Visit her site http://www.glenbrookfarm.com for herbs, spices, fines teas, recipes.
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