07 May 2013

Homemade mix recipes for baking, seasoning, and giving

Chana Masala spice mix
Chana Masala spice mix. Photo credit: flickr/Ginny

Commercial baking mixes, seasoning packets and other cooking kits tempt me with the promise of saved time and effort. But a glance at the ingredient list (or the price) usually keeps me from buying.

Lynne passed along a pointer to Mix It Up, a blog full of homemade cooking mixes -- recipes that are easy to put together with (mostly) natural ingredients.

I find it strangely refreshing to explore a food blog that lacks design polish and professional-looking photography. Just simple recipes and simple directions. All you need for a good meal.

Plus this quote from the Chana Masala Mix recipe:

Chick peas bridge the gap between vegetarians and meat eaters. They are not gross and slimy like tofu and they are not cute and furry like cows. 

Visit the site: Mix It Up 

My favorite mix recipe here at Parent Hacks is this delectable homemade chai mix which made me famous among my kids' teachers.

I've also been eyeing the Make-A-Mix cookbook for some time. Has anyone tried it? Or have another "mix" cookbook they like?

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I'm loving "Mix It Up" - thanks for sharing! There are some things we have to make ourselves so they are safe for our needs. My son saw the french fries on the page and now is demanding fries, though. :)

With food allergies in our family (I am such a broken record, I know!), we have the opposite dilemma - we make too many of our own mixes. So in a bit of a spin on your request for suggestions, I'll mention Cybele Pascal's Allergen Free Baker's Handbook, which has a great bread and regular gluten free flour mix recipe so you can make your own instead of buying one of the pre-mixed kinds. Another favorite is Colette Martin's "Learning to Bake Allergen Free." She has a section about how to adapt different allergy friendly mixes to your needs. So if a package of gluten free flour for pancakes calls for eggs on a package recipe, her book tells you what to substitute and why.

What an interesting and useful idea! This would certainly end the whole, "Umm what spices do I need for...this dish..." :) xo

Love this! I recently made something that called for garam masala but didn't have it on hand. I really didn't feel like tracking down a recipe for it, and knew what spices were in it so I made up my own "recipe" with a dash of this, and a pinch of that!

But I'd rather not guess like that again! I also look to the ingredient list before I even consider a recipe. If there's 20 ingredients and half of them are spices we rarely use, then I'm likely to move along to the next one.

The link to the Make-a-Mix cookbook isn't working for me, so I can't see which one you are pointing to. I do have two Make-a-Mix cookbooks from the 1980s that my mother-in-law gave us, and found that they use shortening for the recipes--and I usually don't have any in the house! I love the idea of making mixes at home, but my cooking isn't predictable enough to guarantee I'll use them. :)

Sarah: link is fixed! Sorry about that.

Mix it up is awesome! I've been cooking from this site for quite some time now and it's amazing how many dishes my kids try and love. Feeding 7 and 9 year old boys can prove to be mighty tricky. If you haven't checked this out....do it!! You won't be sorry.

the Belgian Waffle recipe is my favorite! Best part about the recipes is that they are easy to follow and super tasty! Great blog to visit and get hungry while browsing!!!

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