How to dry Cilantro

I sometimes have fresh cilantro left over from cooking a Mexican dish.  I don’t like to let it go to waste after lingering in the refrigerator for a few days.  Cilantro dries very nice and stays green afterward.  Some herbs that are green can turn brown or black when dried but cilantro stays green. I…

Cake Spice Blend Recipe

A couple of Christmases ago, I was shopping in a discount grocery.  I ran across a small bottle of cake spice. That was it’s name just “cake spice.”  I looked at the ingredients on the bottle to see what was in it.  This was different then what I expected so I bought the little dollar…

Apple Pie Spice Recipe

One of things that is important when you have a low budget to cook with is to keep a good assortment of spices. Using spices and herbs can really add flavor to a recipe. Some of those spices you can find inexpensively in little cellophane bags or at the dollar store in small plastic containers….

Beau Monde Seasoning

  Beau Monde in French means “high society” or “good society.” This was historically people of wealth and titles.  They were also the ones who could afford spices that came from the region in South Asia known as the Spice Island.  These spices was brought to Europe through the trade routes that took a long…

Drying Celery and Pepper Flakes (DIY)

  I am getting ready to make Christmas gifts from my kitchen and this past year I needed celery flakes for a recipe I wanted to make. I have not bought celery flakes in a long time and this was a heirloom recipe. I had to look in several stores to finely find them. They…

Pennsylvania Dutch Sweet and Sour Salad Dressing (Oil Free Recipe)

  For years I have loved Old Dutch Sweet and Sour Salad Dressing. It is a little hard to find locally and when I do it is priced higher then most other salad dressing. So I started looking for a recipe that tastes almost like it. Most Pennsylvania Dutch Sweet dressing recipes have oil, egg or…

Chili Seasoning Mix (History and Recipe for Quick Chili)

Chili was first introduced to the public at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago in the 1893 at a Texas booth.  It has its roots in the south-western part of United States.  Originally it was made of chilies and chopped meat.  Later beans were added to the mix.  The Indian tribes in the South West like the…