I chopped the fragrant green onions and set them aside. The roots still looked nice so I scooped a little dirt up from the side of one of my plants and stuck the bottoms of the green onion in. Within days they were growing a vibrant green in my Yuletide kitchen. The ginger plant doesn’t seem to mind. It changes the game of winter cooking if you have some fresh onions or chives to sprinkle on.
Fresh spices are wonderful but since we have a fairly short growing season here, not everything grows here, and I love to cook, dried spice blends fill baskets and bins in my kitchen. I probably have close to a hundred or so spices and blends. It is probably in our budget’s favor that I moved away from my favorite spice shop. I created a few delicious blends myself the other day. These would make great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers. They are also economical for one’s own kitchen if you buy the herbs in bulk. A 4 ounce canning jar is perfect for these.
Mole Spice Blend (pronounced mole-then add a long a. It’s pretty fun to say.)
This delicious blend is a surprising combination used in Mexican cooking. Chocolate, cinnamon, and chilies do not seem like a reasonable combination for savory dishes, but wait until you try it!
- 2.5 Tablespoons of New Mexican red chile
- 1.5 Tablespoons paprika
- 4 teaspoons cumin
- 3 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Garlic and Onion Blend
- 2 Tablespoons dried Garlic (roasted garlic even better!)
- 2 Tablespoons onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons dried green onions
- 2 teaspoons of sea salt
Vanilla Infused Cinnamon and Sugar
- 4 Tablespoons of sugar (raw, organic preferred)
- 3 Tablespoons of cinnamon
- Blend together and add a small piece of vanilla bean to the jar. Close lid and shake well.
Pumpkin Red Chili– I sprinkled 3 Tablespoons of Mole and 2 Tablespoons of the Garlic and Onion blend into a crockpot with 2 cups of pinto beans and 6 cups of broth. Cook on low for 5 hours. Add a good sprinkling of salt and a can of pumpkin. Continue cooking on low for 3 more hours. Adjust seasoning.
Garlic Toast– Take any slice of bread and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle Garlic and Onion blend on bread along with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast. Toast in toaster oven.
Vanilla Infused Cinnamon and Sugar can be sprinkled on buttered toast, on pastries, or on top of coffee drinks.