Recipe: Homemade Finishing Butter

(Note: This was posted prior to the unfortunate collapse of Paula Deen's culinary empire - KF) Eater National reports that "midst of a weak attempt at rebranding herself as healthy," Food Network star Paula Deen launched a line of "finishing butters" for WalMart. So the woman who made famous doughnut, egg and bacon sandwiches and then came out of the medical closet to announce she had Type 2 Diabetes now has a line of … [Read more...]

How Make Salt-Free Poultry Seasoning

Simply combine the ingredients and grind together with a mortar or pestle or a small food grinder. I set aside a coffee grinder for milling whole spices or mixes. If you want to use a coffee grinder that’s been employed for beans, you can clean it by adding in rice and salt and grinding thoroughly and then wiping clean with a paper towel.  This is a versatile seasoning that can be used in a lot of applications, including … [Read more...]

How to make Cajun seasoning

I generally don't add salt to my seasoning mixes; instead I add it separately when cooking. A recipe that specifies a commercial blend assumes it has salt, so adjust accordingly. Be sure to use garlic powder and onion powder, not the salt form of either. 2 teaspoons cayenne, red chili flakes or a combination 2 teaspoons dried oregano 2 teaspoons dried thyme 2 teaspoons onion powder 1 ½ tablespoons paprika 1 teaspoon … [Read more...]

Spices & Herbs: A Quick Lesson

As this terrific video by Consumer Reports shows, you don't need to spend a lot of money on fancy spices. However, the key element is when spices get old. Ground herbs and spices are more exposed to air, and thus they lose their potency more quickly. Spices vs. Herbs First, its important to know the difference between a spice and an herb. A spice is any dried part of a plant, other than the leaves, that's used for … [Read more...]