Homemade Taco Seasoning

This is so easy, you’ll never go back to the packaged seasoning again!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all spices together until well combined. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your spice cabinet and use as needed. I normally quadruple the recipe (at least) so I always have some on hand.

Recipe: Courtesy of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Photo: by Jen Grove

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Artisan Bread

I haven’t posted in over a month, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking up a storm! For the past few weeks, I have been experimenting with a Bread Maker. To my surprise, I am extremely disappointed in the results! All of my breads have been extremely dense & heavy. In my option, the bread maker produced some good bread for toast and nothing else.

So the search continued…. until I came across this recipe on Pinterest. If you are not familiar with Pinterest, you are really missing out on some great ideas. Not just cooking ideas, but all sorts of ideas. It’s a great place to get inspired and discover new blogs.

Not only is this Bread DElICIOUS, but you don’t have to knead it. For those of you who have made bread before, this is a BIG, BIG deal! Delicious Bread that I don’t have to knead… Yes, Please!

Artisan Bread

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water
*you will need a cast iron pot with lid/Dutch Oven

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Add water and mix until a sticky, mushy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 – 18 hours. Overnight works great.

Heat oven to 450 degrees. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot (aka Dutch Oven) with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. This is what mine looks like:

Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. You’ll want to flour your hands well as you will be covered in this sticky dough.

Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough. ***WARNING… it’s HOT! No need to spray or oil the pot beforehand!

Cover the pot and return it to the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. Or enjoy it while it’s hot!

Recipe: Courtesy of Simply So Good via Pinterest
Photo: Courtesy of Jen Grove