Cajun Spice Rub

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I am always in awe at how many kinds of cuisine there are in the world. I also get really excited about being able to travel within the United States and enjoy the flavors and cooking techniques that set domestic regions of this country apart from others. Just like how the dishes of northern Italy differ from its southern lands, the U.S. is rich with culinary diversity, influenced by the plethora of natives and settlers that made this country home.

There are restaurants that give us the chance to taste barbecue from Texas in the heart of New York City as well as places like The Bayou — a culinary establishment in my hometown of Mount Vernon, New York, that has been delivering the delicious flavors of Louisiana for almost 20 years.

Louisiana is a state that truly has a defined culture, and The Bayou has managed to capture it within its four walls. From the cuisine, to the weekly live music, to the waitstaff sporting Merlotte’s Bar and Grill uniforms on those special True Blood nights, The Bayou celebrates all that Louisiana offers to those that visit. And it does it sensationally well!

If you’re planning a night out and are looking for great Louisiana cooking, visit The Bayou.

But if you’re home and want to capture the essence of so many Louisiana dishes, I share with you the recipe for this Cajun Spice Rub.

Loaded with flavor and the option for increased heat, this spice rub is something that works on any kind of protein and vegetable you’d like. It transforms your dishes into what you can expect to find on Bourbon Street, and you don’t have to worry about purchasing a plane ticket to get it!

So when you’re craving some southern flavor, put together this Cajun Spice Rub! It will surely be a hit!

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Cajun Spice Rub

(yields 3/4 cup)

For the rub:

1 tb and 1 tsp of kosher salt

1 tb chili powder ground

1 tb ground cumin

1 tb granulated garlic

2 tsp of onion powder

 2 tsp celery seed

 2 tsp smoked paprika

 2 tsp dried thyme

 1 tsp tumerick

 1 tsp white ground pepper

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp habanero chili pepper

For additional heat (optional):

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Mix all of the spices in a small jar.

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