Q: I found a taco recipe that I'd really like to try. It calls for "Mexican Seasoning." I usually avoid buying this type of premade seasoning mix, preferring to buy spices I like and use separately and then mixing them as necessary.
What blend of spices could I make myself that would be comparable? Thanks!
Recipe: Tex Mex Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Nuggets with Homemade Chipotle Ranch
How long does it take? 20 minutes prep, 15 minutes cooking
Why is it a favorite meal? It's the perfect fun meal to assemble with friends. Plus, who doesn't love bacon and homemade ranch?!
Dukkah, an Egyptian spice blend of toasted nuts and seeds, has become a international favorite over the past few years, thanks to its popularity first in Australian restaurants and then among home cooks and food blogs. The warm, aromatic mixture is addictive when served as a dip with bread and olive oil. We've also been sprinkling it on everything else lately – roasted vegetables, pasta, feta cheese, and even peaches.
A friend gave us a homemade blend of this spice mix a while back and we just had to share! Za'atar seasoning is fragrant and tangy with just a hint of nuttiness. This sounds like a spice mix with a lot going on, but it's actually just a simple blend of a few common herbs with one secret ingredient...
Furikake is a Japanese condiment typically sprinkled over or mixed into rice. There are dozens of varieties on the market – most contain seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, and salt. Other ingredients may include MSG and dried fish, shrimp, roe, egg, and vegetables. Although I love looking at the rows of colorful furikake jars at the Japanese grocery store, I recently decided to conserve money and packaging by making my own. As a vegetarian, this also makes sense as many store-bought varieties include fish. It's also a good way to control the amount of sugar, salt, or other additives.
Here's a quick and easy recipe for grilled pork chops, in time for our second week of Meat/Un-Meat coverage.
Now and then when I'm too tired to cook anything too labor-intensive, I'll pick up some pork chops, mix together this simple rosemary-based spice rub, and slather it across my chops. A few minutes later we're having beautifully grilled pork for dinner. No grill or grill-pan? No worries, just use a skillet.
Five spice powder is one of the essential base seasonings for much of Chinese cooking. A little of this pungent mix goes a long way, giving dishes a balanced hit of sweet, savory, bitter, and sour. More about what it is, how it's used, and a recipe for making it yourself after the jump...
We've got pumpkin pie on the brain this week! Yesterday, we examined the canned pumpkin that is often used to make the pie's filling. Today, we turn our attention toward pumpkin pie spice. Click through to learn what it is and for some uses beyond pie.
One of the commenters on our recipe for Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew brought up a question we actually get asked fairly frequently in our lives as cooks: Is there another spice that can be substituted for curry powder? Hear our thoughts after the jump!
Bahārāt, which simply means "spice" in Arabic, is an all-purpose seasoning used in Middle Eastern cuisine. Although the particular blend varies by region and household, it always includes black pepper and typically has cumin, cinnamon, and cloves, among other spices.