The Spice of Life

The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.

— Frank Herbert (Dune)

This is the place where you can find our special seasonings and rubs.  For the most part, Lisa and I believe in creating our own spice mixes because they always end up tasting better than those jars of stuff that have been sitting in a warehouse for 6 months before finally making it to the shelf of your local grocery store.  If you don’t believe me, by some Tellicherry Peppercorns from a reputable spice source (we normally use The Spice House onliine) and grind it up in your favorite pepper mill or with a good coffee grinder.  We’re currently using this one and it’s worked very well for us, so far.

So jump in, the water’s fine and it’s much easier than you might think. Make your own spice mixes and enjoy the aromas and flavors that fresh seasonings bring.

Casa Cordova Spicy Meat Seasoning - Well, here it is, my very own secret spicy meat seasoning.  I argued loudly with myself over whether to share this with the world and, in the end, decided “what the heck”. So, here it is. BTW, you... Read More
Casa Cordova Steak Rub - Just like my Casa Cordova Spicy Meat Seasoning, this is my very own secret steak rub. You can keep on buying that Montreal Steak Rub if you want, but I prefer this one and, as I’ve said before,... Read More
Chicken Rub - What started as a dry rub for Roasted, Rotisserie, Smoked, or Beer Can Chicken has quickly become our go to rub for all things chicken. Not to say this is the ONLY way I prepare chicken, but faced... Read More
Emeril’s Essence - Again, this isn’t my recipe, it’s Emeril Lagasse’s (courtesy of Food Network), but I use it a lot and I wanted to make it easier to find (and make sure it sticks around), so here it is.  I... Read More
Meathead’s Memphis Dust - This is another recipe I got from Amazing Ribs.  It’s my go to rub for pork, but I’ve had some success using it on chicken in the past as well. Use These… 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown... Read More
Poultry Rub - Use these 4 tablespoons garlic powder 3 Tablespoons Kosher salt 4 teaspoons dried basil 4 teaspoons dried oregano 4 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper   Do... Read More
Poultry Seasoning - Trust me, if you want a good mixed seasoning, make it yourself.  It’s easy to do, fresher, tastes better, and usually costs less. On that note, this is a great poultry seasoning recipe I use all the time.... Read More
Simon and Garfunkel Rub - You all know the song… Are you going to Scarborough Fair, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme… Well, it just so happens that these herbs make a fine rub for grilled or roasted chicken. So, give it a try.... Read More
Steak Pepper Rub -   This is a straight borrow from “The Spice House“, a fantastic online source for all things spice.  We buy a lot of herbs and spices from them, and they never disappoint in freshness and taste.  They always... Read More
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