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Chili Powder – Make Your Own!

30 Jan

“Illiterate?  Write today for free help.”  Newspaper Ad

As the new year rolls along I’ve decided to take my finances seriously.  Whoa!  I’m cutting out superfluous spending and using my resources only for necessities.  That’s food and air.

Part of this program is to quit my gym membership (I’ve gone twice) and exercise at home.  I have a Wii Fit as well as a yoga video.  The other thing I decided to do is clean out my food cabinet.  That’s the place where “interesting” dry goods go to die.

For some reason this cabinet contained a package of dried, Guajillo chilies.  This is such an obscure item in my world that spell check does not even recognize the word, Guajillo.  I think I bought the item because it looked interesting.  I’m sure this will come up in my sanity hearing.

In light of my new financial resolve I decided to Google recipes for Guajillo chilies.  Fortunately, I ran out of chili powder that very day as I stumbled upon a recipe for chili powder that contained Guajillo chilies.  Is the suspense killing you?

Unfortunately, the recipe called for two other dried pepper along with some spices in seed form that I was supposed to toast and then grind.  One of my friends put it best when she observed that I was not one for following directions.  What’s your point, I asked her.



8 to 10 dried Guajillo chilies (I forget how many were in the bag)

1T smoked paprika

1 T coriander

1 T cumin

1 T cinnamon

2 t oregano

1 t black pepper

DISTRUCTIONS:  WEAR GLOVES WHEN HANDLING ANY KIND OF HOT PEPPERS!!!  OK  I didn’t wear gloves but I know enough not to touch my eyes or other delicate parts of my body after handling hot peppers.  Wipe the peppers with a damp paper towel, place onto a baking sheet and toast in a 200 degree oven until the peppers are completely dry.  This took about 30 minutes even though the recipe said it would take about 10 minutes.

Remove the stems and seed from the peppers and discard the stems and seeds.  Put all of the ingredients into a spice grinder or blender or a trusty Ninja if you have one.  Whip it good.

Finally, pass the mixture through a fine sieve to remove any sizable pieces.  Put the mixture into a little jar and label it if you’d like.  Yes, the above picture is the actual chili powder that I made all by my own self.  For those of you who are curious the other peppers mentioned were Chipotle and Arbol.  I didn’t have any so they didn’t go into my mixture.

Let me assure you, however, that my mixture not only looked like chili powder but actually smelled like chili powder!  Isn’t life amazing.

Loveya – The Grandma

Jerk Seasoning Recipe

17 Dec

“When everything’s coming your way you’re in the wrong lane.”  Steven Wright

Christmas is about a week away and I still have some shopping to finish.  And there are always those certain people who are a bit challenging to buy a gift for.  (“Do we really have to get a gift for her?!”)  Yes.  We really have to get a gift for her.

Fortunately, I’ve been immersed in my Paleo cookbooks and have discovered herbs and spices.  In one particular book, “Well Fed 2” by Melissa Joulwan, there are even recipes for spice mixtures that you can make by your very own self.  In little jars these spice mixtures make lovely, thoughtful, cheap holiday gifts.

However, I’ve found that Joulwan’s recipes are just a bit too spicy for my delicate palette, and so I’ve tweaked them a bit.  Here is my tweaked version of her Jerk Seasoning Recipe.


1 T salt

1 T allspice

1/2 dried thyme leaves

2 t ground black pepper

1/2 t cayenne pepper

1/2 t ground cinnamon

1/2 t ground nutmeg

DISTRUCTIONS:  Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a fork.  Not too complicated, is it.  But there’s more!  Store in an airtight container.

With the cute little jar of seasoning you could include the recipe and suggestions for use.  Rub Jerk Seasoning onto some chicken before grilling or sautéing.  Sprinkle on some eggs.  Especially tasty on hard boiled eggs.  Also tasty on fish.  The excitement never ends!  


Found the cute little jars available at a craft store in the wedding supply area.  You’re welcome.

Loveya – The Grandma