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Are you celebrating one of the National Holiday?  This page will help make all your celebrations a delicious experience; by learning the facts about spices!

Spice mixes are blended spices or herbs
"When a certain combination of herbs or spices is called for in many different recipes (or in one recipe that is used frequently), it is convenient to blend these ingredients beforehand. Blends such as chili powder, curry powder, herbes de Provence, garlic salt, and onion salt are traditionally sold pre-made by grocers, and sometimes baking blends such as pumpkin pie spice are also available. These spice mixes are also easily made by the home cook for later use."

Common spice mixtures
Apple Pie Spice
Baking Spice
Berbere (Ethiopia and Eritrea)
Chili powder is a generic name for any powdered spice mix composed chiefly of chili peppers, most commonly either red peppers or cayenne peppers, which are both of the species Capsicum annuum.
Chili mix
Chimichurri (Argentina and Uruguay)
Chinese Five-spice powder
Colombo (paprika, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, ginger, black pepper, star anise, cardamom, cloves, mustard grains, saffron)
Curry powder (Indian-style, used in the West and Japan)
Dry Rub/Spice Rubs
Five bays
Five-spice powder (China)
Garam Masala (India) (Urdu: گرم مصالھ); from Urdu garam, "hot" and masala "paste", is a basic blend of ground spices to be used alone or with other seasonings. It is common in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian cuisines.
Garlic Salt: Garlic salt is a flavored salt used as food seasoning made of a mixture of dried ground garlic and table salt with an anti-caking agent (e.g. calcium silicate).
Goda masala
Herbes de Provence (Southern France) a Provençal blend including thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil, bay leaf, and sometimes lavender
Jerk spice (Jamaica)
Kaala masala
Khmeli suneli (Georgia)
Lemon Pepper: Lemon pepper (also called lemon pepper seasoning) is a seasoning made from granulated lemon zest and cracked black peppercorns. The lemon zest is mashed with the pepper to allow the citrus oil to infuse into the pepper.
Masalas, including garam masala (India)
Meat Masala
Mexican Seasoning
Milagai Podi
Mixed spice or pudding spice, a British blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and other spices
Old Bay Seasoning (United States)
Panch phoron, Bengali five-spice blend
Poultry Seasoning (United States)
Pumpkin pie spice (United States) Pumpkin pie spice is an American spice mix commonly used as an ingredient in pumpkin pie. It is generally a blend of powdered cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and sometimes allspice. It can be used as a seasoning in general cooking.
Quatre épices (France) a French blend of ground pepper, cloves, nutmeg and ginger
Ras el hanout (Middle East/North Africa) a Moroccan spice blend that includes cinnamon and cumin among other spices
Seasoned salt is a flavoured blend of table salt composed of herbs, spices, other flavourings, and sometimes monosodium glutamate (MSG). It is widely sold in supermarkets and is commonly used in fish and chip shops and other take-away food shops. It is known by many other names, including seasoning salt, season salt, and, in Australia and New Zealand, chicken salt.
Shichimi togarashi (Japan)
Tandoori masala
Taco spice
Za'atar (Middle East) this is an herb and a blend of the herb with sesame seeds and sometimes Sumac

Homemade Spice Blends
See: Spice Mix Recipes or Spice Rubs

Spice Mixtures are very popular for gift giving during the holiday season or any time you need a small gift for someone.  Gifts-in-a-jar have been popular for years and have recently been dubed a popular "Food Craft."  One of the most popular spice blends to made is homemade dry rubs for grilling. Every household has their own favorite blends to share too!

See also:
Herbs / Spices / Seasoning / Gifts-in-a-jar / Gifts in a jar recipes /
Spice Mix Recipes / List of medicinal herbs / Common Herbs & Spices
Indian Spices /
List of food origins from wikipedia

Resources:  This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses some material from Wikipedia/article spices/ and other related pages. Top photo: homestead
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Category:Spice_Mix_recipes /
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Definition of Spice:
A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark or vegetative substance used in nutritionally insignificant quantities as a food additive for the purpose of flavoring. Spices are distinguished from Herbs, which are leafy, green plant parts used for flavoring purposes.
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A dry rub useful for ribs, pork roast or whatever you like. After rubbing on the meat, let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour.

   * ¼ cup. paprika
   * ¼ cup. light brown sugar
   * 3 tbsp. kosher salt
   * 1 tsp. dry mustard
   * 1 tsp. ground black pepper
   * ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
   * ½ tsp ground cumin
Combine ingredients in a Zip-Lock bag, shaking thoroughly. Store in airtight container.

Perfect for sharing during
National Barbecue Month!
Did you know we have a salt holiday?
National Salt Awareness Week; sometimes called National Salt Week!
  Common Spice Mixes & Blends!
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