Ten years ago when Sean and I got married, my recipe repertoire consisted of maybe three recipes. I wanted so badly to be the perfect little wife, slaving away over home-cooked meals, but cooking has never come easily for me and I didn’t even know how to do something simple like fry an egg (although I’m happy to report that I make perfect fried eggs now!).
Over the years, I’ve mastered a few more recipes and gotten a little braver in the kitchen, and slowly, my approach to food and nutrition has been changing as well as I started paying more attention to the ingredients in so many of the foods we were buying.
Eighteen months ago or so, I started discovering recipes for homemade pantry staples — things I’d never have considered making myself, even with my lofty dreams of “cooking from scratch.” I truly had no idea that you could make your own yogurt or mayonnaise, and I’ve been blown away by how easy it is to make so many of these things at home.
(Keep reading after the recipe for a fun announcement!)
Taco Seasoning Recipe
Course: Pantry Staples
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a small jar with a tight lid. Shake until thoroughly mixed.
- Use 2.5 tablespoons for every pound of meat.
I’ve hinted at the new ebook project I’ve been working on this summer — without really giving you any idea what it was –, and I’m excited to finally share it with you.
An affordable ebook called Easy Homemade: Homemade Pantry Staples for the Busy Modern Family.
For the past couple months, I’ve been scouring the internet, testing and creating recipes to replace the things I wouldn’t have even considered making from scratch a year or two ago and compiling them into an ebook to share with you!
This isn’t a gourmet cookbook; it’s a handbook for other families who are new to the world of cooking from scratch and want to save money and/or control the ingredients in their food without slaving away in the kitchen or spending hours comparing recipes to find the best one.
With more than 50 tried-and-true recipes, it’s designed to give you the confidence to cook from scratch despite your busy schedule!
What is your favorite homemade pantry staple?
Make some guacamole to go with your tacos.