Vanilla Sugar

It doesn’t get much easier than this! So much flavor, so little effort! But what’s it for? Almost anything, really. It’s delicious on cereal, in tea or coffee, and can be used in any baked goods you fancy. Just that hint of vanilla flavor gives a delightful boost. In a cute jar, it also makes…

Homemade Rogan Josh Seasoning

Rogan Josh is one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I made it with Penzeys Rogan Josh blend, which I like very much. Then I got the bright idea to start mixing my own blends, for three reasons: First, it frees up space in my spice cabinet for a wider variety of single-ingredient jars. Second, I…

Speedy Garam Masala Seasoning

This is one of my favorite seasoning blends. It explodes with flavor and can be used in so many recipes. It’s my understanding that there’s no one “authentic” Garam Masala, but that the exact composition varies from region to region and even within families. So while I have no claim to authenticity, having never even…

Za’atar Seasoning

Can a seasoning blend be cheerful? I think za’atar is. It has such a bright, open flavor that it will make you smile. I thought that even before I read that marjoram and oregano contain compounds that, at least in rodents, can affect dopamine and serotonin levels. Since that’s how many antidepressant medications work, maybe…

Bold Spice Rub

A delicious, bold dry rub for fish, seafood, or chicken. From Alder-Planked Fluke to Beer Can Chicken to sheet pan suppers, use it on the grill or in the oven. It makes enough for a large fish filet, a small chicken, or a sheet pan supper for two to four people. The flavors are fresher than store-bought…

Scarborough Salt

This little gem of a seasoning blend is quite versatile. Sprinkle it on salads, use it as a rub for grilled or roasted meat, add a dash to your favorite soup, use it to season roast potatoes, or give as a hostess gift. It’s also a great way to use up the last bit of…

Easy Homemade Poultry Seasoning

Signs of spring are everywhere! In spite of two recent storms, the daffodils are poking up from under the snow, the birds are singing in the morning, and there’s mud everywhere. Really, everywhere! I’ve got my seeds ready to go, and I’m really looking forward to getting back out into the garden. I’ve learned my…

Galangal Rub

This easy seasoning goes great on just about anything you’d like to grill. It makes enough for one pork tenderloin or two to four burgers. If you can’t find ground galangal in your local market, you can order it online from Penzeys or other vendors. Galangal is in the ginger family but has a distinct…