Category Archives: Herbs and Spices

Herbs and Spices, food pairings, and Spice blend recipes.

Announcing the Clean Slate Catering Menu!

I am extremely excited to debut my first few menu items! I will of course be adding more and more things to the Clean Slate Menu like a Tex-Mex and Italian selections.  Please contact me if you have any questions about prices, or if you have any custom requests. I am happy to entertain your inquiries!


Beets and Feta Cheese Salad

Beets and Feta Cheese Salad

Beet Salad Dressed Macro
Ewe beets? Yes beets, beet salad. But the one crazy difference? This salad is delicious!


Beet Salad Dressed Closeup
This super healthy salad is as tasty as it is nutritious.

Beets and Feta Cheese Salad Recipe:

  • Firm Feta Cheesecut into cubes then tossed in Lemon infused Olive Oil.
  • Grilled Herded ChickenBoneless skinless chicken breast. Grill or cook in light olive oil. Cut into cubes and sprinkled with my own Poultry Seasoning Recipe (Thyme, Salt, Dried Lemon Zest, Dried Orange Zest, Dried Lime Zest, Paprika, Sumac, Nutmeg, Tarragon, Marjoram)
  • Beetsred or golden if you can find them, both make for a beautiful healthy and tasty salad. Wash the beets first then place in a pot and cover with water. Add a dash of salt to keep the color from bleeding out. Bring to a boil until the beets are soft enough to insert a fork into. This can take from 30 minute to over an hour depending on the beets’ size.  Remove the beets, let them cool then cut into cubes (you may want to lay paper towels or parchment paper over your cutting board so it does not get dyed pink. You may also want to use disposable gloves when handling the beets.You can use pickled beets if that is all you can find, but go fresh if possible (the nutrient levels, as well as the taste, and texture are worlds apart.)
  • Fuji AppleAny crisp apple will do, even green apples. Allumette cut (matchstick size). Place the slices in cold water and add a squeeze of lemon to prevent them from turning brown.
  • Bitter GreensI used watercress tops  but arugula, spinach, or mustard greens are perfect with their crisp peppery bite.
  • *Whole Almonds and Sunflower Seedsdried edamame, soybeans, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashew, maybe even some toasted flax seed or flash fried quinoa.
  • *Dried Cranberries– Any type of  fruit works great really. Dried or fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries etc.

 *These last two lines of ingredients can easily come from a store bought fruit and nut blend or trail mix.  Maybe I will do a trail mix recipe soon…hmm*

Balsamic Vinaigrette, Wild Honey, and Strawberry Preserves Dressing Recipe:

  • Fruit and Honey Balsamic Blend- This is a secret recipe. Use fresh berries or preserves  (fig, apricot, blackberry or strawberry are all  delicious choices). Add an overloaded tablespoon of wild honey and your favorite thick balsamic vinegar. Mix until blended.
Cooked and cooled beets, cut into cubes.
Cooked and cooled beets, cut into cubes.

Beets are one of the most nutritious vegetables a person can include in their diet. They are packed with tons of vitamins to help support a healthy  and active lifestyle. Beets are super versatile, from eliminating garlic breath to acting as a hangover cure. Check out this link to find out more about this super food: 6 Health Benefits of Eating Beets.

Beet Salad Board2
I guess you could just eat it now…
One of my newly found and favorite ingredients, bee pollen.
One of my newly found and favorite ingredients, bee pollen.
This citrus packed seasoning blend goes great on all poultry.
This citrus packed seasoning blend goes great on all poultry.



Beet Salad Mixed2
This salad really is so simple to make, you have to try it.



Beet Salad Mixed3
I have not met one person whose negative opinion about beets was not changed by this salad’s wonderful flavors.



Either drizzle or toss the entire salad with the dressing.
Either drizzle or toss the entire salad with the dressing.


Beet Salad Board
The most colorful food is the healthiest I have heard, and each of these ingredients is also scrumptious (beets excluded).



Homemade Cajun Spice Blend

Cajun Spice Blend IMG_3759


Cajun Seasoning

2 parts Salt

1 part fresh fine ground Black Pepper

1 part Cayenne Pepper

2.5 parts Paprika

2 part Garlic Powder

1 part Onion Powder

1 part Oregano Powder

1 part Powdered Thyme

That is the basic seasoning recipe, just use it as a salt replacement for your favorite dishes from chicken to fish to pasta. But there are a couple of ways you can completely change the entire flavor profile.

Just add 1.5 parts Celery Seed and it will give the blend a New England twist similar to Old Bay Seasoning. Great for Crab or even Potato Chips or to top your Clam Chowder.

If you want to sweeten things up a bit you can turn this blend into a sweet and spicy sticky rub great on pork ribs or shrimp. This can be done by  just adding 2.5 parts brown sugar.

Blend together and keep in an airtight container. The uses for this blend are endless it really goes well on everything.



I adapted this recipe from Chef Paul Prudhommes Blackening Seasoning Mix which goes a little something like this:

1 tablespoon sweet paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
3/4 teaspoon white pepper
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves