I remember when I first became aware of MSG…I was engaged to Barry. Yes, I realize I must have lived in a dream world before that. When I was younger, MSG was a joke you made about Chinese food…MSG and dogs. Ha, ha! Okay, don’t get offended, I was only joking.
I really started thinking about it because Barry’s grandmother couldn’t eat anything with MSG in it or she got sick…every time. Sorta made me start to wonder about it – should food need a flavor enhancer like that? Or shouldn’t it just TASTE GOOD to begin with? Me thinks yes. Food should taste good on its own…with salt. Food needs salt. I’m the salt queen.
These days it seems like anything you buy has MSG in it – and it comes in lots of other names so you don’t always know by reading the ingredients. Sorta makes you wanna cuss, but then you feel bad for cussing…so it’s a double whammy. Feeling bad for cussing and feeling bad for MSG. The madness has to stop. The buck stops here – now you can make your own seasoned salt and avoid MSG and CUSSING.
This is another of my country cookbooks – I told y’all I had a blue million of them. This is another one I pilfered from my grandmother. She was going to put it in a yard sale – not while I’m around, buster! Errrrr, I mean, Wonderful Grandmaw.
This one is from The Women of the Moose in Marion, Virginia. My Grandmaw was a woman of the moose…but I don’t think she’s a moose mama anymore. And if you don’t know what the Moose Lodge is, I don’t really have time to explain it right now…maybe it’s a country thing. We live close to the Moose Lodge and I’m forever giving directions by it because everyone knows where it is.
I saw this little gem in the back in my favorite section called “Miscellaneous.” I’m not sure about you, but that’s always the first chapter I read. I love Miscellaneous food. It’s fun. And it’s surprising. And sometimes there is a recipe for fried squirrel in there.
This recipe isn’t attributed to anyone, so thanks Mrs. Moose Somebody! I didn’t have to change it a bit – but I made sure to use Real Salt.
In case you didn’t know, I have a thing for spices. I have a lot of them…and I keep adding to them. I feel like I should have every spice known to man. Except the super-duper expensive ones. I don’t want to sell my kids for spices. That’s where I draw the line.
This takes normal spices, which is my favorite kind of dish. All you need is: salt, celery salt, garlic salt, paprika, dry mustard, onion powder, and pepper. And if you don’t keep dry mustard on hand, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s good stuff, buddy.
All you do is blend it all together in a blender to make sure it’s well mixed. You could stir it…but I like using my appliances. I’m weird like that.
I stored this in a small jelly jar with my other spices. I love my jelly jars for spices. They are so easy to see and grab the right one. I <3 jars. True love forever.
What do I use seasoned salt for? Eggs, veggies, soups, stews, chicken, fish, etc. I put it on everything I can think of. It might be my favorite seasoning. Totally.
Now, hop on over to Gwen’s Nest for Tomato Cucumber Salad for Trim Healthy Tuesday!
Homemade Seasoned Salt – FP
- ½ cup salt
- 1 tablespoon celery salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: ¾ cup seasoned salt
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My top three picks from last week were:
Quick Lunch Pizza (S) from Growing Team Conrad
We make this lavash bread pizza a lot – we love it! Although, until reading this post, I never thought about putting chicken on it. So, I tried it. DELISH!!!! It adds a little bit of extra protein to give you some more fuel for the after-lunch “I’m not sure I’m gonna make it until Barry gets home” slump. Do you have those? Although, Lyn only eats half of the pizza…I am a hog and eat the whole thing. I don’t like sharing pizza. Did you know that’s NOT in the Bible? “Thou shall share your pizza.” Nope. Not in there. So, I just don’t do it. Plus, I’m breastefeeding, don’t ya know. I ate this whole thing – without guilt – without sharing. Booya.
Sugar Free Berry Cheesecake Dessert (S) from Artful Homemaking
Before Trim Healthy Mama I would have told you I was one of those people who didn’t like cheesecake. Boy was I stupid. Cheesecake is AWESOME! Let me rephrase that – the RIGHT cheesecake is AWESOME! I don’t really like those heavy cheesecakes that sit like a rock in your belly after you eat them and you spend the entire night saying this to your girlfriends: “Dude, I shouldn’t have eaten all that cheesecake. I feel like a cow.” No, you can make this and say: “Dude! I ate all that cheesecake. Nah, nah, nah, nah booboo! None for you.” I really, really liked this recipe. It was light and airy and yummy in my tummy! Winner, right here folks. I served mine with Maple Blackberry Syrup (recipe coming soon).
Trim Healthy Mama S Waffles from Sheri Graham
I love waffles. They are so much fun…fun to eat, but not fun to make if you’re like me and always overfill your waffle iron, making a complete and total mess – considering pitching the thing on the carport instead of washing it. Well guess what? This recipe doesn’t bake over the side! It’s just a single serving….I love you, Sheri. You’ve changed my entire waffle career. She’s taken a recipe directly from the book and converted it into a delicious waffle recipe. Proving that it’s so easy to customize the book recipes! We really, REALLY liked this one and it will be a regular around here.
The TOP pick by YOU guys was:
Gluten Free Sourdough Starter (E) from Whole New Mom
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