6 DIY Spice Combinations to Give Home Cooking a Facelift (Recipes Included)

Cajun Spice Mix

1/4 cup of salt

2 tbsp cayenne pepper

2 tbsp paprika

1-1/2 tbsp. onion powder

2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp ground mustard

1/8 tsp ground cloves

Recipe adapted from Recipe Source. Add a Cajun twist to Emeril's Cajun Style Meatloaf or to a Crawfish Etouffee. For those times when you don't have time to make them at home, consider buying high quality prepared spice mixtures. Teeny Tiny Spice Co. of Vermont has a bunch of delicious combinations that are completely organic like British Curry, Citrus Pepper, Chocolate Chili, Ethiopian Berberé, Montréal Seasoning, and Penang Curry.

Good home cooking is about keeping it new and fresh all the time. The folks over at RUVED were nice enough to send me their PROPITA spice combination made with Mango powder, Dried Coriander leaves, Mint, Pomegranate seeds, Fennel, Basil, Cumin, and Rock Salt. It's even supposed to aid digestion. While I haven't noticed too much of a change in my digestion, the spice combination is tasty and requires little thought for those days when you just can't think of anything to cook. I've added it to eggs, roasted cauliflower, and sweet potatoes. Like this? Follow my Twitter feed.

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