Tagged: Whole Spices

Uses and ideas from whole spices from Dish-y.com

With a pantry full of spices, why buy a ready-made steak seasoning? Try this recipe if you're looking for a DIY version that kicks steak sauce to the curb. 0

Williams Steak Seasoning {DIY with Fresh Spices}

I admit it. I love A1 sauce… And for some reason, Rob always gives me a hard time about using steak sauce. I guess the steak seasoning in this house needs to get a little more creative than salt + pepper. Enter me and my pantry full of spices. I do not have a spice rack. I have a spice section. It includes 2 shelves, 16 magnetic jars affixed to the back of my pantry door on silver trays, and a wooden board full of decorative jars containing this and that. With that much kitchen real estate dedicated to my herbs and...

My signature seasoning blend is perfect for poultry, potatoes and vegetables—but I also use it for salmon, pork and casseroles. You'll love the savory flavor of this all-purpose seasoning! 0

Williams House Seasoning {All-Purpose Seasoned Salt}

Everyone needs a go-to house seasoning blend—something you can put on anything and everything to add some quick flavor and a special touch to basic meals. Growing up, I remember my dad reaching for Lawry’s Seasoned Salt a lot. I also remember it turning canned green beans into a much more flavorful vegetable I actually liked to eat. Lawry’s adds a simplistic flavor, but some flavor is better than none! I’ve used it many times as a base, adding other seasonings on top of it to spruce it up. Even though the ingredient list is pretty ambiguous (i.e. “salt, spices.” Yeah,...

Spiced Cider Brined & Roasted Turkey 0

Spiced Cider Brined & Roasted Turkey

I owe my Thanksgiving hosting good fortune to my Joy of Cooking cookbook. The first time I planned to host the holiday, I turned to the turkey section in my trusty cooking reference. The book gives a pretty hard sell on brined & roasted turkey. When you need advice for hosting your first Thanksgiving or roasting your first turkey, confident and straightforward advice is reassuring. And so I’d like to return the favor that I received from the authors of one of my favorite cookbooks. When in doubt, do a brined & roasted turkey. The first time I brined a turkey, I spent a good...

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Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

I generally like to wait for Thanksgiving to pass before getting into the Christmas spirit. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday that it deserves its own glory before being crowded out or forgotten by the bustle of the Christmas season. But once Thanksgiving passes, I go into overdrive on soaking in as much of Christmas as I can. It always seems like the month of December goes by so quickly, and I love the way the Christmas season makes me feel. We’ll start decorating our house for Christmas today, and I kicked it off this morning by doing something really simple to make my...

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Simple Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

Make your own delicious taco seasoning mix from scratch. I use a taco seasoning mix at least a few times per month for various recipes. Of course, this versatile seasoning blend comes in handy for its namesake; tacos. I also use it for just about anything I want to give a southwest flair, like fajita meat, nacho toppings, enchiladas, rice, stewed or baked beans, southwest ranch dressing, soup, you name it! In my early cooking days, I would purchase one of those handy taco seasoning mix pouches each time I planned to make tacos. Now, at about $2 a pop,...

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Basic Spice Rack Must-Haves

One of my favorite display items in my kitchen is my spice collection. I like to display whole spices in jars and bottles of all sorts. I remember getting my first spice rack back in college, and it came pre-loaded with a ton of spices that I didn’t know how to use. My first spice rack, which I bought largely to make my kitchen look inhabited, became an inspiration to me to learn to cook from scratch. If you are just starting out with aspirations to use your own spices, let me give you a few tips about basic spice...

Make your own flavoring extracts with whole spices like cloves 0

How to Make Your Own Flavoring Extracts

Have you ever thought about making your own flavoring extracts? Sometimes, DIY projects are intimidating. I assure you that making your own flavoring extract is one of the simplest, most fool-proof projects that you should try. Let’s take a look at the why, what, and how of making your own, as well as the uses for your new creations. Reasons for making your own flavoring extracts The reason that I got into making my own flavoring extracts what pretty cut and dry: to save money. I don’t know if frugal is quite the right term for me, but I will...

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Dash on a homemade seasoning blend

I admit it: I am a copycat. Maybe also a control freak. I like to replicate good food I find and make it from scratch using my own ingredients. One of those finds is a homemade seasoning blend that you might “Dash” onto many dishes like chicken, fish, or vegetables. When you stock your pantry with as many herbs and spices as I do, you have good reason to make a homemade seasoning blend or two. This homemade seasoning blend is super simple to make, and adds great flavor to dishes without extra sodium. Whether or not your dietary requirements...

Mortar and Pestle for crushing small amounts of whole spices 0

Five kitchen gadgets I can’t live without

Shopping in the kitchen gadget section at just about any store is almost over-stimulating for me. There is such a vast array of tools out there, each tempting with a very useful purpose and boasting the promise of saved time. I find myself rationalizing, “Well, I do cut up 2 avocados per month on average. Maybe this special slicer would come in handy.” Then I throw it back on the shelf remembering that my kitchen cabinets are just about at the “No vacancy” level. I can’t afford the space for a gadget that will rarely get used and probably become...