Seasoning without salt

MJ, one of my family members, got this interesting sheet that lists different ways to season food without using salt.  As we are becoming more diligent with making sure things are low sodium for my father-in-law, I thought it was appropriate to post this list.

For beef:  bay leaf, dry mustard, green pepper, marjoram, fresh mushrooms, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, thyme

Chicken:  green pepper, lemon juice and lemon zest, marjoram, fresh mushrooms, paprika, parsley, poultry seasoning, sage, thyme

Fish:  bay leaf, curry powder, dry mustard, green pepper, lemon juice, paprika

Lamb:  curry powder, garlic, mint, mint jelly, pineapple, rosemary

Pork:  apple, applesauce, garlic, onion, sage

Veal:  apricot, cinnamon, cloves, ginger

Breads:  cinnamon, cloves, dills, poppy seed

Pasta:  basil (my fav), caraway seed, garlic, oregano, poppy seed, lemon juice and zest

Rice:  chives, green pepper, saffron, onion

Asparagus:  garlic, lemon juice, onion, vinegar

Broccoli:  lemon juice, garlic

Cucumbers:  chives, dill, garlic, onion, vinegar

Green beans:  dill, lemon juice, nutmeg, marjoram

Greens:  onion, pepper, vinegar

Peas:  green pepper, mint, parsley, onion, fresh mushrooms

Potatoes:  green pepper, mace, onion, paprika, parsley

Squash:  cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, ginger

Tomatoes:  basil, marjoram, onion, oregano


Favorite books – Hannah Swenson series

I’ve decided to do a series of posts about different books that I enjoy either reading or listening to on CD.  Some are adult series while others might be a children’s series. 

One of my favorite series is the Hannah Swenson series.  It’s a murder mystery series that involves Hannah who owns a cookie shop in Lake Eden, Minnesota.  Hannah is famous not only for her baking skills but also for finding dead bodies which drives her mother, Delores, batty.  With the help of her sisters, Michelle and Andrea, her cookie shop partner, Lisa, and one of her two on-and-off boyfriend, Norman, they track down the killer.  Her other on-and-off boyfriend, Mike, does not always like her investigating these murders.  In some of the books, Hannah finds herself in some very tight situations which leaves the readers wanting to read more because they want to make sure everything is okay with Hannah.

An added bonus to the entertaining books is the recipes, Joanna Fluke provides for the readers.  They range from cookies to casseroles or hot dishes as they are called in Minnesota.  I have tried some of the recipes from her books that are absolutely delicious.  In fact, I have posted two of the recipes – Pretzel chocolate chip cookies and Watermelon cookies

I have read all of the books and several of them numerous times.  I hope you enjoy the series as much as I have.

Cookies and Cream Cheeseball

A few weeks ago, I had a MOP’s party that I was going to attend.  I knew I needed to bring some sort of party food to share with everyone.  At first I thought about bringing brownies but when I got home from work that evening I decided I was not in the mood to bake so I went onto the Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen blog and try to find another recipe.  I ended up finding a recipe for cookies and cream cheeseball.   It sounded like something different and totally yummy.

Once I tasted it, I knew I had made the right choice because it was deliciouso (my own made up word).  I had some left-over so I took it to work and one of my co-workers even enjoyed it.

My hubby even enjoyed eating this right out of the fridge with a fork.

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 8 ounces, weight Package Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ½ cups Butter, Softened
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 cup Oreo Cookies Broken Into Small Chunks
  • 1 cup Oreo Cookies Crushed Fine


  1. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add vanilla, sugars and mix well.
  3. Stir in the Oreo cookie chunks.
  4. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  5. Then form a ball, roll the ball in the Oreo cookie crumbs.
  6. Place on a waxed paper lined plate and drape the ball loosely with plastic wrap.
  7. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  8. Serve on graham cracker stix or mini vanilla wafers. (I used graham crackers because that is what I had the house.)

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