Blackened seasoning blend

Ingredients

1 tbsp paprika
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried marjoram

How to prepare

Mix this up well, and then dip the fish fillets first in melted butter, then smear the seasoning mixture on both sides of the fish. Heat a cast iron skillet for about eight minutes on high heat. Put the fillets in the pan without crowding, pour a few tablespoons of melted butter on top, cook on both sides for about two minutes and serve immediately with butter and lemon.

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Mexican crema – creme fraiche

Ingredients

1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp buttermilk

How to prepare

Place cream and buttermilk in a clean container and cover with cheesecloth, and place overnight in a warm location to set. The consistency of the crema the following day should be of a loose sour cream. If any mold develops, toss the mixture out and start again. Once set, the crema can be stored refrigerated for about one week. Yield: 1 cup

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Indonesian soy sauce

Ingredients

1/3 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp light molasses
1 tsp finely minced, peeled fresh ginger
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp freshly ground white pepper

How to prepare

Place brown sugar and 1/3 cup water in small saucepan and cook, stirring over low heat 1 minute to dissolve sugar. Increase heat to medium and cook at slow boil until mixture thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and stir in soy sauce, molasses, ginger, coriander and white pepper. Simmer about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Sauce may be stored tightly covered in refrigerator up to 2 months.

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Plum sauce #2

Ingredients

1 cup plums
1 cup apricots
1/2 cup pimiento
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup applesauce

How to prepare

Peel and pit fresh plums and apricots, chop pimiento; combine in saucepan with remaining ingredients. Bring slowly to boil, stirring; simmer covered 1 hour. Pour into jars while still warm and cap tightly. Store at least 1 month in a cool, dark place before using. If too thick, thin slightly with water before serving; sweeten if desired with additional sugar.

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Spicy cilantro butter

Ingredients

3-4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 or 2 jalapenos seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp lime zest
2-3 tsp fresh lime juice
salt to taste crushed

Dried red chile to taste
1/4 lb unsalted butter softened

How to prepare

Wonderful with grilled or broiled fish, shrimp, or steak; pasta; rice (add curry powder, pecans, and green onions); and squash, corn, or eggplant. Roll corn on the cob in this butter, then sprinkle with fresh lime juice and freshly grated parmesan.

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