Everything Bagel Spice Blend

So I read an article last week about a couple who made $30k last year reselling Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel spice blend.

My initial reaction was “Jesus Christ Brian works WAY too hard!” After I’d gone into his office and rubbed the fact that people can resell spices to assholes on Amazon as their primary income in his face I thought “Why doesn’t everyone just make their own like I do?”

If you’d rather buy it on Amazon from folks who basically just saved you a trip to Trader Joe’s instead of mixing together five spices with salt, then I’m not gonna call you an asshole… I’ll just let you connect the dots on your own.

Everything Bagel Spice Blend Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds (toasted)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (dried not fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion (dried not fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt


Step 1
Make sure to use toasted sesame seeds, because they have a more concentrated nutty flavor.

It's super easy to do. Dump them into a dry pan over medium heat and DON'T WALK AWAY.

It doesn't take long, and you don't want to over toast them. Shake around the pan until they smell nutty and have darkened in color slightly.
Step 2
Now it's just a matter of measuring all of the spices into a bowl and whisking it all together.
Step 3
Store in an airtight container, and sprinkle over anything and everything.
Step 4
These are just store-bought frozen rolls that I brushed with an egg wash and covered with the Everything Bagel Spice Blend.

So so good.

Jerk Spice Rub

Before we got boring Brian and I lived in Atlanta. There’s a restaurant on Ponce that Brian introduced me to when we first started dating that we both still LOVE, called Eats. It’s delicious, cheap, and just the right amount of seedy. They serve all kinds of stuff, but we both get the jerk chicken every single time.

We’d eat there all the time, but we ARE old and boring now and don’t live anywhere near Eats. So I took it upon myself to try to recreate their chicken. This rub is the closest I’ve come to mimicking their super delicious jerk chicken. Liberally rub this all over some bone-in chicken and then roast or grill it until it’s fall off the bone. Then get ready to enjoy some awesome tastiness.

We knew it’d be a great meat rub, but (thanks to Brian trying weird food combos all the time) we’ve discovered some other great applications for the Jerk Rub. It adds zing to any kind of veggie. We love adding it to simmering black beans. And this is officially my favorite thing to sprinkle over pizza now. If anyone actually makes this and discovers more uses for it PLEASE comment and let me know!

Jerk Spice Rub


  • 3 tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Allspice
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Thyme Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Cayenne (Add more if you'd like the rub hotter)


Step 1
Measure all of the spices into a bowl and whisk together until blended.

Store in an airtight jar or spice container.
Step 2