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My New Favorite Seasoning!

The best thing that a recent visitor from California brought down with him was a spice mix from Trader Joe’s called “Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend”. It is delicious on so many things, from fried eggs, to sliced tomatoes and avocadoes and any cooked or roasted vegetable. The sky is literally the limit. I sprinkle it on my homemade sourdough roasted garlic and Kalamata olive bread before I bake it, on toast or a bagel topped with cream cheese, guacamole, salad, popcorn – you name it. BUT, it comes in a small container that empties quickly.

What do you do when there’s no Trader Joe’s down the street when you’re living in Cabo San Lucas for the season and, because of COVID, we have few visitors this season as well. The answer is that you read the label and MAKE IT YOURSELF! Here’s the mixture I came up with:

Combine the following ingredients in a bowl:

4 tbsp. white sesame seeds
3 tbsp. black sesame seeds
3 tbsp. poppy seeds
3 tbsp. dried minced garlic
3 tbsp. dried onion flakes
2 tsp. Maldon salt (flaked sea salt)

Store in an air-tight container or jar. Make extra and give it away – whoever you give it to will LOVE you for it!

Garlic as Medicine?

Garlic is an excellent antioxidant that can reduce harmful free radicals that exist in the human body.  Garlic reduces cholesterol, clears arteries and helps maintain healthy blood circulation.

Roasted garlic adds a wonderful rich, sweet flavor to dishes without adding any fat.  Try it in mashed potatoes, sauces, dips, soups, appetizers and vegetable dishes.  To roast garlic, preheat oven to 350F.  Remove any of the skin that comes away easily and cut about 1/4″ off the top of the garlic head.  Place cut side up on a piece of foil, wrap and bake for 1 hour.  Remove from oven and cool.  To remove the garlic, turn the head upside down and gently squeeze the garlic out of the skins.