That’s right I’m posting about spice blends again! This time we are going to tackle a Homemade Italian Spice Mix.
Now I know you are probably thinking “Mandi, are you obsessed with spice blends!?” and to that I would say yes, yes I am and you can kindly take your judgement, sprinkle it with a homemade spice blend and shove it up your arse.
If you follow this site then you have heard me say before that I am hopeless at recipes- which is funny because I frequently create the damn things. But I like to keep things simple. Instead of having a million different recipes and combinations for every little thing, I make my own spice blends and then customize from there as needed.
I’m pretty sure that many people the world over have fudged a recipe with whatever they had laying around and lived to tell the tale. I like to take this a step further by just trying to use the things I have on hand to make TONS of fuss free recipes.
With very few exceptions, you will rarely find me running out to the store to grab some last minute obscure ingredient unless I can figure out why I would need it more than once.
For how to establish a “Just the Basics” Pantry, click here!
Why Homemade Spice Blends are Awesome
Having homemade spice blends on hand is SUPER handy for jazzing up pretty much anything.
I use homemade spice blends for sheet pan meals, making sauces and dressings, putting in cooking water to flavor grains; hell, you could even sprinkle a lil on your man if he needs improvement.
Spice blends are cheap and easy to make and don’t contain tons of salt and sugar unless YOU put it there.
I have posted spice blend recipes before, such as this Ranch seasoning and this Taco seasoning. I am aware that I might be alienating some people by making recipes that call for 1 or 2 tablespoons of these blends rather than spelling out each little bit of individual spice I use. However, my intention is to reach out to all the busy or lazy (no judgement here!) people that just want some fuss free healthy shit in their life that is simple and easy.
Spice blends make this possible! You don’t even need to use the ones I posted, just go out and get some!
A Lazy Girl’s Secret Ingredient?
Now, I love Italian spice blend. It is one of my favorite lazy girl kitchen hacks.
My dirty little secret is to take all the fancy ass recipes I want to try that call for things like freshly picked sun kissed artisanal Rosemary (or whatever) and just use homemade Italian spice blend instead. Before I started growing my own herbs, I never had the things I needed to make special recipes but what I did have- you guessed it, a big ass jar of Italian Spice blend!
And now with this recipe, you can have one too 😉
Homemade Italian Spice Blend
What is your favorite spice blend? Let us know in the comments!