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The herbs for Creole Seasoning can vary, but are usually thyme and oregano. The basil adds a sweet note.

1 The herbs for Creole Seasoning can vary, but are usually thyme and oregano. The basil adds a sweet note.

Two kinds of paprika, one a little sweeter than the other.

2 Two kinds of paprika, one a little sweeter than the other.

Garlic powder and onion powder-potent!

3 Garlic powder and onion powder-potent!

Celery seed is the ringer on the right, the other are the peppers most commonly added to Creole Seasoning.

4 Celery seed is the ringer on the right, the other are the peppers most commonly added to Creole Seasoning.

Shavon's herbs and spices for her Creole Seasoning.

5 Shavon's herbs and spices for her Creole Seasoning.

Shavon's mix of herbs and spices, waiting to be whisked.

6 Shavon's mix of herbs and spices, waiting to be whisked.

Shavon's seasoning all whisked together.

7 Shavon's seasoning all whisked together.

The herbs and spices that Monty used in her Creole Seasoning.

8 The herbs and spices that Monty used in her Creole Seasoning.

Monty's seasoning all ready to be whisked.

9 Monty's seasoning all ready to be whisked.

Monty's seasoning whisked together.

10 Monty's seasoning whisked together.

And now, into the jar-a nifty canning funnel makes for a neat job.

11 And now, into the jar-a nifty canning funnel makes for a neat job.

Shavon and Monty's finished seasonings.

12 Shavon and Monty's finished seasonings.

Every couple of weeks we have a how-to lesson in the studio. Today, Monty and Shavon made their own creole seasonings. Creole seasoning is generally a combo of paprika, thyme, oregano, a few different peppers, garlic and onion powders. There are many variations (we've added basil) with differing proportions and sometimes other ingredients. So Monty and Shavon tasted each herb, spice , and pepper separately and created their own mixtures, using the proportions they each preferred. Then, they got to try the mixes on two  fairly neutral items: cream cheese and Greek yogurt.

Interesting to see what they each chose. Shavon went for a hotter mix than Monty and neither opted for the ground celery seed add in-- way too pungent. Herbs played a bigger part in Monty's while Shavon only used basil.

Shavon is planning on using her seasoning on chicken tonight. They should keep for about 3 months and will be great to stir into soups, stews, or rice, or even sprinkled on some crisp french fries.

Here's a basic recipe for Creole Seasoning from our own Emeril Lagasse-- adjust it as you like.

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

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