Stef’s Cincinnati Chili Seasoning Mix

Stef’s Cincinnati Chili Seasoning Mix

Photo - 's Cincinnati Chili Seasoning Blend
… was first tried this fall after one of our besties and her partner invited us to enjoy a  bowl of homemade Cincinnati Chili.  My girlfriend loves a well-known seasoning blend, named after a restaurant chain, that is a bit hard to find hereabouts.  It’s also rather pricey to purchase online.

Being a woman who likes to mix her own, I decided to look it up.  And came across what seems to be the “first” version of Cincinnati Chili!  Along with a bit of it’s history.  (Check it out yourself.)

Oh the excitement!

So I made a batch, tweaked it to fit and voila!  A very satisfying portion of happiness. Continue reading “Stef’s Cincinnati Chili Seasoning Mix”

Stef’s Chili Powder Blend

Photo - Homemade Chili Powder - NHFIf you’ve read any of my recipes, you know I like to control what goes into our food. Spice mixes are high up on my list of Make-It-Yourself’s

Years (decades) ago, it occurred to me that I’d doctored store-bought chili powder so many times, I finally started mixing it from scratch.

Give it a try.  There’s nothing to it. And, you’ll always have your favorite flavor mix right in the cupboard!  Obviously, you might want to make your own adjustments 🙂

That’s okay!  That’s the point!
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Stef’s Homemade Chili Sauce

Photo - Homemade Chili by Nest Half FullI recently got bored with our regular chicken rotation and cold weather.  Which started me  thinking of warm climes.  Right in the middle of giving Southwestern Roast Chicken a try, I wanted to see what would happen if the bird were smeared with a little chili sauce.  The snag?  I’ve never ever had chili sauce in the house.

No worries!  After all, how hard can it be to make it myself?  Turns out, making a great chili sauce is not hard at all!

Some quick research.  A bit of tweaking. Time to give it a final taste test.

Wow! This is Some Good Stuff! 

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Sweet Spice Chicken Rub

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When I was growng up, my mom often served savory roast chicken (using Bell’s Seasoning, of course!)  And I grew up to make chicken just like Mom’s.

But, you see,  I’ve developed a love of Ginger.  Cardamom.  Fenugreek.

Sweet spices are amazing on poultry.  The broth made afterward is rich and uniquely delicious.
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract NHFHave you ever used homemade vanilla extract?  If so, you’ll know why I had to figure out how to make my own.  Turns out, it is sooo easy, you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it before.

The first thing was to go online and order Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans (much better quality and way lower expense than buying at the grocery store!)  Then I went to work, if you can call it that.  This is just too quick, easy and straight forward for a lot of preamble.

So, let’s get started!

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