I mentioned seasoning blends in last Tuesday’s post, so now I’m going to chat more about it and give you a few recipes.
My Aunt, back in Pennsylvania, periodically sends us spices since they are cheaper there and she has more variety. One time she sent a bottle of garlic pepper salt. My mom couldn’t see the point since she already had garlic, salt, and pepper, so she gave the bottle to me.
I started using it and realized that it was a step saver, especially when I was tired and didn’t feel like being a creative cook. Then, it dawned on me that Paula Deen’s House Seasoning was just her variation of garlic pepper salt. (She is one of my favorite TV cooks; real food, not fancy-schmancy) This was a way to put things on automatic; even more important when I learned my tiredness was a symptom of a more serious illness – the less I had to think about the better. Cooking chops or chicken? Just sprinkle and go. Frying chicken or fish? Add some seasoning to the flour or bread crumbs and you are ready to go.
I tinkered with the ratio of Garlic, Salt, and Pepper that I liked, then I started adding seasonings to go with the foods I cook most often for my family. The following recipes are the result. Feel free to improvise according to your family’s taste; season meat or poultry before you freeze it and it will be ready to cook when it thaws out.
Here are some Variations:
Have fun with these; feel free to adjust these as you like. If you don’t like garlic, change it to onion powder. If you like a little kick, add some cayenne pepper. Make your own blend, call it Margie’s Chicken Seasoning (use your own name of course ) and give it to your friends.
PS: Let me know what kinds of seasoning blends your family likes to use in the comments section below – Thanks.