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Spice it Up …by Karen™

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Friends, I hope you have all been SPICING IT UP — your food and your lives!

This is my original blend… we use it in our cooking all the time and I make extra for friends. If you’d like to try it, or you are out of it, just let me know and I’ll happily send you more! We put a bit of olive oil on fish, shrimp or chicken and then generously coat them with the spices before grilling, baking or searing. Sometimes we mix in with Panko to bread chicken or fish before baking. My favorites are using it to blacken salmon or sear Ahi. Sometimes I even sprinkle it on a light, mild fish before pan searing or baking it to give it more flavor.  This blend has Aleppo Pepper, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Cumin, Garlic, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Salt, Sugar, Thyme (and one secret ingredient!). This seasoning is one we never grow tired of. For me it’s the perfect balance of spiciness, saltiness, and it has a slight Middle-Eastern flare to honor my Armenian heritage.

In addition to using it on fish, poultry or meats, you can sprinkle it on veggies, potatoes or eggs before cooking. Try tossing your salad with olive oil and then sprinkling this on top (it’s much more wine-friendly than vinegar). And, sprinkle it on healthy snacks such as cucumbers, cottage cheese, fruit, or other fun snacks like popcorn and nuts! If you click on the “Spice it Up …by Karen™” link in the top right under category search, you can scroll through various posts to see my favorite uses in every day cooking and snacking. The rest of this site is a place for me to keep track of my favorite recipes and share them with friends.

Please drop me a note, with your address, if you’d like me to send you some spice –


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