Taco Seasoning

I came up with this when I noticed halfway through my meal prep that I had bought a box of taco shells instead of the “taco dinner kit” I meant to get. I started with a quick web search for taco seasoning recipes and found that most contained chili powder blend (which I also did… Continue reading Taco Seasoning

Tuna Salad Sandwiches

This is the unsung hero of my cookbook. Since the recipe consists entirely of pantry staples, it’s one I never really have to shop for and therefore often overlook. But I’m always delighted when I come across a long-forgotten can of tuna in the back of my cupboard because I know immediately that I can… Continue reading Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence is a mixture of common French herbs used to flavor savory dishes, such as Forty Garlic Chicken. Although this mix has a fancy name, you don’t have to save it for elaborate dishes; the flavors are a good complement for many poultry or pork dishes. There are several different recipes for this… Continue reading Herbes de Provence

Limeade

Though typically regarded as a summertime drink, limeade has become a year-round staple in my house. For the past six years, not a week has gone by when we haven’t had a full pitcher of the stuff in our refrigerator. It’s a nostalgia thing. For me, it brings back childhood memories of rolling lemons for… Continue reading Limeade

Sazón (Puerto Rican Seasoning)

The counterpart to adobo seco, sazón is another Puerto Rican seasoned salt – the difference being that while adobo is primarily used to flavor meat, sazón is primarily used to flavor vegetables. Traditionally, sazón contains ground annatto (achiote molido) for color, but I can only find whole annatto seeds in my area. I’ve learned the… Continue reading Sazón (Puerto Rican Seasoning)

Adobo Seco (Dry Marinade)

pectinAdobo seco is a Puerto Rican seasoned salt. Sprinkle generously on meat before cooking, to add a distinctive Latin flavor to your meal. Most basic recipes also include onion powder, but I modeled mine after a certain beloved store brand, which omits onion entirely, so now I prefer it that way. I’ve also added a… Continue reading Adobo Seco (Dry Marinade)

Chai Spice

My all-time favorite tea is masala chai – a milky spiced black tea drink originating from South Asia – which I got my first taste of from a handful of delis and specialty coffee shops near my job. But enjoying it at home was difficult. Back then (circa 2003), the few offerings available on supermarket… Continue reading Chai Spice