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Holiday Gifts from Your Kitchen
Joy Lasseter, Ph.D. Nutritionist, Professional Speaker, Author
     Want to avoid the holiday shopping crush and give a unique gift within your budget?
Plan a block of time in your kitchen. Choose what you want to make ahead of time. Have all the recipes and ingredients ready to go. Get out your measuring cups, spoons and bowls. Have some clean pint or smaller size mason jars with lids for your final presentation.
     You can make them pretty by cutting a fat quarter cloth into a round and placing it under the rim and over the lid while you screw the rim on. Choose a pattern that matches your holiday. Be sure to keep a few for yourself. Healthy Eating and Happy Holidays!

Italian Seasoning Herb Blend - Use with savory dishes like soups, scrambled eggs, steamed vegetables, chicken and roasted root vegetables. Most savory recipes use a teaspoon or more.

I/4 cup each cut Thyme and Rosemary leaves
1/2 cup each Marjoram, Oregano and Basil leaves
2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
Seal in jar and store in a dark place.

Meat Rub - is a mixture of dried herbs and spices. You rub them into the raw meat before cooking it. Use indirect method of grilling. (Fire to the side, not under the meat.) Try this recipe on grilled chicken, pork ribs, pork chops, lamb, steak or game.

1/4 cup each brown sugar and chili powder
1/3 cup paprika
3 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. cayenne
2 Tbsp. ground coriander
1/4 cup each kosher salt and ground black pepper
Combine in bowl using fork. Seal in airtight container. Keep in a dark place.

Spice Blend - Used for sweet dishes such as fruit compote, apple pie, pumpkin pie, granola, light fruitcake and gingerbread. Most recipes call for small quantities of this mixture.

Choose a small jar for this recipe.  Add:
2 Tbsp. each of ground: nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon.
2 tsp. each ground: cloves, coriander, ginger
4 tsp. ground mace
Seal in jar and store in a dark place.

     Dr. Joy Lasseter custom designs food programs for many health issues. She provides educational talks on nutrition topics for companies, clubs and conferences. Find more of her tips, articles and recipes on www.


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