November 30, 2021

Gifts from your kitchen don’t need to be baked, iced, or chocolate dipped. For the non-baker, the time-pinched, or anyone looking for something different to include in a holiday gift bag, these spice blends are lots of fun. I pack them in test tubes with cork toppers. Each one holds just enough to feel generous and each recipe fills eight 13 ml test tubes plus a little to use in your own kitchen.

The herb salt is my every day sprinkle. On roasted vegetables, omelets, today’s reheated lunch. It’s a little lift. The taco seasoning is all you need to spice up black or pinto beans, shredded leftover chicken, or roasted, pulled mushrooms. Taco night in a snap. The celery salt is new this year.  It makes a stunning rim for a Bloody Mary and I have it on good authority that it added ideal celery flavor to a turkey pot pie.

To ensure a uniform sprinkle, whir in a spice grinder, but only if you want to. It’s not necessary.

Smoked Herb Salt (Everyday Sprinkle)

4 tablespoons sea salt or kosher salt (Diamond Crystal)

4 tablespoons smoked salt (I used Maldon)

3 tablespoons dried parsley

2 tablespoons dried basil

1 tablespoons dried rosemary

2 teaspoons ground pepper

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried sage

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


Spicy Taco Seasoning

4 tablespoons chipotle powder

1 tablespoon sea salt or kosher salt (Diamond Crystal)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

3 teaspoons sweet paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon Mexican oregano or marjoram


Celery Salt

1/3 cup dried, crumbled celery leaves from about 2 cups fresh celery leaves, packed

1/3 cup sea salt or kosher salt (Diamond Crystal)


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