This is really beautiful and versatile. You can use it for all Italian recipes and dips. I try to use my dried plants when making this seasoning. The recipe was constructed using both ground and fresh dried herbs, so get creative and use your cooking judgment. When using fresh dried leaves or plants the ratio I depend on is: ¼ cup dried yields 1 tbsp powder. You will be blending this altogether in a coffee grinder so if you choose to use the whole leaves and peppercorns it’s great but ground herbs work just as well. I suggest using the recipe increaser gadget before printing this handy seasoning. This way you can make a big batch and have it on hand.