Southwest Seasoning (Southwest Spice)

Yields: 1/2 cup


2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Recipe submitted by Jim Catanich

Seasoning with herbs and spices

It is hard to imagine what cooking would be like without the unique flavors provided by herbs, spices, and the many seasonings available. For centuries they have been an integral part of many of the world's great cuisines. Today we take for granted black pepper and the other spices over which wars where once fought. At one time only kings and other wealthy people could afford such a delicacy as cinnamon. Today all supermarkets and most small grocery stores have well-stocked spice shelves offering a wonderful selection of herbs and spices.

The term "spices" is often used broadly to include all seasonings. Spices come from the bark, roots, leaves, stems, buds, seeds, or fruit of aromatic plants and trees which usually grow only in tropical countries. Pepper, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, ginger, saffron, and turmeric are spices.

Herbs are soft, succulent plants which usually grow in the temperate zone. Until recently cooks have had to make do with very few fresh herbs, such as sage, parsley, and thyme. Nowadays you can also find fresh basil, coriander, chervil, tarragon, rosemary, and dill. Since herbs are at their best when they are young and freshly picked, it is well worth growing your own.


Seasoning is the process of adding or improving flavor of food. Seasonings include herbs, spices, and all other condiments (which may themselves be referred to as "seasonings"). Salt may be used to draw out water, or to magnify a natural flavor of a food making it richer or more delicate, depending on the dish. For instance, kosher salt (a coarser-grained salt) is rubbed into chicken, lamb, and beef to tenderize the meat and improve flavor. Other seasonings like pepper and basil transfer some of their flavor to the food. A well designed dish will combine seasonings that complement each other.

In addition to the choice of herbs and seasoning, the timing of when flavors are added will affect the food that is being cooked.

In some cultures, meat may be seasoned by pouring sauce over the dish at the table. A variety of seasoning techniques exist in various cultures.

Seasoning Combinations

My grandmother's cheat-cheat notes


  • Rosemary and thyme
  • Tarragon, marjoram, and onion and garlic powders
  • Cumin, bay leaf, and saffron or turmeric
  • Ginger, cinnamon, and allspice
  • Curry powder, thyme, and onion powder

  • BEEF
  • Thyme, bay leaf, and instant minced onion
  • Ginger, dry mustard, and garlic powder
  • Dill, nutmeg, and allspice
  • Black pepper, bay leaf, and cloves
  • Chili powder, cinnamon, and oregano

  • PORK
  • Caraway seed, red pepper, and paprika
  • Thyme, dry mustard, and sage
  • Oregano and bay leaf
  • Anise, ginger, and sesame seed
  • Tarragon, bay leaf, and instant minced garlic

  • Cumin and oregano
  • Tarragon, thyme, parsley flakes, and garlic powder
  • Thyme, fennel, saffron, and red pepper
  • Ginger, sesame seed, and white pepper
  • Coriander (cilantry), parsley flakes, cumin, and garlic powder

  • Dill, onion powder, and parsley flakes
  • Caraway seed and onion powder
  • Nutmeg and chives

  • RICE
  • Chili powder and cumin
  • Curry powder, ginger, and coriander (cilantro)
  • Cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves

  • Basil, rosemary, and parsley flakes
  • Cumin, turmeric, and red pepper
  • Oregano and thyme


    Green Beans
  • marjoram and rosemary;
  • caraway seed and dry mustard

  • Broccoli
  • ginger and garlic powder;
  • sesame seed and nutmeg

  • Cabbage
  • celery seed and dill;
  • curry powder and nutmeg

  • Carrots
  • cinnamon and nutmeg;
  • ginger and onion powder

  • Corn
  • chili powder and cumin;
  • dill and onion powder

  • Peas
  • anise and onion powder;
  • rosemary and marjoram

  • Spinach
  • curry powder and ginger;
  • nutmeg and garlic powder

  • Summer Squash
  • mint and parsley flakes, tarragon and garlic powder

  • Winter Squash
  • cinnamon and nutmeg;
  • allspice and red pepper

  • Tomatoes
  • basil and rosemary;
  • cinnamon and ginger

  • Recipe submitted by Ellen Cawthorn