Taco Seasoning

Ingredients:
1 T chili powder
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 t dried oregano
1/2 t paprika
1.5 t ground cumin
1 t sea salt
1 t black pepper

Directions:

Mix everything together and store in an air tight container. The nice thing about making your own taco seasoning is that you can adjust the level of spice, you can leave out anything someone might be allergic to, and you avoid all the unnecessary chemical additives. And it tastes delicious! Enjoy!

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Apple Butter

Ingredients:
5 1/2 lbs apples cored and quartered
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Place quartered apples in slow cooker. Mix sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a bowl and pour over apples in crock pot. Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup water. Cook on high for 1 hour. Then cook on low for 9-12 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and brown. Uncover and continue cooking on low to allow the mixture thicken. Spoon mixture into sterile containers, cover, and refrigerate/freeze.

The first time I made apple butter was with Molly and Kelly when we lived in North Carolina. It turned out to be a great Christmas gift!

Simple & Delicious Salad Dressing

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar works too)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a jar or bowl and shake or whisk to blend.  This dressing is from my favorite black bean and cous cous salad but I now use it on every salad and its amazingly delicious! I always get compliments on it, and another positive is I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

Steak or Kabob Marinade

Ingredients:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 TBS garlic powder
3 TBS dried basil
1 1/2 TBS dried parsley
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a ziplock bag or in a blender. Marinate meat in refrigerator for up to 8 hours.

I discovered this marinade when I was on vacation in Naples, FL visiting my sister-in-law. We made steak kabobs and used this marinade. It definitely lived up to its name – “Best Steak Marinade in Existence” – Allrecipes for the win once again.