Friday, November 21, 2014

Spice It Up: Three Herb and Spice Mixes for Giving

I love making homemade or handmade gifts for friends and family, especially during the holidays. It's even better if the gifts are useful in some way - and what could be more useful than food? Here are three herb/spice mixes that just need to be stirred together and spooned into jars. Attach a label to each, and they're ready to go :-)

homemade spice herb mix gifts
A little something for you!

Scarborough Fair Herb Mix - combine equal parts dried parsley, sage, rosemary and (you guessed it) thyme. Particularly good with poultry, fish, and root vegetables.

Game Night Spice Mix - combine equal parts ground ginger, allspice, cinnamon and black pepper. Use to season dark meats like duck, bison, and venison. Add a few pinches to creamy sauces, soups and stews, dark leafy greens, or custard-based dishes like quiches and baked omelettes.

Chai Spice Mix - combine two parts ground ginger, one part ground cinnamon, a half part ground cardamom and a quarter part ground cloves. Add a teaspoon or so to the dry ingredients of baked goods like muffins, cakes, and cookies, or sprinkle on Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey.

Notes: Any (or all) of these would work particularly well as a host/hostess gift, stocking-stuffer, or included in a basket of goodies for your favorite foodie. I like to use (or reuse) 3-4 oz. jars with tight-fitting lids, and include ideas for how to use the mix right on the label. Even though these are a lot of fun to give away, be sure to save some for yourself as well!



  1. These are delicious! I especially like to have the Scarborough Fair mix on pork! My kids love it!

    1. Kid tested and mother approved - awesome! And what a great idea for pork, thank you!


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