Lawry’s Copycat Recipe – Make Your Own Seasoning Salt

Lawry's Copycat Recipe

Seasoning salt is an easy way to perk up a recipe. It is also great “straight up” as a seasoning for potatoes, chicken, popcorn and more. If you want to save a bit of money over prepackaged seasoning salt, or if you just prefer to know exactly what ingredients go into your seasoning, here is an easy Lawry’s Copycat Recipe to make your own seasoning salt.

Lawry’s Copycat Recipe

2 Tbsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cornstarch

Mix all of the above in a small bowl until well blended.  Store seasoning salt in an empty spice bottle or other airtight container.

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The BEST Way to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Grill – NO HUSKS!

I think I have tried just about every method there is of cooking corn on the cob on an outdoor grill.  Everything from wrapping it in foil to soaking the husks in water and grilling in the husk, etc.  I have now decided that the easiest way is also the BEST way and I’m done experimenting.

Corn on the Cob on Grill

Ingredients:

corn on the cob
olive oil
salt
pepper

Husk the corn and remove as much silk as you can.  Heat your grill on high.  The next step is to lightly coat the corn with olive oil.  I find the best way to do this is with an oil mister, but if you don’t have one you can just rub on a light layer with your hands.   Season with salt and pepper.  Reduce the grill heat to medium/medium-high and place the corn directly on the grates.  Cook for 3-4 minutes or until corn barely starts to blacken and rotate 1/4 turn.  Repeat until all sides of the corn are cooked.  I think this corn turns out so well that it doesn’t even need any butter.  YUM!

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Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

I love banana bread!! I have made so many different types of banana bread over the years, but this Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe is my favorite!! It turns out nice and moist and has a delicious flavor. The chocolate chips are optional of course, but I think almost every baked good tastes better with chocolate chips in it!

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large overripe bananas
1/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
6 Tbsp melted butter, cooled
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and lightly flour a 9″x5″ loaf pan.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, thoroughly mash the bananas.  Add in the sour cream, eggs (lightly beaten),  butter and vanilla.  Mix well.

Gently fold the wet ingredients and the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients and mix just until it’s all combined.  Batter will be very lumpy.  Scoop into the prepared pan.

Bake 50-55 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

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Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe with Bulgur Wheat

This Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe with a cornbread top is a favorite in our house.  In this meatless version, we substitute bulgur wheat for the traditional ground beef with bulgur wheat.  Believe it or not my husband likes this version much better than when I used to make it with beef! It’s a perfect all-in-one meal for the “reluctant vegetarian”.

Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe

Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe

1 cup bulgur wheat
2 1/4 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 packets taco seasoning (or use our Make Your Own Taco Seasoning recipe)
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz can black beans, drained
1 15-oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 8 oz. pkg. cornbread mix (or make your own)

In a saucepan, pour about the boiling water over over the bulgur, cover the pan, and allow it to stand for about 30 minutes.  Drain excess water from bulgur.

Heat olive oil a large skillet.  Add in onion and green pepper and sautée until softened.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add in taco seasoning, tomatoes, corn and beans. Cook 2-3 minutes.  Stir in prepared bulgur wheat.  Prepare cornbread according to package directions.

Transfer wheat & veggie mixture to a 1 1/2 quart casserole or a 9×9 square pan.  Spread cornbread mix on top and spread as evenly as you can.  Cook according to directions on cornbread box, or until golden brown.

Salted Caramel Brownies with Whole Wheat Flour

This yummy treat has that perfect blend of salty and sweet. If you’re not serving it right away, keep the caramel topping separate and heat and add right before serving. While you can add it earlier, I love it fresh and warm!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

For topping:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Sea salt for the top

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.   
Spray a 9″ square baking pan with cooking spray.
Blend butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and mix until well blended.
Spread into prepared pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of brownies comes out clean.

Caramel sauce topping:
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium low heat.  
Stir in the brown sugar and whisk for approximately 2 minutes.
Add in the whipping cream and  whisk for approximately another 2 minutes.
Stir in vanilla.

To serve:  
Cut brownies into squares.  Drizzle with caramel topping.  Sprinkle top with sea salt.   

Easy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe – Be Carton Smart with Tetra Pak

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With the holiday season upon us we’re busy preparing food for celebrations with friends and family, as well as seeing to the everyday family meals that keep us going during this busy time of year.  A well-stocked pantry makes it much easier to throw together a meal in a hurry. 

When stocking your pantry, Become Carton Smart with Tetra Pak cartons!  They are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) using 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans.  That makes them nice and eat to stack in your cabinets using less space.

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Not only are you saving space, but you’re also helping the environment.  They are recyclabe and result in 60% less landfill waste than cans.  And you can also minimize food waste because cartons are re-closable so you can use what you need in your recipe and save the rest for later.

I recently received products from Pacific Foods, all packages in Tetra Pak cartons, to use in my holiday cooking.  I decided to swap out my usual canned pumpkin in these super easy muffins with the Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree.  This recipe is so easy and yummy!

Easy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

Yellow Cake Mix
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 carton Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 12-muffin tin or fill with cupcake papers.  Place cake mix in a large bowl.  Add spices and stir to distribute.  Add in pumpkin and stir until well blended.  (If it appears too thick, add a few tablespoons of water.)  Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

When making chocolate chip cookies from the classic tollhouse recipe on the Nestlé Chocolate Chip bag, I have long decreased the sugar and used half the chocolate chips.  Well, today I accidentally halved the butter and the egg in the recipe and guess what…..they still tasted good!  They taste different than “regular” cookies of course and the shape/texture is different, but they are still good and much less guilt inducing!

Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy.  Add egg and beat well.  Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 10-11 minutes or until starting to brown.  Cool on baking sheets several minutes and then transfer to wire racks to continue to cool.

Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crockpot Pierogies and Sausage Recipe

Crockpot Pierogies and Sausage Recipe

This Crockpot Pierogies and Sausage Recipe was originally published on our parent site, Thrifty Jinxy, but it is so perfect for this time of year that I just had to share it here too.  For a busy day, it’s such and easy meal because you just throw it together in the Crockpot and you end up with a hot, hearty dinner. The recipe is very flexible, so feel free to play around with it by adding extra veggies, changing up the sausage, or whatever your family will like best!

1 16oz package of Polska Kielbasa/Polish Sausage, sliced (I used the turkey version)
1 1/2 peppers, sliced (I used 1/2 each of red, green and yellow peppers)
1 small onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp butter
bay leaf (optional, but adds great flavor)
salt and pepper
1 16 oz package of frozen pierogies

Place all ingredients EXCEPT pierogies into Crockpot and cook on low appx 6-7 hours. 45 minutes before you’re ready to eat, add the frozen pierogies and turn crockpot to high. If you like some of your pierogies to be browned, spray the exposed parts of your crockpot with cooking spray or brush with butter and lean pierogies against the edges. Those pieces should brown nicely.

Find more recipes from Thrifty Jinxy HERE.