Pungent spice blend (peppery spices):
Grains of Paradise, Long pepper, Coriander, Cubebs, Black PepperSubstitute anywhere Black Pepper is called for, especially when high heat will be used.
1 part each: coarse salt, Pungent Spice Blend
Substitute for salt & pepper when roasting meat of vegetables.
Duke's Powder II:
Ginger, Cinnamon, Long Pepper, Grains of Paradise,Substitute where cinnamon, ginger or black pepper are called for and the other flavor notes would not go amiss.
1/2 parts each: Nutmeg, Fine Sugar, Galingale
Powder Forte (Strong Spices):
Cinnamon, Ginger Cloves, Mace, Cubebs, Black PepperSubstitute where black pepper is called for.
Salsa Fina (Fine Spices):
Ginger, Cinnamon, Grains of Paradise,Substitute for ginger, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice.
1/2 parts each: Nutmeg, Mace,
1/4 Part: Cloves
Powder Douce (Sweet Spices):
Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Ginger,Substitute for cinnamon or for cinnamon sugar.
1/2 parts each: Cloves, Nutmeg, Coriander
These days I get most of my spices from Savory Spice Shop here in Portland. But I looking for a new source for cubes (AKA Tail Pepper) and galangal.
I usually buy whole spices where possible and grind them as needed.
I try to only make enough of any given mix to last me for six months or so.
When I run out of something I tend to make up batches of each mix that is running low.
I use a coffee grinder for most of my spice grinding, except for nutmeg, for which I use a microplane.
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