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Diner's Delight: Dips, Soups, Sauces!

By Joelle Mourré

Having been raised to cook meals from scratch, and learning how to be creative with flavor, I have always had a very full spice cupboard. Since moving to Egypt, my spice shelf is now overflowing with new seasonings and spices that I once feared for being exotic and strange. Once accustomed to buying ready-mixed packets of seasoning blends, I cut costs, sodium and chemical additives like modified food starch, partially hydrogenated oils, MSG by making my own mixes. When time permits, I even dry my own herbs. It just makes life easier, healthier and tastier. Here are some of my favorites that might become yours. They can store in sealed jars for up to 3 months, you can adjust and play with the ingredients to suit your personal tastes, and they make great gifts too!  

Taco Mix
Use for Beef or Chicken Tacos, 7-layer bean dip, sprinkle on fries, or even use in Chili Con Carne!

• ¼ cup chili powder
• ¼ cup cumin
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon pepper

Marinara Mix
For your spaghetti bolognaise sauce or lasagne, eggplant parmesan, pizza, and any other Italian dishes.
• 2 tablespoons dried crushed basil
• 2 tablespoons dried crushed marjoram
• 4 tablespoons dried crushed oregano
• 1 tablespoons dried crushed rosemary
• 2 tablespoons dried crushed thyme
• 2 tablespoon dried onion flakes
• 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
• 3 tablespoons salt

Ranch Mix
Use as a dip, salad dressing, as a sandwich spread, or sprinkle dry on popcorn! To make ranch dressing, add 1 tablespoon of mix to ½ cup of plain yoghurt and ½ cup milk.  

• ½ cup powdered milk (rayeb, if available)
• 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
• 1 tablespoon dried chives (or green onion)
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
• 2 teaspoons dried dill
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 2 teaspoons pepper

Homemade Barbecue Rub
Use as a sweet and savoury dry marinade for beef or chicken. Add a little to your pizza sauce for a BBQ Chicken Pizza, and it’s great for mixing into hamburgers.   
• ½ cup brown sugar
• ½ cup paprika
• 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
• 1 Tbsp salt
• 1 Tbsp chili powder
• 1 Tbsp garlic powder
• 1 Tbsp onion powder

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