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DIY Seasoning: Awesome Spice

January 24, 2012 | 2 Comments | Recipes
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This blend of spices could very possibly be the key to my personal happiness. The origin for this blend of awesomeness was a flavored butter recipe for sweet corn, which, over time, has evolved into this recipe that I use on everything from popcorn to vegetables.

The two key players here are garlic and cinnamon, which may sound like an odd combo, but trust me… you can’t go wrong here. These are the proportions I use:

  • 1 part powdered ginger
  • 1 part chili powder
  • 1 part cardamom
  • 4 parts cinnamon
  • 12 parts garlic powder

For about 1/3 of a spice jar’s worth I use these actual measurements:

  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp parts cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder

It’s got a lot of flavor from the garlic and cinnamon, plus heat from the chili powder to give it a little kick. Here are just a few of the ways I like to use it:

  • Sprinkled with a little salt over plain popcorn
  • On sweet corn (you can mix it with the butter first, or just sprinkle it in)
  • Mixed into plain butternut or acorn squash (or as a part of this Savory Butternut Squash & Apple recipe)
  • As a spice on cooked spinach and chickpeas
  • On any grilled veggies

Also, if you like the spice jar labels in the header, you can see how I DIYed them here. Haven’t made the Awesome Spice label yet, but believe me it will have one. Medicinal properties may include spontaneous laughter, discovery of latent superhero powers, and the sneaking suspicion your taste buds are having a party in your mouth.

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