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Beef Chili Seasoning

28 Jan

3 Tbsp Chili powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp & 1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cumin
tsp coriander
tsp paprika
tsp parsley
tsp oregano
tsp basil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp pepper

I like to wash out an empty jar and make a triple XL version of this to keep in the pantry.


Pumpkin Spice

1 Nov

4 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp allspice
1 Tbsp dried ginger


Crockpot BBQ Ribs

15 Oct


3 oz tomato sauce
7 dates
4 oz water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp oil or bacon grease
1/2 onion
tsp pepper
tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp hickory salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp fennel
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ginger
Dash allspice

Take the pits out of the dates and food process them with the vinegars. Set the dates aside. Peel and dice the onion and food process it with the water and tomato paste. Add it to the dates and add the remaining spices. Add to the crockpot with ribs and cook on high 5 to 6 hours spooning sauce over meat every hour or two if possible. If you can make extra sauce it freezes well.

Curry Paste

16 Sep

Here are two recipes for curry paste. One authentic, one less so.

Curry Paste:
10 dried red chili peppers, seeds removed
1/4 cup hot water
3 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 cup shallots diced or 1/2 cup red onion
1/2 stalk lemongrass or 1 Tbsp lemongrass paste
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro (stems only) chopped or 1 tsp corriander
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp turmeric (color)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1 to 3 thai red chili peppers or if you can’t handle spicy add 2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp salt

Let chili peppers sit in hot water for about 30 minutes or until soft. Add all of these ingredients except the oil to your blender or food processor and if needed add water. Blend until you have a uniform paste. Heat a skillet with oil and add the mixture. Cook until all of the water is out. I recommend doubling the recipe and freezing remaining paste into ice cubes.

Or if you’d like to get a similar flavor without buying all of the ingredients you don’t normally keep around:

1/2 large yellow onion
3 Tbsp olive oil
Tbsp Tomato paste
Tbsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric (for color)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

You can also use store bought curry paste as long as you add an additional Tbsp of garlic powder or 3 garlic cloves to the recipe and you’ll need to brown half an onion in the paste before adding your other ingredients. Store bought usually contains sugar and some dairy so if you’re doing a Whole30 challenge you should make your own.

Chicken Seasoning

14 Sep


I use this for chicken any time I can’t decide what to do with it. It’s also great as shake and bake if you add a half cup of finely shredded coconut.

Tbsp paprika
Tbsp salt
Tsp garlic
Tsp onion
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp cayenne

Taco Seasoning

9 Sep

This recipe is per pound. I also occasionally add a tsp of dried cilantro if my Mom isn’t eating them, ha ha. She hates cilantro. When ever I make salsa for a party I always waiver on whether or not to add it. Comments on your feelings about cilantro are appreciated 🙂

1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Italian Seasoning Blend

2 Sep

3 tsp Marjoram
2 tsp Basil
2 tsp Thyme
2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Rosemary