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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Sweet and Savory Blend

Sweet and Savory is one of my favorite flavor blends.

Spice displays call to me like “hunny” to Pooh Bear. I cannot resist them. Each delectable scent beckons; sweet spices, e.g., cardamom, coriander seeds, ginger; spices that seem exotic to many of us in the United states; e.g., fenugreek, zatar and sumac. Mixing these with more commonly known flavors makes for an interesting and multi-dimensional dish.

Yields about 3/4 cup

What’s in it …
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) caraway seeds
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) coriander, ground or seeds
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) fennel seeds (this is what I use)
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) ground ginger
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) dried rosemary leaves
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) dried sage leaves
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) dried thyme
2 teaspoons (10 ml) dried mustard
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground fenugreek (optionalthis is what I use)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried marjoram leaves
1 teaspoon (5 ml) sumac (optionalyou can buy sumac here)
1/2 teaspoon (5 ml) mixed peppercorns
1-2 dried porcini mushrooms (optional)
1-2 dried edible roses (optional. Found in middle eastern markets or online at amazon)

How you pull it together …
Working in small batches, drop one or two ingredients into a mortar and then grind with a pestal until finely textured. OR use a clean coffee grinder (When I’m feeling lazy, this is what I use to grind my spices and herbs.)

As you finish each batch, empty it into a glass container that has a tight lid and will hold more than a full cup. When every ingredient is finely ground, cover the container and shake shake shake until everything is fairly evenly blended. Store tightly covered.

This is fab with …
Roast chicken, pork, beef, lamb. Butternut squash (what isn’t great with butternut squash?!), eggplant, roasted tomatoes. Try a bit in a pot of soup to add something unexpected.