Sunday, February 26, 2012


Jeanne's brother, Dave, is a great cook! He is sort of a male version of Rachael Ray. He doesn't spend much time measuring, but throws together some awesome meals! He seems to know what ingredients pair well with each other. It's also kind of fun to have a brother that you can swap recipe ideas with.

On one of Dave's visits, he took some time to go through Jeanne's spice cupboards and taught her how to make a Cajun spice. While doing this fun activity together, he also taught little sister how to make what we call "Dave's Dust." This also uncluttered the cupboard a bit!

So before you start throwing away your spices try giving them one more round by mixing some of them together to create a new taste. We love the Cajun spice but have the most fun with  "Dave's Dust." It tastes great on any kind of meat and it is awesome in some soups.

Dave's Dust
2 1/2 Tablespoon's Paprika
2 Tablespoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Garlic
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon dried Oregano
1 Tablespoon dried Thyme

Pour the spices into a bowl, mix well and find a cute jar to put it in. Let me tell you what one of our favorite things to do with this spice is.

Prepare angel hair pasta as directed on the package.

Use an Alfredo sauce mix package (prepare as directed on the package).

In a skillet over medium heat, add two tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon Dave's Dust.

In the heated skillet, add 12-14 precooked shrimp and heat until coated and warmed.

Place pasta on a large platter. Cover with Alfredo sauce and top with shrimp. This is so yummy and quick.

Think about the spices you have in your kitchen cupboard. What do you think would taste good together? Create your own "Specialty Spice," or just use one of Dave's.

For a Cajun spice add equal parts of the following:

Chili Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Ground Cumin
Sweet Basil
Onion Powder
Granulated garlic

This was so much fun to do with a brother that Jeanne wants to make this a tradition! Don't be afraid to experiment with spices. If you get your family involved, it just might make them feel creative in the kitchen. It's a good way to keep them coming to the dinner table.

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