Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More Kitchen Gifts: Kalyn's Herb Blend

(Updated December 2009: Kalyn's Kitchen is part of Holiday 2009 at Oprah.com, and this is one of the recipes being featured there. You can also find more herb blends in the Christmas Recipes on the blog. Welcome to anyone visiting from Oprah.com!)

I'm doing a series of three posts about gifts from the kitchen. Yesterday I shared my way of making Rosemary Salt, a delightful blend of sea salt and rosemary that's delicious on so many foods. (Coming tomorrow is Roast Chicken Seasoning Rub.)

Today I'm sharing my recipe for Kalyn's Herb Blend, something I started making about ten years ago. At first I used the recipe for the American Heart Association Herb Seasoning, a great salt-free blend. Although my recipe has never strayed too far from theirs, I make this a little differently every year now, depending on what I have on hand and what new herbs I've become fond of. I've been giving this away for Christmas for years, and I've had people use it all and ask if they can buy more! This is my 2006 version, and now that I'm posting the recipe people can make their own after they've used it up.

From having made this for years, I'd say the essentials are the garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, parsley, savory, and pepper. You can add or subtract other herbs as desired. Create your own blend based on your favorites, and then name it after yourself and give it away for Christmas; I promise your friends will be very impressed.

At the risk of sounding like a food snob, I should say that a herb blend like this is not something I give my foodiest friends, who are more likely to want fresh herbs anyway. This is a good all purpose seasoning blend for people who cook a little, but who aren't likely to have a cupboard full of different herbs and spices. There are probably more people in the world like that than there are foodies like me with nearly every spice or herb that Penzeys sells, so most of your friends will love this.

Those of you who have seen my spice rack loaded down with Penzeys bottles might have forgotten that I also have a big drawer full of spices from various places. This blend is a good way to use leftover spices that you have around.

You can give the herb blend away in jars or in small plastic bags. This year I have a lot of people to give them to, so I've opted for bags, with a Kalyn's Kitchen card stapled on.

Kalyn's 2006 Herb Blend
(makes about 5 cups; this recipe was originally adapted from the American Heart Association Herb Seasoning, and I never make it exactly the same way twice.)


1 1/2 cups garlic powder
3/4 cup onion powder
1/2 cup dried thyme
1/2 cup dried basil
1/2 cup dried parsley
1/4 cup ground savory
1/4 cup rubbed sage
1/4 cup white pepper
1/4 cup celery seed
1/4 cup dried oregano


Put all herbs in to food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse about 30 seconds, until herbs are well combined. Store in glass jar with tight lid.


Suggested uses: This herb blend adds great depth of flavor to meat-based soups, stews, pasta sauces, or casseroles. It's excellent in meatloaf or to season ground beef when browning. Mix with olive oil and toss with vegetables before roasting. Add a small amount to any marinade or sauce for chicken, pork, or beef, or add to flour to use for dredging meat. Use a small amount to season gravy or stock.




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13 comments:

  1. You are too cute: you wouldn't give this to foodie friends.
    Sounds very good.

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  2. Many thanks for this holiday gift idea... will try it out this holiday season or for a birthday gift next year. Thank you for such an informative blog

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  3. First time I've visited your site. It looks fantastic, and I like the way you customized your heading region. And, all the lovely food pics and great writings. Nice!

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  4. Another great idea Kalyn!

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  5. Ahem...Kalyn, love the cunning little labels!

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  6. I wonder if there is an herbal offering that can cure troubled computers--I will have to check Gerard.

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  7. Kalyn has a very, very, very BIG drawer full of spices!!!

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  8. the chicken rub sounds like it would be extremely aromatic and flavorful...cant wait to give it a try!!!! I just love visiting your blog!!!!!

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