I’m going to start with this one, because it’s a staple in nearly all of my cooking. It’s a seasoning I keep in a shaker on the stove, and I add it to omelettes, mashed potatoes, nachos, soups, basically anything you want to add a little zest to. Just a little brings out the flavors of whatever you’re cooking. A little more really spices things up.
This is one that comes straight from a cookbook, which is Peace, Love, and Barbecue by Mike Mills and Amy Mills Tunnicliffe. It’s a fantastic book, and you can find this recipe on page 67:
Mix in a big bowl:
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup kosher salt, finely ground
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons mustard powder
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup ground cumin
2 Tablespoons ground black pepper
1/4 cup granulated garlic
2 Tablespoons cayenne
Keep the bulk of it in a sealed container indefinitely, but have some handy in a shaker. This is our go-to spice in Chez Knucklehead.