Tuesday, February 8, 2011



I have started a Monthly Giveaway. I will be drawing names from
followers that comment. The drawings will be on the 1st of each month!

Sending a bunch of Prim Dried Carrots with some Dried Grass to a lucky FOLLOWER that has commented during February!
These will be perfect for your Spring Decor. Remember each new posting you comment on, will be another chance for you to win the Prim Dried Carrots & Dried Grass


Traditionally, this seasoning is used for steamed crabs, but is now used for fish, potato salad, potatoes, and other vegetables. This would also make a great gift, along with some recipes! Enjoy! Try this on French fries with malt vinegar. It's addicting! It’s rather simple to make at home with spices you probably already have in your cupboard. So you don’t have to spend a few bucks on a jar of seasoning that you aren’t exactly sure what kind of ingredients it has in it.


2 Tbs bay leaf leaves, ground
2 Tbs celery salt
1 Tbs dry mustard
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp paprika (smoked or sweet)
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground mace
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in an airtight jar, mix thoroughly.
Keep sealed until ready to use.



15 oz can Red Sockeye Salmon, well drained & deboned
1 1/2 cups cracker meal divided
2 Tbs finely minced onion
2 Tbs finely minced celery
1/2 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp homemade old bay seasoning
1/2 tsp Lemon-Pepper Seasoning
2 Tbs olive oil
2 large eggs, beaten
Sea salt to taste
1 or 2 fresh lemons, cut into wedges


Preheat oven to 425F. Have an ungreased metal baking sheet ready.
In a small bowl put 1/4-cup of the cracker meal, set this aside.
Drain salmon well, flake into a medium-sized bowl. Add in remaining cracker meal, minced onion and celery, and all of the spices. Stir to combine. Add in the oil and eggs, mixing together until thoroughly moistened.
Put salmon mixture into a 1/3-cup measuring cup, and shape into small patties. Coat each side of patty into reserved cracker meal. Place patties onto baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes, flip patties over and continue to cook for 3 to 5 minutes more. Serve with some lemon wedges.


Awesome recipe for homemade taco seasoning that will totally replace the urge to buy packets- just mix it up once in a batch and keep in an airtight container for up to 1 year!! 2 1/2-3 Tablespoons = one "packet" from the store.
Prepackaged seasoning mixes are full of salt and preservatives, artificial flavors and colors. For example, look at this ingredient list from a popular brand of taco seasoning:

Making my own seasoning and knowing exactly what’s in it makes me feel much better.


3 Tbs chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried onion flakes
3/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 T. cumin
2-2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbs black pepper

mix it all together!

Hey Everyone! I forgot to tell you, that if you don't like the heat, then don't use the CAYENNE PEPPER and only use 1/4 tsp of the crushed pepper flakes. Since I have to cut down on salt I only used 1 1/2 tsp of salt. I used 1 pound of ground beef, browned it then added 2 1/2 Tablespoons of the seasoning mix and 3/4 cup of water. Brought it to a boil and lowered the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Put the shells on a cookie sheet and into a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes to let them warm up. The TACOS were awesome!!



1 lb ground beef
3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning mix (Recipe above
1 (8 ounce) can Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
1 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup chopped tomato
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1/2 lb Velveeta Mexican cheese


Brown meat.
Stir in tomato sauce and taco mix.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Unroll rolls in a baking dish.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cover crust with meat mixture.
Cut the cheese into slices, distribute them on top of the meat mixture, and continue baking until cheese melts.
Top with lettuce and tomato


"You can call this soup or chili, but either way it is wonderful! This recipe is also very adaptable to your personal taste. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if you like.


1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
3 Tbs homemade taco seasoning mix (recipe above)
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
crushed tortilla chips (optional)


Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.

Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.



2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp dry mustard (Coleman's is best)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves

Mix together and store in airtight container



2 cups uncooked long grain rice.
2 Tbs dirty rice seasoning (see above)
1/2 cup onion, medium dice
2 cups steamed long grain rice
1 bay leaf
1 Tbs garlic, minced fine
1 pound ground meat mixture (see below)
4 cups chicken stock
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 cup green bell pepper


Brown the ground meat mixture in the oil. Stir in seasoning mixture and the
bay leaf and saute about one minute. Add vegetables and saute 3-4 minutes on high heat, stirring frequently. Add the uncooked rice and mix in well. Cover
and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes Stir in steamed rice.

GROUND MEAT MIXTURE Includes chicken livers, gizzards, and pork in equal
portions to make a pound of meat.


BumbleBeeLane said...

We use a ton of the taco seasoning packs.This will be so great to have in a jar and save a ton of money.They were up to .75 a packet my last trip.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

Thank you so much....we cant buy Old Bay seasoning in Canada(at least not where I am) and everyone ravs about it being so good in seafood chowder. Now I can try it!

Linda ★ Parker's General said...

Oh, my! You've outdone yourself today. This is some of our favorite food! I am going to use my leftover elk taco meat to make this taco pie for lunch! Your picture of the taco mix is so beautiful. I had quit making salmon patties because they had gotten boring. They needed something. I am definitely trying this recipe. Have you ever canned fish? My Grandma canned carp fillets and they tasted just like salmon. Carp is a cheap and plentiful fish. I wish I knew how she did that!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I haven't been able to use most seasonings as they contain some kind of sugar and my husband is diabetic....I copies all of these as they are sooooo useful..thanks, thanks, thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I haven't been able to use most seasonings as they contain some kind of sugar and my husband is diabetic....I copies all of these as they are sooooo useful..thanks, thanks, thanks

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes. My kids love anything that has to do with tacos...I will be trying your taco recipes and maybe even the taco seasoning.

Sue said...

From one of my followers:
We tried the salmon patties and they were awesome. I even sent that recipe to my son because he is the family cook and he loves salmon patties. Kudos to you on the recipe.
Gonna try the KFC recipe next! :)


Kerri Arthur said...

THANK YOU so much for posting these!
I have been on a mission lately to eat whole foods and no processed anything!

I can't begin to say how disappointed I have become in our food industry over the last few months regarding what they are feeding Americans. It is no wonder our population is so unhealthy.

You are the best!!