Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Vegetable Spice, Garden Herb and Cajun Spice Mix.

More Christmas gift ideas coming from your kitchen, these recipes I found in a BERNARDIN Home guide to Preserving. Pop these in a basket with a nice bottle of specialty olive oil or if giving as a hostess gift...maybe couple it with fancy crackers or homemade bagels. These seasoning blends can be combined with yogurt, sour cream or cream cheese for dips. Or whisk them with vinegar and oil for a quick salad dressing....or use as a rub for grilled foods. Each recipe fills one 125 ml jar.

You might just want to try some out yourself. Use a taste test if you wish...then mix it up a little..not enough heat for that daring friend...then add a little more cayenne....or create your own combo. Remember that the dry buttermilk is a base for the mixes (except the rub) so keep the proportions similar. Have fun!

Vegetable Spice Mix

This is recommended to use for a bagel spread, just add cream cheese! Good as a dip too!

3 tbsp buttermilk pwd.
2 tbsp dehydrated minced onion
2 tbsp dehydrated vegetable mix
1 tbsp each: dehydrated minced garlic, freeze dried chives
1 tsp each: basil leaves,oregano leaves, thyme leaves and dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt (I used sea salt)

Garden Herb Mix

For salad dressings or seasoning rubs for BBQ. foods

2 tbsp each: dried parsley, freeze-dried chives, buttermilk pwd.

1/2 tbsp each: garlic pwd., onion pwd., ground pepper and dried tarragon
1 tsp each: dried oregano leaves, salt

Cajun Spice Mix

Use for fajitas or add to softened process cheese to make a great zesty cheese ball for the holidays.

2 tbsp dehydrated onion
1 tbsp each: dehydrated minced garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried parsley
2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp each: salt, ground pepper and dried thyme
1/2 tsp ground cumin.

Sample Gift Tag for Seasoning Mixes

Salad Dressing:
Combine 2 tbsp mix with 1 cup buttermilk and 1 cup salad dressing. Mix well and chill

Veggie Dip:
Combine 2 tbsp mix with 1 cup sour cream or yogurt and 1 cup salad dressing. Mix well and chill.

Want to get green AND give away a gift from your kitchen? Use empty and cleaned jars from various products that you have used. Make instruction tags from last year's Christmas Cards. For this year's gifts I reused tissue from Christmas saved from last year and cut up a calendar envelope - perfect for tags.


  1. What wonderful homemade gifts to give, Trish! And a wonderful way to use up old cards and jars. I bet everyone wants to be on your list this Christmas!!
    You worked hard at canning all summer and now you'll reap the rewards!

  2. Oh my! Stumbling across your blog is like finding a teasure! It is also making me very hungry. :)

  3. Thank you sooo much for your visit and comment on my page-I appreciate your time!
    Now your site is YUUUUUMY!!! WOW - just look at all that food - my mouth is watering! hehehe

  4. Fantastic idea! I'm looking for these kinds of ideas especially this year.

  5. Thank you so much for these recipes and wonderful gift ideas. I remember doing things like this years's time to return to these good things! I am excited to find this site!

  6. Oh these spice ideas are wonderful. Thank you Trish. . .good ideas here.

  7. what a great idea trish. where do you find the time for all this with your crazy schedule! do you ever sleep?

  8. Those are great homemade gift ideas! Love it!

  9. Me again... I want to share your blog with my friends & family that visit with me... can I send them your way by mention this post at my blog??? I will add a link back to you...

    Blessings, Pamela

  10. love this! totally going to do this this year! :)
    thanks for the recipes! :)

  11. These are great ideas!!

    One question - when you say 'salad dressing' do you use something like mayonnaise to make the mixes into dips?

    Thank you!
    Leigh Ann

  12. Momma Roar...I am glad you asked. After I had posted this I thot...mmmm...I should put mayonaise rather than salad dressing...the old term I grew up with. Yep...may. I personally prefer Hellamnan's light but I am not promoting one product or another. I am thinking that BERNARDIN is probably referring to that old term used for mayo like our mom's used...the 'salad dressing' like Miracle Whip. But as I try to cut down on sugar and salt...AND as the spices used give enough flavour...I would probably use the Hellamans or similar. Hope that helps.

  13. This is an excellent idea. My daughter decided to give a favorite spice mix that we use on steaks. It's actually from Susan Branch's recipe called "Santa Maria Steaks." She layered the salts and spices in a small jam jar and it looks so cool.

    Thanks for sharing YOUR mixes.


  14. Where would I buy the dehydrated vegetable mix? I am excited to make this as Christmas gifts.