Texas Spice Rub


Need a gift for someone who likes to grill? Well, just make some of this spice rub and put it in a tin or in a nice jar. This spice rub was part of my gift packages last year and was a hit. This rub will keep up to 3 months in an airtight container and is good on steak, pork, or chicken. You can multiply this recipe as needed, if you are giving this to more than one recipient.

Ingredients
1 cup packed light brown sugar
5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried mustard
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon paprika

Instructions
1. Combine all the ingredients. Store in an airtight container up to 3 months.
Use 1 tablespoon of spice rub on 8-ounce portion of meat.

Mangia!
Lindsay Lou

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

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Flavored Salts

Are you finished with your Christmas shopping? Need last minute gift ideas? Going to a holiday party and need a host/hostess gift? This week I will be posting some quick, homemade gifts that I have made and have been a hit with the recipients. Today is flavored salts.

Last year I made various flavored salts and put them in tins that had magnets on the back. They were quite a hit and I wish I would have saved some for myself. I found a basic recipe for flavored salts from this clip from Rachel Ray. For ground spices the ratio is 1 tablespoon of ground spices to 1 cup of salt. For dried herbs the ratio is 2 tablespoons dried herbs to 1 cup of salt. I used kosher salt but you could try this recipe with sea salt. You can double, triple, or multiply the recipe for as much as you will need. Once you know the basic ratio of spices/herbs to salt you can let your imagination take over! You could put the salts in tins and print labels or put them in plastic bags, which you can find at any craft store. You could package these with other goodies bought or homemade.

I made chipotle salt, rosemary salt, and vanilla salt. Be inventive with other flavors of salt and let me know if you try other flavors or the recipes with sea salt.

Some cooking/baking ideas in which to use these salts (as I have been told by the lucky recipients 😉
Chipotle salt – on meat such as chicken and steak, vegetables
Rosemary salt – on vegetables and meat
Vanilla salt – I use this a lot in baking (I have some my dad gave me) and even in cooking sometimes.

Chipotle Salt Ingredients and Directions
1 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground chipotle

Mix salt and chipotle.

Rosemary Salt Ingredients and Directions
1 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Mix salt and rosemary.

Vanilla Salt Ingredients and Directions
1 cup kosher salt
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped (save vanilla bean and add it to sugar – then you have vanilla sugar!)

Mix salt and vanilla bean seeds, until combined. Store at room temperature. (Make sure to let recipients know the black specs are the vanilla beans so they know they are supposed to be there 😉

Source: Flavored salts- Rachel Ray
Label design from Avery Design and Print Online which was free (they also have free software for Macs and PCs called Avery Design Pro which I use now).
Tins from IKEA

Mangia!
Lindsay Lou