Happy Holidays and Spice Replications

This time of year typically brings about lots of hustle and bustle getting things ready for company or travel. Lets not forget the importance of spending quality time, good food, and great conversation with those we love this holiday season.

I have created my own version of the Penzey spice blends that use in my book Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple. Part of my site is getting a new look and you will be able to download the PDF version of these hopefully before the new year and all future copies will be printed with this addition. For those of you who prefer to make your own spice blends or just can’t wait for your Penzey order to arrive the substitutions are listed below. Enjoy and please have a safe and happy holiday!

Spices: ( makes approx. 2 Tablespoons)

Chico Rub (Substitute for Penzeys 33rd & Galena Rub)   

1 teaspoon pepper

1 ½ teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon sage

1 ½ teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon basil


Fiery Sunset (Substitute for Penzeys Arizona Dreaming)

1 ¼ teaspoon ground ancho chili pepper

1 ¼ teaspoon onion powder

1 ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

pinch of red pepper (optional)


Summer Blaze (Substitute for Penzeys BBQ 3000)

2 ¾ teaspoon paprika

1 ½ teaspoon mustard

1 ½ teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon garlic powder


Kicking Chili (Substitute for Penzeys Chili 9000)

1 ¼ teaspoon ground ancho chili pepper

¾ teaspoon cumin

¾ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

¾ teaspoon paprika

¾ teaspoon oregano

¾ teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon chili powder


Garden Rae (Substitute for Penzeys Mural of Flavor)

1 ½ teaspoon thyme

1 ½ teaspoon basil

1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 ½  teaspoon onion powder


Cobblestone (Substitute for Penzeys Old World)

1 ½ teaspoon paprika

¾ teaspoon celery salt

¾ teaspoon garlic powder

¾ teaspoon onion powder

¾ teaspoon turmeric

¾ teaspoon basil

¼ teaspoon rosemary

¼ teaspoon thyme

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7 Responses to Happy Holidays and Spice Replications

  1. AJ says:

    Awesome! I actually skipped all the recipes with Penzey spices but now I can try some!

  2. Holly Potier says:

    Thank you!

  3. Carlos B says:

    Great info. Thanks for this.

  4. Kim M says:

    Thank you, this is absolutely awesome!

  5. Amanda says:

    Wow, this is great. I just made a comment about being disappointed that I could not just spontaneously make your recipes because of not having the spice blends and then I found this. Thank you!!!



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