Cajun cooking has developed a reputation for being all about heat. Truth is Cajun flavors are more savory than hot. This spice blend can be adjusted for heat by increasing (or decreasing) the amount of cayenne pepper.
How Montreal became the king of spice blends is anyones guess, but spice maker McCormick has been selling these blends for years. There are probably hundred of recipes for this seasoning, but they are all based on the same idea. Heat and flavor without all the floral herbs of many old world blends.
Mexican seasonings can be as simple as chili powder or large collections of spices and herbs. To me is just doesn't have that Mexican flavor if it doesn't have cumin. The best way to get cumin powder is to toast cumin seeds and grind them to a fine dust. If you are not as ambitions you can use dried cumin instead.
5. Garam Masala
There are probably hundreds of recipes for Garam Masala, the traditional seasoning blend of Northern India. This is one of the more simple recipes and is great for adding an Indian flavor to anything you want to cook. For more information read about Garam Masala
Tradition suggests that the basis for Creole flavor is the three peppers, black, white and red. This spice blend mixes black pepper, white pepper and cayenne with herbs to make a great flavor.
There are lots of poultry seasonings out there and a wide range of variety. Typically, however you will find sage, rosemary, oregano, and thyme in most all of them. This poultry seasoning is great for everything from whole roasted turkeys to chicken noodle soup.
8. Lemon PepperLemon pepper is a popular ingredient in many recipes. It is perfect on chicken, a burger or pasta. Problem is, if you happen to live in a place where you can't find it, or you just want to make up your own batch (because it's better than what you buy in the store). This is a great way to start making the kinds of seasonings you want, specifically formulated for your tastes.
This is a quick and easy way to add a great Greek flavor to most anything you want to cook. Try combining this seasoning with olive oil and lemon juice to make a great marinade.