sabato 23 febbraio 2008

Make your own "Italian Seasoning"

For those of you who don’t know exactly what Italian Seasoning is, it’s a wonderful blend of herbs commonly used in authentic Italian cooking. Different varieties are available, and you can create your own custom blends using dried herbs that you’ve grown in your own herb garden, or by mixing dried herbs that you’ve purchased at the store.

Common ingredients in Italian Seasoning include rosemary, thyme, sage, basil, oregano, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley and marjoram. I’ve seen recipes that call for equal parts of all ingredients and others that have more of certain ingredients and less of others. The great part is that there really is no right or wrong way to make your own custom seasoning blend, so have fun, experiment, and find the combination that pleases your family’s taste buds. You certainly don’t have to include all the ingredients mentioned, and you can also add a little something extra or out of the ordinary to make it all your own. Some other things you might try include paprika, salt, curry powder, garlic salt, dill weed, celery salt or dry mustard. The sky is truly the limit with the number of variations you could make.

Once you’ve come up with one (or several!) custom seasoning blends of your very own, you can try them out in everything from basic chicken dishes, to your favorite classy seafood dish, to sauces and pasta dinners. Custom Italian seasoning blends can be a great alternative to using salt, for those who are trying to watch their sodium intake (just be careful not to use too much salt in the recipe!). Use your different blends when you try all of the recipes in your copy of The Italian Kitchen where the recipe calls for herbs and spices. And, be sure to leave a comment here to share your favorite blend with everyone here and let us know what recipes to try it with!

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