Home­made spice mixes make great hol­i­day gifts

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency Shop­ping at

ware­house stores can be fun. The prob­lem is we of­ten end up with gi­ant bot­tles of gar­lic power, pep­per and oregano that take three years to use up. This year put some of those ex­tra spices to good use by mak­ing up your own spice sea­son­ing mixes to give as quick hol­i­day presents. Us­ing up your abun­dance of spices will give you a unique gift, and you’ll also clean out your spice cabi­net at the same time.

Pick up some pretty jars and cute gift tags (to write down the name of each mix and in­struc­tions on how to use them) for your mixes, and you’ve got a home­made gift you can put to­gether in min­utes with­out a lot of fuss. Dou­ble or triple the recipes for the num­ber of gifts you’d like to make.

These spice mixes are per­fect as a host­ess gift or teacher thank-you, or you can drop off some hol­i­day cheer at a neigh­bor’s house.

Ital­ian Spice Mix

Per­fect for dip­ping oil. Add one ta­ble­spoon of spice mix­ture to 1/3 cup of qual­ity olive oil. Mix to com­bine, and serve with crusty bread for dip­ping. 1 ta­ble­spoon red pep­per flakes 1/2 ta­ble­spoon black pep­per 1 tea­spoon lemon pep­per 2 tea­spoons Ital­ian sea­son­ing blend 1 ta­ble­spoon dried oregano 1 ta­ble­spoon dried basil 1 1/2 ta­ble­spoons gar­lic pow­der 1 tea­spoon sea salt For you to make: Mix all spices to­gether in a spice grinder. Pulse once or twice to com­bine. Store in air­tight con­tainer. Pizza Top­ping Spice Mix

Store in the re­frig­er­a­tor. Add to shaker jar with sprin­kle fit­ting when mak­ing pizza. 2 ta­ble­spoons red pep­per flakes (chop in half for less heat) 2 ta­ble­spoons dried oregano 1 ta­ble­spoon dried basil 1 tea­spoon fen­nel seeds 2 tea­spoons Ital­ian sea­son­ing blend 2 tea­spoons gar­lic pow­der 1/3 cup bot­tled grated Parme­san cheese

For you to make: Mix all spices to­gether or put into a spice grinder (puls­ing once or twice to com­bine). Be sure to store mix in the re­frig­er­a­tor. Greek Sea­son­ing Spice Blend

Per­fect to use on top of grilled meat, sal­ads, veg­eta­bles and pasta. 2 tea­spoons salt 2 tea­spoons gar­lic pow­der 2 tea­spoons dried basil 2 tea­spoons dried oregano 1 tea­spoon ground black pep­per 1 ta­ble­spoon dried pars­ley flakes 2 tea­spoons dried onion flakes 1 ta­ble­spoon onion pow­der 1 tea­spoon sweet pa­prika 1 tea­spoon dried mar­jo­ram 1/2 tea­spoon thyme leaves 1 tea­spoon dried dill

For you to make: Lightly blend in­gre­di­ents in a spice grinder with one or two pulses to mix and com­bine spices while leav­ing some dis­tinct pieces of spices. Store in air­tight con­tainer.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

© 2015 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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