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Favorite Seasoning/Spice Blends

What are your favorite spice/seasoning blends? It can be homemade or purchased (please mention from where). How do you use it?

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  1. Anything by Penzeys Spice - http://www.penzeys.com - but specifically Northwoods Season is one of my favorite blends on chicken breast and oven fries.

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    1. re: chefschmitty

      Yes--I have about 12 Penzeys blends and singular seasoning in my cabinet right now. Love them all. My fave is the Trinidad blend. Spices Etc has many as well. But, I was hoping to go off-the-beaten track a bit with this post. Maybe some homemade combos etc. Or, obscure restaurant blends that are sold, etc.

      1. re: chefschmitty

        YES, Penzey's Northwoods is great, I think it smells even better than it tastes, also good are their herbes de provence, and lots of others, suddenly I'm blanking out...oops.

        1. re: chefschmitty

          I love Penzey's "Barbecue of the Americas" used as a rub on pork or beef, for the grill or the slow cooker. I also like their new Southwest Seasoning and have used it in my spicy remoulade sauce for po'boys and fish tacos.

          I always have on hand Emeril's Rustic Rub, which I make from a recipe I found online. I like it on chicken or pork.

          When I cook shrimp creole or jambalaya, I use a Creole spice mix from Nathalie Dupree's Southern cookbook.

          1. re: elegraph

            Good to know. They sent a free container of the Barbecue of the Americas with my last order which I've yet to try.

        2. I concur with the recommendation of Penzey's. There are just too many blends there to mention.

          I also like Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute. It's a good salt-free seasoning mix that I use to add flavor to homemade soups.

          1. I just got an awfully good herbes de Provence mix from Surfas in Culver City. It was the "Deluxe Blend" that includes lavender, and I got a huge bag for fifteen bucks. Needless to say I filled a small jar and am freezing the rest.

            When I was living in Tennessee I became addicted to Watkin's Cajun Pepper Blend; as this is not available in stores, I would buy it from the Watkins booth at the monthly Nashville flea market. I don't know exactly what I'd use for a substitute now, but I've pretty much moved on to other flavor ranges.

            1. I would like to recommend Jim Baldridge's Secret Seasoning. Can be used as a seasoning, rub, or any other falvoring. It is just a great rub for grilling just about anything. http://www.baldridgeseasoning.com/
              Try it.

              1. This sounds interesting--what's the flavor like?