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Smokey Southwestern Seasoning

Seasoning your food is one of the easiest ways to add lots of flavor to any dish, and make your ingredients stand out. I have a few seasoning mixes that I go to to add a little extra something to whatever I’m making. As promised yesterday, this is the Smokey South Western Seasoning Mix. I’ve used this in so many ways: Southwestern Meatballs, a frittata, on fish, the list is endless. Give it a try.

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Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp sea salt (optional)

This is probably one of the easiest recipes ever. Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar, and shake, until it is completely incorporated. Have fun.

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Guacamole

We used to have an avocado tree in our back yard. We would watch and see what kind of harvest we get for the season. I learned a lot about avocados, some by hear say, and some by observation. Hear say – Avocado trees are male and female. I don’t know if it’s true, but ours did well all on its own. Observation –  Squirrels love to take your avocados. They are tricky little rodents. We would find avocados on the ground with gnaw marks on them. That meant one less bowl of guacamole – very sad.

I used to avoid guacamole because of the “fat”.  Not anymore. It is one of my favorite dips, toppings, fillings, oh my. The avocado is so versatile, you can have savory, sweet, creamy, and smooth. Like I said, versatile.

Here you can see the makings of a truly delicious guacamole. Make it your own, add mango for some sweet, or jalapeno for some heat. It’s gonna be good. The thing about guacamole is that you really don’t have to measure. If you want more lime, or cilantro go for it. Less, that’s okay too. Taste it as you go, then it’ll be perfect.

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Here are the ingredients I used for this batch.

  • 3 haas avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • cilantro
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 onion (I had a red on hand)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • pinch of sea salt, and pepper
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Apple and Butternut Squash Hash

I dreamt of this dish (I really did dream of this) so when I woke up I had to make it this morning. It was so yummy. I need to preface this a little bit. The preface…My husband is a scrambled eggs kind of guy. However, I have been expanding his culinary tastes. Eggs over easy. That’s a big jump, but it had to be done. And, it took only 4 ingredients to make this delectable breakfast. A little sweet, a little savory.  Mmmm. The smell of bacon. Oh my, there just might be a round two.

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  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 cups of butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 apple (my favorite is honey crisp) cored, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper

Place bacon in medium sized pan over medium heat. Cook to desired crispness. Remove and place on paper towel to drain. Set aside. Add butternut squash and apple with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until tender. Remove, and place on paper towel to drain. Chop bacon up, then mix with apple, squash mixture. Cook the eggs in the pan that should still have some of the bacon fact in it. Divide the apple, squash mixture on plate, top with over easy egg.  When you break the yolk it makes a yummy sauce.  Eat. Enjoy.