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Simple Summer Seasoning

Simple Summer Seasoning

I absolutely love this spice blend. It works out wonderfully as a dry rub for summertime grilling. The flavor starts off with light notes of sweet lemon, followed by savory garlic and pepper, and finishes with a slight heat from cayenne pepper. Add it to chicken breasts, thighs, or legs. Apply it to pork chopsContinue Reading

Death Defying Diet’s Aioli

Death Defying Diet’s Aioli

Aioli is a delicious, light sauce that many people use as a substitution for mayonnaise that is a smooth mixture of water and oil compounds. In this recipe, we combine coconut oil and olive oil with egg yolk as the base, adding Dijon mustard and onion powder for taste. This makes a delightful topping forContinue Reading

Gluten-free and Soy-free Garam Masala

Gluten-free and Soy-free Garam Masala

Not everyone has the option of choosing a garam masala mix without gluten (or cardamom) in it. To get gluten-free spices, go for the individual spices rather than a blend. McCormick’s individual spices are gluten-free for those of you who are having trouble searching. Here’s my recipe for this aromatic, Indian spice blend. Try itContinue Reading

Mint-Mustard “Butter”

Mint-Mustard “Butter”

This is the secret ingredient part deux of our three-piece dish that we’re releasing tomorrow! Mint-Mustard “Butter” – where the dairy is substituted with coconut oil. Surprisingly enough, coconut oil has a luxurious taste, much like butter does, and many may find it an acceptable replacement for butter. Since coconut oil is a palm oil,Continue Reading

Fajita Seasoning

Fajita Seasoning

Instead of store-bought fajita seasoning mixes, we like to make our own! It helps us to avoid hidden additives (dyes, gluten, etc.) and cut back on the salt. Here is our recipe for fajita seasoning. Add some lime zest along with two TBSP of this mix to chicken, beef, or seafood for delicious fajitas! IngredientsContinue Reading

Gluten-free & MSG-free Blackening Seasoning

Gluten-free & MSG-free Blackening Seasoning

I love blackening seasoning. Not only does this mix add heat and flavor to your dish, it is MSG and Gluten-free–provided your spices are bought from a high quality spice merchant, organic, or from a local farmer/vendor where this can be verified. Make your own seasoning blend rather than buying it at the grocery store.Continue Reading

Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

We love spicy foods in our house, especially Mexican, Cajun, and heat-laden Asian dishes. We love tacos, served over a plate of spinach, loaded with peppers, onions, black olives, grated carrots, and avocado for the Hubster, topped with homemade salsa. You can bet we have our own taco seasoning, and that we don’t buy storeContinue Reading

Montreal Steak Seasoning, MSG-, Gluten-, and Soy-free!

Montreal Steak Seasoning, MSG-, Gluten-, and Soy-free!

Recently, a close friend of mine lamented about having to throw out her store-bought Montreal Steak seasoning, as it had MSG in it. I told her not to worry, because I make a lot of my own spice blends since I have to avoid the fillers that companies tend to sneak in, like MSG andContinue Reading

Dairy-Free Buffalo “Bleu Cheese” Dipping Sauce

Dairy-Free Buffalo “Bleu Cheese” Dipping Sauce

Football season is in full swing! Not that I watch football; I actually could care less about it as a sport. I don’t watch it on television. I would much rather be playing it; I can throw a perfect spiral thanks to the Hubster teaching me how. Combine that with my softball arm, and IContinue Reading

Paleo Ketchup

Paleo Ketchup

I’ve been on a bit of a run for making basic ingredients that people keep stocked in their kitchen. Ketchup is one of the ones that I wanted to tackle because it is quite likely the most popular condiment in the United States. People put it on their french fries, scrambled eggs, hamburgers, macaroni andContinue Reading