Savory Seasoning Trio

“Omne trium perfectum.” Latin scholars know that this means that three makes a perfect set.  That may or may not always be the case, but in Mama D’s Kitchen a set of three makes a very nice gift.

I love to bake and cook at the holidays…giving homemade gifts is something that I have done for years. It never gets old, though the variety and quantity changes from year to year. As I planned out what to make this year, things kept coming up in groups of three. Cookies, chocolate bark, and savory snack mixes all came out in threes. I hope to share many of these “perfect sets” with you and I’m starting with a trio of seasoning blends.

I love lemon. It is bright in taste, its acidity brings out the best in many dishes, and it just looks pretty. This Lemon and Herb blend uses dried fresh lemon zest at center stage. IMG_0899Six large lemon gave up their vivid yellow dresses to make enough zest for the recipe. The naked lemons then were squeezed to yield a hefty cup of juice that thanks to the freezer will be flavoring many a dish to come. Once the lemon peel was dry, it joined a fragrant array of herbs to become a wonderful seasoning.

Lemon Herb Seasoning
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Servings
4 Ounces
Servings
4 Ounces
Lemon Herb Seasoning
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Servings
4 Ounces
Servings
4 Ounces
Ingredients
Servings: Ounces
Instructions
  1. To dry the Lemon Zest: Spread the zest of 5-6 lemons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to air dry for 24 hours.
  2. Combine the dried lemon zest with the rest of the ingredients. Spoon into spice jars and cover tightly.
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Cajun flavors are always a spicy boost to many dishes whether they come from New Orleans or not. I like a Cajun blend that features plenty of the pepper trio; white, black, and red (a.k.a. cayenne) and lots of dried thyme. This delivers on both of those fronts with more than a token dose of onion and garlic. You know that you can always play with the amounts here to suit your own taste. Try it on fish or chicken to bring a bold taste to a simple protein.

Last, but not least, Porcini Rosemary Salt is making a return appearance. It’s divine on steak, but is wonderful in soups and pasta sauces as well.DIGITAL CAMERA

Porcini and Rosemary Salt
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This is a perfect seasoning for steak, but it is wonderful on eggs, in soups, or anywhere you want a subtle mushroom flavor. This is a lovely Hostess gift, but save some for yourself.
Porcini and Rosemary Salt
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This is a perfect seasoning for steak, but it is wonderful on eggs, in soups, or anywhere you want a subtle mushroom flavor. This is a lovely Hostess gift, but save some for yourself.
Ingredients
Servings: Cups
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in the bowl of a processor. Pulse until everything is ground. This will take a bit of time. The porcini will not completely grind so the end product will have small bits of mushroom, which makes it even more delicious. Store in airtight containers.
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These three seasoning blends make a wonderful gift for anyone who spends time in the kitchen, and don’t forget to save a jar of each for yourself.

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